The winner of Saturday’s CHSFL AAA championship game between Stepinac and Iona Prep will advance to the first-ever Catholic state championship. That game is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30 at Hofstra University in Uniondale.
As of now, the new state final remains on as scheduled. However, the upstate champ has a little less wiggle room in the wake of the massive snowstorm that has wreaked havoc on greater Buffalo.
Here’s the situation: Stepinac or Iona Prep will face the winner of the Monsignor Martin Association championship. That game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but, with up to five feet already on the ground in some areas and as much as two more feet anticipated Thursday, the league pushed its title game to Monday.
Canisius, the No. 1-ranked team in the state, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude were scheduled to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Bills. But the stadium has already received four feet of snow. The organization has actually asked for volunteers from the public to help shovel the stadium for $10 an hour and free tickets to Sunday’s game against the Jets.
With the Ralph unavailable, Canisius (10-0) and Bishop Timon-St. Jude (8-3) are now scheduled for Monday night at 6 at All High Stadium in Buffalo, according to the Buffalo News.
The storm also forced the NYSPHSAA to alter its schedule for two state semifinal football games and to delay Saturday’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College.