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Class AA: Clarence 31 - Orchard Park 28

It's a kick that will go down in Western New York high school football history. With five seconds to play in the Section VI Class AA championship game, Clarence and Orchard Park were tied 28-28. 

The Red Devils had the ball on the Quakers 20 yard line and Clarence head coach sent in junior kicker Stephen Hughes to attempt a championship winning 37 yard field goal.  Hughes had hit all four of his extra point attempts, but had never attempted to kick a field goal in his high school career. 

Clarence head coach Tom Goddard had a simple question for his kicker, "I looked him in the eye and said can you make this kick," he said, "yeah I can."

The kick sailed right down the middle giving the Red Devils their first Section VI title since 1998. 

Clarence QB Zack Lauricella had faith in his teammate, "I just knew it was going to go in, I couldn't look though so I had to look away for a second and everyone erupted."

Clarence Reacts to Dramatic Championship Win

The Clarence Red Devils beat Orchard Park 31-28 in the Section VI Class AA Championship game on a dramatic game winning field goal. 

The 37 yard field goal was the first career field goal attempt for junior kicker Stephen Hughes.  With the game tied at 28 with just five seconds to play, Hughes drilled the attempt giving Clarence their first Section VI Championship since 1998.

Clarence head coach Tom Goddard had a simple question for his kicker before the attempt, "I looked him in the eye and said can you make this kick," he said, "yeah I can."

Hughes said he did his best to keep his focus before the kick, "Do the best I can, kick it in. At the time I was real confident."

Clarence starting QB Zach Lauricella had faith in his teammate, "I just knew it was going to go in, I couldn't look though so I had to look away for a second and everyone erupted.  It's just unbelievable."

Gallagher vs. Massey Class AA OP vs. Clarence

Earlier this season Clarence handed Orchard Park its only loss of the season. The teams hook up this week in the Section 6 Class AA Championship game.

Orchard Park returns to Ralph Wilson Stadium after missing out last season. Its the Red Devils first trip to the Stadium since 2006 while their last win at the Stadium was back in  1998.  Orchard Park is 8-1 on the season while Clarence is unbeaten at 9-0.

We have two very unique features here on wny.highschoolsports.net. Dick Gallagher is our high school football expert. You will find Dick's work only here on our web page.

We also feature the Massey Ratings, a system that shows you how your team will fare against any other team in the country.

This week both Dick Gallagher and the Massey Ratings are picking the Section 6 Championship games. Find out who gets more games right, Dick or the Massey Ratings. Have a little fun and keep track of who has the better record.

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BUFFALO, NY-- November 1st marked the start of winter parking restrictions. Don't forget to read street signs before you overnight park on the street this weekend.

2 On Your Side has compiled the specific parking times for each WNY community.

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Number Of Under-Performing Schools, Districts Grow

By CARA MATTHEWS
Gannett Albany Bureau

ALBANY - The state Education Department's annual list of under-performing schools includes 532 schools and 35 districts statewide, of which 99 schools and four districts are newly identified.

Scroll down to see a searchable database of performing and underperforming schools

The number of problem schools is higher than the 499 identified at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, although the number of districts has remained the same, according to the Education Department, which released the list Thursday. There were 49 schools and three districts that were new to the list issued a year ago.

This year's increase comes after a change in the calculation of adequate yearly progress - a standard under the federal No Child Left Behind Act - for students with disabilities, and time adjustment of assessment cut scores because state tests were given later this year.

Erie County Sheriff's Search For Larceny Suspects

BATAVIA, NY-- The Erie County Sheriff's Office is looking for help finding two suspects in a case of grand larceny.

The two men (pictured on right) were caught entering a store in Batavia where authorities say they made purchases using stolen credit cards.

The sheriff's department says the cards were stolen in Clarence on September 25, and were used to make purchases totaling $2,000 the same day at various stores in Batavia.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 867-6161.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrests of both suspects.