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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 1:27 am

The regular season starts to take shape as Week 3 rolls in as a number of teams are looking to cement themselves at the top of the heap.

The best game on Friday night will likely be Avon at Caledonia-Mumford as both come in at 2-0 and with something to prove, for different reasons; on the same front, both Le Roy and Attica will look to make it 3-0 at home, as a Class C sectional battle could possibly loom in the future for the Oatkan Knights and the Blue Devils.

Batavia will look to get back in the win column on Homecoming night, while a pair of undefeated Genesee Region League teams in Alexander and Notre Dame will face off in Batavia on Saturday.

Here is a closer look at this weeks contests:

Brighton (0-2) at Batavia (1-1)

7:30 Tonight

The Blue Devils took a step back last Friday in their home-opening loss to Honeoye Falls-Lima after their 22-0 win at Edison in Week 1; however, Batavia showed the fight late that this Brennan Briggs-coached crew is going to have.

Batavia rallied from being down 27-6 to HF-L to cut the lead to 27-20 and had a chance to tie or take the lead late but eventually fell.

Tonight Batavia will have a chance to get back in the win column on Homecoming.

Running back Brandon Stevenson had a  workman-like performance last week with 105 yards rushing and one touchdown on 18 carries; he was bottled up much of the night but was able to break free for a few long runs, including his 13-yard touchdown run and a 32-yard jaunt.

Following an excellent week against the Inventors with 81 yards rushing and two scores, Nick Canzoneri was shut down by the Cougars as he managed just 16 yards on seven totes.

Quarterback Greg Mruczek will have to take care of the ball better and try and spread the field when the Blue Devils decide to throw.

Mruczek was intercepted three times last week but seemed to built a solid connection with tight end Jacob Radka; Mruczek could possibly try and look outside to big wide receiver Malachi Chenault as well.

The Barons come in having dropped a pair of close contests early on — 18-6 in Week 1 against Greece Olympia and 27-20 last week against Eastridge.

The Brighton offense showed signs of life in Week 2 behind rushing touchdowns from Austin Carr, Matt Stone and Peyton Starling.

Pembroke (1-1) at Attica (2-0)

7 Tonight

The Blue Devils have had no issues through the first two weeks of the season with a 45-6 win over Oakfield-Alabama and a 39-0 win over Holley last week in a game that was shortened to one half because of numerous injuries to the Hawks.

Attica senior running back Matt Perry has been as good as advertised as he has rushed for over 10 yards per carry — 42 rushes for 450 yards — and seven touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Damian Marchetti has also been solid for the Blue Devils with three rushing scores and a passing touchdown to ease some of the burden off of Perry.

The Dragons steamrolled C.G. Finney 41-0 in their opener but were brought back to earth last week by Elba/Byron-Bergen’s defensive effort.

Dakota Swimline torched Finney for 150 yards and three scores in Week 1 but was held to just 28 yards on 15 carries last week; Pembroke will need the former to keep up with Perry and company.

Quarterback Tyler Bruning was 9-for-17 for 79 and a touchdown last week against the Lancers but was picked off three times.

Pembroke’s defense will be led by Peter Thomas and Cal Neurohr.

C.G. Finney (0-2) at Oakfield-Alabama (0-2)

7 Tonight

Something has to give in this one as the Hornets have been outscored 80-27 on the season, while Finney has given up the second-most points in Section 5 through two weeks in being outscored 105-0.

The Hornets, however, did give Notre Dame all it could handle last week, twice cutting the Fighting Irish lead to just seven in the second half.

It appears as senior running back Chris Nanni goes, so go the Hornets.

Nanni has rushed 52 times for 239 yards — 31-167 last week — and two touchdowns on the season; Nanni also added three catches for 56 yards and another score against ND.

Chase Manzella also had a strong game out of the backfield last week for O-A with 95 yards and a score on 15 carries, while quarterback Allen Chatt has steadily improved each time out.

The Hornets topped Finney in the Class D Connors and Ferris Bowl final last season.

Avon (2-0) at Caledonia-Mumford (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

This should be the game of the night as the Braves have showed that they should still be the team to beat in Class DD, while the Red Raiders are on a mission to rebound from last season and have outscored their first two opponents 67-19.

Avon ripped York in its opener and ran out to a 27-0 halftime lead against Warsaw before winning 27-16.

Junior quarterback Joey Sotak has been great under center for the Braves with 194 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 22 carries; Sotak has also added 139 yards through the air.

Leading returning rusher Dan Welch rebounded from just 19 yards rushing in Week 1 to finish with 87 yards and two scores last week against Warsaw.

For Cal-Mum, it has been the Kurtis Haut and Joe Cappotelli show.

Haut has already rushed for 311 yards and five touchdowns, while Cappotelli has added 184 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.

The Red Raiders topped Bath on opening night and shut out Letchworth 33-0 last week.

Ryan Sickles added 113 yards rushing last week against the Indians as Cal-Mum rushed the ball 40 times for 305 yards.

Letchworth (1-1) at Le Roy (2-0)

7:30 Tonight

The Oatkan Knights have come out with a vengeance in 2013 as they are currently second in all of Section 5 in scoring with 57.5 points per game in their wins over Hornell and Bishop Kearney.

Moreover, Le Roy has allowed just 22 points, all of which coming with the outcome having already been decided.

The Oatkan Knights have a number offensive weapons at their disposal; Tom Kelso leads the team with 189 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 16 carries, while senior Peter Privitera has rushed 29 times for 174 yards and a pair of scores.

Through the air, Le Roy has been equally as potent as quarterback Mike McMullen and wide receiver Ryan McQuillen have created quite the combination.

McMullen was 6-of-10 for 174 yards and three scores in the win over Hornell and added two more scores last week, both to McQuillen, who now has three on the year.

Jon Pierce on the other side provides a solid 1-2 punch on the outside for McMullen.

The Indians were able to slip past Warsaw in their opener but ran into a determined Caledonia-Mumford squad last week when they fell 33-0.

Running back Manny Cuevas has been first-year head coach Bryan Grattan’s top threat as he has rushed 25 times for 212 yards and a touchdown.

Keenan Platt had 51 yards on the ground on 11 carries last week but Letchworth will need much more to keep pace with Le Roy.

Bishop Kearney (1-1) at Warsaw (0-2)

7:30 Tonight

The Tigers stumbled out of the gate losing 30-26 to Letchworth in Week 1 and falling behind 27-0 at the half last week to Avon.

Yet Warsaw could have something to build on as it rallied to close the gap against the Braves to 27-16 behind a pair of touchdown runs from Colin Royce and Josh Grisewood.

Royce also had a touchdown run in the opener that featured a pair of short touchdown runs from quarterback Josh Griffith.

The Kings ripped Canisteo-Greenwood 50-7 two weeks ago behind 340 yards passing and six touchdowns from Tyler Kirton and 11 receptions for 215 yards and three scores from JoJo Gause.

However, Bishop Kearney was dismantled last week at home against Le Roy.

Perry (1-1) at York (1-1)

7:30 Tonight

The Yellowjackets offense came out firing last week in a 45-14 whipping of Geneseo just a week after they suffered through a tough season-opening loss to Wayland-Cohocton.

Senior quarterback Corey Dillon went 9-of-15 through the air for 279 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Blue Devils to bring his season totals to 21-of-36 for 431 and five scores.

Wide receiver T.J. McGinnis is clearly Dillon’s top target as he has caught nine passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns on the year; McGinnis added nine tackles last week.

Christian Hollister rebounded with a solid game against Geneseo with 89 yards receiving, 75 rushing, two touchdowns and 13 tackles for Perry.

The Golden Knights fell to Avon in Week 1 but bounced back with a 36-20 win over Bolivar-Richburg last week.

Sophomore Cody DuBiel has gone 18-for-28 through the air for 233 in two games, while he rushed for 84 yards and a score in the win last week.

Ray Garland rushed 11 times for 50 yards for York against B-R.

Albion (1-1) at Cheektowaga (1-1)

7 Tonight

The Purple Eagles got a taste of their own medicine last week — after shutting out Barker/Roy-Hart two weeks ago Albion was blanked by Burgard 48-0 last week.

The Bulldogs held Albion to just 75 yards of offense.

Quarterback Kyle Smith and wide receiver Trey Hart made a solid connection opening night and will have to find that rhythm again this week.

Following a 13-12 loss opening weekend to Syracuse’s Jamesville-Dewitt, Cheektowaga used a stellar defensive effort to take down Bennett last week.

The Tigers defense allowed just 137 total yards and scored 14 fourth-quarter points to break it open.

Running back Marshawn Gibson leads Cheektowaga with 201 yards rushing on 35 carries.

Akron (1-1) at Medina/Lyndonville (2-0)

7:30 Tonight

The Mustangs have made things look relatively easy throughout the first two weeks of the season as they have outscored their opponents 92-20, including a 44-14 whipping of Maryvale last weekend.

Kyle Barna was the offensive hero in Week 1, but Medina/Lyndonville showed it has plenty of ways to maneuver on the offensive end last week.

Quarterback Jason Helwig threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, while Dan Brown added a pair of touchdown runs and 203 yards on the ground in the win; Barna chipped in with six catches for 104 yards.

The Tigers took care of Wilson in Week 1 but are coming off of a tough loss to a solid Cleveland Hill squad 28-13 last weekend.

Akron’s main offensive threat will be wide receiver Austen Lauricella, who caught 12 balls for 201 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss.

Alexander (2-0) at Notre Dame (2-0)

1:30 p.m. Saturday

This should be a good, early-season Genesee Region League tilt as the Trojans are off to a great start having outscored Elba/Byron-Bergen and C.G. Finney by a combined 87-6.

The Fighting Irish rolled past Holley in their opener and were eventually able to take down a game Oakfield-Alabama squad last week.

Senior Dylan Scharlau has been unstoppable for Alexander as he has rushed 48 times for 396 yards and five touchdowns.

Trojans signal-caller Nelson Burke has done the job as well; Burke was 6-for-11 for 78 yards and a score in the win over the Lancers and added a 41-yard touchdown pass to Zach Laird last weekend.

Alexander racked up 509 yards of total offense against Finney and will be a good test for a Notre Dame team that was well out-gained by the Hornets last week.

The Fighting Irish offense will center around senior quarterback Tim McCulley and senior running back Andrew Mullen.

McCulley has gone 14-of-30 for 345 yards, eight touchdowns — four in each week — and one interception early on; he has also ran the ball 21 times for 191 yards and another score.

Mullen had a strong opening week with 151 yards and three touchdowns against Holley but was somewhat bottled up by O-A with just 62 yards on 18 carries.

Notre Dame wide receiver Josh Johnson has four catches this season — all are for touchdowns and he has amassed 136 yards receiving; big tight end Charlie Herbert is also a threat for McCulley to utilize.

Elba/Byron-Bergen (1-1) at Holley (0-2)

1:30 p.m. Saturday

Following a sub-par opening week loss to Alexander, the Lancers got into the win column last Saturday when they used a stellar defensive effort to take care of Pembroke 27-7.

Austin Yockel’s two interceptions keyed the Elba/Byron-Bergen defense, while quarterback Garrett Chapell and wide receiver Kyle Dougherty got it going through the air.

Chapell was 6-for-12 for 172 yards and three scores in the win, while Dougherty caught four of those balls for 135 yards and two scores.

The Lancers defense held Pembroke running back Dakota Swimline to just 28 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Brandon Naylor had his second straight solid game on the ground for Elba/B-B as he rushed 16 times for 76 yards and a score.

Holley has had its share of troubles early on as it has been outscored 91-0 in its first two outings, including a 39-0 loss to Attica last week that was called at the half because of safety concerns for the Hawks, who were down to 13 healthy players.

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