Who: West Seneca West Indians (10-0) vs. Wilson Magnet Wildcats (9-1)
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium at SUNY Brockport
Television: Spectrum News
Rankings: West Seneca West is ranked No. 3 in the News Large Schools poll and fifth in the New York State Sportswriters' Poll. Wilson Magnet is ranked ninth in the state.
At regionals: This is the first appearance for both teams.
Coaches: West Seneca West Mike Vastola, third season (18-10). Wilson Magnet Greg Mortier.
West Seneca West key players and statistics: Sr. QB Matt Myers (110-180-1837-19 TDs, 2 INTs passing; 97-669-18 TDs rushing), Jr. RB John Speyer (81-718-7 TDs), Jr. RB/S Bryan Ball (32-324-5 TDs; 42 tackles), Jr. WR/CB Juston Johnson (32-645-9 TDs; 3 INT, 1 TD), So. LB/TE Mike Glinski (105 tackles, 10 TFL, 1 sack), So. DE Liam Scheuer (69 tackles, 13 TFL, 8.0 sacks).
Wilson Magnet key players: Sr. WR/DB Rickey Gamble, Jr. RB/DE Desi Floyd, Sr. LB Chrystian Fulton (Section V Class A defensive player of the year), Sr. DT Jamal McCullough, So. QB Dasjon Dash.
How they got here: West Seneca West rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to defeat South Park 27-24 in the Section VI final. Josh Karmazyn's 75-yard interception return for a touchdown completed a 21-point run that put the Indians on the winning path. Myers passed for a touchdown and rushed for another during the comeback.
Wilson crushed top-seeded Irondequoit, 40-19, to win its first sectional championship. The Wildcats did it behind a monster performance from junior running back Desi Floyd, who ran for 239 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. The defensive end also scooped up a fumble and scored his fourth defensive TD of the season.
Pre-snap read: This is the bonus round for both teams considering each did something it had never done before in winning sectional titles to earn spots in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association quarterfinal/regional.
West Seneca West has a versatile attack that can hurt teams in different ways. While going down field for big plays gets attention (and West has done that well), the ability to execute a quick passing game also is key. The patient Indians did just that in the sectional final against South Park's stout front. Myers' ability to scramble could tip the scales in West's favor. Establishing the run will give receivers Johnson and Jesse Broad even more room to operate outside.
While West's offense has thrived and garnered lots of attention, its defense has quietly made life difficult on opponents – yielding an average of 210 yards per game. Twice this season the Indians faced a team with a running back coming off sensational/career weeks and twice they've kept their foes in check.
Wilson has received contributions from many who have stepped up to fuel this run. Gamble may have a chip on his shoulder as he was held to just one catch for minus-2 yards last week. The Wildcats are content to continue chipping away until they break loose for a big play.
What's next: The winner advances to the state semifinals where it will face the Central Region champion, III-Whitesboro or IV-Union Endicott at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Union-Endicott High School.