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Week Five Saturday: Hall-of-Fame finish

When Hutch-Tech held on to beat Burgard, it made a great day that much better for Engineers assistant coach Jerry Falgiano, a longtime city coach at Kensington.

"It was nice to win for our defensive coordinator Jerry Falgiano on the day he was being inducted into the Harvard Cup Hall of Fame," said Hutch-Tech first-year coach Chris Gelsomino.

"That's a big honor. The guy has dedicated his life to inner city kids. He's a volunteer assistant with us now, and he's instrumental to game-planning the defense. He's helped me out a lot."

As for the game, in which Tech held on for a 14-12 victory?

"It was a wild one, no doubt about that," Gelsomino said. "As far as this team goes, it's a different guy every week. [Justin] Hawkins is catching deep balls, [Parrish] Fitzgerald we have in the backfield, the quarterback [Mark Horne] is a junior -- and he ran for about 60 yards on draws. The line is all juniors -- it's definitely not one guy. Everyone is chipping in; everyone has their role, and they're holding it up."

Burgard nearly came back behind quarterback Breon Daniels (when's the last time a Harvard Cup quarterback threw for 300 yards?) and leading recievers were Asante Huggins (four catches, 150 yards) and Samari Chaney (four catches, 106 yards). Chaney made a huge reception on the final drive, coming down with the ball among four defenders. William White had 12 tackles for the Bulldogs.

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Not a bad couple of weeks: Lockport's David Fluellen has run for 692 yards the last two games.

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Joel Tillman had an interception for Sweet Home, which plays at Kenmore East next week and closes the regular season at Jamestown in Week Seven.

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Big plays lifted Bennett over South Park.

"We just had two big passes and we would have lost if it wasn't for them," said Bennett assistant coach Dan Conley. "The secondary led by Akeem Williams and Arthur Jordan played real well -- they both had a lot of nice pass break ups. The secondary was basically the difference in the game."

A fumble recovery by Darryl Abrams set up Jefferson's 25-yard pass to Cornelius Jones in the second quarter.

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North Tonawanda got all sorts of contributions in its big win over Niagara-Wheatfield.

Michael Tuzzo completed his only two passes, both of which went to Davis for a total of 72 yards. Joe Montesanti added 53 yards on eight carries. Michael Elmore had four solo tackles and three assists while Joe Gravino, Chris Yeomans and Bo Kieser each had a sack.

Paul Smith completed 14 of 33 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown for Niagara-Wheatfield, which had three fumbles and two interceptions. Joe Ditto had four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Chris Gruain had four catches for 74 yards as well as six tackles while James Donner had two sacks.

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Dan Rich had eight tackles as Kenmore East won its first game.

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Skyler Applebee ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries while Derek Fye scored twice during an eight-carry, 86-yard day as Panama beat Sherman, 26-12. The Panthers (3-2) built a 26-0 lead against the winless Wildcats (0-5).

---Keith McShea

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