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Orchard Park, Depew, Cleveland Hill reign Quakers pound Lancaster for 10th title OP makes history while Wildcats and Golden Eagles come up with fantastic finishes

Orchard Park is now the champion of all Section VI football champions.

The Quakers dominated Lancaster, 35-0, late Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium to win their fourth straight Class AA championship and their 10th sectional title overall, breaking a tie with Salamanca and Jamestown for the most in Section VI football history.

"That's another special thing for us," said 14th-year Orchard Park coach Gene Tundo. "I'm proud of our coaching staff, proud of our kids and proud of our community."

The victory before an estimated 2,750 was typical of the program which has excelled in the venue located in its own district. Orchard Park, the No. 1 large school in The News' poll for most of the season, dominated a team it had beat by 28 during the regular season and improved its Ralph record to 10-5.

Orchard Park (10-0) spent the night hitting Lancaster (6-4) hard all over the field. Junior running back Jeffrey Tundo, Gene's son, ran for three touchdowns and 188 yards on 26 carries. Junior quarterback Kyle Hoppy was 10 of 12 for 121 yards and a touchdown.

"Our whole team played great -- our whole team played great," said Jeffrey Tundo. "Our defense was unbelievable. It was our best game by far. And the offensive line -- if you saw my first two touchdowns . . . I went right up their backs."

Orchard Park did not commit a turnover while it forced five Lancaster interceptions.

"I thought we played unbelievable defense -- especially in the second quarter," said Gene Tundo. "We ran the ball well and I thought we were explosive in the passing game."

The Quakers advanced to next Saturday's Far West Regionals at Paetec Park in downtown Rochester. OP will face the winner of today's Section V (Rochester area) final between Rush-Henrietta (8-1) and Canandaigua (9-0), which kicks off at 6 p.m. at Paetec.

OP won at Lancaster, 35-7, in Week Five. Friday night's game started slowly as the teams played to a scoreless first quarter, but OP had a 21-0 halftime lead thanks to Tundo touchdowns of 17 and 5 yards and a 2-yard run by Brandon Nuessle. All three scoring drives began deep in Lancaster territory after OP interceptions by Kevin Lalley, Dan Nessi and Cameron Hicks. Lalley and Nessi each had two picks.

In the third quarter, Hoppy hit Kyle Robinson for a 36-yard score while Tundo ripped off a highlight-reel 62-yard scoring run.


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