Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports.
What to watch for Friday
1. Football - Friday Night Lights
The quest for the postseason for every team in Western New York started less than three weeks ago with the first official day of practice. Ready or not, the regular season is already upon us.
Here are three local matchups to keep an eye on in Week 1:
- McKinley at Orchard Park, 7 p.m.
- Medina vs. Burgard at Riverside, 7 p.m.
- Randolph vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville, 7 p.m. at Franklinville
The nonleague matchup between Medina and Burgard will show quite the contrast of styles. The Mustangs like to open it up on an offense centered around Toledo-commit Jalin Cooper, who was the cover athlete (along with many of his friends) on Wednesday's season preview section. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have size along the line and play some old-school, smashmouth football.
McKinley visits Orchard Park in another intriguing nonleague contest. Both teams are coming off six-win campaigns. The Quakers turn to sophomore Jack Sharp at quarterback after the graduation of Dillon Janca, the No. 3 all-time passing yards leader in Western New York history. The Macks return Class A South defensive player of the year Miles Haynes, first-team all-league quarterback Taelon Hollamon and first-team all-league running back Kaiyer Fields.
Class D rivals Randolph and Franklinville/Ellicottville both had their 2016 seasons ended by eventual state runner-up Maple Grove. The Titans fell short of a second straight sectional title with a 33-6 loss in the Class D final. Among those returning include QB/LB Brock Blecha, RB Griffin Chudy and TE Sam Erickson. Randolph, which received some reinforcements due to a last-minute merger with Frewsburg, fell in the semifinals to the Red Dragons, 28-0. Frewsburg’s Trent Gray will likely start at quarterback for the Cardinals, who won three straight Class D state titles from 2012-14.
Miguel Rodriguez highlighted his Fab Five selections for this weekend:
Looking for a game to attend during opening weekend? View the complete Week 1 schedule below:
2. Boys soccer - Sweet Home at Williamsville East, 5 p.m.
Sweet Home (2-0) and Williamsville East (1-0-1) meet at Maple East Elementary in the first ECIC II game for both teams.
The Panthers recorded 3-0 and 2-0 wins over North Collins and West Seneca West, respectively, last weekend in their annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. Junior Lucas Marshall scored all five goals.
The Flames opened the year with a 4-0 win over Niagara Wheatfield and then tied Orchard Park, 1-1. Junior Trey Buscaglia scored three of the five goals for East.
3. Girls soccer - Frontier at Orchard Park, 11 a.m.
Orchard Park (2-0, 1-0) hosts Frontier (1-0) in an ECIC I matchup with an early start.
The Quakers own a 2-0 win over West Seneca East and a 5-0 league win over Jamestown. Kasey Hollins and Emily Henrich each have three goals. OP finished last season with an 11-5-1 record.
The Falcons opened up with a 6-0 win over St. Mary's of Lancaster. Frontier went 8-9-1 last season, but beat Orchard Park, 1-0, in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.
- Boys soccer: St. Francis at Lancaster, 3 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Medina at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Hamburg at Williamsville South, 5 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.
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