Week 7 Elba/Byron-Bergen at Bishop Walsh preview
Elba/Byron-Bergen (1-5) at Bishop Walsh (1-4).
7 p.m. Friday
Some games are close to a must-win, even if a team isn't going to make the playoffs.
This is one of them.
Elba/Byron-Bergen has that situation this weekend as Walsh is not a very good football team that could be the home underdog. The Eagles have only scored 66 points in five games, while giving up a whopping 187.
The Section 6 school is coming off a 43-12 beat-down at the hands of C.G. Finney last week and has only beaten Niagara Catholic this season in a 26-22 game.
The Lancers need a win in this game to quiet some of the many critics that are not happy with the way the program is going.
Last week's 48-14 loss to Notre Dame was rough to look at on the field, but the reason isn't because of the skill of the players. The Elba/Byron-Bergen penalty count - including personal fouls - is out of control and the fans have grown impatient with the losing and penalties; and they are becoming very vocal.
When the team doesn't turn the ball over or shoot itself in the foot with the penalties, they are competitive.
Zach Green is one of the more talented athletes in the Genesee Region League and people will remember him as the biggest bright spot for this team, this year.
He gained the majority of Elba/Byron-Bergen's 129 rushing yards last week and can break off a big run at any time. Brandon Spurling also has that breakaway ability and will get his share of carries.
The Lancers had been starting Eric Kowalik at quarterback for most of the season, but switched back to Cody Torpey last week. It is unclear at this point as to which one will get the start or the bulk of the plays behind center this week.
The Byron-Bergen players have improved throughout the season and have now gained enough varsity experience to play with a team like Walsh.
The Lancers are looking to win this game and try to turn some of the negative talk into positives heading into Pool Play.