Game of the day
Aquinas Lil’ Irish (3-0) at St. Joe’s Marauders (3-0), 1 p.m. (#AQvSTJ on #PrepTalkLive).
It’s No. 1 in Western New York against No. 1 in the state.
St. Joe’s, which has been atop The News large school poll for two weeks, plays host to Aquinas, the Rochester perennial private school power which has been atop the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll for its two weeks.
Aquinas seized that spot following a rainy, 3-0 home win over Canisius in a highly anticipated Week Two contest. Canisius, which beat Aquinas last year at home, 35-7, had been billed by many national and regional polls as the best team from New York state, something the Lil’ Irish took notice of.
St. Joe’s also beat Aquinas last season, winning a 27-14 contest in Rochester. The Marauders started the season with an outstanding 20-14 home victory over Long Island superpower St. Anthony’s and followed it by overwhelming Clarence (35-13) and Cardinal O’Hara (53-16).
Aquinas began the season with a 32-8 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude in South Buffalo and added a 29-3 home win over Ohio’s Ursuline last week.
More key games today
• Williamsville South (3-0) at Orchard Park (2-1), 1 p.m. An excellent nonleague matchup of teams which have excelled in their respective classifications: South in Class A and OP in AA. OP’s homecoming comes after a Week Two home loss to Lockport, which ended the Quakers’ nine-year, 40-game home win streak, and last week’s 13-7 close call with winless Clarence. South’s most impressive win was a 32-8 rout of a 2-1 Williamsville North team.
• Kenmore East (3-0) at Grand Island (3-0), 2 p.m. While neither team has cracked the large school top 10, this is a great matchup which should have serious playoff implications in Class A North. Kenmore East is off to its best start since 2001 as it heads to Gene Masters Field.
• McKinley (3-0) at Williamsville East (2-1), 2 p.m. The unbeaten Macks hope to stay that way against in a Class A clash at the home of the Flames, which look to bounce back from a 21-0 loss at Williamsville North last week. North is one of the teams McKinley has beaten.
• Cardinal O’Hara (1-1) at Eden (1-2), 2 p.m. A fine public-private matchup between small schools who have been very strong in the Monsignor Martin Association and Section VI Class B, respectively.
• Medina (3-0) vs. Burgard (3-0), 4 p.m. at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium (#MEDvBURG at #PrepTalkLive). No. 9 small school Medina has scored 48, 44 and 40 points in its three wins. No. 5 small school Burgard hasn’t given up any.
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A day-by-day look ahead to next weekend (Oct. 4-5):
• Friday’s lineup is highlighted by what should be a battle for first place in Class A South as West Seneca East hosts South Park at 7 p.m.; a second straight great Monsignor Martin matchup at St. Francis as St. Joe’s visits at 7; and a Class AA clash of Orchard Park at Lancaster at 7:30.
• On Saturday, two traditional Class A North rivals get together as Sweet Home plays at Grand Island at 2 p.m.; top 10 small school St. Mary’s heads to top 10 large school Canisius in Monsignor Martin action at 1; Frontier is at Kenmore West in a 2 p.m. Class AA matchup pairing longtime powers from the former AA South and AA North, respectively; and there are a pair of intriguing 2 p.m. games in Williamsville as Will South plays at Will East while Will North welcomes Lackawanna in a nonleague contest.