Alexander state quarterfinal football preview

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Varsity Voices Football: Bishop Kearney is back in the state quarterfinals for a 2nd straight year
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson talk to Kings coach Eddie Long and senior running back Dahmir Pross about their season and Saturday’s matchup at New Era Field against Cleveland Hill.
Varsity Voices Football: Victor – The unbeaten Blue Devils face Lancaster in the Class AA playoffs
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson recap the Section V championship run with Coach Geoff Mandile and senior Zack Estabrooks and also preview Saturday’s Far West Regionals at New Era Field.
Varsity Voices: Football-After finally winning sectionals, can Greece Athena keep going?
Their last title was 35 years ago and now the Trojans face Buffalo Bennett at New Era Field in Friday’s Far West Regionals, the Class A state quarterfinals. James Johnson and Jeff DiVeronica talk with coach Rob Cerone and QB Tavon Granison.
Varsity Voices: Girls Soccer – Wheatland-Chili goes after a state title for a second straight season
After finishing as runners-up last fall, the Wildcats are through to the Class D semifinals Saturday with seven other Section V soccer teams.
Jeff DiVeronica talks with coach Gary Ward and midfielders and twin sisters Abbey and Hannah Callaghan.
Varsity Voices: Football, Class AA-Power vs. Power, Victor vs. Pittsford
Top seeded Victor meets 2nd seeded Pittsford with the Section V championship on the line.
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson and the coaches weigh in.
Varsity Voices: Football Class A – Rematch for the trophy, Athena vs. Brighton
Top two seeds Athena and Brighton met in Week 5 and Athena won. Can Brighton pull off an upset?
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson and Barons coach Stephen Lian break it down.
Varsity Voices: Football Class B, Hornell vs. Batavia
Can the top-seeded Blue Devils win a third straight title or will No. 2 Hornell reclaim its first crown in 4 years? Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson analyze the matchup.
Varsity Voices: Football Class C Defense is key in ER/Gananda vs. Bishop Kearney
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson break down Saturday’s noon matchup and we also hear from coaches Dennis Greco (ER/Gananda) and Eddie Long (Kearney).
Varsity Voices: Girls Volleyball, Penfield
Jeff DiVeronica talks with Coach Andrew Solomon and senior setter Alea Steigerwald about the top-seeded Patriots’ season, national ranking and Friday’s Section V championship match.
Varsity Voices: Football Chris Battaglia talks about the end of his era as Aquinas coach
D&C Digital sports reporter James Johnson talks with long time coach Chris Battaglia about highlights of his last 11 years with Aquinas and what’s next.
Varsity Voices: Girls Tennis
Jeff DiVeronica speaks with Mercy freshman Julia Andreach, the Section V tennis champion and reigning All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year. Andreach leads area players into the state championships this weekend.
Varsity Voices: Football Class A semis preview
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson preview the Section V Class A football semifinals. Greece Athena takes on Canandaigua and Brighton plays Eastridge Friday at Rhinos Stadium. (Oct. 26, 2016) Video by James Johnson and Jeff DiVeronica.
Varsity Voices: Football Class AA semis preview
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson preview the big Class AA semis Sunday at Rhinos Stadium: Victor vs. McQuaid and Pittsford vs. Fairport. (Oct. 26, 2016)
Varsity Voices: Football preview – Rush-Henrietta vs. McQuaid
The host Knights face the Royal Comets in a Week 1 rematch on Saturday. R-H won the first matchup, 27-13. (Oct. 19, 2016)
Varsity Voices: Football preview – Batavia hosts upstart UPrep
The top-seeded Blue Devils edged UPrep earlier this season, 30-26. Will the rematch be as exciting? (Oct. 19, 2016)
Varsity Voices: Football preview – Brockport vs. Eastridge in Class A
The defending Section V champion Blue Devils travel to East Irondequoit for a rematch. Brockport won their Week 2 game, 31-15. (Oct. 19, 2016)
Varsity Voices: Boys Soccer – Fairport hopes to regain title
The Red Raiders are the top seed in the Class AA tournament. Head coach Gianni Bussani, and senior Pete Critchlow, talk with Jeff DiVeronica about their season and sectionals.
Varsity Voices: ER/Gananda looks to remain undefeated
Marc Dovi and James Johnson discuss ER/Gananda’s attempt to remain undefeated in the regular football season.
Varsity Voices: Girls Soccer Eastridge
Marc Dovi and James Johnson talk with Eastridge coach Marc Dall and senior captain Christina Hess about the rise of the division champion Lancers.
Varsity Voices: Football key matchups in the final week of regular season.
Marc Dovi and James Johnson talk about Batavia’s interesting matchup with Class D Clyde-Savannah, the undefeated Livonia and Hornell game, a Class AA scramble, and the play-in game between Class A Irondequoit and Greece Arcadia.
Varsity Voices: Girls Golf Section V Championship
Marc Dovi and James Johnson talk about how players at Penfield, Pittsford, Webster and Victor fared at Oak Hill.
Varsity Voices: Top area boys soccer teams
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson discuss the top area teams, most notably Fairport and Hilton along with the upstart Canandaigua Braves.
Varsity Voices: Football preview, McQuaid vs. Aquinas
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson previews Saturday’s matchup between two private school rivals.
Varsity Voices: Football preview, Spencerport at Athena
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson preview Saturday’s class A football matchup between Spencerport, with Alton Jones and undefeated Greece Athena.
Varsity Voices: Football preview, Victor vs. Fairport
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson preview the challenge ahead for Fairport at Victor on Friday night.
Varsity Voices: Boys Volleyball
Penfield coach Mike Fusare, center, talks with Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson about the big win over McQuaid and the Patriots’ strong start to the season.
Varsity Voices football: Rushing record season highlight so far
Sports writers Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson spotlight record-setting Spencerport running back Alton Jones including highlights of his 491-yard, eight-TD game, and preview this week’s matchups.
Varsity Voices: Runner discusses McQuaid Invitational
Sports writers Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson talk with Webster Thomas senior Amanda Vestri about her career and running in Saturday’s 52nd annual McQuaid Invitational, one of the most historic cross country meets in the U.S.
Varsity Voices Girls Volleyball: Fast start by Penfield, Victor
Sports writers Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson highlight the fast start by Penfield and show Victor’s three-set win over Webster Schroeder this week.
ICYMI: Spencerport’s Jones runs for 491 yards. See how he did it
Alton Jones rushed for a Section V record 491 yards and finished with eight total touchdowns in Spencerport’s 63-39 victory over Irondequoit on Sept. 23, 2016.
Varsity Voices: Big games this week in soccer, football
Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson look ahead to the big games.
Varsity Voices: Who is No. 1 in high school football, soccer
The beginning of the season brought some big games to Section V and the action is just heating up.
Varsity football returns to Monroe High after 30 years
At the 2016 Monroe High football pre-season camp, coach Jason Muhammad and players talk about what the return means to them. Video by James Johnson,
Alexander's Chris McClinic looks for extra yards.

Alexander’s Chris McClinic looks for extra yards.

Alexander won its first Section V title in school history

Section V vs. Section VI Football

State regional round

at New Era Field 

Class D

Matchup and when: Alexander (10-0) vs. Maple Grove (10-0), 5 p.m.

State rankings: No. 5 Alexander Trojans, No. 1 Maple Grove Dragons.

Playbook: While this is Alexander’s first appearance in the state quarterfinals, the Dragons seem like regulars. Maple Grove has played in this game seven times, the last two as a merged team with Chautauqua Lake. The idea of being moved into Class C was unappealing so the merger ended. Maple Grove’s Curt Fischer, in his 26th season as a varsity coach, certainly has been here before. Bradley Benson, the team’s top running back, has more than 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving. Benson has scored 25 touchdowns. Running back Trevor Micek (six touchdowns) and receiver Nick Fabrizio (six) also hurt teams when defenses get overzealous trying to deal with Benson.

No Alexander team has won more games during a single season, so that and the team’s first sectional championship means this is a historical season for the Genesee Region league member. The Trojans, at least last week, seemed to be fun to watch, and a composed team with 15 seniors on a 29-player roster. They handled and controlled a Clyde-Savannah team with larger linemen and a flashy running back. “Most of these kids play sports, and they hold each other accountable,” Alexander coach Tim Sawyer said.

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