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Medina edges Albion; NT, Lancaster, Fredonia roll Big victories for Clarence, Lackawanna

Medina did something on Friday night it hadn't done in 20 years -- beat Albion at home. Friday's final was 28-27 in overtime.

The Mustangs' last win at home against Albion was by the 1988 team that finished 10-0.

Albion scored on its possession in OT on a 2-yard run by Matt Gilbert. Medina answered when Travis Bloom caught an 18-yard pass from Levin Pace. Medina decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion. Pace took an option pitch and picked up a big block by Brad Balcerzak. He had a lane and extended the ball and dove across the goal line. The Medina fans then rushed the field to celebrate.

It's been a long season for first-year coach Eric Valley, a 1991 Medina graduate. He said Medina never beat Albion during his playing days. With the win, the Mustangs improve to 2-5. It was the last rivalry game for Albion coach Dick Diminuco, who is retiring at the end of the season after 30 years as head coach.

"I'm the happiest 2-5 coach in Western New York," said Valley.

*Fredonia 41, Dunkirk 14: This rivalry game was one to remember for Eric Ippolito, who ran for five touchdowns and 349 yards on 31 carries, his second straight game with five scores. He had the first three TDs for the Hillbillies (6-1, Class B South) as they took a 20-0 first quarter lead.

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Nonleague

*North Tonawanda 61, Tonawanda 0: The undefeated Jacks put up the highest winning point total in the series' 99-year history as they rushed for 424 yards at Clint Small Stadium. NT had nine rushing TDs. Brandon McClinsey scored three first-half touchdowns giving him 18 this season and tying the single season school record set by Andrew Davis in 2005. Mike Tuzzo had five carries for 150 yards, two TDs and caught two passes for 94 yards. Joe Montesanti had scoring runs of 77 and 48 yards. Aaron Davis and Devan Moultrie added single scores.

The previous series record for most points was 49 by NT in a 49-27 victory in 1991.

*Lancaster 35, Depew 0: The Redskins jumped out to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter to beat the rival Wildcats. The loss snapped Depew's five-game winning streak and two-year reign over Lancaster. Thomas Nolder ran for two touchdowns for Lancaster, which held Depew to 89 yards offense. Kevin Kieliszek had nine tackles, three sacks and blocked a punt that Sean McLeod recovered in the end zone. Cory Davis and Brandon Potyok had 10 tackles each.

*Frontier 25, Hamburg 6: It had been a disappointing season for the Falcons until Friday night. Mark Schuster rushed for 146 yards as the Falcons turned back the rival Bulldogs. Hamburg (1-6) still leads the series, 28-24-2. Quarterback Corey Tyger finished with 103 yards on the ground.

*Clarence 32, Iroquois 17: Josh Rawdin ran 25 times for 119 yards and three touchdowns while Jack Vogel ran 25 times for 166 yards and a score as the unranked Red Devils (4-3) handed No. 4 large school Iroquois its first loss. Clarence ran for 319 total yards on 58 carries. Brandon Murie ran for 102 yards on 24 carries for the Chiefs (6-1).

*Cathedral Prep (Pa.) 41, St. Francis 34: Austin Smith scored on a 2-yard run with nine seconds left to drop the host Red Raiders. Delano Fabor and Luke Tasker accounted for all five Red Raider touchdowns. Fabor caught two TDs and threw for one. Tasker was 2 of 4 passing, with both completions to Fabor for TDs. Ramblers' QB Shyquawn Pullium and RB Eric Green combined for five TDs.

*Alden 49, Akron 10: Matt Schwartz ran for four touchdowns and threw for another during a 16-carry, 150-yard day as the Bulldogs used a 22-point third quarter to run away towards a 7-0 season. Cory Ressler and Chris Webber each had 10 tackles.

*Roy-Hart 14, Nichols 8 (OT): Roy-Hart earned its first victory of the year when Josh Foeller caught an 8-yard pass from Ryan Brigham in the first overtime for the Rams (1-6). Eighth-grader Brandon Buryta ran 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.

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Class A1

*Williamsville East 17, Williamsville South 7: East scored 10 points in the fourth quarter -- on a 5-yard TD run by Mike Langfelder and a 21-yard field goal by Jordan Dibernardo -- and took advantage of six South turnovers (five interceptions, one fumble) to record its first league win and second overall. South (4-3, 2-3) tied the game in the third on a 9-yard pass from Joe Licata to Chris Hauser. Langfelder gained 111 yards on 24 rushes and made eight tackles on defense for East (2-5, 1-4).

*Amherst 15, Lake Shore 14: Amherst's Bert Smith, who had been sick all week, played only six minutes but made the difference in the fourth quarter. Smith, who gained 55 yards on five carries, caught a pass for 40 yards, scored on a 40-yard touchdown run on a hook-and-ladder play and ran for the two-point conversion that clinched the victory.

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Class B

*Lackawanna 20, East Aurora 17: Capone Smith scored on a 4-yard run with 4:40 left as the No. 1 small school Steelers clinched the Class B South title with a 6-0 record. The Steelers led just 10-6 at halftime before they took the second-half kickoff, drove 65 yards down the field, and scored.

*Maryvale 33, Lew-Port 6: Brooks Estarfaa ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and the Flyers (4-3, 4-2) racked up 421 yards rushing on 35 carries to clinch a playoff spot. Jake Latshaw added nine carries for 68 yards for Maryvale.

*Springville 35, Pioneer 13: Springville's Cam Trinkle ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to break open a one-point game. Trinkle finished with 104 rushing yards on 11 carries.

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Msgr. Martin

*Timon-St. Jude 31, St. Mary's 26: Connor Kobis threw his 15th touchdown pass of the season to lead a win over the Lancers. Kobis was 22 of 30 for 284 yards and he added a 1-yard TD run. All three of his TD passes were to Larry Cross, who finished with nine catches for 142 yards.

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Harvard Cup

*Riverside 40, Bennett 0: The Frontiers (5-1, 5-0) clinched a playoff spot by dominating the Tigers (3-2, 3-3) as they rolled to their third straight shutout. David Drayton (5 for 11, 114 yards, no interceptions) threw for one score and ran for another while Troy Williams had seven carries for 145 yards and one catch for 25.

On the Web

For more on Friday night's action, go to the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com/blogs.

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