In several games Friday night, the margins were not close as bragging rights were decided.
These rivalry games are featured in our roundup in today's paper, but here's some additional info on rivalry games that weren't nearly as dramatic as the wins by Medina and West Seneca East:
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File this under strange reactions by a winning coach:
"We were trying not to score in the fourth quarter. It was just weird," North Tonawanda coach Eric Jantzi said after the Lumberjacks dominated Tonawanda, 61-0, in the 99th T-NT game. It was the most points accumulated by a winning team in the series.
Jantzi pulled his starters after a 28-0 first half, but running is what NT does best. Quarterback Mike Tuzzo ran for two touchdowns, Joe Montesanti ran for two and Devan Moultrie ran for one and NT ended up with nine TD runs. NT averaged 19.3 yards per carry.
"Tonawanda continued to play hard. I will say that," said Jantzi.
The win was the Jacks' eighth in a row in the series. NT's last shutout of Tonawanda was 21-0 in 2003.
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Lancaster had lost its last three to Depew, including last year's game by a 34-7 score. The Redskins also were coming off a 34-0 loss at Orchard Park last week.
Things went quite differently Friday night as Lancaster scored all of its points in the first half -- including 28 in the first quarter -- in a 35-0 stomping of Depew.
"Depew's not that bad of a team, we just scored so dog-gone quick, almost like our turn of events against Orchard Park," said Lancaster coach Len Jankiewicz. "Our quick-strike offense fueled our defense. We didn't expect this."
The Redskins limited Depew's Dan Gorski to 32 yards.
Lancaster has a 46-29-7 lead in the series that began in 1919.
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Some players would love to have 10 touchdowns in a season.
Fredonia's Eric Ippolito has 10 touchdowns in his last two games.
"We do a good job blocking to spring him to get him the first 5 or 10," said Fredonia coach Bob Ball, "and from there he just breaks it."
Ippolito had five for Fredonia last week in a 40-20 win at Olean; he did the same Friday night during a 31-carry, 349-yard performance in a 41-14 rivalry win over Dunkirk. Ippolito played just one series in the fourth quarter.
Kenny Betts and Shane Mikula each had eight tackles while Shane Smith had two interceptions, Cody Eichelberger had one interception and Joey Pchelka had a fumble recovery.
Dunkirk (2-5), which leads the series, 63-43-11, got nine tackles from Nick Kozlowski.
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Mike Grunditch and Dylan Wentland each had interceptions for Frontier (4-3) in a 25-6 win over Hamburg. The Falcons had 351 total yards on offense.