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Saturday's top high school football games

— Maple Grove Red Dragons (4-1) at Clymer/Sherman/Panama (5-0), 1:30 p.m. at Sherman. CSP is ranked first in the state in Class D and is looking to knock off perennial state power Maple Grove for the second time this season. CSP enters the clash averaging 47 points per game. It scored 55 last month in a convincing win over the Red Dragons.

Maple Grove figures to be able to put up points, considering it averages 38 per game. The best way to do that is with a ball-control offense that keeps CSP off the field.

Easton Tanner has scored nine of Maple Grove’s last 10 touchdowns as the receiver/running back looks to keep up his recent success in what can be considered the Dragons’ biggest game to date. Maple Grove is ranked fourth in the state.

For CSP, Gerrit Hinsdale quarterbacks a balanced attack. He has completed 67.7 percent of his passes and has nine TDs. Derek Eklund and Michael Beatman have combined to rush for 17 touchdowns. Eklund has 10 of them and 580 yards. Beatman has rushed for 477 yards. Cam Barmore averages 25.1 yards per catch and has three TDs.

Other top games this Saturday include:

— St. Francis Red Raiders (2-3) at St. Joe’s Marauders (1-4), 1 p.m. at Robert Scott Complex. Red Raiders have won two of their last three but are coming off a loss to Pennsylvania power Cathedral Prep. St. Joe’s looks to snap four-game losing streak. Marauders lost in painful fashion to rival Canisius last week, yielding the go-ahead score with seven seconds left.

— Hamburg Bulldogs (1-4) at Kenmore West Blue Devils (2-3), 2 p.m. at Crosby Field. A win boosts the Blue Devils’ chances of making the playoffs. A Hamburg win keeps its slim hope alive.

— Medina Mustangs (3-2) at Lackawanna Steelers (3-2), 1 p.m. at Veteran’s Stadium. Must-win for both teams with hopes of making the postseason out of Class B-2 Division. Medina needs win to keep faint division-title hope alive. A win Saturday and win over rival and first-place-holder Albion next week would do it for Mustangs. Lackawanna can still earn second place and a playoff berth by winning its final two games.

News Football Polls

Brackets indicate first-place votes

*–Indicates tie in voting

Large Schools

Rank School (Class) Record Points       LW

1 West Seneca West [8] (A)         5-0      98      1

2 West Seneca East (A)     5-0      82      4

3 Bennett [1] (AA)  4-1      78       5

4 Canisius [1]           2-3      61       7

5 Lancaster (AA)     4-1      52       2

6 Williamsville North* (AA)         3-2      36       10

6 South Park* (A)   4-1      36       3

8 Starpoint (A)         4-1      32       8

9 St. Joe’s      1-4      27       NR

10 St. Francis           2-3      15       8

Others receiving votes: Orchard Park (AA) 13, Grand Island (A) 7, Niagara Wheatfield (A) 4, 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 [10] (B)   5-0      100     1

2 Albion (B)  5-0      83       2

3 Southwestern (C)            5-0      78       3

4 Cheektowaga (B) 4-1      64       4

5 Maryvale (B)        4-1      63       5

6 Dunkirk (B)           5-0      45       6

7 Cleveland Hill (C) 4-1      36       7

8 Fredonia/Brocton (B)    5-0      32       8

9 CSP (D)       5-0      29       9

10 Wilson (C)           4-1      15      NR

Others receiving votes: Cardinal O’Hara 3, Randolph/Frewsburg (C) 1, 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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