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Can Cardinal O'Hara win Friday night at Steubenville? Well, that's the great thing about high school sports. The challenge the Hawks are facing Friday night is immense. The stadium itself is intimidating. The program coached for the last 25 years by Reno Saccoccia has such a history and tradition that it was one of eight featured during NBC's Sunday Night Football this se…

Stuebenville (Ohio) has the eighth-longest current high school football winning streak in the country at 39 games. Cardinal O'Hara's 25-game win streak is in 20th place. The teams meet Friday night in Steubenville. When you vote, you'll see the current results. Tell us why the team you voted for will win by clicking "comments" at the bottom of this post.

Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (8-0) [last week: 1] - Ralph Wilson Stadium seems to be in their town for a reason. 2. St. Francis (5-3) [2] - Can they shut out the Monsig…

A lot to digest after an eventful Week Eight of football ... * Cardinal O'Hara coach Angelo Sciandra said his team couldn't have played much better in the first half of their 41-20 win at St. Joe's Saturday, and it certainly was impressive. I stopped by to see the first half, which included the coach's son, Angelo Sciandra IV, unleashing some great throws. Sciandra had a…

A pretty interesting Friday night in high school football ... * I was at Cheektowaga for the Warriors' thrilling 23-20 overtime win over Iroquois. Sometimes games that get hyped (including by a certain prep talker) don't live up to the buildup, but this one did. The teams hardly committed a penalty (the notable exception being Cheektowaga's foolish unsportsmanlike condu…

Cardinal O'Hara had just dominated St. Mary's, 28-0, to win last year's Monsignor Martin Association League A championship at Ralph Wilson Stadium. As I interviewed players about their big win, they enthusiastically started talking about how they were going to play St. Joe's the following week. After a season where games had been canceled due to the October storm, a plan w…

I think that the big game of No. 2 large school Iroquois at No. 4 Cheektowaga Friday night is a close matchup, but this is ridiculous. Check out this comparison of their results of Class A South and even their nonleaguers: * In Week One, Iroquois won at home against a great small school by five points (East Aurora, 26-21) while Cheektowaga won at home against a great smal…

The rivarly weekend of football games is something unique to Western New York, and it's so important that Section VI annually works much of its schedule around being able to continue these contests which are so important to their communities. Each season we try and emphasize rivalry weekend in a different way. This year we decided to try and track down the oldest living a…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (7-0) [last week: 1] -- Example 1 of a team which already clinched a spot in the playoffs posting a less-than-dominating score (OP 14, Front…

Plenty of seasons were disrupted by last year's October storm, but none may have hit a coach harder than it did Rob Gross of Amherst. Imagine, you pour yourself into a program for six years, help turn it from a doormat into a contender, and you've come so close in previous years (Amherst lost a fumble on its own 4 with less than two minutes to play against Iroquois in 2004…

The top three football scores that made me say "WHAT?!?!?!" this season. 1. Week One: McKinley 12, St. Joe's 0. 2. Week Seven: Olean 14, East Aurora 13. 3. Week Five: Niagara Falls 21, Clarence 14. East Aurora's loss to Olean isn't only mysterious because a team that was flying at 5-1 and ranked third in the small school poll lost to a team that was stumbling…

Every once in a while, I'll find a letter in my mailbox addressed to "The Buffalo Evening News" or someone I'm talking to will say the word "evening" in the title of our newspaper, even though that word hasn't been in our masthead for about 25 years. And also, every once in a while, someone will ask me if I remember the Courier-Express, and they'll te…

Here's some bonus coverage from a busy Thursday night on the high school desk putting together High School Extra: * Clarence's two-stroke win over Williamsville East in boys golf (276-278) was an eye-popper for several reasons, from the closeness of the match to how low the team scores were to the fact that the low numbers were achieved on a fine course like Transit Vall…

A quick look at the playoff picture as we head into Week Seven (check out the standings and Week Seven schedule here): Class AA North: Kenmore West is in at 4-1. North Tonawanda (4-0) can win the division by beating visiting Lockport (2-1) Friday night. Class AA South: Orchard Park (4-0) has already clinched the division, Lancaster (4-1) has already clinched the second …

Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (6-0) [last week: 1] -- Talk about back-to-back statements: beat Clarence and Lancaster by a combined 70-7. Look out, Frontier. 2. St. Fra…