Tonawanda News — St. Joe’s at Lockport,
2 p.m. Saturday
Aquinas, out of Section V in Rochester, had won 25 straight against Monsignor Martin opponents before last weekend’s bout with undefeated St. Joe’s. The Marauders returned to Buffalo after ending that streak.
“It was fantastic. The kids played hard,” said St. Joe’s coach Dennis Gilbert. “They checked their ego at the door and everybody did their part.”
Up next is a showdown between the high-powered rushing attack of Lockport and the Marauders high-scoring, unpredictable dual-threat attack.
Junior quarterback Dennis Gilbert Jr. lined up under center for the first time and completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Gilbert said the move allows speedster Nigel Davis to get back on the outside and Tyler Hill to line up at tight end.
“He’s not a game changer but he’s a pretty smart kid,” Gilbert said. “He knows the offense very well and he’s just calm. We become more dynamic when Nigel is out on the edge.”
Gilbert said his team must take care of the ball and slow down Lions stud running back James Chambers to beat Lockport.
“We need to do what we do best (and stay on the offensive),” Gilbert said. “Chambers is a heck of a back. We have to make sure to contain him and that’ll happen if we’re getting the job done up front.”
Starpoint at Ken East,
2 p.m. Saturday
The Bulldogs are still licking their wounds after McKinley unloaded on them in Week 5.
Kenmore East had been building momentum every week and its offense, led by junior quarterback Connor McMahon, seemed poised for a nice finish to the season. McKinley obviously had other ideas.
This week the Bulldogs face a Starpoint team hungry for a win that would secure a playoff spot. The Spartans ran all over the Lumberjacks last week, totaling 336 yards on the ground en route to a 48-7 victory.