BUFFALO, N.Y.-Two teams that got off to vastly different starts this season meet Saturday night at Clarence. The Red Raiders dropped their opener at Frontier. They’ll host St. Joe’s, a winner over nationally ranked St. Anthony’s Saturday night at 7-o’clock.
The excitement is already building. Clarence running back Emaure Williams told Two on Your Side’s Stu Boyar “I’m pumped for it. I’ve never played St. Joe’s before and we’re going to have a lot of fans and I’m ready for it.”
St. Joe’s head coach Dennis Gilbert warned his team about a letdown after the Marauders beat St. Anthony’s last Saturday. Gilbert told Stu “its a concern right out of the box. I told them right after the game you have until Monday to enjoy this one. Game starts on Monday not on Saturday at 7. Game starts Monday at 3 o’clock when we start practice. All our focus now is on Clarence.”
The Marauders performance certainly caught the attention of Clarence head coach Mark Layer. He told Stu “their line is aggressive and scrappy and the two running backs I thought were just tremendous. The tight end is outstanding. Defensively they fly to the football. I just thought it was one of the best performances I’ve seen from a Western New York team, in terms of an all around performance against an unbelievable opponent that I’ve seen so just, every aspect of the game I thought they were just outstanding.”
Its rare for Section 6 schools to play Monsignor Martin schools but its also exciting. Many of the players grew up together and played together when they were younger. Clarence’s Britton Mann told Stu “I’m very excited. I can’t get the grin off my face.” St. Joe’s Anthony Castellani told Stu “its pretty exciting not many of the private schools get the chance to do it and we’re going to show who’s better.”