South Park Sparks (2-1) at Bennett Tigers (3-0), 1 p.m. Saturday at All High Stadium: Ex-Harvard Cup foes renew pleasantries for the first time in four years in what could possibly be the game of the season (at least to this point) in Class A South. The teams are the only remaining unbeatens in division play so the winner should have the inside track at securing the division title, especially with Bennett having dealt potential-contender Iroquois its first loss last week.
South Park, the defending state Class A champion, has crushed its last two foes by a combined 86-0 to bounce back from a season-opening defeat to private school St. Joe’s. The Tigers tuned up for this encounter by drubbing Iroquois, 56-26.
The key will be how each team deals with the other’s potential big-play abilities. The Sparks have a speedy backfield committee led by senior Shakur Harris (24 carries, 315 yards, five touchdowns). Bennett has speed at running back and linebacker with senior Boston College-commit Isaiah McDuffie leading the charge. Marcelus Toliver, Jamel Lofton and Nigel Robinson are the other speedy members of both units for the Tigers.
The teams faced each other four years ago with South Park earning the win.
Other games on the Saturday slate include:
Clarence at Niagara Falls, noon at Niagara Falls Athletic Complex: Two of the three Class AA North unbeaten teams hook up in one of the bigger games to take place at the 3-year-old home of the Wolverines. Clarence faces the other division unbeaten, Williamsville North, next week while Falls gets its crack at North in Week Six.
St. Francis at Canisius, 1 p.m. at Stransky Complex: Rematch of last year’s Monsignor Martin final with the defending champions from St. Francis looking to bounce back from last week’s tough two-point loss at Ohio Walsh Jesuit. Unbeaten Canisius comes into the contest ranked first in the area and the state after defeating defending state Class AA champion Aquinas last week.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 1 p.m. Tifft Farm: A rare afternoon contest serves as Timon’s home opener after the Tigers’ three games in three different states start to the season. Timon coach Charlie Comerford looks to cap a special weekend, in which his great-grandfather received induction into the Buffalo Veteran Boxers Ring 44 Hall of Fame, with a victory.
Burgard at Cheektowaga, 2 p.m. at Cheektowaga: Another doozy and another championship-game rematch as News No. 1 Small School Cheektowaga looks to once again get the better of Burgard (2-1) in this Class B West clash and remain unbeaten.
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