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Saturday's top scholastic football games for Week Five

-- Williamsville North Spartans (2-2) at Orchard Park Quakers (4-0), 1 p.m. at Quaker Field. It’s Homecoming at Orchard Park, which means it should be a big crowd to see the Quakers in perhaps their toughest test to date.

OP rushed for more than 300 yards in last week’s win over Lockport. In the victory, Louis Irizarry rushed 31 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Steven Kulikowsky finished with 137 yards on 15 carries, scoring on runs of 17 and 4 yards. Quarterback Jack Sharp had a nice day throwing in the win, finishing with 177 yards and two touchdown passes to Archie Bartolotti.

The Spartans have lost two straight by a grand total of 11 points – including last week’s 24-21 decision over Bennett, in which the Tigers won by three points via game-ending Hail Mary pass. Joe Nusall threw two TDs and rushed for another in defeat. He has factored in six total TDs his last two games.

Other top games this Saturday include:

-- Grand Island Vikings (3-1) at Williamsville East Flames (2-2), 1 p.m. Vikings head into contest winners of three straight, all division games. Flames are coming off win over Sweet Home in which Clayton Osborne rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns.

-- Cardinal O’Hara Hawks (2-2) at St. Mary’s Lancers (0-4), 1 p.m. Monsignor Martin B Division clash between longtime small-school rivals. Hawks had two-game winning streak snapped at St. Francis last week, 48-34. Lancers lost at South Seneca/Romulus/Dickerson, 18-10.

-- Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights (2-2) at Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles (3-1), 2 p.m. Cleveland Hill gets to christen its new all-weather surface field with a game. Eagles have won three straight, all division games.

On the web

At buffalonews.com, read Jonah Bronstein’s coverage of the Jamestown Red Raiders versus West Seneca West Indians contest from Friday night.

Also, in case you missed it, check out the Football Friday feature on the St. Joe’s-Canisius rivalry, the recap of Bennett’s win over state No. 1 Lancaster, and Rachel Lenzi’s story on Frank Previte IV’s Lew-Port football family having his back as he grieves the loss of his mother.

News Football Polls

Brackets indicate first-place votes

*–Indicates tie in voting

Large Schools

Rank School (Class) Record Points       LW

1 West Seneca West [6] (A)         4-0      93      1

2 Lancaster [4] (AA)           4-0      92       2

3 South Park (A)      4-0      70       4

4 West Seneca East (A)     4-0      69      8

5 Bennett (AA)        3-1      51       9

6 Orchard Park (AA)           4-0      44       7

7 Canisius      1-3      37       5

8 Starpoint* (A)      3-1      24       3

8 St. Francis*           2-2      24       NR

10 Williamsville North (AA)         2-2      20       6

Others receiving votes: Grand Island (A) 14, St. Joe’s 6, Niagara Wheatfield (A) 5, Clarence 1.

Pollsters: Mark Adair (WNY Football Weekly), Sean Bruso (Lancaster assistant coach), Sibby Constantino (Trench Trophy), Rick Coburn (Trench Trophy), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Tom Langworthy (Jamestown coach), John Lewis (Connolly Cup), Rich Robbins (Canisius coach), Miguel Rodriguez (Buffalo News), Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup).

Small Schools Polls

Rank School (Class) Record Points       LW

1 Pioneer [9] (B)     4-0      99       2

1 Albion [1] (B)        4-0      78       4

3 Southwestern (C)            4-0      73       3

4 Cheektowaga (B) 3-1      69       1

5 Maryvale (B)        3-1      67       5

6 Dunkirk (B)           4-0      54       6

7 Cleveland Hill (C) 3-1      39       7

8 Fredonia/Brocton (B)    4-0      26       8*

9 CSP (D)       4-0      25       8*

10 Olean (B) 3-1      8         NR

Others receiving votes: Wilson (C) 6, Cardinal O’Hara 3, Lackawanna (B) 2, Maple Grove (D) 1.

Pollsters: Adair, William Atlas (Wilson), Bruso, Constantino, Gallagher, Lewis, Sarow, Angelo Sciandra (Tonawanda assistant coach), Rodriguez, Ed Sciera (Trench Trophy), Jay Sirianni (Southwestern).

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