Niagara Gazette


October 5, 2012

Newly-ranked Lancers prepare for No. 2 Cheektowaga


Niagara Gazette — Ken West at Niagara Falls

Coming off last week’s win against Hutch Tech, the Wolverines (2-3, 2-1) host the Blue Devils (2-3, 2-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday in their second consecutive Class AA North game at Sal Maglie Stadium.

Both teams have already clinched playoff spots by virtue of wins over Tech and Riverside. This is the last divisional game for both teams, and the winner will clinch the second seed and a home playoff game in the first round of the Section VI playoffs.

Niagara Falls won last week thanks to a big game from its defense, which held the Engineers’ offense scoreless. Wolverines’ coach Don Bass said the 21-6 win was his team’s most complete game of the season and helped lead to a more-intense week of practice.

“(The players) realize that they can win games and play good football,” Bass said. “It’s really rewarding as a coach because they come out and work harder knowing that they can compete at a high level.”

Bass said the keys to Saturday’s game will be playing mistake-free football and completing drives.

“We actually left a lot of points on the board (against Tech),” he said. “I’ve told these guys that we have to finish since the beginning of the year. If we can finish our drives and not hurt ourselves, we’ll be OK.”

Grand Island at


The Vikings, ranked No. 7 in the WNY large school polls, put their undefeated record on the line at 2 p.m. Saturday against the winless Falcons in Class A North action. Despite the difference in records, Grand Island coach Dean Santorio said he expects a tough game.

“Honestly, we never take anyone for granted,” he said. “We’ve watched them on film and they’ve done some nice things. We try to make sure our kids respect everyone. We’ve lost games in the last 10 to 12 seasons where, on paper, we might’ve been ahead of them.

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