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Week Seven Friday: A little bit of everything

Friday night's drama wasn't limited to the rivalry games. Not by a hail mary.

Sure, there was West Seneca East's Hollywood win over West Seneca West and Medina upending Albion (read the stories about both games in today's paper).

Then there were astounding rivalry blowouts, an incredible comeback for Amherst and a great 100th win for Clarence's Tom Goddard at Iroquois. 

But that's not all: What about ... Lackawanna reigning in B South ... an eighth-grader helping a team to an overtime victory for their first win of the season ... one of the best programs in WNY remaining winless ... a stunner in Williamsville ... shutout streaks ending ... shutout streaks continuing ... a four-game win streak after a three-game losing streak ...

Talk about saving the best until last. And there's another day to go before the Section VI finale weekend is over.

Check the links above and read our roundup in today's paper. Then check out these additional notes and quotes:

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The most shocking score I've heard in several weeks, perhaps all season:

Williamsville East 17, Williamsville South 7.

South's aired-out offense had been super-prolific, routing Amherst last week and even trading touchdowns at some points in games with Grand Island and Sweet Home in its previous two games. But I supposed this is what happens when a passing offense has a horrid day (five interceptions, one fumble) and is without main target Phil Stasiak (hand injury).

That not only made East 3-4 on the season, it made them the official kings of Williamsville. Last week, East won at North, 13-0.

Ryan Tideswell (nine tackles, pass deflection) and Jon Crawford (interception, four tackles) were major cogs in the Flames' defense.

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When Eddie Miller scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter, and Ryan Sweet accounted for his fifth point of the game with his extra point, East Aurora had a 17-12 lead on Lackawanna heading to the fourth quarter.

"It was good to be pushed to the limit," said Steeler coach Bruce Lakso, whose Steelers came away wiht a 20-17 win. "Our kids responded really well in the second half. A couple guys started getting on each other [at halftime]. I told them to "calm down, you've got to have faith in what we do.' It was a great drive."

Capone Smith rushed for 192 yards on 32 carries and all three Lackawanna touchdowns. Defensively, he had 13 tackles and an interception. Dwane Bennett had 11 tackles while Reggie Green added nine, including two for losses.

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Maryvale's 33-6 win over Lew-Port made it four straight wins for the Flyers after starting the season with losses to top 10 small schools Cleveland Hill, Alden and Depew.

Jamie Quigley had five carries for 61 yards and also completed both of his passes for 43 yards passing. Both completions went to Andre Davis, who led the way on defense with 11 tackles and two sacks; John Heisler added 10 tackles.

"The offensive line did an outstanding job opening holes for all of the backs," Maryvale coach Steve Griffin said of the 421 yards rushing, mostly from Brooks Estarfaa and Jake Latshaw.

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Delano Fabor (8 of 16, 152 yards) and Luke Tasker (2 of 4, 48 yards) took turns at quarterback in St. Francis' 41-34 last-second loss to Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pa.

Tasker had nine tackles and linebacker Adam Redden had a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

"In my opinion the kids really came together today. Some of the new kids we inserted played their hearts out," said coach Jerry Smith.

Cathedral Prep is 4-4, with losses to: Erie's Strong Vincent, ranked second in the state in Pennsyvania's state poll in Class AAA (third-largest of four classes in the state); Erie's large school power McDowell; Ohio's St. Edward, which is ranked fourth in the Cleveland Plain Dealer's top 25; and St. Francis DeSales of Columbus, Ohio, which is the top-ranked Division II team in Ohio's Associated Press poll. Not a bad bunch.

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Alden's scoreless streak reached 20 quarters before Akron scored 10 points in the second half.

What happened in the other eight quarters, Bulldogs? Kidding, of course. Wow. A great stat in what proved to be a very tough division.

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When Roy-Hart's 14-8 overtime win over Nichols was first called in, we didn't have the name of the Rams' first touchdown scorer because it wasn't on the roster.

There was a good reason for that -- Brandon Buryta is an eighth-grader who was called up, and he ran 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. You don't hear about too many eighth graders playing football.

Tyler Brent had 12 tackles while Josh Foeller caught a touchdown and had 41 yards on nine carries for Roy-Hart, which won its first game.

Nichols (2-5), which has now lost twice in overtime, was led by Dan Franz's 12 tackles and Ramsey Gayles' rushing (22 carries, 97 yards).

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Riverside is rolling right along, but its toughest Harvard Cup tests remain.

The Frontiers (5-1, 5-0), which clinched a playoff spot with its third straight shutout (40-0 over Bennett), close the regular season with games against Hutch-Tech (4-2, 4-2), Grover Cleveland (4-1, 4-0) and McKinley (1-4, 1-3).

Despite the Macks' rough record, they are the three-time defending league champions and they may have turned their season around with last week's rout of Hutch-Tech.

"From a team standpoint, we clinched a playoff spot, so we're happy about that," said Riverside coach Tony Truilizio. "We had about 400 yards of total offense, passing and rushing, and that's how you want to go into the final stretch. We're clicking on all cylinders, but we have three tough games ahead of us."

Trent Alls had eight solo tackles and also ran for a touchdown while Donnie Bender had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against Bennett (3-2, 3-3), which came into the game in fourth place in the league.

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In an as-expected tight game, senior Fran Marinaro (nine tackles) and freshman Kyree Carter (eight) were a big part of Bishop Timon-St. Jude's 31-26 win over St. Mary's.

Jesse Kelso and QB Greg Justen connected twice for St. Mary's, on the first and last scores of the game.

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Levi Bursch had four touchdowns during an eight-carry, 65-yard day as Southwestern stomped to 7-0 with a 42-6 victory at Falconer (1-6). Junior quarterback Zack Sopak had seven carries for 103 yards and hit Bursch with two TD passes while sophomore John Mistretta carried 18 times for 70 yards.

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Silver Creek's Patrick Fuller scored on an 87-yard kickoff return and a 92-yard run as the Black Knights rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat Gowanda, 18-6. Fuller finished with 147 yards on nine carries while Zach Williams gained 96 yards on 12 carries for Silver Creek (6-1), the No. 10 small school.

Aaron Benton was 9 of 16 for 87 yards while Christian VanNote gained 61 yards on 12 rushes for Gowanda (4-3), which apparently is headed back to Silver Creek for next week's Class C quarterfinals.

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B.J. Monacelli ran for four touchdowns, including two during Cassadaga Valley's 20-point fourth quarter, as the Cougars handed Allegany-Limestone (4-3, 3-3) its third straight loss, 33-29. Monacelli gained 137 yards on 25 carries and Brian Barmore added 145 yards on 13 carries for Cassadaga Valley (2-5, 2-4). A.J. Thompson had 118 yards and two touchdowns on 12 runs for the Gators.

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Pat Jagow had a touchdown and an interception on defense for Springville, which got 21 points in the fourth quarter to pound Pioneer, 35-13.

Bill Asquith scored both Pioneer touchdowns on big plays in the third quarter: a 52-yard run and an 89-yard kickoff return.

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Luke Hellwig gained 184 yards on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns as Portville improved to 6-1 with a 34-13 home win over Frewsburg. Samer Al-Humadi made five tackles.

---Keith McShea

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