Who: Sweet Home Panthers (10-0) vs. Eastridge Lancers (10-0).
What: Class A football Far West Regionals.
When: Today, 8 p.m.
Where: Robert Rich Sr. All High Stadium.
Tickets: $10 for two-game session.
Radio: WXRL (1300 AM), wxrl.com and nhsbn.com.
Television (recorded): Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, Saturday time TBA.
Buffalo News large school poll: Sweet Home No. 2.
New York State Sportswriters Association Class A poll: Sweet Home No. 2, Eastridge No. 4.
Sweet Home in the regionals: Seventh appearance and sixth in a row. First regional against a team other than Aquinas, which has moved up to Class AA this year. Regional record is 2-4 with first appearance in 2002; Panthers are 2-3 in regionals the last five years. Sweet Home’s wins in 2008 and 2009 came on their way to state championships.
Eastridge in the regionals: Second appearance. Lost to Iroquois, 67-48, in 2004.
Coaches: Sweet Home, John Faller, 27th season (189-71-1); Eastridge, Chad Green, seventh season (47-18).
Sweet Home key players (and statistics): Sr. QB Mike Torrillo, 6-2, 175 (95-163, 1,757 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs; 52-207, 2 TDs rush.); So. RB/DE Jordan Evert, 5-11, 175 (153-840, 14 TDs; 10-117, TD rec.); Sr. RB/DB Kahlil Humphrey 5-9, 165 (75-585, 2 TDs; 6-175 rec.); So. WR/LB Brad Zaffram, 6-0, 205 (24-689, 5 TDs; 76 tackles, 3 INTs); Sr. WR/DB Carter Mann, 6-3, 180 (18-294, 3 TDs; 2 INTs); Sr. WR/DB Calvin Martin, 6-3, 180 (15-254, 4 TDs); Sr. WR/LB Shaun Heubert, 5-11, 205 (84 tackles, 2 INTs); So. WR/LB Brandon Smiley, 6-0, 170 (67 tackles, 2 INTs); Sr. WR/DE Jashawn Marin, 5-10, 195 (84 tackles, 3 sacks), Jr. RB/DB Ethan Reger, 5-10, 165 (3 INTs).
Eastridge key players (and statistics): Sr. QB/DB Alec Mortillaro, 5-8, 165 (38-74, 635 yards, 10 TDs, 3 INTs; 103-1,036, 10 TDs rush.); Sr. RB/LB Jeremiah Ortiz, 5-9, 195 (152-1,211; 17 TDs; 6-104, 2 TDs rec.); Sr. RB Delano Reid, 5-11, 200 (57-293, 4 TDs; 6-66, 2 TDs rec.); Sr. WR/RB/DB Nate Corbett, 5-9, 165 (28-181, 4 TDs; 8-90 rec.); Sr. OL/DL Alex Officer, 6-4, 315 (26 tackles); Jr. OL/DL B.J. White, 6-3, 270 (36 tackles); Sr. OL/DL Chyron Brown-Wallace, 6-0, 275 (34 tackles).
How they got here: Sweet Home beat previously undefeated West Seneca East, 28-7, in Section VI final. Eastridge routed Canandaigua, 47-7, in Section V final.
Pre-snap read: Sweet Home just won its sixth straight sectional title, extending its win streak against Western New York opponents to 60. From 2007 to today, its only losses have come to Aquinas. Eastridge lost in the first round of sectionals the last three years. Won a deep Class A in Section V this year, which included Victor, Canandaigua, Brockport and McQuaid. Eastridge runs much more than it passes. Both teams will occassionally go to the double-wing; Sweet Home’s package is nicknamed the “Big Bird.” As was the case in the Section VI finals, Class A is the only regional that has two undefeated teams meeting.
What’s next: The winner advances to the state semifinals next Friday at 8 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. The opponent will be the winner of the Central Regional between state A poll No. 12 Nottingham (8-2) of Section III (Syracuse area) and No. 8 Union-Endicott (8-1) of Section IV (Binghamton area); that game is tonight at 8 at East Syracuse-Minoa.
At buffalonews.com: Live blog with play-by-play coverage; comment in the blog or via Twitter using the hashtag #preptalkscores. A PrepTalkTV video recap will follow.
In Saturday’s News: Coverage of the A and D finals and gameday previews of Saturday’s remaining three regionals: Cleveland Hill vs. V-Hornell in Class C (noon), Alden vs. V-East Rochester/Gananda in B (3 p.m.) and Orchard Park vs. V-Aquinas in AA (6 p.m.).
- Keith McShea