Can Bishop Timon-St. Jude do it again?
It is another Friday night, another big game hosted by Timon, another higher-ranked Monsignor Martin rival visiting Fitzpatrick Field.
Last week Timon knocked off then-No. 2 large school St. Joe’s, 17-14, in front of a tremendous homecoming crowd. Tonight, there should be another large contingent on hand as No. 6 Timon welcomes in the Marauders’ rival, Canisius, which this week is the unanimous No. 1 in The News poll.
While last week’s win over St. Joe’s was its first over the Marauders in a decade, tonight Timon (5-2, 3-0) will try to beat Canisius for the second straight year.
Last year – also in Week Eight – Timon went to Canisius’ Stransky Complex and beat the Crusaders, 42-28, for its first victory over a fellow Monsignor Martin large school (Canisius, St. Francis or St. Joe’s) in five years. It was a major accomplishment for Timon in its first year under coach Charlie Comerford, a 2001 Timon grad.
However, that was last year’s Canisius team.
This year’s crew of Crusaders has gotten very good quarterback play from junior Tyler Mascio, a transfer from Lake Shore, who has played behind a strong line (including Bowling Green commit Ryan Hunter) and has playmakers in junior running back Qadree Ollison and senior receiver Denzel Benton.
Canisius (7-0, 3-0) has already passed some serious tests in its unbeaten season, including a 14-7 victory at Ohio’s Walsh Jesuit in Week Four and a 35-7 rout of visiting Section V (Rochester area) power Aquinas two weeks ago.
Timon, which welcomed back senior quarterback Ryan Dougherty to the lineup two games ago after he suffered an ACL tear in the Tigers’ season opener, is expected to again have senior JD Recor in the lineup. Recor, who was declared ineligible by the Monsignor Martin Association, obtained an injunction to play last week; his case will go before the court next week. Timon may also have senior Bryant Fulton back in the lineup; the standout receiver was also injured in the Tigers’ opener.
Timon-Canisius is one of the top games on a weekend in which the Section VI playoffs begin.
The top matchup is in Class B, where two top 10 small schools meet: No. 2 Depew plays No. 6 Burgard tonight at 7 at All High Stadium.
In the very balanced Class C, traditional power Cleveland Hill plays at Salamanca at 7 p.m.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, No. 8 large school and AA North champion Lockport hosts a Clarence team that gave Jamestown a stern challenge last week.
Also at 2 Saturday is Springville, winners of three straight, heading to No. 8 small school and B South champion Eden.
Upon further review
When St. Mary’s defeated St. Francis two weeks ago, it was reported to The News that it was the school’s first victory over the Red Raiders in 32 years.
It was the first in 13 years. Former St. Mary’s coaches and players emailed The News to remind everyone that the Lancers beat St. Francis, 16-14, on Sept. 18, 1999.
St. Mary’s (5-2, 2-2), ranked fourth among small schools, seeks another landmark win Saturday afternoon at St. Joe’s (6-1, 2-1), which is ranked seventh among large schools. St. Joe’s is 11-0 all-time against St. Mary’s; the teams have not met since 2008.
While St. Joe’s is coming off its first loss, the Lancers have won two straight since losing at Timon, 28-21. St. Mary’s also played Canisius tough, losing, 30-27, at home in Week Two.
St. Joe’s coach Dennis Gilbert, a longtime assistant at St. Joe’s before being named head coach three seasons ago, was the head coach at St. Mary’s in 2008 in his only year away from the Marauders, leading St. Mary’s to an 8-3 record and a runner-up finish in the Monsignor Martin’s League A final.
Kozak & crew back on air
The Intense Milks Game of the Week is back on the radio, just in time for the playoffs.
The crew of play-by-play man/broadcast founder Rich Kozak, color commentator Hall of Fame coach Art Serotte and sideline reporter John Pluta – which was off the air this year for the first time in over a decade – was brought out of retirement when the title sponsor put a deal together.
They will broadcast tonight’s Depew-Burgard Class B quarterfinal at 7 p.m. on WXRL (1300 AM). The broadcast will also be available via the National High School Broadcast Network (nhsbn.com).
Kozak said they will be doing an “Intense Milks Playoff Game of the Week” broadcast through the regionals, which means they will be on the air for a total of four weeks.