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Week Eight Friday: Eight blowouts, two thrillers and an upset

After the first day of the Section VI Quarterfinals Era, do you wonder: Maybe these new first-round games aren't such a great idea after all?

Two teams hit 70 points, and I can't remember the last time one team had that many.

Only one team (out of 14 games) won on the road -- Allegany-Limestone in a 12-7 win at Akron. Well, we'll see if Saturday brings any more upsets.

And while there were several blowouts, the new round of eight certainly did have some exciting games, including Iroquois' one-point survival at home against Starpoint and West Seneca East's win over Williamsville South.

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A big roundup of the Friday night action, which has West Seneca East's win as the headline, is filled with great info stuff.

Tom Borrelli also wrote up a more detailed look at the Iroquois-Starpoint finish in a blog post, while he also has a post on Riverside's latest shutout. I covered the North Tonawanda rout of Clarence and added a blog post as well.

Plenty of other fall sports were in action -- check out a boys soccer semifinal roundup and the High School Extra (featuring field hockey, cross country, girls soccer, girls tennis and boys volleyball) at the high school homepage.

There's a photo gallery as well as several cool shots in the paper today -- including the winning penalty kick for Lockport boys soccer.

Here's a fun factoid from field hockey -- Eden, which beat Roy-Hart in penalty strokes to reach the semifinals, have something of a Tampa Bay Rays turnaround thing going. The Raiders were 0-16 last year.

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The rest of this post includes some observations along with some information we couldn't fit in our final editions.

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Fredonia posted an extremely impressive result in its 40-14 home win over Maryvale. I was thinking of picking Fredonia to make the final in my bracket pick, and I'm feeling a bit regretful about it after seeing how the South fared collectively against the North (you'd have to give the South an edge).

I thought the Hillbillies would win, but they really handled the Flyers, who had come in with a nice four-game win streak.

The Fredonia defense included Anthony Polvino's 11 tackles. Shane Nykula and Cory King each had sacks while Marcus Johnston, Cody Eichelberger and Chris DiRusso all had interceptions for Fredonia.

The Hillbillies are headed to Alden, which posted another shutout although the point total was a bit of a surprise in its 14-0 win over Springville, a team that found itself in the playoffs only after Olean was beaten at Eden last week.

The Bulldogs may have to lean on their defense since Matt Schwartz was unable to go at running back -- Cole Huston (71 yards) and Nick Marx (12 carries, 48 yards, TD) filled in for him.

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On the other side of the bracket, a great semifinal is shaping up as Depew heads to Lackawanna.

Lackawanna's David Kosanovich was 6 for 11 passing for 112 yards and a score to Dwayne Bennett (four catches, 89 yards) in the Steelers' win over Albion.

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We didn't get a call, unfortunately, on Allegany-Limestone's 12-7 win at Akron. Would have been nice if the Tigers at least let us know the score while the Gators hit the road for the 90-mile ride back home; then again, would have been nice if the Gators gave us a holler during their road trip.

The score was listed in an quality Southwestern game story written Scott Kindberg in the Jamestown Post-Journal -- which includes a great quote at the end by JFK coach Jeff Sabatino, who sized up a potential Class C final most have been expecting all season:

''With the speed and athleticism of Cleveland Hill and the balance of (Southwestern), it's going to be a helluva football game, and hopefully, I get to watch.''

As for Southwestern, its 43-8 win over JFK (in which the Bears actually scored first!) included quarterback Zack Sopak going 9 of 15 for 135 yards with two scores while Ryan Buzzetto accumulated 15 tackles.

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Maple Grove pitches a 70-0 shutout and only one of the touchdowns comes on a Chris Secky pass. Yikes.

Jake Larson scored on five of his 11 carries and rushed for 209 yards for the Red Dragons (8-0) against Brocton (4-4).

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Luke Hellwig carried 15 times for 140 yards and two scores, giving him 1,042 yards for the season as Portville (7-1) beat Panama, 32-3, in a battle of Panthers. Jeremy Spehr, Tyler Yarnes, Casey Caya and Adam Sullivan each had four tackles for Portville.

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Canisius had a total of 607 offensive yards on 57 plays, an average of a little over 10 yards a play, in its romp over Bishop Timon-St. Jude.

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Shaquille Dudley had 10 carries for 70 yards and also pitced in with 11 tackles during Cardinal O'Hara's 34-14 loss at Steubenville. The Big Red's victory marked the 700th in the school's history, which includes nine state titles. O'Hara isn't going to have the team it had last season every year, but I still like that they played Stuebenville again (if it was mandatory to get the game, so be it, but I'm pretty sure O'Hara asked for the trip again this year).

Ohio does football at a different level, and Stuebenville is one of the best -- it's good to have WNY teams exposed to that caliber of play and have something to work towards.   

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Yahs Williams had 11 tackles to go along with his touchdown for Williamsville South in the Billies' lost at West Seneca East.

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The consolation bowl games can be a place where you can see signs of teams that will be making noise next year.

Not so much in the results we received Friday, however. Frontier backed up its top 10 standing by blowing out winless Williamsville North. Mike Gruntisch rushed for two TDs and Mark Schuster carried 15 times for 98 yards and a score for Frontier.

As pointed out on this blog a few times, the absence of Frontier from the playoffs, as opposed to the presence of Niagara-Wheatfield is a little troubling. Frontier lost to OP, 14-12. Niagara-Wheatfield was outscored, 117-19, by OP over the last two weeks.

Other consolation notes: Brandon Moshenko scored two Tonawanda TDs and Ed Miller made nine tackles as the Warriors forced three Pioneer turnovers. ... Jordan Conners scored twice as Pine Valley (2-6) rallied to beat Ellicottville, 20-14.

---Keith McShea

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