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* The numbers were better than expected for two-time defending state champion Randolph. Coach Brent Brown and his staff welcomed 60 prospects while they were figuring on 50. The Cardinals start the season on a 23-game winning streak, third best in NYS behind Maine-Endwell (38) and Babylon (24).
“The first thing we talked about is how we’re going to appoach it,” said Brown. “You have to remember it’s the work that gets you there and sometimes they have a hard time figuring that out. They’re still riding off last year. We lost six on offense and four on defense. We have a lot work to do, but they worked hard today.”

* It was the first day for the eight sophomores who started for St. Joe’s last year to make an impression. The Marauders are coming off a 7-4 season. They look to replace their Big 3: RB Nigel Davis, DE Tyler Hill and LB Rod Payne. All three were first team All-Western New York selections. Darren Thompson and Ryan Conschafter will be among the players to pick up the load from Davis and Payne. “They are very skilled guys. Despite the losses, we still feel pretty comfortable where we are,” said coach Dennis Gilbert.

About the reporters

Miguel Rodriguez, a Buffalo native and University of Rochester graduate, began his career at The News in 2003 as a sports copy editor and joined the high school sports beat in 2014. One of the most versatile members of the sports department, he has covered all manner of high school, college and professional events, including the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The former college hockey goalie has contributed to the Sabres beat, covered youth hockey and reported from the IIHF World Junior Championship and the men's and women's NCAA Frozen Four.

Keith McShea, named deputy sports editor in 2014, has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) has covered — and live blogged — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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