Game of the day
Burgard Bulldogs (5-0, 5-0) at Cheektowaga Warriors (4-1, 4-0), 2 p.m. (#BURGvCHK on #PrepTalkLive).
Two top five small schools battle for first place in Class B North. Burgard, ranked third in The News small schools poll, visits Warrior Field and No. 5 Cheektowaga.
“They’re probably the fastest team we’ve seen all year, so we’ll be tested a little on that, but they’ll have their hands full in the trenches,” Burgard coach Jason Kolb said on BuffaloNews.com’s PrepTalkTV Thursday night. “Ever since March and the passing league this one has been circled in red.”
Burgard has been dominant in its undefeated season, posting three straight shutouts before routing then-top 10 school Medina in the second half of a 51-12 victory and beating Amherst, 36-7, last week.
Cheektowaga began the season with a 13-12 loss to Section III (Syracuse) Class A team Jamesville-Dewitt, which has been an honorable mention in the state rankings the entire year.
These teams couldn’t get any closer in the Class B state poll, with Burgard 10th and Cheektowaga 11th.
More key games today
• Bishop Timon-St. Jude (2-3) at Canisius (4-1), 2 p.m. at Stransky Complex, Clinton Street, West Seneca. Canisius, the No. 2 large school, is a decided favorite against Timon. It was just two seasons ago that Timon recorded the landmark win in its recent turnaround by winning at Stransky.
• Sweet Home (5-0) at Kenmore East (4-1), 2 p.m. at Sparky Adams Field, Parker Road. The Panthers won handily last week at Grand Island, which handed Ken East its only loss of the season two weeks ago. The Panthers have won 65 straight games against Western New York opponents. If Ken East is able to shock the Western New York football world, it could potentially set up a three-way tie for first place in the division.
• Medina (3-2) at Bennett (2-3), 2 p.m. at All High Stadium. The Mustangs have lost two straight after ascending to The News small school top 10 as it lost two weeks ago at All High to Burgard, and then last week to Lew-Port. Bennett started the season with shutout losses to Burgard and Cheektowaga, then romped to wins over Albion and Lew-Port before losing, 7-6, at Section V (Rochester area) school Attica. This is a major Class B North contest which will affect the playoff picture.
• Alden (5-0) at Olean (2-3), 7:30 p.m. The final Western New York football game of Week Six will go a long way towards clearing up the Class B South playoff picture. No. 1 small school Alden has had some close calls this season.
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A day-by-day look ahead to next weekend (Oct. 18-19) and Week Seven, the final week of the Section VI regular season:
• Friday’s lineup is highlighted, as always, by two major rivalry games as Tonawanda visits North Tonawanda at 6 p.m. while Lancaster visits Depew at 7:30. Other rivalry games include Hamburg at Frontier at 7 as well as Fredonia at Dunkirk and Medina at Albion, both at 7:30. There are 16 league contests on the schedule that will help give us a clear playoff picture. One of the league games is a major matchup of current No. 1 large school Jamestown visiting Orchard Park at 7 p.m.; Jamestown beat OP during last year’s regular season, but OP has beaten the Red Raiders in the last two Section VI Class AA finals. Also on the schedule are key nonleaguers as Williamsville South travels to Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a great public-private matchup, while Canisius is at Cardinal Mooney of Ohio.
• On Saturday, there are five Section VI games which will finalize the Section VI playoff matchups, including West Seneca West at Lockport in Class AA. and Pioneer at Eden in B South. The big rivalry game of the weekend is Kenmore East at Kenmore West at 2 p.m.