ELMA, N.Y.-A scheduling conflict forced Depew head coach Brian Wilson to move practice Tuesday from school to Sahlen's in Elma. However Wilson and his team and firmly focused on their season finale against arch rival Lancaster.
Wilson told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "Depew Lancaster rivalry, its really one of the reasons when the job became available I tried to get a job here. To get this kind of excitement and this kind of tradition in high school football is just terrific and I enjoy every minute of it. Its such a big game for the community as well. Everybody's excited from kindergarten to ex players in the senior center. "
Senior lineman Robert Buono told Stu that Lancaster Depew is the "best rivalry ever. Great game hard hitting fun. Everything. To win that game at Lancaster, would mean everything, the world. There are bragging rights to the backyard football game. Everyone has friends on each team. They know each other so its just bragging rights really. Beautiful, ugly, a win's a win I don't care how I'll take a win."
Senior Brian Rybak told Stu "its a dream. This is one of the biggest things we do this season. It would be a great way to finish off my career in high school. I think of the rivalry. Depew the small school taking on the big school. Its a great honor to get to play them and if you get to beat them even better."
No one from Depew could put their finger on why Lancaster has struggled in the fourth quarter. Buono said "they've played good teams all year and they've stuck with them so its going to be a hard game." Rybak added "I'm not really sure why they have issues in the fourth quarter but in the first three they play very hard. They have a nice passing game. They run the spread offense a lot. They also run a double tight end and their effective out of that too. We definitely have to prepare because we can't just be hoping that they fall apart in the fourth quarter. We got to bring it all four quarters and hopefully we can come out on top."
Wilson said "I think our kids do a great job of staying focused during the week. There are all kinds of distractions this week between powder puff football games, pep rallies and everything else I think would be easy for our guys to lose focus. I think our kids do a great job of enjoying those activities but at the same time staying focused on the job at hand which is Friday night at 7:30. "
The teams come into the game with opposite won loss records. Depew is 5-1 and Lancaster 1-5. Each team has a head coach who is in his first year as head coach of that program. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 Friday night at Lancaster.