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Miguel Rodriguez's Fab Five: Battle of unbeatens highlights Friday night slate

West Seneca West versus Lackwanna has no impact on division standings or playoff seeding.

Each team will have bigger games to prepare for down the road.

But Friday night's nonleague meeting between the Indians and Steelers is a big deal for a couple of reasons.

-- It's the next game on their schedules.

-- It also is a meeting between unbeaten teams with championship dreams.

The latter always captures folks' attention.

Pride will be a motivating factor since neither wants to experience the bitter taste of defeat, but that doesn't change the fact that one team will walk off the field slightly disappointed when it's over because there are no ties in high school football.

The West Seneca West-Lackawanna showdown is among the many intriguing games on the schedule. Without further ado, here's this week's Fab Five.

* Lackawanna Steelers (4-0) at West Seneca West Indians (4-0). 7 p.m. Friday at WSW Field. The Indians are ranked No. 3 among large schools in the area, while Lackawanna is fourth in the small schools poll.

Both teams are undefeated for a reason. Each has game-changing talents on both sides of the ball.

Senior quarterback Matt Myers directs a West Seneca West offense that has scored 35 or more points in all its games. The University at Buffalo commit has completed 44-of-72 passes for 805 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's rushed 39 times for nine scores and 281 yards. He's put up these totals even though he's exited three of his team's wins before the fourth quarter with the Indians comfortably ahead. But it's not just Myers or top receiver Juston Johnson who has fueled WSW's success.

The Indians' defense ranks sixth in points against – yielding just 36. Linebacker Mike Glinski leads the unit with 41 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble. Defensive end Liam Scheuer has 25 tackles, including eight for losses, and two sacks, while fellow end Josh Wilson has 29 tackles.

Lackawanna has yielded just 35 points as its defense has taken away opponents' strengths. Lightning-quick defensive end Jakwon Ingram is one reason the Steelers have had success on that side of the ball. He's fast off the snap and has the knack for disrupting plays. Khalil Horton is another two-way standout. While he gets most of his publicity for his abilities at running back, the third-year starter has a way of being in the right spot on defense. Twins Noble and London Smith are fast and physical in the secondary and have a knack for making plays on offense.

* South Park Sparks (4-0) at Iroquois Chiefs (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday at  Milt Latimer Field. Each season is different, but a Week Seven loss to Iroquois last year helped keep the Sparks out of the playoffs. South Park likely hasn't forgotten but needs to build on last weekend's 12-7 win over McKinley so that it can match division-leading WSW at 4-0 in Class A South. The Chiefs, whose only loss came against West Seneca West, would be 4-1 in the division with a win. That would likely be enough to clinch a playoff berth.

* Starpoint Spartans (4-0) at Grand Island Vikings (3-1), 7:15 p.m. Friday at Gene Masters Field. Starpoint looks to make it four straight over the Vikings. Spartans have scored 49, 55 and 57 points in consecutive games and has won 17 straight against Class A North foes.

* Clarence Red Devils (2-2) at Bennett Tigers (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday at All High Stadium. The Class AA teams are jockeying for playoff positioning. A win allows Clarence to control its own fate for a home playoff game. But the same holds true for Bennett.

* Alden Bulldogs (2-2) at Newfane Panthers (3-1), 2 p.m. Saturday at Newfane. It's a must-win for both Class B-3 division teams with playoff aspirations. Top two in each of the three divisions make the playoffs while the two best third-place finishers earn the final two spots. Alden has lost two straight, while the surging Panthers have won three in a row since opening with 22-6 loss to Lackawanna.

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