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Bengals starting CBs limited Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2017 – 4:47 pm

The Bengals have a few injuries of their own to some key players heading into Sunday’s game with the Bills. Chief among them Tyler Eifert, who has been out with a back injury. Rookie WR John Ross has also been out with a knee injury. Neither were able to practice on Wednesday.

Limited in practice were both of Cincinnati’s starting cornerbacks, Adam Jones and Dre’ Kirkpatrick as well as WR Brandon LaFell.

Did not participate in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
DT Andrew Billings Shin
TE Tyler Eifert Back
LB Jordan Evans Hamstring
H-B Ryan Hewitt Knee
WR John Ross Knee
S Derron Smith Ankle
TE C.J. Uzomah Knee
Limited Participation in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
WR Brandon LaFell Knee
CB Adam Jones Hip
CB Dre Kirkpatrick Shoulder
TE Tyler Kroft Neck/Knee
QB AJ McCarron Achilles
Full Participation in Practice
Pos. Player Injury
G Trey Hopkins Knee
G T.J. Johnson Neck

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Hyde doesn’t practice, rest for Alexander & Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2017 – 3:21 pm

Bills S Micah Hyde participated in warm-ups at Wednesday’s practice, but didn’t do anything else and was listed as a non-participant. TE Charles Clay was excused Wednesday for a death in his family. Lorenzo Alexander and Kyle Williams got veteran rest days.

There were several players who were limited in practice including CB EJ Gaines, DE Shaq Lawson and OT Cordy Glenn, who returned to practice after missing all of last week.

 

 

 

Here’s Buffalo’s full injury report

DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
TE Charles Clay – not injury related
DT Kyle Williams – rest
WR Jordan Matthews – thumb
S Micah Hyde – knee
LB Ramon Humber – thumb

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Kaelin Clay – back
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
CB EJ Gaines – groin
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
RB Taiwan Jones – knee
DE Shaq Lawson – groin

FULL PRACTICE
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist
RB Mike Tolbert – thumb
DT Jerel Worthy – thumb

 


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For all Bills fans traveling to Cincy this weekend

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2017 – 11:36 am

If you’re a Bills fan traveling to Cincinnati for the game this weekend, there’s an opportunity to make another football-related stop at a discount.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is inviting Bills fans to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!”

Any Bills fan dressed in their team’s gear who mentions the promotion at the Hall’s Ticket Office will receive a $5 discount on any regular price museum admission.

Bills fans may receive the discount Wednesday, Oct. 4th through Monday, Oct. 9th. The Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information about planning a visit to the Hall of Fame can be found here.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 3, 2017 – 6:56 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 5 of the 2017 season is Dean Santorio, head coach of the Grand Island Vikings. The longtime head coach, led the Vikings to a 33-7 victory over Starpoint on Friday, Sept. 29 at home. Coming into the contest, the Vikings were 3-1 and Starpoint was undefeated at 4-0. Considered an underdog in the matchup, Grand Island put on quite a performance. Propelling the Vikings’ offense was senior running back Thomas Cecere, who finished the game with 33 carries for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Cecere also made an impact on defense, returning an interception for 65 yards and a score. With the win, the Vikings have advanced to 4-1 on the season and will take on Sweet Home on the road on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 5 is Dan Fichter, head coach of the Irondequoit Eagles. The undefeated Eagles faced Brockport on the road on Friday, Sept. 29. Staring down a 7-0 deficit at halftime, the Eagles came out ready to score in the third quarter. Led by junior quarterback Freddie June, who put together an impressive 78-yard touchdown run, Irondequoit evened the score. The Eagles put the game away in the final quarter, when senior running back Will Porter found the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. Winning 14-7, the Eagles are now 5-0. Irondequoit will host Greece Athena on Friday, Oct. 7.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

 

 

 


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Big difference between a 2-2 and 3-1 start

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2017 – 10:05 am

The win itself was big enough, but Buffalo’s victory over Atlanta could have even bigger implications concerning the team’s future. The difference between a 2-2 start to a season and 3-1 start to a season is huge when it comes to making the playoffs.

Since the NFL expanded to a 12-team playoff system in 1990, teams that finish the first quarter of the season with a 2-2 record make the playoffs only 36.2 percent of the time. Two teams that pulled that off last season were the Chiefs and Giants to reach the postseason.

Teams that start 3-1 however, reach the postseason 64.1 percent of the time. Eight of last year’s playoff teams started the season 3-1.

Buffalo has made the playoffs only twice in their history when starting the season 2-2 (1966 & 1981). They don’t have to worry about those poor odds anymore.


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Falcons streak that Bills brought to an end

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2017 – 9:21 am

The Bills win was obviously huge because they beat the defending NFC champions. But the way they won, using turnovers and holding Atlanta off the scoreboard is what made the victory so impressive.

The Falcons entered the game having scored 23 points or more in 12 straight games dating back to last season, counting the playoffs. It was the longest active streak in the NFL, and they posted a 10-2 record over that stretch.

Buffalo’s victory obviously ends that streak. It had been the longest in the league since the 2015 Carolina Panthers that were NFC champs the previous year had a 13-game streak scoring 23 or more.


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Bills dominating the red zone

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2017 – 11:10 am

Buffalo’s performance in the red zone has been strong on both sides of the ball thus far this season. Can it be the difference in today’s game against the Falcons?

The Bills rank second in red zone touchdown percentage on offense scoring at better than a 71 percent clip. Meanwhile they’re just as effective in keeping opponents out of the end zone. Buffalo is allowing opponents to reach the end zone from inside their own 20, less than 29 percent of the time (28.6).

The Falcons high-powered offense ranks a pedestrian 14th in the NFL in red zone offense scoring touchdowns 60 percent of the time. Atlanta’s defense is a step below that ranking 17th in red zone defense. They’re allowing opponents to score touchdowns a bit more than half the time (55.6%).

Buffalo has yet to allow a passing touchdown this season from any distance, short or long.


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Falcons offense vs. Bills ‘D’ the marquee matchup

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2017 – 10:16 am

It may not be all the game comes down to, but the winner of the matchup between the Falcons offense and Bills defense will likely be the victor later today. There are several statistics that can demonstrate how prolific Atlanta’s offense is and how stingy Buffalo’s defense is, but one that you don’t often see is yards per offensive drive.

Atlanta’s offense ranks second in most yards per drive, which speaks to the consistency in which they can string plays together. The Falcons average just over 37 yards per drive, which might not sound like much, but only New Orleans is more effective (40.4).

It’s why the Falcons score a touchdown more than a quarter of the time on their possessions, which ranks fifth in the league.

Buffalo’s defense ranks sixth in fewest yards allowed per drive by their opponents. The Bills give up an average of less than 24 yards per opponent possession (23.6).

Can they hold down the Falcons attack, especially early?


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Buffalo pass rush getting home

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2017 – 9:14 am

Though assessing a team’s pass rush isn’t all about sacks, Buffalo ranks seventh in that category. More importantly is the consistency of pass pressure and the Bills are even better when it comes to pressure percentage.

The Bills have the fourth-highest pressure percentage on pass plays. A bit more than 35 percent of the time, Buffalo has gotten pressure on the opposing quarterback (35.5%).

Along with their 10 sacks, Buffalo has logged nine quarterback knockdowns and 24 quarterback hurries. That kind of effectiveness will be crucial against the Falcons and QB Matt Ryan.


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After rough preseason, Bills turn penalty issues around

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2017 – 10:13 am

During the preseason Buffalo had a penalty problem. They committed a whopping 25 in their first two preseason games and 48 total over their four preseason outings. But since the regular season arrived the Bills have dramatically curbed their penalty count.

Through the first three games the Bills rank ninth in the league in fewest penalties assessed against them. Buffalo is being assessed a shade over six penalties a game (6.3).

The Bills are even better when it comes to pre-snap penalties. Buffalo is first in the league in fewest pre-snap penalties. They’ve committed just two through the first three games. A false start and a delay of game. The delay of game was done on purpose to move the line of scrimmage back five yards so punter Colton Schmidt had more room to drop in a punt.

Head coach Sean McDermott still has officials throwing flags at practice, a move he instituted in the preseason.


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Falcons to be without 3 def. starters Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2017 – 3:10 pm

The Bills aren’t the only team entering Sunday’s matchup without an edge protector and a pass rusher. Buffalo will be without LT Cordy Glenn Sunday and possibly DE Shaq Lawson as well. The Falcons are definitely down three defensive starters and will be missing their starting right tackle for the third straight week.

Head coach Dan Quinn declared starting RT Ryan Schraeder out for Sunday with a concussion. Ty Sambrailo, who struggled against the Lions last week, will start in his place for a third straight game.

Also out for Atlanta are starters OLB Vic Beasley (hamstring), DE Courtney Upshaw (knee/ankle) and FS Ricardo Allen (concussion).

The Falcons will be starting rookies Tak McKinley for Upshaw and Damontae Kazee for Allen. For Kazee it’ll be his first NFL start.

Allen usually handles the play calls and checks for the secondary. S Keanu Neal will handle the calls Sunday.

 


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Glenn out for Sunday, Lawson questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2017 – 1:32 pm

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It was widely anticipated that Bills OT Cordy Glenn would not be able to play this Sunday after failing to practice all week. That was confirmed Friday with the release of the team’s injury report.

Tyrod Taylor’s blind side protector was listed as out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. That means that rookie OT Dion Dawkins will make his second straight start on Sunday in Atlanta.

Meanwhile the situation is more up in the air on DE Shaq Lawson. Lawson, who sustained a groin injury in practice Thursday, did not practice on Friday and head coach Sean McDermott indicated that he’s likely to be a game time decision.

If he can’t go Eddie Yarbrough is expected to start with Ryan Davis rotating in at left defensive end.


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Fan Friday 9-29

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2017 – 12:15 pm

A big test this week in Atlanta. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Can the secondary hang with Atlanta’s WRs?

Bills Fans Matter
@BillsFansmatt3r

CB: I think the Bills secondary can hold their own, but to think that they’re going to completely shut them down is foolhardy. No NFL secondary has been able to do that. What will go a long way in aiding Buffalo’s defensive backfield is pressure up front.

If Falcons starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) can’t go again this week that would make for a good matchup at right tackle. Ty Sambrailo started in his place last week and struggled a great deal.

Of course Shaq Lawson is also a question mark Sunday, but pressure should have some success off Buffalo’s left side if Sambrailo starts.

I think the goal for the secondary is just to keep everything in front of them and make the Falcons earn points by being consistent for 10 to 12 plays. That will give the Bills more opportunities to make a play on a less than perfect offensive call by Matt Ryan.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why have the Bills tried to replace RT Mills? He’s playing bad football right now.

Hook
@Teon_09

CB: I think we’ve come to see that Sean McDermott and his coaching staff are not afraid to make a change if they feel they can upgrade any position and improve overall performance. So your assessment and the assessment of the coaching staff regarding Jordan Mills’ play are obviously not the same.

What we also have to take into consideration here is the fact that the offense is still a work in progress in Tyrod Taylor’s own words. This new scheme has to settle in with every player on offense. Think of it like a bottle of wine. When you open it, you’ve got to let it breathe a little.

This offensive unit has to mold and shape itself to the scheme. Hasty changes like the one you’re suggesting can sometimes do more harm than good. And most new coaching staffs don’t know for sure what they have until they get into mid-October and early November.

So unless a player is really struggling and putting more bad plays than good ones on film, changes this early in the season are rare.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is there even a 1% chance we can go into the house, of the best NFC team in the league, and come out with a “W”? #SoYourTellinMeTheresAChance

Dr. Dusty
@Dustypractor

CB: There is certainly a chance. I think as long as the Bills defense can hold them down early it will allow Buffalo’s offense the opportunity to let their run game to gain some traction without the issue of playing catch up on the scoreboard.

I believe there will be some rushing lanes to exploit against this Falcons defense. I’m not so sure Atlanta is as good all-around as they were last year. Their offense is still prolific, but their defense is beat up right now. I’m confident the Bills can keep it close. Cross your fingers.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think we will drop Walt Powell next week or will he be added to the roster? Is he an upgrade at all?

Bills, Mets, & Pens

@billsnmetsfan

CB: You’re right Walt Powell will have completed his four-game league-imposed suspension after this Sunday. It’s hard to predict what will happen. The receiving corps could sustain a season-ending injury in Sunday’s game and suddenly Walt Powell is needed on the active roster.

Beyond that though it’s difficult to know where they feel Powell would sit in the WR pecking order once he’s off suspension. But at best he’s the fourth or fifth receiver.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will he consider changing up the blocking scheme to better fit McCoy’s running style?

Bruce
@bma003

CB: I would not anticipate a change in the blocking scheme anytime soon. LeSean McCoy is one of the five best backs in the league. His ability fits any run scheme you can draw up. In fact McCoy had some of the most productive seasons of his career is the same exact scheme in Philadelphia.

At issue is getting all of the men involved in the blocking scheme to work seamlessly. That hasn’t happened consistently enough to this point. We’re still in the first month of the season. Most teams with new schemes don’t really get humming until mid to late October.

So let’s see where the run game goes between now and then.

 


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Falcons still with several nicked up starters

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2017 – 5:05 pm

The Atlanta Falcons have a good number of starters nicked up heading into their Week 4 matchup with the Bills. Here’s a look.

WR Julio Jones was limited for a second straight day with a back injury. Meanwhile on defense three of their starters did not practice for a second straight day. Starting RT Ryan Schraeder, who missed last week’s game, remains in concussion protocol and did not practice.

OLB Vic Beasley is not expected to play with a torn hamstring. DE Courtney Upshaw didn’t practice again due to knee and ankle injuries. And starting S Ricardo Allen remains in the concussion protocol.

DID NOT PRACTICE
RT Ryan Schraeder – concussion
S Ricardo Allen – concussion
RB Terron Ward – neck/shoulder
OLB Vic Beasley – hamstring
DE Courtney Upshaw – ankle/knee

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Julio Jones – back
DL Jack Crawford – shoulder

 


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Falcons stadium roof to be closed Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2017 – 3:02 pm

The retractable roof on Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be closed for Sunday’s game between the Bills and Falcons.

That according to ESPN.com.

Citing stadium officials, ESPN’s Vaughn McClure is reporting that the roof will be closed, which will increase the volume of the crowd noise on Sunday for Buffalo’s offense.

The retractable roof was open for the Falcons home opener in Week 2 against Green Bay.


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Groin injury adds Lawson to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2017 – 2:53 pm

Shaq Lawson was added to the Bills injury report Thursday with a groin injury. Lawson told Buffalobills.com that it’s been sore more than anything else, but he was pulled from practice early on Thursday to avoid making things worse.

“It’s just been sore,” Lawson said. “I think I’ll be alright.”

Lawson, who has a sack in each of his last two games against NFC opponents, is looking to make it three in a row on Sunday against Atlanta. His likelihood of playing against the Falcons will be listed in the team’s Friday injury report.

In the meantime here is where things stand following Thursday’s practice, with Marcell Dareus a full practice participant.

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle/foot

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
DE Shaq Lawson – groin

FULL PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist

 


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Falcons WR Jones limited

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2017 – 5:11 pm

It hasn’t kept him from playing this season, but Atlanta WR Julio Jones was limited Wednesday with a back injury.

The Falcons have missed their starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder with a concussion and pass rusher. If Beasley with a torn hamstring. Here’s a look at the Falcons practice participation Wednesday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Ryan Schraeder – concussion
DE Courtney Upshaw – knee/ankle
OLB Vic Beasley – hamstring
S Ricardo Allen – concussion
RB Terron Ward – neck/shoulder

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Julio Jones – back
DL Jack Crawford – shoulder


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Glenn doesn’t practice, Dareus limited

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2017 – 2:54 pm

OT Cordy Glenn was not able to practice Wednesday due to an ailing ankle. Meanwhile DT Marcell Dareus practiced on a limited basis.

“I’m feeling good. We’re going to take it day by day and see how things go,” said Dareus. “Just trying to get used to the braces I have now and get my feet under me. Just trying to check the soreness and keep moving forward.”

Here’s Buffalo’s full injury report.

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DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
DT Kyle Williams – rest

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle

FULL PRACTICE
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

 


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Vertex Solutions lights up New Era Field with new LED lighting system

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 26, 2017 – 4:23 pm

The Buffalo Bills are playing under the lights of a significantly upgraded LED system at New Era Field this season. Vertex Solutions has installed a new Carolina High Mast LED light system at the home of the Bills. The new system has cut energy consumption in half, while increasing lighting levels nearly 30%. While saving 390 kilowatts over the course of the season, it still renders a more crisp, white light that shows colors more true for a clear high definition television broadcast. The Carolina High Mast system also utilizes ultra low flicker technology to allow more extreme slow motion replay to be seen with clear illumination that is not possible with other systems.

Historically, stadium lights have lengthy warm-up periods, which can lead to delays in game action following a power disruption, and can consume excess energy. Carolina High Mast’s system offers instant performance, eliminating the long start delays. It also contains an integral DMX control unit, which will allow New Era Field the ability to initiate flashing, strobing and chasing of lights, which can enhance the experience for concerts and special events.

Vertex Solutions is the local representative of Texas-based Carolina High Mast, a leader in outdoor lighting for more than 20 years. New Era Field is the third professional sports venue to install a CHM system this year, joining SunTrust Park (Atlanta) and AT&T Park (San Francisco).

Vertex Innovative Solutions, Inc. is an independent sales agency covering the Upstate New York area. Vertex provides leading-edge LED lighting equipment, controls and electrical supplies focusing on new and innovative ways to cut energy costs, increase sustainability, and improve the environment – both indoors and out. Through this new technology, it is now possible to make the workplace more comfortable, more productive, and more friendly while helping to make the planet greener through the reduction of the carbon footprint of all buildings and facilities everywhere. This new evolution of LED lighting increases the quality of lighting at home and in the workplace while driving energy costs down. We can now look beyond today knowing that the future has never looked brighter. For more information, visit www.vertex-ny.com.

Carolina High Mast is a division of Fort Worth, Texas based CHM Industries, Inc.  Carolina High Mast is a leader in high output, energy efficiency lighting systems for use in large scale applications like roadway, ports, rail yards, parks and recreation, and professional sporting venues.  A leader in sports lighting for nearly 20 years, Carolina High Mast has provided lighting systems to many professional stadiums throughout the NFL, MLB and MLS leagues.  All lighting systems, LED luminaires and structures are designed and manufactured by Carolina High Mast in the United States of America. For more information about the sports lighting offering of Carolina High Mast, visit www.chmsportslighting.com/.  “Like” Carolina High Mast and share how the new lighting at New Era Field has impacted your fan experience on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolinahighmast.  To learn more about the other product offerings of CHM Industries, Inc. visit http://www.chmindustries.com/.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports HS Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 26, 2017 – 3:47 pm

The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2017, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2017 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.

The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 4 of the 2017 season is Bill Atlas, head coach of the Wilson Lakemen. On Friday, Sept. 22, the Lakemen took on the Lewiston-Porter Lancers at home. Wilson headed into the locker room at halftime, nursing a 7-0 lead. However, the Lakemen got off to a quick start in the third quarter. Led by junior quarterback Steve Frerichs, Wilson scored twice to extend their lead to 20-0.  Frerichs finished the game with a touchdown through the air and one on the ground. Senior Matt Kitcho also contributed to the score with a rushing touchdown. In the end, Wilson’s defense went on to shut out the Lancers 27-0. With the win, the Lakemen advanced to 2-2 on the campaign. Wilson will host Eden/North Collins on Friday, Sept. 29, for the team’s home opener.

The Rochester Region Coach of the Week winner for Week 4 is Keith Molinich, head coach of the Pittsford Panthers. The Panthers took on the Victor Blue Devils on the road on Friday, Sept. 22. Coming into the contest, Victor was the No. 1 ranked AA team in Section 5. Up for the challenge, the Pittsford Panthers came out fast and physical on both offense and defense. Ending the half with a 9-0 lead, Pittsford extended the score to 16-0 in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Matt LaRocca and senior running back Ali Brooks led the way on offense, while senior Sky Crain, who recorded two sacks, put in work on defense. Finishing the game 16-6, the Panthers made a statement. Pittsford will face Hilton at home for their next matchup on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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