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Democrat and Chronicle E2 Tuesday,October20,2015 IN CHICAGO, HARRY CARAY REMAINS TOAST OF THE TOWN PAGE 6D ORCHARD PARK - For as disappointing as Buffalo's performance was on Sunday in the 3 4-21loss to the Bengals, now is a good time to remind everyone that it's very possible the worst may be in the past for the Bills. Iam not going to excuse the Bills for t he way they played against Cincinnati, losing for the third straight time at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Their defense was terrible, the special teams worse, a nd the offense was incapable of doing much of anything with EJ Manuel at quarterback and the receiving corps a lmost completely wiped out by injuries. However, here's the bright spot. In the final 10 games, the only top flight quarterbacks the Bills are going to face are New England's Tom Brady on Nov. 23 in what will most likely be an un- w innable Monday night game in Fox- b oro, and Dallas' Tony Romo — assuming he's back and healthy — when the Cowboys come to the Ralph on Dec. 27. I n the next three weeks they get second-year pro Blake Bortles and the woeful Jaguars, then they face Miami's R yan Tannehill at home, and their old pal Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Jets on a Thursday night in New York. After B rady, it's Alex Smith of Kansas City, whoever for the Texans, Sam Bradford o f the Eagles, Kirk Cousins of Washington, Romo, and Fitz in the season finale. So there, I'm not always a scrooge. If t his Bills defense is any good, there should be some opportunities to have big games. As for the Bengals game, Upon Further Review, this is what I t hought. Three things I liked 1. That first drive on offense. This i s the third time the Bills have taken the ball on their opening possession and marched downfield in almost flawless fashion. EJ Manuel completed all three of his pass attempts, LeSean McCoy ripped off a 33-yard run on the first play, Manuel converted a third-and-1 w ith a sneak, and then he capped the d rive with a well-executed QB keeper around right end that was blocked perfectly. And then, what happened? The n ext four series were either a three- and-out punt or an interception. This is aconcern to me because obviously the B engals made some adjustments, and Greg Roman apparently didn't have any counter moves. This offense is c rippled, I get it, but you've got to be able to find some consistency some- w here. 2. Charles Clay. The free agent tight end is being paid a lot of money, and h e's done a pretty good job of earning i t so far. He became just the second tight end in Bills history to have two nine-catch games in the same season, something Pete Metzelaars did in 1993, the year he set the all-time rec- o rd for a Bills tight end with 68 catches. Clay saved Manuel a couple times with tremendous catches, and he has proven to be a reliable target that, as I've said many times, is something the Bills have always lacked at tight end. 3 . LeSean McCoy. Hey, give the guy credit. He said a couple weeks ago he wasn't coming back until he was 100 percent, but he amended his t imetable because he recognized that even at less than 100 percent, he's way better than anyone else the Bills have h ealthy and ready to go. If Karlos Williams was available, I'm guessing McCoy would have sat another week, and maybe even this week in London. But he sucked it up and had a nice game with 90 yards rushing. Hopefully he made it through without tweak- i ng his hamstring because the Bills n eed him badly. Three things I didn't like 1. The defensive game plan. What i s Rex Ryan trying to prove? That he's smarter than everyone else? Stop over-thinking it on defense and let y our players play. Ryan tried to play max coverage against the Bengals because they have such an arsenal of w eapons and he wanted to make sure everyone was covered. However, in JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bills’ Mario Williams looks to stop Bengals’ RB Jeremy Hill. Ryan overthinking defensive approach Coach’s multiple strategies came up short on Sunday What is Rex Ryan trying to prove? That he's smarter than everyone else? Stop over-thinking it on defense and let your players play. SeeDEFENSE,Page4D SAL MAIORANA BUFFALO BILLS TORONTO - Josh Donaldson and the slugging Toronto Blue Jays were eager to return to their homer dome after dropping the first two games of the AL Championship Series in Kansas City. They showed everyone why. The Blue Jays came out swinging and their rowdy fans were singing from the start, with Donaldson and T roy Tulowitzki connecting in a six-run third inning as Toronto roughed up J ohnny Cueto and the Royals for an 11-8 victory that cut Kansas City’s series lead to 2-1. Ryan Goins also homered and had a t wo-run single a game after his misplayed pop fly set off Kansas City’s winning rally Sunday. The resilient Royals tried to come back this time, too, scoring four runs in t he ninth before Roberto Osuna closed i t out. Veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will try to get the Blue Jays even in the best-of-seven series Tuesday afternoon. He faces Kansas City’s 6-foot-10 r ight-hander Chris Young in Game 4. D espite being outhit 15-11by the pesky Royals, Toronto pounced on Kansas City’s pitching in the first ALCS game in Toronto since 1993 for their most runs ever at home in the postseason — a fter scoring just three in two games in K ansas City. The Blue Jays needed them, too. Kansas City scored four times off starter Marcus Stroman and then added four in the ninth, capped by Kendrys M orales’ two-run homer off Osuna. The Royals took a quick lead when Alcides Escobar led off the game with a sinking liner that went under right fielder Jose Bautista’s glove for a triple off Stroman. Ben Zobrist drove in Esco- b ar with a grounder, but that was the only advantage Kanas City would hold in having its nine-game ALCS winning streak snapped. B lue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar quashed that rally with a fantastic, over-the-shoulder catch that sent him c rashing into the wall. AP Toronto’s Ryan Goins hits a home run off R oyals pitcher Kris Medlen as catcher Salvador Perez looks on during the fifth inning in Game 3 of the ALCS. Jays cut Royals’ lead with 1 1-8 win HOWIE RUMBERG ASSOCIATED PRESS SeeJAYS,Page5D 2015 ALCS 2015 NLCS Despite an undefeated regular season,top-seeded Aquinas will have stiff competition in Class AA. There are t wo other undefeated teams in No. 3 Pittsford, and last year’s defending class champion, Victor. All three teams are 7-0, which could make for exciting matchups in the semifinals and final. All three teams play an opponent in the first round with a record above .500. Fourth-seeded Hiltoncould be a team to upset the potential undefeated match- u ps. The Cadets are 6-1, with their only l oss coming to Victor, 42-34, less than two weeks ago. Class A Brockport (No. 1) and Canandaigua ( No. 2) are the top seeds in Class A. B rockport defeated Canandaigua 33-28 back on Sept. 11. N o. 3 Greece Athena plays No. 6 Irondequoit in the first round. The Eagles are the lower seed but defeated the Trojans 35-14 in Week 6. Class B Batavia played a mixed schedule between RCAC schools and Finger Lakes schools, resulting in an undefeated regular season and a No. 1seed. The Blue Devils’ top competition will be No. 2 Livonia, whose only loss came against an undefeated Bath team. However, the Bulldogs have dominated in t heir six wins, scoring 50 points per g ame while allowing 11. Class C This class will have an exciting finals m atchup if the top seeds make it there. N o. 1East Rochester/Gananda and No. 2 B ath are each undefeated and neither team was challenged much in their re- s pective leagues. Both teams got stronger as the year went on and they would each be the best team the other has played all year in the championship. Class D They have something that only Class AA also has: All eight teams in the tournament are above .500. In fact, only No. 8 Dundee has a record worse than 5-2. Top- seeded Red Jacket and No. 2 Avon both enter the postseason without a loss but they will have heavy competition to m ake it to the final. T he team to watch out for is No. 5 Bishop Kearney. The Kings went 5-2 in t heir first season as an independent, with t heir only game against a Section V oppo- n ent all year being a 30-15 win over Bata- v ia Notre Dame in Week 5. T he finals for all five classes will take p lace on the weekend of Nov. 7 and 8 at Sahlen’s Stadium. Class AA quarterfinals Friday: No.7 Webster Thomas (4-3) at No.2 Victor (7-0),No.5 East (5-2) at No.4 Hilton (6-1),7 p.m.;No.6 Rush-Henrietta (4-3) at No.3 Pittsford (7-0),7:30 p.m. Saturday: No.8 Fairport (4-3) at No.1Aquinas (7-0),7 p.m. Class A quarterfinals F riday: No.8 Wilson (3-4) at No.1Brockport (6-1),7 p.m. Saturday: No.7 Spencerport (3-4) at No.2 Canandaigua (5-2),No. 6 Irondequoit (4-3) at No.3 Greece Athena (5-2),No.5 Eastridge (4-3) at N o.4 Greece Arcadia (5-2),2 p.m. Class B quarterfinals Friday: No.8 Midlakes (2-5) at No.1Batavia (7-0),No.5 Newark (4-3) a t No.4 Hornell (5-2),No.6 Penn Yan (4-3) at No.3 Geneva (5-2),No. 7 P almyra-Macedon (2-5) at No.2 Livonia (6-1),7:30 p.m. Class C quarterfinals Friday: No.8 South Seneca (3-4) at No.1East Rochester/Gananda (7-0),No.6 Le Roy (4-3) at No.3 Attica (6-1),No.5 Elba/Byron-Bergen (5-2) at No.4 Lyons/Sodus (5-2),7 p.m. Saturday: No.7 Letchworth/Warsaw (3-4) at No.2 Bath (7-0),1p.m. Class D quarterfinals Friday: No.6 Notre Dame (5-2) at No.3 Clyde-Savannah (6-1),7 p.m.; N o.5 Bishop Kearney (5-2) at No.4 Cuba-Rushford (6-1),No.7 Caledonia-Mumford (5-2) vs.No.2 Avon (7-0) at Honeoye Falls-Lima, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: No.8 Dundee (4-3) at No.1Red Jacket (7-0),1:30 p.m. Finals at Sahlen’s Stadium C lass AA: Sunday,Nov.8,4 p.m. Class A: Saturday,Nov.7,6 p.m. Class B: Sunday,Nov.8,1p.m. Class C: Saturday,Nov.7,3 p.m. Class D: Saturday,Nov.7,12 p.m. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Top-seed Aquinas will not have it easy in playoffs STAFF REPORT

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