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WNY High School Sports Highlights 2006:
Harvard Cup Notes
Harvard Cup Championships Nov. 23, 2006 11:00 am
McKinley Macks vs. Grover Cleveland Presidents(9-1) (8-1)McKinley Macks
Grover Cleveland Presidents
- Last Harvard Cup: 2005
- Record: 9-1-0
- Coach: Bill Johnson 74-29-0, 10 years
- Key Players
- Quarterback: Tamere Shannon
- Running Back: Johnny McDuffie
- Wide Receiver: Willie Burnett
- Linebacker: Sergio Smith
- Linebacker: Arvin Bell
- McKinley’s record past two seasons is 20-2-0 with both losses to St. Joseph’s.
- Defense is strength of Macks led by all WNY Candidate Sergio Smith and Arvin Bell.
- Offense is sparked by Tamere Shannon, Johnnie McDuffie and Willie Burnett.
- Macks won on October 28th by a 26-6 margin as Chaz Walker did not play for the Presidents.
Prediction:McKinley - 12 Grover Cleveland - 6
- Last Harvard Cup: 1991
- Record: 8-1-0
- Coach: Tony Alessi 17-10-0, 3 years
- Key Players
- Quarterback: Ernest Maddox
- Running Back: Chaz Walker
- Offensive Lineman: Anthony Benson
- Defensive Lineman: Mike Smith
- Wide Receiver: Mark Morrison
- Linebacker: Steve Means
- Wide Receiver: Dominique Wilson
- Presidents are in Harvard Cup Title game for the first time since 1991. Strength of team is defense led by Steve Means and Mike Smith.
- Forecast: If Presidents can keep Shannon from making big plays and if they don't turn over the ball, Tony Alessi squad can win the cup; although McKinley should be favorite based on record and prior game with the Presidents.