At halftime at All High Stadium Saturday afternoon, the showdown of undefeated, top 10 small schools was a one-point game.
Then Burgard simply dominated the second half.
The Bulldogs, ranked fifth in The News small school poll, posted a 26-0 third quarter during a 38-0 second half as it rolled past No. 9 Medina, 51-12. Senior quarterback Rayshawn Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for two while Burgard’s defense and special teams put forth excellent efforts.
“In the second half, the kids decided we needed to start playing our type of football: pounding the ball and running hard,” said coach Jason Kolb of Burgard (4-0, 3-0). “It’s tough to stop our offense when so many guys are touching the ball. … Special teams and defense set up the second-half scores.”
Niagara Falls 22, Lockport 16: The Wolverines’ defensive backfield provided the difference in this one with three key interceptions. Amir Myles provided some of the drama when he intercepted a pass at his own 5-yard line on the last play of the game. Earlier, he caught a 23-yard TD pass from Daveon Cook. Daquarie Simmons had a 55-yard interception return for a TD early in the fourth quarter to put the Wolverines ahead for good. Dijon Stone picked one off earlier in the second half to halt another Lockport drive.
Grand Island 34, Kenmore East 24: The Vikings won a battle of unbeatens, overcoming the quick-strike ability of the Bulldogs. East’s four scoring plays went for 66, 80, 82 and 51 yards. GI countered with wide receiver/defensive back Curtis Johnson, who caught two TD passes, returned an interception to the East 5-yard line and had three punts that pinned East deep in its own territory.
GI led 27-12 early in the third quarter, but East QB Connor McMahon got his team back in it with long TD passes to Brandon Mack and Preston Smith to cut the lead to 27-24. TJ Morgan put the game away on a 2-yard run with 2 minutes left. McMahon was 12 of 24 for 295 yards.
McKinley 26, Wmsv. East 23: The Macks defense sacked Flames QB Jaleel Battle with no time left to hang on for the three-point win. Macks backup QB Keyon Johnson, pressed into service because of an injury, played like a veteran instead of a 14-year-old sophomore. He was 8 of 10 passing for 160 yards and threw three TDs. “That’s a stellar night in my book,” said coach Ed Wilson.
Williamsville East led 7-0 after the first quarter, but the Macks scored the next 20 points. East’s Rae’Quan Green rushed for 106 yards and Battle threw for 179.
Sweet Home 49, North Tonawanda 13: The Panthers defense forced six turnovers while Jordan Evert gave the offense 130 yards rushing and three TDs. Brandon Smiley had two interceptions for the 4-0 Panthers. NT scored first and Sweet Home answered in a big way, scoring the next 42 points. Jordan Evert had three rushing TDs and Noah Dipasquale was perfect on seven PAT kicks.
Iroquois 37, Hutch-Tech 12: Brad Achman rushed for 280 yards, four yards short of the school record held since 2004 by Andy Wolffe, as the Chiefs won their first game. Coyote Sokolski had nine tackles and an interception while Zach Emer added eight tackles.
Starpoint 20, Niagara-Wheatfield 0: After a scoreless first quarter, Austin Bratek opened the scoring on a 24-yard run. Tight end Matt Wetzel caught TD passes in the third and fourth quarters from Eric Yeager. Evan Majewski, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, finished with 55 yards on 10 carries.
Williamsville North 37, East 0: The Spartans jumped to a 22-0 lead after one quarter. Five different players found the end zone for North, including Derick Isler, who finished with 101 yards rushing on 21 attempts. Quarterback Ryan Majewski had two TD passes and ran for another.
JFK 30, Wilson 6: A young backfield lifted the Bears to their first win. Freshman Lexus Pollard had 105 yards and two TDs while junior Shawn McPhail added 102 yards and a score. Matt Lanzalaco contributed 79 yards and a TD. JFK controlled the clock in the second half while breaking the game open with a 16-point fourth quarter. LB Jeff Retzer 10 tackles for JFK. Wilson’s Justin Westmoreland had 17 tackles.
Panama 20, Frewsburg 12: Stephen Enlow scored on an 8-yard run with 1:46 left. He set up his own score with a 30-yard run that gave the Panthers a first down at the 12-yard line. Frewsburg was moving the ball on the ensuing drive when Jacob Short sacked the QB on 4th and 12. Short ended with 17 tackles and two sacks. Panama trailed, 12-0, at the half and then outscored the Bears, 20-0, in the second half.
Eden 23, Cardinal O’Hara 16: The Raiders sealed the game when their defense halted a potential game-tying drive, taking over on downs at their own 40 with 2 minutes left. The Raiders were able to get a couple of first downs and run out the clock. With 7 minutes left, Alex Smythe scored on a 1-yard run. Smythe finished with a season-high 202 yards on 25 carries and finished with two TDs.
Albion 49, Newfane 6: Ed Wolfe rushed for 106 yards and John Warne was 8 of 10 passing for 145 yards and three TDs.