The Section VI playoff race is ready to begin.
In the starting blocks are Orchard Park, Jamestown, Kenmore West and North Tonawanda in Class AA; Sweet Home, Williamsville North, Lake Shore and Niagara-Wheatfield in Class A; Springville, Albion, Lackawanna and Alden in Class B; Portville, Gowanda, Salamanca and East Aurora in Class C, and Maple Grove, Hinsdale, Randolph and Frewsburg in Class D.
The finish line is Rich Stadium, site of the championship games.
Several teams earned berths Saturday, while other teams used the final week of the regular season as tune-ups or to wrap up their year.
Orchard Park 27, Frontier 7: The Quakers, ranked No. 1 in The Buffalo News large schools poll, completed an undefeated regular season with the win. Bill Holtz gained 112 yards on seven carries, including an 87-yard touchdown run. Eric Huber totaled 117 yards rushing and receiving.
Jamestown 21, Lockport 3: Cory Itson ran for 108 yards and scored three touchdowns, one via a punt return, as the Red Raiders (6-2, 6-1) will meet Kenmore West next Saturday.
Sweet Home 24, Clarence 22: The Red Devils (4-4, 3-4) gave the state's top-ranked Class A school a scare before the Panthers (8-0, 7-0) ran out the clock.
Tailback Corey Clive rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Bayer added 90 yards on the ground for Clarence.
Quarterback Ben Weihrich completed 8 of 11 passes for 134 yards and connected with receiver Justin DeStefano for three touchdowns to lead Sweet Home, which hosts Lake Shore next Saturday.
Niagara-Wheatfield 40, Grand Island 24: The Falcons scored the game's first 34 points. Jerry Mahl went over the 1,000-yard mark for Niagara-Wheatfield, rushing for 153 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns.
Shawn Broker added 107 yards and two scores for the Falcons, who visit Williamsville North in the semifinals next week.
Lake Shore 60, Wmsv. East 28: Running back Dennis Martin showed he's not too shabby at quarterback.
Playing the position for the first time, the senior completed 7 of 12 throws for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 112 yards, kicked five extra points and intercepted a pass on defense.
Fullback Pete DelPrince added 200 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns for the Eagles (7-1, 6-1).
Hamburg 15, Pioneer 12: Tom Cranston ran 92 yards for a touchdown with an interception to give the Bulldogs the win.
Pioneer was marching for the potential winning score when the turnover came with 8:19 left in the game. Antwone Jenkins had 109 yards on 26 carries for Hamburg.
Newfane 48, Starpoint 14: Quarterback Eric Klumpp completed 9 of 13 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Kevin Klumpp, Eric's brother, caught a touchdown and threw for another.
Lackawanna 47, Maryvale 6: The Steelers (7-1, 6-1) scored 35 unanswered points in the second half. Sophomore Wade Turner had 175 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. Charles Rose added 63 yards on three carries and a touchdown as Lackawanna rolled up rolled up 520 yards in total offense.
Quarterbacks Deron Adams and Mike Haas had touchdown throws to Tom Mathis and Derrick Dilbert. The Steelers visit Albion in the Class B semifinals on Friday.
East Aurora 21, Olean 7: Todd Zandrowicz threw one touchdown pass on offense and made two interceptions on defense for the Blue Devils. Andy Nuernberger had 18 carries for 110 yards and scored an insurance touchdown.
Dunkirk 33, Fredonia 7: The 104th meeting between these rivals became the Travis Maxwell show. The junior running back rushed for 241 yards on 37 carries and scored four times.
His 1,374 yards this season broke the school record. He also didn't fumble in more than 200 attempts this year.
Akron 3, Eden 0 (OT): The Tigers (6-2, 4-2) were outgained, 205-41, but Steve Paterson's 20-yard field goal was all they needed.
Rich Moleski opened the door for the win by intercepting an Eden pass on the first possession of overtime. Joe Caprio and Asa Cerasani were in on 11 tackles for the winners, while Jim Musty had 17 for Eden.
JFK 39, Roy-Hart 14: The Bears finished up a 4-4 season as Nunzio Ferrucci was 7 of 10 for 145 passing yards and two touchdowns. Matt Tyx rushed for 152 yards, giving him 1,159 this year.
Portville 36, Falconer 6: Tailback John DeBarbieri rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Panthers (5-3, 5-1) to the title and a postseason berth.
John Babcock added 96 yards and two touchdowns and made 18 tackles on defense.
Salamanca 14, Allegany/Limestone 8: Joe Goodman capped a 41-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass reception Brad Early with 38 seconds left to give the playoff-bound Warriors (7-1, 5-1) a hard-earned victory.
Goodman's 23-yard run and Early's two-point pass to Andy Arena gave Salamanca an 8-0 lead, but Chuck Fortuna answered back for Allegany/Limestone (3-5, 2-4) in the second quarter with a touchdown run from 5 yards out and the two-point conversion.
Cassadaga Valley 18, Silver Creek 0: The Cougars (2-6) did all their scoring in the first half. Tom Wickmark ran for 133 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while quarterback Randy Carlson ran for the other two scores.
Frewsburg 32, Panama 0: Chris Gray (1,048) went over the 1,000-yard mark with 172 on 15 carries. The senior also ran for three touchdowns and made 10 tackles at linebacker as the Bears (6-2, 5-2) advanced to play Maple Grove in the Class D semifinals Friday.
Kenmore West 34, Kenmore East 0: Mike Mikulski had a 75-yard punt return and had two interceptions as the Blue Devils (6-2) increased their series lead to 22-14 with a 12th straight win over their arch-rivals.
Kevin Kirby rushed for 82 yards and a score for West, which will visit Jamestown Saturday.
West Sen. West 24, West Sen. East 0: Ben Kelcey and Jeff Donaldson ran for touchdowns and linebacker Kirk Miller had 13 tackles and recorded a safety on one of the team's four sacks as West captured the 27th meeting between the teams.
Lew-Port 25, Amherst 20: Mike Cournyea (117 yards) led a ground attack that netted 264 yards and controlled the ball for 33 minutes for the Lancers.
Cournyea also scored twice, while quarterback Mario Granata ran and passed for a total of 108 yards. Jason Jahnson added 77 yards rushing and booted a 26-yard field goal.
Amherst quarterback Steve Tryon completed 12 passes for 250 yards, including a 63-yarder to brother Dan in the final seconds. Paul Wierzbieniec caught six passes for 133 yards in a losing cause.
The Southwestern-Cleveland Hill game was not reported to The News.