Who: Alden Bulldogs (11-0) vs. IV-Maine-Endwell Spartans (11-0)
What: New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B football semifinal.
When: Today, 3 p.m.
Where: Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester, 14608.
Tickets: $10 for three-game session.
Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Buffalo News small school poll (last poll Nov. 6): Alden No. 1 (has been No. 1 since final poll of 2010).
New York State Sportswriters Association Class B poll: Maine-Endwell No. 1, Alden No. 2 (both same as last week).
Alden in the state semis: First appearance. Last week’s regional win was its first after losing the two previous years to eventual state champion Hornell.
Maine-Endwell in the state semis: 2-1. Lost in Class B in 1998 to Lackawanna (6-0), which went on to win the state championship; came from behind to beat Iroquois (33-28) in Class A in 2006 on its way to the state title; beat V-Aquinas in Class A last year (19-16) on its way to the state title.
Coaches: Alden, Dick Diminuco, 34th season (242-70); Maine-Endwell, Matt Gallagher, second season (25-0).
How they got here: Alden used a big second half to beat East Rochester/Gananda, 35-7, as Corey Barczykowski ran for three touchdowns and 273 yards on 24 carries to break the school single-season rushing record (he now has 2,136). Maine-Endwell romped to a 50-14 win over Section III (Syracuse area) champion Cazenovia in the Central Regional.
Alden key players: Jr. QB Brian Stoldt, 6-0, 180; Sr. RB/DB Corey Barczykowski, 6-2, 195; Sr. WR/DB Matt Shields, 5-8, 150; Jr. RB/DB/K Ryan Richards, 5-7, 148; Jr. WR/DE Dylan Dussault, 6-3, 187; Sr. WR/DB Alex Darrow, 6-1, 201; Sr. RB/DB Jake McNamara, 6-0, 183; Sr. OL/DL Jason Bunk, 6-3, 281.
Maine-Endwell pre-snap read: After Alden’s season ended the last two years against one of the best programs in the state in Hornell (50 straight wins going into today’s C semifinal), the Bulldogs face another seasoned power with a great resume. Maine-Endwell, winner of 23 straight, is in its first season in Class B after winning not only two straight Section IV (Binghamton area) Class A titles – it also won last year’s state championship with wins over two other familiar postseason suspects in Aquinas (semifinals) and Section II (Albany area) champion Burnt Hills (final). M-E has scored at least 41 points in all of its games but one – and that was a 28-7 home victory over Section IV Class A champion Union-Endicott, loser to Sweet Home Friday night.
What’s next: The winner advances to the NYSPHSAA championship next Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The opponent will be the winner of the East Semifinal between state B poll No. 3 Marlboro (11-0) of Section IX (Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties) and No. 5 Glens Falls (10-1) of Section II (Albany area); that game is at 3 p.m. today in Kingston.
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— Keith McShea