Niagara Gazette


September 27, 2013

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


Niagara Gazette — While NF is searching for its first win, Lockport has had an up-and-down couple of weeks, upsetting perennial favorite Orchard Park on Sept. 14 before falling to Frontier last week.

“They’re pretty much a mirror of what we do offensively,” said NF coach Don Bass. “It should be nothing new for our defense.”

Offensively, though, the Wolverines could struggle to replace senior center James Goldston, who Bass dismissed due to “conduct detrimental to the team.” Junior Timere Ralands, whose brother, Tikere, starred for NF last season, will take over.

Lew-Port at Bennett, 7 p.m. tonight

Two teams with contrasting seasons meet at All-High Stadium in Buffalo in a Class B North battle.

The Lancers (2-1, 1-1) beat Nia.-Wheatfield and Barker/Royalton-Hartland before being crushed by Burgard last week, while the Tigers (1-2) were shut out by Cheektowaga and Burgard before hanging 60 points in a blowout of Maryvale.

Bennett boasts size and athleticism similar to Burgard, and L-P coach Jon Hoover said his team is better prepared this week.

“We made some changes on the offensive line, switching positions and personnel,” he said. “We’ve stressed toughness all week. We don’t feel we had that last week, and we’re a better team than we showed (against Burgard).”

Wilson at JFK, 1:30 p.m. Saturday

A pair of winless Class C North teams meet when the Lakemen (0-3) travel to play the Bears (0-3, 0-2).

Despite starting the years blowout losses, Wilson coach Bill Atlas said a win could keep his team in playoff contention.

“They’re struggling a little bit like we are, but it’s still a battle for a playoff spot,” Atlas said. “With three league games left, if we can put together a couple wins, we can still chase the playoffs.”

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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