West Seneca East needed contributions from every facet of its arsenal to advance past Williamsville South in the Section VI Class A quarterfinals Friday night.
The Trojans got two safeties and a 6-yard scoring run from quarterback Andy Pangallo with 1:23 remaining and held on for a 26-20 victory over the Billies.
South (4-4) took the final kickoff at midfield after a squib kick and advanced about 10 yards before time ran out on dangerous sophomore QB Joe Licata, who went 12 of 24 for 181 yards and a score.
"The game plan was to not let him sit back and pick us apart," East coach Jim Maurino said. "He got knocked down on pretty much every pass play but he really puts a scare into you back there."
Pangallo did plenty to scare the Billies.
He carried 23 times for 150 yards and two TDs and went 10 of 28 for 113 yards passing.
Bill Fildes carried six times for 50 yards and a TD and middle linebacker Andy Breen made eight tackles, including three for losses. The Trojans (6-2) sacked Licata twice and batted down seven of his pass attempts.
Ethan Murphy was credited with a second-quarter safety after South blocked a field goal attempt and carried the ball into its own end zone. In the third quarter, Doug Larson blocked a punt through the end zone.
West Seneca East next gets the winner of today's game between Amherst and No. 3 Sweet Home.
*Iroquois 42, Starpoint 41: The sixth-ranked Chiefs (7-1) will next get the winner of today's game between Cheektowaga and No. 4 Grand Island after a thrilling victory over the Spartans (3-5). Iroquois tackle Brandon Daehn and linebacker Billy Desiderio teamed to stop running back Brandon Bratek on a two-point conversion attempt with 49 seconds left, but the Spartans got the ball back again and missed a 65-yard field goal try off a free kick on the last play, following a fair catch on a punt.
Bratek's 5-yard run accounted for the final points, capping his 23-carry, 157-yard night. Brandon Murie was even better for the Chiefs with 235 yards and four scores on 32 attempts. Desiderio made a dozen tackles and Aaron Huber threw for two TDs.
*Orchard Park 70, Niagara-Wheatfield 13: Apparently, the Quakers didn't give away many secrets in last Saturday's 47-6 victory over the Falcons (2-6) that closed the regular season. The No. 1 team in The News' large-school poll scored the first 49 points, all in the first half, and rolled on to the semifinals. Jeff Tundo carried 16 times for 187 yards and four first-half touchdowns and Kevin Collins added 107 yards on 13 attempts and one TD. The Quakers (8-0) scored two defensive TDs -- a 33-yard interception return by David Michael and a 30-yard fumble return by Alex Korzaniewski. Next weekend, Orchard Park will host the winner of today's Jamestown at Kenmore West game.
*Lancaster 42, Lockport 0: Andrew Mrozek and Sean McLeod returned interceptions for touchdowns and Tom Krickovich rushed for three more scores as the fifth-ranked Redskins (6-2) rolled over the Lions (3-5). Eric Rindo led the Redskins in tackles with seven. Kicker Keith Stoerr made good on all six PATs. David Fluellen of Lockport rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries. Lancaster next faces No. 2 North Tonawanda, a 37-0 victor over No. 8 Clarence.
Next weekend's pairings are set in this class as Lackawanna will face Depew and Fredonia will meet Alden.
*Lackawanna 35, Albion 8: Top-ranked small school Lackawanna (8-0) scored the first 35 points en route to a victory over the Purple Eagles (3-5). Steelers quarterback Capone Smith scored four touchdowns, ripping off scores from 55 and 77 yards away, and rushed for 261 yards on 14 carries. Reggie Green powered the defense with 10 tackles.
*Depew 20, East Aurora 7: Dan Gorski carried 23 times for 179 yards and two scores, and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season, as the eighth-ranked Wildcats (6-2) scored the last 20 points in defeating the Blue Devils (4-4). Anthony Battaglia scored Depew's other touchdown and the Wildcats got 10 tackles apiece from Dan Strebel and Chris Frankowski.
*Alden 14, Springville 0: Nick Marx scored on a 13-yard run and Derek Delzer caught an 8-yard pass from Tyler Stoldt for the fourth-ranked Bulldogs (8-0) in a shutout of the Griffins (3-5). Delzer had an interception in the third quarter that ended a Springville threat. Kory Ressler had 10 tackles. Cole Huston rushed for 71 yards. Alden's leading rusher, Matt Schwartz, injured his ankle in the first quarter. He was able to stay in the game defensively.
Fredonia 40, Maryvale 14: Eric Ippolito carried 41 times for 255 yards and three TDs as the Hillbillies (7-1) beat the Flyers (4-4) despite 154 rushing yards by Brooks Estarfaa.
*Southwestern 43, JFK 8: Levi Bursch had three touchdowns, part of his 12-carry, 142-yard night, as the third-ranked Trojans (8-0) rambled past the Bears (3-5).
*Silver Creek 34, Gowanda 13: The Black Knights (7-1) broke the game open with a 21-point third quarter to win going away over the Panthers (4-4). Trailing, 7-6, entering the third quarter, Silver Creek scored three rushing TDs -- all courtesy of Patrick Fuller. Fuller finished with 172 yards on 15 attempts.
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*Canisius 43, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 12: Senior Andrew Zdrojewski did it on both sides of the ball for the ninth-ranked Crusaders (4-3 overall, 2-0 league), who are now one win away from wrapping up their first outright League AA title since 1999 after beating the Tigers (5-3, 0-2). He made three catches for 137 yards and a score on offense and three of his seven tackles on defense were sacks. He also forced a fumble and now has 15 1/2 sacks for the season. Quarterback Sean Brady had another brilliant game, going 13 of 18 for 236 yards and a score by air and running 11 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Ricky Pringle had a 54-yard gallop among his three TDs and carried 19 times for 169 yards.
*Riverside 28, Hutch-Tech 0: Troy Williams broke touchdown runs of 53 and 55 yards en route to 140 yards on 12 carries as the Frontiers (6-1, 6-0) remained atop the league by blanking the Engineers (4-3, 4-3) for their fourth consecutive shutout. Williams also scored on a 6-yard run as Riverside scored all its points during what coach Tony Truilizio called "a perfect first half." Quarterback David Drayton's 16-yard pass to Julius Davis opened the scoring before Williams scored three times running out of the double wing.
*Steubenville (Ohio) 34, Cardinal O'Hara 14: Quarterback Angelo Sciandra threw for 109 yards and Dwaune Hinklen scored twice for the Hawks (3-5) in a loss at Ohio powerhouse Stuebenville (10-0). The Big Red secured its sixth consecutive undefeated regular season.
*Frontier 42, Williamsville North 7: Quarterback Corey Tyger fired two TD passes and rushed 18 times for 132 yards and another score as the Falcons (5-3) moved on in Class AA by pounding the Spartans (0-8).
*Tonawanda 29, Pioneer 14: Mike Carson carried 19 times for 120 yards and two TDs, kicked a 30-yard field goal and made eight tackles from his linebacker spot as the Warriors (4-4) defeated the Panthers (2-6).
*Medina 42, Eden 20: Nick Peterson, Levi Pace and Travis Bloom all scored twice as the Mustangs (3-5) advanced past the Raiders (2-6) in Class B.
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