The visiting Starpoint fans stormed the field after the game, and why not? The first football win over Sweet Home in school history obviously was worth celebrating.
“It was fantastic,” Spartans’ coach Al Cavagnaro said of his team’s 19-13 victory Saturday. “It was pretty exciting to say the least. My coaches have worked so hard, and seeing their enjoyment, jumping around, was fantastic.”
Anthony Robinson provided the winning points with 48 seconds left when he ran it in from 5 yards out. Then the defense had to step in the last minute to preserve the victory.
Sweet Home, now 0-2, moved the ball to the Starpoint 45, but that was it. Zach Farell and Sam Wray teamed up on a game-ending sack to finish the triumph.
“It was the longest 48 seconds of my life,” Cavagnaro quipped.
Robinson ran for 118 yards overall, while Tajay Admed chipped in with 76 yards rushing and two scores to go with 10 tackles on defense.
Starpoint has been trying to beat Sweet Home since 2002.
“In years past, we’ve had the one tailback that has carried the ball 35 times,” Cavagnaro said. “The next thing now is that there are four or five guys who can contribute. That’s why we are successful. We can finally match up to their athletes. They are still a really good team.”
The Starpoint coach didn’t mind if his team was as happy as its fans – it soon will be time to refocus.
“We told the kids to go celebrate,” Cavagnaro said. “We go to Grand Island next, and we’ve never won at Grand Island. We’ve won at our place. We do love the ‘firsts,’ so we’ll see.”
Class AA North
Kenmore West 28, Lockport 14: The Blue Devils didn’t allow the Lions to complete a pass as they rode a big third quarter (16-0) to a win. Kenmore West quarterback DeAngelo Walker-Johnson ran for 159 yards and scored three touchdowns. On defense, Tyler White came through with 15 tackles and Charlie Milks had 13 tackles (three sacks). Javon Ford of Lockport ran for two scores.
Canisius 37, St. Mary’s of Lancaster 0: The Crusaders played like the top-ranked large school in The Buffalo News poll with a shutout of the Lancers. Cole Burniston ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Tyler Stranahan ran for two scores and threw for a third. On defense, juniors Jake Lutz and Mason Hoose led Canisius with seven tackles each. St. Mary’s was ranked No. 8 among small schools in The News’ poll.
Class A North
North Tonawanda 48, Kenmore East 0: Zach Woodard did just about everything for the Lumberjacks. He completed 5 for 6 passes for 100 yards with a touchdown pass, added a 20-yard scoring run, and blocked a punt for good measure. Linebacker Noble Crop forced a Kenmore East fumble, picked the ball up and rumbled 33 yards for a score.
Grand Island 16, Williamsville East 8: Jake Niland scored two second-half touchdowns to lift the Vikings to their win. Niland ran 16 times for 65 yards, and added eight tackles on defense. Jarod Brandon led Grand Island in rushing with 136 yards on 22 carries. The Flames had an 8-3 lead at halftime. The Vikings will be 2-0 when they host undefeated Starpoint next week.
Class A South
Iroquois 18, McKinley 0: The box score was a little boring, but it still added up to a win for the Chiefs. Brandon Yax ran for three touchdowns to account for all of the scoring. The junior ran for 125 yards, and has seven TDs on the season already. Iroquois forced four turnovers by the Chiefs.
Class C North
Akron 13, JFK 6: Something woke up the Tigers, as they roared back in the fourth quarter to beat the Bears. Jacob Sarow scored on runs of 24 and 25 yards; he finished with 123 yards on only 12 carries. On the other side of the ball, Ethan Hamm finished with 13 tackles while Sarow chipped in with an interception.
St. Francis 49, Holy Trinity 19: The Red Raiders provided a less-than-friendly guest to an opponent that was located in Long Island for the game. St. Francis, ranked sixth among large schools, scored in every quarter, rolling up 616 yards in total offense. Junior quarterback Jerry Hickson was 16 of 26 for 342 yards and two TDs. He also ran for 63 yards and a score. Brandon Metz had three catches for 113 yards and scored two times, while Jake Tasker caught six balls for 101 yards.
Msgr. Farrell 38, St. Joe’s 17: The Marauders got a good look at Farrell’s star running back, Steven Viegas, in a road trip to Staten Island. Viegas scored three touchdowns and ran for more than 200 yards in getting the win. Ryan Conschafter of St. Joe’s scored two touchdowns on short runs. St. Joe’s stayed within striking distance for a while, but Farrell scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to wrap the game up. It was the first loss of the season for the Marauders after an opening win.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude 38, Edison Tech-Monroe 8: The Tigers allowed an early safety and a late touchdown, and did all of the scoring in between in easily defeating a Section V opponent. Matt Myers, a sophomore quarterback, was 12 of 19 for 264 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score. Tyler Ringwood had four receptions for 149 yards, and had nine tackles and a sack while on defense. Bishop Timon is No. 8 among large schools.