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Week Five: Saturday’s high school football games

Lancaster Legends (4-0) at Orchard Park Quakers (3-1), 1 p.m.: The Buffalo News’ second- and third-ranked large schools and Class AA South rivals get together for their annual grudge match. This year’s clash is part of Orchard Park’s Homecoming.

Lancaster tries to play the spoiler and control its own destiny in its quest to win the division title. The Legends have been front runners all season and need to do what they do best – start fast and make their longtime nemesis one dimensional on offense. Lancaster has put up at least 27 points by halftime in each of its past three games.

But the defending Section VI Class AA champions from Orchard Park have a history of extinguishing potential threats and a defense that’s yielding 12.3 points per game – including just 14 the past three games. The Quakers also have a big-play offense of its own run by third-year starting quarterback Dillon Janca. In last year’s clash between teams, OP cruised past host Lancaster – rolling up more than 600 yards with Janca passing for 306.

This Lancaster team is averaging more than 46 points and yielding just 18.3 points per game. Joe Andreessen leads a fast, physical unit and is coming off 19.5 tackle-effort in No. 2 Legends win over previous No. 3 Williamsville North last week.

In other games:

• Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Cardinal O’Hara, 1 p.m.: Timon looks to make it two in a row in its shortest road trip to date this season, while the Hawks are trying to break into the win column for the first time.

• Lockport at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.: Lockport needs a win in order to keep its hopes of making the postseason alive in this Class AA North clash. Ken West snapped a two-game losing streak with a 27-21 win over Niagara-Wheatfield last Saturday.

• Maryvale vs. Burgard, 4 p.m. at All High Stadium: Maryvale attempts to improve to 5-0, while last year’s Class B runner-up Burgard tries to snap a two-game losing streak – although losses came to defending Class B champ Cheektowaga and last year’s Class A runner-up West Seneca East.

• V-Aquinas at St. Francis, 7 p.m.: The Red Raiders search for their first win against the defending state Class AA champions. Aquinas is 2-2 after last week’s six-point win at home over St. Joe’s.


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Review our #PrepTalkLive coverage from Friday night’s action, including photo galleries and a live blog of how the night transpired. Our scoreboard page also has additional details from several games.

Our #PrepTalkLive coverage continues with today’s games. No matter when the games are, you can again be part of the team via Twitter: Tweet game updates with the #preptalklive hashtag and those updates will appear in our live blogs.


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