Who: St. Joe’s (6-2, 4-0 Monsignor Martin) at Canisius (6-2, 4-0).
What: Regular season finale is the 82nd meeting of the rivals.
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Koessler Field at Canisius’ Stransky Complex, 2885 Clinton St., West Seneca.
Gates open: 11 a.m.
Tickets: $4. Available today at the Canisius reception desk from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The remaining tickets will be made available for purchase on game day at any gate. Canisius and St. Joe’s students and faculty will be admitted free with school ID.
Internet broadcast: St. Joe’s radio broadcast via sjci.com.
Rivalry record: St. Joe’s, 47-31-3; series dates back to 1921.
Rivalry streaks: Canisius won last year to end a run of four straight wins over two seasons by St. Joe’s (regular season and playoff sweeps in 2010 and 2011 behind QB Chad Kelly); Canisius won the previous five. St. Joe’s won a series record 17 straight from 1983 to ’98.
Last season: The regular season closed with a classic seen by more than 6,000 in the rain at St. Joe’s. Qadree Ollison rushed 39 times for a Canisius single-game rushing record 344 yards and all four of his team’s touchdowns in a 28-21 win that gave Canisius the Monsignor Martin regular season championship.
The News large school poll: Canisius No. 2; St. Joe’s No. 4.
New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll: Canisius No. 10; St. Joe’s 18.
Coaches: St. Joe’s, Dennis Gilbert, fifth season (29-13; 4-1 vs. Canisius); Canisius, Rich Robbins, third season (20-9; 1-2 vs. St. Joe’s).
Canisius skinny: The defense has been tremendous, as the first team hasn’t allowed a touchdown all year. Offense, led by sr. RB Ollison (committed to Pittsburgh) has struggled overall. Losses are close ones to powerful programs (3-0 to Aquinas; 9-7 at Cardinal Mooney in Ohio).
St. Joe’s skinny: Also lost to tough teams (31-21 to Aquinas; 56-7 at Cathedral Prep of Pa.). Injuries took major toll in recent weeks; outstanding sr. RB/LB Rod Payne is out for the year with a knee injury. Sr. Nigel Davis is tremendous as RB/DB/K.
Playoff implications: The winner of today’s game will win the Monsignor Martin regular season title and the loser will take second place. Canisius and St. Joe’s have clinched the first-round byes that accompany the top two spots in the standings.
Monsignor Martin playoffs: Quarterfinals next week; semifinals (Nov. 14, 5 and 7:30 p.m.) and championship (Nov. 21, 7 p.m.) will be held on Thursdays at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
At BuffaloNews.com: Watch a video preview of the game by photojournalist Harry Scull Jr. and watch Thursday’s episode of PrepTalkTV, which featured Ollison, Davis and each team’s mascot. #PrepTalkLive coverage will include play-by-play from #STJvCAN as well as updates from other games, plus your input via the #PrepTalkLive hashtag on Twitter.