Who: West Seneca West Indians (12-0) vs. I-Yorktown Huskers (12-0)
When: 3 p.m. Friday
Where: Syracuse University Carrier Dome
Television: Spectrum News
Rankings: West Seneca West is ranked No. 3 in the News Large Schools poll and third in the New York State Sportswriters' Poll. Yorktown is ranked second in the state.
At NYSPHSAA final: This is West Seneca West's first appearance. Yorktown is 2-0 all-time, winning back-to-back championships in 1993 (over III-Chittenango, 22-13) and 1994 (over Williamsville South, 25-24).
Coaches: West Seneca West Mike Vastola, third season (20-10). Yorktown, Mike Rescigno, 13th season (81-33).
West Seneca West key players and statistics: Sr. QB Matt Myers (131-226-2205-24 TDs, 2 INTs passing; 122-958-21 TDs rushing), Jr. RB John Speyer (101-813-11 TDs), Jr. RB/S Bryan Ball (44-338-5 TDs; 101 tackles, 13.0 TFL), Jr. WR/CB Juston Johnson (43-817-10 TDs; 3 INT, 1 TD), So. LB/TE Mike Glinski (139 tackles, 13 TFL, 2 sack), So. DE Liam Scheuer (98 tackles, 21 TFL, 10.0 sacks).
Yorktown key players and statistics: Sr. RB/LB Brett Makar (1,919 yards rushing, 22 TDs), Jr. QB/DB Tommy Weaver (1,199 passing yard, 16 TDs), Sr. RB/DB Brandon Meyreles (838 rushing yards, 6 TDs).
How they got here: West Seneca West advanced by defeating Section III champion Whitesboro, 42-6. Matt Myers passed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards and a score, while Juston Johnson returned a punt 67 yards to highlight a 28-point second quarter from the Indians. John Speyer rushed for two TDs, while Bryan Ball finished with 6.5 tackles and a sack on defense.
Yorktown advanced to its first state final in 23 years by Section II champion Burnt Hills, 34-19, in Middletown. Brandon Meyreles scored twice, while senior Brett Makar ran 23 times for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Pre-snap read: West Seneca West brings its balanced offensive attack to the Dome. The Indians will need to hold their own in the trenches to give Myers a chance to make plays with his arm and legs. He has spread the ball around well, which makes West tough to defend. Look for the Indians to continue doing that. Yorktown is tough and aggressive on defense (similar to West), so the Indians might have to use play action or quick passes to befuddle the Huskers.
Defensively, West is going to have to play tough, stubborn and aggressive against a Yorktown team that utilizes a power offense – handing it off to fast Maryland lacrosse commit Brett Makar. The Huskers' linemen pull very well.
"If we want to win a state championship, we're going to have to earn it," Vastola said.