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Class AA final: Orchard Park 35, Lancaster 0

It's time for chapter three of the tripleheader, and almost unbelievably we're just about on time for the 9:30 p.m. kickoff.

We're live at the Class AA final between No. 1 large school Orchard Park and Lancaster. According to our Prep Talk blog poll, which closed at kickoff, 80.8 percent of 130 voters think Orchard Park will win its fourth straight championship.

9:31 p.m. Lancaster kicks off. We're right on time. Lancaster actually was too eager. An offsides penalty means another kickoff. A short return for OP and its first-and-10 at its 29.

9:38 p.m. Orchard Park is starting a drive, but call it "OP starting: take two." OP fumbled on its first play, but Lancaster couldn't make anything of it and turned the ball over on downs.

9:40 p.m. After a nice third-and-8 conversion on a 15-yard pass by Kyle Hoppy, Jeffrey Tundo fights off several tacklers on a 20-yard run to set up OP at the Lancaster 44.

9:44 p.m. OP moves to the 21, but on fourth-and-2, Tundo is stopped short and Lancaster takes over at its 20 with 2:33 left in the opening quarter.

9:47 p.m. Two OP personal fouls on the same play move Lancaster from its 20 to the 50.

9:47 p.m. But not for long. OP's Joe Leavell tipped a pass by Lancaster's Frank Gregori, and I could have sworn No. 49 had the interception. Except there's no No. 49 on the OP roster. Ugh.

9:50 p.m. Another OP fumble! Lancaster takes over at its 27.

9:52 p.m. End of the first quarter with no score and Lancaster with a second-and-8 at its 29. This is my first time seeing OP this year, and while I believe they're the best team in WNY, I don't think we've seen it yet.

10:00 p.m. Lancaster goes three-and-out, OP just punted after a short drive. Lancaster takes over at its 31 after a punt that it muffed but recovered.

10:01 p.m. Lancaster is intercepted again as Kevin Lalley picks off a pass and returns it to the Lancaster 26.

10:04 p.m. After he ran it for 9 yards, Tundo takes another handoff and runs for an easy TOUCHDOWN to the left side of the end zone for a 6-0 OP lead with 6:30 left. Michael Maggioli adds the extra point and it's Orchard Park 7, Lancaster 0.

10:08 p.m. Another interception by No. 49 sets up Orchard Park at the Lancaster 25. Talk about turnovers. Jeesh.

10:11 p.m. Right after Hoppy hit Kyle Robinson on a swing pass on fourth-and-9 at the Lancaster 24 that moved OP to the 1, Brandon Nuessle barges in for the TOUCHDOWN. Maggioli's extra point makes it Orchard Park 14, Lancaster 0.

10:14 p.m. After OP was all over Lancaster's first two plays of its series, including Kevin Lalley crushing a receiver on a swing pass, OP calls a timeout with 1:43 left. The Quakers are looking very good and they'll likely get the ball back.

10:15 p.m. OP gets it back sooner than that. Cameron Hicks makes a great read of a pass to the left side and makes a diving interception to give OP another short field at the Lancaster 28.

10:17 p.m. Tundo runs left and is seemingly carried into the end zone by a wave of blockers for his second TOUCHDOWN. Another Maggioli extra point and Orchard Park leads, 21-0, exactly a minute before halftime.

10:21 p.m. Halftime: Orchard Park 21, Lancaster 0. They've been helped by turnovers, but after the slow start, OP has been hitting people extremely hard all over the field.

10:30 p.m. At the half we find out that the name of OP's No. 49, he of the two interceptions, is Dan Nessi.

10:41 p.m. The second half starts like the first ended, with OP all over Lancaster. Brandon Nuessle makes the tackle to complete Lancaster's four-and-out after the Redskins went for it on fourth-and-5 at the OP 47.

10:45 p.m. OP rolls to the end zone. After a big gain by Tundo, Hoppy hits Robinson, who is alone in the left slot, and he runs clear for a 36-yard TOUCHDOWN. Another Maggioli kick and now it's OP 28-0 with 7:06 left in the third quarter. 

10:51 p.m. Lancaster drives to the OP 20 but turns the ball over on downs after three straight incompletions.

10:56 p.m. A highlight-reel TOUCHDOWN run by Tundo. On second-and-5 at the OP 38, the junior took a pitch to the right, used some great blocks and dodged a few tacklers as he scooted into the secondary, then cut back to the left side, outrunning the Lancaster defense on the 62-yard score. He just outran one defensive back, reaching the end zone by diving on the left pylon. Orchard Park 35, Lancaster 0.

11:02 p.m. End of the third quarter with Lancaster first-and-10 at its 40.

11:03 p.m. On the next play, Kevin Lalley reels in his second interception of the game.

11:10 p.m. Kyle Hoppy punts and is hit after he kicked the ball, resulting in what the referee calls a "flagrant personal foul" as well as an ejection. Hoppy walked slowly off and was attended to by trainers, but is apparently OK because he came back in to punt.

11:21 p.m. Not much going on with 5:08 left to play and Lancaster recently having turned the ball over on downs again. I'm busy writing my story, which will appear in Saturday's final editions (the game's late start made the game too late for first edition) as well as www.buffalonews.com/sports, of course.

11:31 p.m. Game over. Orchard Park 35, Lancaster 0. The Quakers have now won 10 Section VI championships, breaking a tie with Jamestown and Salamanca for the most in Section VI football history.

-- Keith McShea

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