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Democrat and Chronicle 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. Maiorana: Ryan over thinks defense 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 - Besides runs, hits and errors, Toronto Blue Jays fans might have other numbers on their minds as they watch Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. While the Blue Jays are hosting Kansas City on Monday night, voters will be casting their ballots in Canada’s 42nd federal election. L iberal leader Justin Trudeau, the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Tru- d eau, is leading in the polls and the outcome could spell the end of a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper. P olls are open in Ontario from 9:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Blue Jays right-han- der Marcus Stroman, who’ll start Game 3 at 8:07 p.m., has encouraged fans to vote before coming to the game. “ Get up at 8, 9 a.m., go vote, get that o ut of the way and start getting ready for the game by noon,” Stroman told Canadian TV station Sportsnet on Friday. “I’m going to need the city as rowdy and crazy as possible.” C atcher Russell Martin and out- f ielder Dalton Pompey are the two lone Canadians on Toronto’s roster. Martin declined to answer questions about the election Sunday, while the 22-year-old Pompey acknowledged he’s never vote d. He’s only been eligible once before, i n the May 2011election that saw Harper win his first majority. Pompey said some of his 33,000 Twitter followers have been asking him to urge others to vote “ I’m definitely going to tweet it out and raise awareness,” he said. Second baseman Ryan Goins, from Texas, hasn’t been paying much attention to the campaign. “To be honest, not at all,” Goins said. “ I’m a baseball player, that’s what I do, that’s my job. I just know taxes are going to kill me either way. “The only thing I have is these fliers t hey keep putting under the door of my condo,” he said. “That’s the only way I know. I didn’t even know (Monday) was v oting day.” AP Kansas City Royals players wait to warm up b efore Game 3 of American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s ALCS game vs. Canadian e lection IAN HARRISON ASSOCIATED PRESS SeeALCS,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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