Niagara Gazette

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October 5, 2012

Newly-ranked Lancers prepare for No. 2 Cheektowaga

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Niagara Gazette — “If they win this game at home, it makes their year. They’ll be more than happy to beat a team that’s 5-0. They’re not going to roll over.”

The Vikings (5-0, 4-0) have clinched a playoff spot and are tied with Sweet Home atop their division with two weeks remaining.

Starpoint at Ken East

In another Class A North showdown, the Spartans (3-2, 3-1) hit the road to take on the Bulldogs (1-4, 1-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Starpoint has clinched a spot in the Class A playoffs, and still has a shot at the division title if they win out and get a little help. They’ve won two straight games against divisional opponents, and have turned to junior running back Evan Majewski, throwing the ball only twice over the course of those wins.

“(Majewski) has got all week to rest up for Saturday,” Starpoint coach Al Cavagnaro said. “We don’t practice him much all week because we want him for Saturday. He carries the load.”

The Spartans are also getting healthy at the right time. Senior quarterback Andrew Rankie returned last week after missing two games with a concussion.

“Andrew played well last week,” Cavagnaro said. “It was great to have him back. The confidence he brings to the huddle helps. (Backup) Mike Jakes did a wonderful job, but it’s nice to have a senior and your starting quarterback go in their and call the plays.”

Wilson at Newfane

The Lakemen (3-2 C North) wrapped up a playoff spot last week when they closed division play with a 32-29 win over Akron. They’ll face the rival Panthers (0-5 B East) at 2 p.m. Saturday in a game that’s been played every year that the schools have had football programs.

“It’s pretty easy to get (the players) up for this game because it’s our biggest rival,” Wilson coach Bill Atlas said. “With our league schedule behind us, we’re looking to keep everybody healthy, but we’re looking for a win, too.

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