Starpoint certainly is having an exciting ride during its current football season.
The Spartans are still unbeaten, taking another thriller on Friday to move to 6-0 and clinch their second straight Class A North championship. They defeated Williamsville South, 41-37; the Spartans won a one-point game against North Tonawanda last week.
Anthony Robinson scored the game-winning touchdown for Starpoint with 37 seconds left. The Billies threw a couple of long passes in the final seconds in response, but failed to pull out the win.
Aaron Chase was 8 for 12 for 123 yards and two touchdowns through the air for the Spartans; he also ran for a score. Sam Mazzara caught the two TD throws and also made an interception that preceded the winning drive.
Starpoint plays Sweet Home next week.
Elsewhere in Class A North:
Williamsville East 33, Sweet Home 14: The Flames celebrated their first win over Sweet Home in 13 years. Williamsville East scored the game’s final three touchdowns to pull away. T.J. Allen had two of those scores, and Daniel Wagner – who finished with 12 tackles – had the other. Kevin Steele had 21 tackles for the Flames.
North Tonawanda 49, Amherst 14: Chris Labonte was one of many Lumberjacks to have a big night. He finished with 156 yards on only 10 carries and crossed the goal line twice. Zach Woodward was 7 of 9 for 182 passing yards and two touchdowns. Joe Dotterwich ran for one score and caught a pass for another.
Class AA North
Kenmore West 14, Clarence 10: The Blue Devils spoiled the Red Devils’ perfect win in Clarence’s new stadium. Erriono Giardina ran for 140 yards on 11 carries and a score for Kenmore West.
Class AA South
Lancaster 51, Hutch-Tech 24: The Legends jumped out to a 30-0 lead at halftime and had no problem improving to 6-0. The victory wrapped up the AA South title. Ryan Mazell was 13 of 15 for 144 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Max Giordano. Zach Samborski ran for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Jamestown 52, Frontier 0: The Red Raiders earned their first win of the season with Friday’s shutout. Fran Rodriguez ran for 133 yards and two scores, while Matt Hill threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Adam Kindberg also caught two touchdown passes.
Class A South
Iroquois 21, West Seneca East 13: The Chiefs celebrated their first win over West Seneca East in seven years and jumped into a crowded playoff picture in their league. Brandon Yax was busy for Iroquois, carrying the ball 40 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Nolan had 57 yards rushing, while Jack Edwards chipped in with a touchdown pass.
Hamburg 20, Lake Shore 14: The Bulldogs scored the game’s final 20 points in rallying to defeat the Eagles. John Collins ran for two touchdowns as he finished with 58 yards in nine carries. For Lake Shore, Lawrence Jenkins had touchdown runs of 72 yards and 60 yards. The Eagles didn’t really threaten to score in the final quarter in which neither side crossed the goal line.
Class B South
Olean 27, East Aurora/Holland 24 (OT): The Huskies kept their hopes for an undefeated football season alive – barely. Olean received a 1-yard run from Dylan Vincent in the first overtime to get a hard-fought 27-24 win over East Aurora/Holland. Jacey Jakubczak had kicked a 19-yard field goal on the Blue Devils’ first possession of OT to take the lead. Olean (6-0, 5-0) quarterback Garrett Boldt finished with 173 yards rushing on 22 carries and three touchdowns. He completed 2 of 5 passes for 60 yards. Jakubczak of EA/H finished with 49 yards rushing on 10 carries, and he caught three passes for 98 yards.
Pioneer 30, Fredonia/W-B 6: Todd Thompson ran 22 times for 216 yards and two scores as the Panthers earned the win. Mike Rigerman added 13 tackles and a touchdown catch for Pioneer, which faces Gowanda next.
Dunkirk 40, Springville 6: The Marauders’ Alton Ingram picked up 108 yards on the ground with a touchdown, and added nine tackles on defense. Juan Damas scored three different ways for Dunkirk: he threw a pass for a TD, ran for a touchdown, and returned an interception all the way to the end zone.
Class B West
Maryvale 56, Newfane 6: The Flyers continued their winning ways with another one-sided win. Connor Desiderio of Maryvale threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Dylan Casey ran for 101 yards and Austin Reamsnyder scampered for 80 yards and two scores. Nick Costanzo finished with 12 tackles for the Flyers. Next up for Maryvale is a game with Cheektowaga.
Cheektowaga 62, Lewiston-Porter 0: The Warriors, ranked No. 1 among small schools in The News’ poll, improved to 6-0 overall. Cheektowaga ran for 342 yards as a team. Michael Gray had 162 of those yards on only seven carries, and he crossed the goal line twice. Seven Turpin added 117 yards.
Burgard 34, Tonawanda 0: Dominic Prince ran for 139 yards and two scores, and returned an interception for the Bulldogs in the win. Steven Swaggard had 85 yards rushing and a score.
Class B East
Alden 28, Lackawanna 12: The Bulldogs wrapped up a playoff spot with a win. Christian Snell ran for two scores, and Josh Chester and Riley Pastuszynski both returned interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to decide the game.
Class C South
Gowanda/Pine Valley 46, Salamanca 19: Kameron Alexander ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers to bring his yardage total for the year past 1,300 yards. Gilberto Ortiz added 12 tackles on defense.
Maple Grove 43, Silver Creek/Forestville 6: The Red Dragons easily won this battle of unbeaten teams. They rolled up 408 yards in total offense, including 359 on the ground in only 37 carries. Brad Benson ran for 149 yards on 16 carries with three scores.
Randolph 33, Frewsburg 7: Jake Beaver only threw nine passes, but completed four of them for 210 yards and three touchdowns for the Cardinals. Beaver also had three interceptions on defense.
Albion 40, Akron 16: Tommy Mattison cracked the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for the season for the Purple Eagles as they knocked off the Tigers. Mattison finished with 216 yards rushing on 22 carries, and added two touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Pritchard was efficient, completing 10 of 13 passes for 126 yards and two scores. Meach Gardner ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes with one of them going for a score, and made 11 tackles.
JFK 30, Allegany-Limestone 7: Jeff Rahsko scored the game’s first touchdown for the Bears, who had few problems the rest of the way. Jordan Snyder had seven tackles and a fumble recovery for JFK.
V-Alexander 50, Wilson 26: A 21-point second quarter broke the game open for Alexander. Justin Daul threw for four touchdowns for the Lakemen.