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Albion, Medina to host B North foes

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – HOME OPENER NEXT: Albion quarterback Kyle Smith, shown here picking up yardage during the season opening win over Barker/Roy-Hart, and his Purple Eagle teammates will host Burgard at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Medina will also be at home Friday hosting Maryvale at 7:30 p.m.

Aiming to keep the momentum from season opening wins, Albion and Medina will both host B North Division opponents at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Albion will host a new opponent in Burgard of Buffalo while Medina will take on a familiar foe in Maryvale.

Albion opened the season by posting a 32-0 victory over Barker/Roy-Hart at Middleport while Burgard shut out Buffalo city rival Bennett 14-0.

“They are very fast at every position on both sides of the line of scrimmage so we have to contain their speed and avoid giving up the big play,” said Albion Coach Tony Osburn. “Offensively we want to establish ball control. It’s going to be a great challenge.”

Quarterback Kyle Smith completed two touchdown passes to Trey Hart and ran for another score, Kollin Reynolds added two touchdowns and Ed Wolfe ran for over 200 yards to spearhead the Albion attack against Barker/Roy-Hart.

The Medina offense also got off to a fast start romping to a 48-6 victory over Amherst at Vets Park while Maryvale dropped a 14-0 decision to Cheektowaga rival Cleve Hill.

Quarterback Jason Hellwig led the Mustangs attack with touchdown passes to Kyle Barna, Dylan Lewis and Ben McPherson. Barna also ran for three touchdowns as Dan Brown added a defensive score by picking off an Amherst pitch out attempt and racing 80 yards for a TD.

“Maryvale is a big, physical team that is quick on both sides of the ball,” said Medina Coach Eric Valley. “Getting that first win last week was great for the kids but we’ve still got a lot of things to work on and to shore up.”

The Mustangs and Flyers were also division opponents from 1997 to 2006 and again from 2008 to 2010. Medina won the most recent meeting, a 49-22 victory in 2011, which tied the all-time series between the schools at 7-7.

Barker/Roy-Hart also faces a B North contest at Lew-Port at 7 p.m. Friday. The Lancers defeated Niagara-Wheatfield 13-7 in a non league opener last weekend.

In the Genesee Region League, Holley will be looking to bounce back from a 52-0 loss at Notre Dame as the Hawks visit Attica at 7 p.m. Friday. The Blue Devils opened the season with a 45-6 romp over Oakfield-Alabama.