Bennett at Orchard Park, 1 p.m., Saturday. It’s Homecoming, and the folks at Orchard Park do it right with the mini carnival and festival-type atmosphere.

It’s even better when a big game is part of the extravaganza. This Section VI Class AA semifinal rematch qualifies. Teams split two meetings last year with Bennett winning the playoff meeting. No. 2 OP (3-0) is unbeaten, but game against the fifth-ranked Tigers (2-1), at least on paper, is its biggest test to date.

Quakers quarterback Jack Sharp is averaging four touchdown passes per game. OP has scored 49, 49 and 64 points in each of its games.

Bennett bounced back from a blowout nonleague loss at St. Joe’s by beating Jamestown in double overtime, 28-26, to improve to 2-0 in the Class AA division. D’Jae Perry rushed for 295 yards and two TDs in the victory. He has rushed for six touchdowns on the season and is averaging nearly 170 yards rushing per game.

Albion at Lackawanna, 2 p.m. Battle between unbeaten division rivals. Albion ranked fourth among News Small Schools, while Lackawanna comes in 10th. Purple Eagles won both meetings with Lackawanna last season, including a sectional quarterfinal clash. Steelers like to run Jeremi’yha Presley and DeMarion Johnson. One has gone for at least 100 yards in each of the three games. They’ve yielded just seven points. Key players for Albion include Deyonci Farley, Thomas Furmanski, Brilliance Johnson and Tyray White.

Other games of interest on the docket:

WNY Maritime/Health Sciences at Canisius, 1 p.m. Unbeaten Class B team Maritime/Health Sciences steps up to take on Class AA-size Canisius team looking for its first win.

Starpoint at Sweet Home, 1:30 p.m. Unbeaten Spartans face a dangerous Sweet Home team looking to even its record at 2-2.

Buffalo News Polls

Large schools

School (Class)          Rec     Pts      LW

1 St. Francis [5]       2-1      94       3

2 Orchard Park [3] (AA)    3-0      86       2

3 St. Joe’s [1]           2-1      77       5

4 South Park [1] (A)           3-0      72       4

5 Bennett (AA)        2-1      49       9t

6 Clarence (AA)       2-1      39       NR

7t Kenmore West (A)        2-0      34       9t

7t Lancaster (AA)    2-1      34       1

9 Starpoint (A)        3-0      29       NR

10t Jamestown (AA)          2-1      13       6

10t Canisius 0-3      13       7

Others receiving votes: West Seneca East 6, McKinley 4.

Pollsters: Mark Adair (WNY Football Weekly), Sean Bruso (Lancaster assistant coach), Sibby Constantino (Trench Trophy), Rick Coburn (Trench Trophy), Dick Gallagher (WNY High School Sports), Tom Langworthy (Jamestown coach), John Lewis (Connolly Cup), Rich Robbins (Canisius coach), Miguel Rodriguez (Buffalo News), Dennis Sarow (Connolly Cup).

Small schools

School (Class)          Rec     Pts      LW

1 Southwestern [9] (C)     3-0      102     1

2 Pioneer [2] (B)     3-0      96       2

3 WNY Maritime/   3-0      86       5

Health Sciences [1] (B)

4 Albion (B)  3-0      68       6

5 Akron (C)   3-0      67       NR

6 Wilson (C) 3-0      46       9

7 Cheektowaga (B) 2-1      35       10

8 Franklinville/Ellicottville (D)     3-0      34       NR

9 CSP (D)       2-1      21       3

10 Lackawanna (B) 2-1      20       NR

Others receiving votes: Maryvale 9, Fredonia 6, Iroquois 6, Allegany-Limestone 5, Dukirk 2, Cleveland Hill 1, East Aurora/Holland 1.

Pollsters: Adair, William Atlas (Wilson), Bruso, Constantino, Gallagher, Lewis, Sarow, Angelo Sciandra (Cardinal O’Hara AD), Rodriguez, Ed Sciera (Trench Trophy), Jay Sirianni (Southwestern).

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