Middle linebacker Dylan Casey, a junior, had a 90-yard kickoff return for the winning touchdown in the third quarter and made a game-saving play late in the game for Maryvale on Friday night in a 14-12 nonleague victory over cross-town rival Cleveland Hill.
After trailing most of the game, the Golden Eagles were threatening to tie the game after Aaron Wahler ran 10 yards for his second touchdown of the game with 1:37 to play.
On the two-point conversion attempt, Casey stripped the ball from the Cleveland Hill quarterback to break up the play.
Earlier in the game, Brian Sullivan made a defensive play that was just as important, intercepting a pass in the end zone at the end of the first half.
Wahler had a 66-yard scoring run in the third quarter to make it 8-6.
Class A North
North Tonawanda 35, Williamsville East 8: The Lumberjacks limited East to just 50 yards of offense as Zack Woodard returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Patrick Milbrand returned a blocked punt 27 yards for another score against the visiting Flames. NT rolled up 295 yards of offense. Chris Labonte accounted for 123 yard rushing, including a 72-yard TD run.
Class A South
Hamburg 38, West Seneca West 29: The Bulldogs built a big lead then almost let the Indians back into it with a 21-point fourth quarter. Brett Hall completed 9 of 23 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score for Hamburg. Jason Jaskolka had 163 yards in 23 rushing attempts and scored on runs of 22, 68 and 12 yards. Adam Costello had 12 tackles, six of them solos, in the victory.
Bennett 30, West Seneca East 14: Isaiah McDuffie was a one-man wrecking crew for the Tigers, carrying 13 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns and making ll tackles and recovering a fumble. Marcus Toliver (102 yards rushing, 10 tackles), Jamel Lofton (80 yards rushing, 10 tackles), Nigel Robinson (12 tackles, forced fumble) and Derrick Bishop (nine tackles) also stood out for Bennett.
Iroquois 36, Lake Shore 0: Senior Brandon Yax ran for three scores and Parker Valvo and Nate Emer led the defensive effort for the Chiefs. Yax ran 19 times for 187 yards, including scoring runs of 3, 37 and 29. C.J. Perillo carried four times for 38 yards for the Chiefs. Valvo had 12 tackles and Emer seven tackles, a sack and forced a fumble.
Class B East
Medina 56, Barker/Roy-Hart 24: Jake Cotter led the Mustangs, scoring on four runs as he rushed for 156 yards. Eric Neace was right behind with 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Jailin Cooper had 151 all-purpose yards for the winners, including an 85-yard kickoff return. Dawson Joy had 14 tackles, three for loss, to lead the Medina defense.
Maple Grove 52, Portville 15: Trevor Micek scored on runs of 62 and 17 yards and caught a 26-yard TD pass from Dalton Dubois in the victory. Dubois also returned a punt 48 yards for a score.
Williamsville North 34, Jamestown 26: Trailing, 27-26, the host Red Raiders went for a two-point conversion to try to win the game, but a bad snap foiled the attempt. North then scored an insurance touchdown on a 57-yard run by quarterback Jason Hwang, who completed 6 of 10 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns and ran 15 times for 110 yards and two TDs. Jairus Huggins, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver, had three touchdown receptions totaling 112 yards. Jamestown’s Matt Hill passed for 146 yards, Devan Jackson had 115 yards rushing and two TDs and Andrew Pumford had six receptions for 80 yards for the Raiders.
Lancaster 31, Williamsville South 14: Zach Samborski carried 14 times for 131 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Manzel completed 11 of 16 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Legends. Samborski had a 77-yard scoring run. Josh Foster passed for both South TDs.
Clarence 23, Frontier 0: Sophomore quarterback Jack Putney passed for three touchdowns in the Red Devils’ victory. Two of the scoring throws went to senior Nico Mullen. Zach Frey and Alex Sweeney led the defense in shutting out the host Falcons.
Kenmore West 53, Riverside 12: Erriono Giardina returned a kickoff 87 yards for one score and carried for two more TDs in his 72-yard rushing game to lead the Blue Devils. Tyler White had 10 tackles and three sacks and Jahlel St. John racked up seven tackles and half a sack for West.
Cheektowaga 27, Dunkirk 13: The Warriors gave up the game’s first score, then came back behind quarterback Eric Bartnik, who passed for 148 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 48 yards and another score. Stephan Parker had seven receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
Hutch-Tech 48, St. Mary’s 0: Senior Duane Robertson’s 80-yard run in the first quarter started the rout in the first game of a season-opening Buffalo Public Schools-Monsignor Martin Association doubleheader at All High Stadium.
Robertson also returned an interception 37 yards for a score to cap a 20-0 opening quarter. Dimitrius Simmons ran five times for 44 yards, including a 32-yard TD run, and Waulik Jeader competed 9 of 12 passes for 83 yards.
Toledo Central Cath. 48, St. Francis 18: Jerry Hickson passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns but the Red Raiders were overwhelmed by the Ohio power after taking an early 6-0 lead. Michael Warren ran for five Central Catholic touchdowns. Retson Daley had three receptions for 132 yards and two TDs for St. Francis.
Buford (Ga.) 49, Bishop Timon-St.Jude 6: The Tigers made the first stop on their challenging interstate schedule and paid for it big-time, falling to the Georgia power.
JFK 42, Eden/North Collins 23: Quarterback James Bailey passed and ran the Bears to an easy victory. Bailey had two touchdowns and 73 yards rushing and passed for 144 yards, including a 48-yard throw to Isbrandt. Brandon Kohl was all over the field for JFK. The Bears trailed 15-6 before Kohl ran 16 yards for a TD then took a punt 80 yards to the end zone to help JFK to a 28-16 halftime lead. Kohl had five tackles from his cornerback position and gained 44 yards rushing on four attempts.
East Aurora/Holland 23, Lackawanna 0: Matt Boss passed for all three touchdowns by the winners. Boss completed 10 of 16 for 149 yards. His scoring throws went to Nick Montgomery, Hunter Czora and Owen Smith. Joe Montgomery led the defensive effort.
Olean 13, Allegany-Limestone 6: The Huskies rallied in the second half after giving up the game’s first score on a fumble recovery in the end zone. Joe Jedrosko caught a 30-yard pass from Garret Boldt and Dylan Vincent ran 3 yards for the other Olean score.