N.Y. prep football team stacks schedule with national powerhouses

N.Y. prep football team stacks schedule with national powerhouses

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N.Y. prep football team stacks schedule with national powerhouses

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Thus far in his young football career, the recruitment of Buffalo (N.Y.) Bishop Timon-St. Jude sophomore quarterback Matt Myers has yet to reach a national stage, but few — if any — signal-callers will have a greater opportunity to impress collegiate recruiting coordinators in 2016.

Myers will face one of the nation’s toughest schedules during his junior campaign, as Bishop Timon-St. Jude released a 2016 slate featuring national, regional and local powerhouses.

  • Sept. 2: at Buford (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Sept. 9: at Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Sept. 15: at Permian (Odessa, Texas)
  • Sept. 23: vs. St Mary’s (Lancaster, N.Y.)
  • Oct. 1: at Cardinal O’Hara (Tonawanda, N.Y.)
  • Oct. 7: vs. St Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Oct .15: at Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Oct. 21: vs. Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Oct. 28: at St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.)

“He’s the reason we’re doing the trips,” Bishop Timon-St. Jude coach Charlie Comerford told The Buffalo News of his young QB’s upcoming showdowns with teams from football hotbeds Georgia, Ohio and Texas. “I think he’ll be one of the best players in Western New York. Colleges have already shown interest in him.”

Bishop Timon-St. Jude also returns Third Team All-Western New York junior running back Joe Harrison, but, according to national services, the Tigers don’t have a single recruit of note. Yet.

Myers & Co. sure have their work cut out for them. The Tigers’ opponents won 68.8 percent of their games in 2015. Out of the gate, Buford will be eager to avenge last year’s Georgia Class AAAA title game defeat after winning three consecutive state championships from 2012-14. Likewise, Central Catholic lost Ohio’s Division III championship game this past season after winning state titles in two of its previous three seasons. And there’s Permian, a program that served as the inspiration for “Friday Night Lights” and enjoyed its best season in years in 2015.

Once the Tigers return home, things don’t get much easier, as they face Western New York’s brutal Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association schedule as well as undefeated reigning Class AA state champion Canisius — the 14th-ranked team in USA TODAY Sports’ final Super 25 Expert Rankings this past fall. If Comerford wanted increased exposure, he got it.

“I don’t think anyone in Western New York has had a schedule like this,” Comerford added. “It’s kind of unique. It’s a selling point (to future kids). We’re also trying to get to the top of the Monsignor Martin. I wanted to try something different. Hopefully this gets us over the top.”

Hopefully, because 2017 will be just as tough when Myers is a senior, as Bishop Timon-St. Jude committed to two-year deals at Buford, Central Catholic and Permian. Get your popcorn ready.

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