Niagara Gazette


October 11, 2013

FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Teams battle for playoff spots, positioning

Niagara Gazette — With only two weeks left in the Section VI football regular season, teams watch scoreboards and battle for wins as they jockey for playoff position.

The most interesting race may be in Class B North, where Lewiston-Porter, Bennett, Medina and Albion sit tied at 2-2 in league contests as they battle for the third and fourth postseason seeds.

There were only five head-to-head matchups between the teams scheduled for the regular season. Bennett earned a key win over the Lancers in Week Four, but L-P responded by beating Medina in a wild Week Six finish.

Lew-Port hosts Albion at 7 p.m. tonight and controls its own destiny. With a win, the Lancers would own head-to-head wins over Medina and Albion, and a win over Amherst in the regular season finale would clinch a playoff berth.

With a loss, the Lancers will be on the outside looking in, hoping for a Medina win over or Bennett in the final two weeks, then looking at tiebreakers.

Grand Island at Starpoint, 2 p.m. Saturday

The Vikings (4-1, 3-1) can clinch second place in the division and keep their hopes of hosting a playoff game alive with a win over their Class A North rivals, while the Spartans (1-4, 1-3) look to keep improving before the Chuck Funke Memorial Classic.

GI took its first loss of the season against Sweet Home last week, and head coach Dean Santorio said his team needs to be focused on rediscovering its winning formula.

“We don’t want (the players) to be on an emotional low,” Santorio said. “We want them to be focused.”

Starpoint coach Al Cavagnaro said his team is still looking for its best game.

“The guys have worked so hard in the weight room and everything else, they owe it to themselves to go out and play their best game,” he said. “We want to get some of that respect that we’d have had we been a little healthier and played a couple of good games.”

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