Niagara Gazette

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October 5, 2012

Newly-ranked Lancers prepare for No. 2 Cheektowaga

Niagara Gazette — Last week the Lewiston-Porter Lancers traveled to Maryvale, which was the 10th-ranked small school in Western New York, and blew past the Flyers, 47-32.

This week, the Lancers, ranked for the first time this season in the WNY polls at No. 10, play host to another top school at 7 p.m. Friday: No. 2 Cheektowaga.

“It’s going to be a tough test,” Lew-Port coach Jon Hoover said. “The’re coming in undefeated and have a very powerful running game with a lot of speed. The might have the best back in Western New York in Marquel Jackson.”

Lew-Port (4-1, 3-1) is tied with Burgard for second place in Class B West, trailing only the Warriors (5-0, 4-0). The top two teams in the division earn an automatic bid into the Class B playoffs, and by virtue of their loss to the Bulldogs in the season opener, the last two divisional games of the year could be key to their Lancers’ playoff hopes.

“We’ve got to win every game that’s in front of us and make sure that we control our own fate,” Hoover said. “We don’t want to leave it to needing help from other teams.”

The Lancers were an afterthought at the beginning of the season after a one-win campaign in 2011. Friday’s contest is the school’s homecoming game, and Hoover said his team’s success has the locals talking.

“We’re expecting a real big crowd tomorrow night,” he said. “A lot of people in the community are talking about what’s been going on, so we’ve been talking about keeping focused. The most important thing about homecoming is us winning our football game.

“We had a really good week of practice, (the players) were focused all week. They didn’t buy into the homecoming stuff and have focused on football and Cheektowaga.”

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