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Canisius senior receiver Anthony Fulham and his classmates had experienced more than their share of frustrations against St. Francis. Before Saturday afternoon that is. The Crusaders exorcised all of their ghosts with a hard-fought 22-12 victory over the defending champion Red Raiders in the Monsignor Martin Association League AA opener for both schools. "I played …

The Lancaster at Orchard Park football game was 13-0 after three quarters before OP erupted for three touchdowns in the fourth. OP had scored on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter to open up a 27-0 lead with 7:35 to go. They put an exclamation point on their fourth shutout when Jeff Tundo scored on a 1-yard run with 1:51 left. Many Lancaster faithful were cry…

It was surely a happy bus ride for Jamestown after it came back from a 19-point deficit to beat Clarence, 35-32. And there were some happy people waiting for them, too. Jamestown has so much pride in its football programs and its state championships. After going 3-13 over the last two seasons, something was missing. That something seems to be back. "People are star…

At the Suffolk County Officials Cross Country Invitational on Long Island, the top six individuals were awarded clocks, and the top teams were awarded plaques. A lot of that hardware was heading back to Western New York. Teams from West Seneca West, Grand Island and Fredonia as well as Hamburg's Joe Whelan turned their trip to the site of this year's state meet -- Sunken…

Should be an interesting day, after an interesting night ... Be sure to check our high school scoreboard for updates. 4:12 p.m. I'm just into the office after taking in the first half of the Canisius-St. Francis game -- as I was pulling out of the parking lot, Sean Brady ended Canisius' first possession of the second half by throwing his second touchdown pass of the gam…

One day of Week Six is down, one to go. There is a lot more information on this post to supplement our roundup in today's paper. And look to the "recent posts" links to the right, where you'll find: An additional post on NT's win at St. Joe's -- be sure to check the game story from today's paper as well as the live running commentary I had Friday night. We …

So does North Tonawanda think its very impressive win over St. Joe's will show any doubters out there how very good they are? "We're not really concerned with that -- we're just trying to get better," NT coach Eric Jantzi said after the Lumberjacks had their way with visiting St. Joe's, 42-10, Friday night. "We don't really talk about that stuff. We just ge…

One coach loved the fact a yellow flag never hit the turf at West Seneca East Friday night. The other walked away annoyed. "The one good thing about it is that maybe we'll get another chance against them in [three] weeks," said East coach Jim Maurino, following a tough 22-19 Class A South loss to Iroquois that clinched the division championship for the Chiefs. …

The wing-T was more potent than the double-wing Friday night at Clint Small Stadium in Tonawanda. Maryvale, using the wing-T, rushed for 340 yards on 32 carries and scored an important 34-14 Class B North victory over the Warriors, who ran from the double-wing. Of course it helps when Brooks Estarfaa is one of the guys running from your wing-T. "It was grind-it-out…

Don't write off the three-time defending Harvard Cup champion McKinley Macks just yet. Senior Kevin Chillis, converted to running back from wide receiver, did it all Friday night in a 40-6 victory over Hutch-Tech at All High Stadium. It was the Macks' first victory in four tries and dropped the Engineers to 4-2. Chillis carried 22 times for 354 yards and three touchdowns…

I'm live at North Tonawanda -- as the great sign in the interior walkway to the football field says, "Home of the Jacks" -- for the Lumberjacks' game against St. Joe's. I'll provide updates when I can and fill in any information that comes my way. Remember to check our high school scoreboard at the high school home page. 6:50 p.m. The public address announcer i…

Hard to figure which coach is kicking themselves harder about losing to defending Class A state champion Aquinas -- St. Francis' Jerry Smith (read my story in today's paper) or Canisius' Brandon Harris (in Sunday's roundup as well as the blog post after last Saturday's loss).• • •St. Francis coach Jerry Smith said all of his linemen are healthy, which wasn't the case for t…

We kick things off, as usual, by asking for the games you're heading out to this weekend: Online Surveys & Market Research Online Surveys & Market Research My vote on the small school side is Maryvale at Tonawanda, just edging out another Class B North game in Alden at Albion. The Flyers have been playing very well of late, but the Warriors have had a great …

In case you missed it being posted in the comments section on a previous post, here are this week's state rankings in football. As expected, Orchard Park moved up one spot to No. 1 in Class AA after defending champion West Genesee -- which beat OP in last year's state semifinals -- lost last week. ---Keith McShea