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OP, Depew, Cleve Hill bag titles Canisius, St. Francis advance to The Ralph

Orchard Park, Depew and Cleveland Hill found Ralph Wilson Stadium a friendly place to play Friday night while Canisius and St. Francis both earned their right to play on the Buffalo Bills' turf next Saturday.

Orchard Park won its record 10th Section VI football title, drubbing Lancaster, 35-0, in the Class AA final behind Jeff Tundo's 188 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Greg Osika scored on a pair of runs in the first quarter as Depew scored all of its points in the first 12 minutes of a 21-14 victory over East Aurora in the Class B final.

Peter Westbrooks had a pair of short touchdown runs and quarterback Rhakeem Wiggins converted both two-point conversions as Cleveland Hill defeated Falconer, 16-14, in the Class C final.

Canisius hadn't defeated archrival St. Joe's twice in a row in 30 years, but turned the trick with a 17-16 victory before 3,100 at All High Stadium in the Monsignor Martin Association League AA semifinals.

Andrew Rogowski's 20-yard field goal with 6:55 left won it for the Crusaders. "I felt like it was practice, just like it was an extra point," Rogowski said. "You have to have that mind-set."

St. Francis found itself behind Timon/St. Jude, 7-6, at halftime of the other semifinal, but Lucas Tasker's 79-yard punt return for a touchdown ignited a big second half that sent the Red Raiders on to a 32-7 victory.

Quarterback Delano Fabor threw three TD passes and ran for another score. The Class AA championship is at 2 p.m. next Saturday at The Ralph.

East Aurora won the Class B girls cross country title, breaking a 23-year-old sectional record.

Clarence's Mike Morse defended his all-around title in boys gymnastics. Falconer's girls and Akron's boys both won Class B sectional soccer championships at Amherst.

Coverage begins on B6.

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