Niagara Gazette


September 27, 2013

FOOTBALL FRIDAY: GI hosts KE in battle of A North unbeatens

Niagara Gazette — Three weeks of high school football have set up a semi-unlikely battle of undefeated schools trying stay atop Class A North when the Grand Island Vikings host the Kenmore East Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Saturday in GI’s homecoming game.

While the Vikings (3-0, 2-0) were picked to enjoy some regular season success following last year’s 7-2 campaign, the Ken East (3-0, 2-0) start has been a bit surprising. The Bulldogs finished 4-5 last season following an 0-9 year in 2011.

“They’ve got some athletes,” said GI coach Dean Santorio. “Their quarterback (senior Connor McMahon) is a three-year starter who can throw the ball, and they’ve got a running back (Preston Smith) that is having a good year.

“We definitely won’t take them for granted.”

Saturday’s game will mark the return of GI senior quarterback Quinn Corrao, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in a season-opening win over Hamburg on Sept. 6, and lineman Joe Gioeli.

Santorio added that senior wide receiver Ben Goc (shoulder) and Dominic Petrilli (ankle) are likely out for the season.

Nia.-Wheatfield at Starpoint, 2 p.m. Saturday

One of these two banged-up A North teams will pick up its first win of the season, barring a tie.

The Falcons (0-3, 0-2) lost to Lewiston-Porter, Sweet Home and Grand Island, while the Spartans (0-3, 0-2) fell against Lockport, Ken East and Sweet Home.

N-W is likely without senior RB Joe Ayers for the rest of the season, while Starpoint coach Al Cavagnaro said his team will be without QB Sam Terrazzino. Star RB Evan Majewski will be a game-time decision.

The game will also be the Spartans’ homecoming.

Lockport at Niagara Falls, noon Saturday

The Wolverines (0-3 AA) celebrate their homecoming by hosting the Lions (2-1, 1-1 AA) in their first “home” game of 2013 after last week’s bout with Lancaster was moved due to a flooded playing surface at Sal Maglie Stadium.

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