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High school football roundup: Defensive effort leads Will East to grand win over Sweet Home

Williamsville East spoiled the grand-opening of rival Williamsville South’s new athletic complex last Friday night.

The Flames made sure not to let the same thing happen to them at their own.

An exemplary defensive effort led East to a 21-7 Class A North victory over Sweet Home, where first-year coach Mike Torrillo was a longtime assistant under John Faller.

“It was awesome. Four skydivers flew in before the game,” Torrillo said. “Obviously getting a win in the first-ever home game there was pretty cool.”

The Flames forced six turnovers, five interceptions and a fumble, and limited a Sweet Home offense (without a suspended Dylan McDuffie) that came in averaging 47 points per game to 210 total yards.

“Our defense has been our strength all year,” Torrillo said. “To limit Sweet Home’s rushing game to 81 yards, I’m really proud of our defense.”

East opened the scoring in the second quarter on an 80-yard screen pass from Colson Skorka to Jake Falzone.

“We knew they were a pretty aggressive defense and we caught them,” Torrillo said. “We got the ball to him and Jake did the rest.”

Skorka added a 7-yard TD run in the third quarter, which was then followed up by a 70-yard interception return by Ajay Chima. Joe Shifflet had a pair of interceptions for East.

Mike’s son, Sweet Home quarterback Joseph, scored on a two-yard run for the Panthers in the closing minutes.

“If there’s anyone I’d want to score on us it’d be him,” Torrillo said, with a laugh.

Class AA

Clarence 35, Frontier 14: Senior Jacob Reger ran seven times for 75 yards and four touchdowns. QB Jack Putney was 4 of 6 for 110 yards and a 45-yard score to Noah Corry. Quinten Burke had nine tackles and Ahmad Holloway eight.

Williamsville North 24, Orchard Park 21: Ed Bianco’s 37-yard field goal with 15 seconds left capped off a 17-point fourth quarter to lift the Spartans to a league win.

“First half, Orchard Park outplayed us,” North coach Mike Mammoliti said. “In the second half we had a little bit more momentum and took over the fourth quarter and scored those three times. ... It’s been a back-and-forth battle over the last 10 year or so.”

Marquel Wells (110 yards) started the comeback with a 30-yard score, and Joe Nusall found Dylan Kelly for a 40-yard TD to tie the game at 21-21.

Class A North

Starpoint 57, Kenmore East 13: It was a record-breaking day for the Spartans. Junior QB Aaron Chase went 10 for 12 for 255 yards and five touchdowns to set the school record for TDs in a game and career with 26. He also set the record for most passing yards in a game and in a career with 1,943.

His favorites target Friday was classmate Max Bowden, who caught four passes for 159 yards and a single-game record three scores.

Anthony Robinson ran 12 times for 130 yards and scores of 47 and 30 yards.

North Tonawanda 42, Kenmore West 26: The Lumberjacks overcame a 14-0 hole after one quarter to win their first game of the season. NT ran 50 times for 229 yards, led by Marcellus Overton’s 162.

Williamsville South 26, Grand Island 15: Two fourth-quarter TDs by Jemelle Jones gave the Billies a come-from-behind win. Jones scored on runs of 50 and 12 yards and finished with a total of 156. He added 10 tackles and two sacks on defense. Alex Miller scored on a 6-yard run and a 39-yard pass from Josh Foster to give South a 12-0 lead at the start.

Class A South

Iroquois 43, Lake Shore 0: Mike King ran for 142 yards and two 35-yard TDs, and CJ Perillo added 108 rushing yards and a 24-yard score. Spencer Slachetka led the shutout effort with 10 tackles and a sack. Casey Phillips added two sacks and a fumble recovery.

West Seneca East 58, Amherst 16: Shaun Dolac ran for 162 yards and a TD, and Jacob Maurino added 125 yards and three scores as the Trojans piled up 445 rushing yards on 52 attempts. The defense had two interceptions and Dolac (10 tackles) two fumble recoveries.

West Seneca West 55, Hamburg 0: The Indians racked up 520 yards of total offense and yielded only 38 on defense.

UB-commit Matt Myers was 12-of-18 passing for 241 yards and four touchdowns and also ran five times for 45 yards and two scores. Juston Johnson caught four balls for 61 yards and two scores of 34 and 15 yards. Bryan Ball had two long scoring plays, a 59-yard catch and a 40-yard run.

Class B-1

Maryvale 27, Burgard 0: Quarterback Connor Desiderio threw for 204 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns for the Flyers. He threw an 11-yard pass to Dylan Casey to open the scoring and had an 18-yard pass to Ray Blackwell to close the scoring in the fourth quarter. Casey had 81 yards receiving and Blackwell 77.

Rashad Law ran for scores of 4 and 5 yards. He totaled 50 rushing yards, 46 receiving yards and seven tackles on defense. Linebacker Nick Costanzo had 12 tackles.

Pioneer 26, East Aurora/Holland 6: The Panthers ran for a whopping 375 yards and had none through the air. Three players went over the century mark on the ground.

Senior Wake Kless ran 10 times for 145 yards and a 2-yard touchdown. Classmate Caleb Riordan had 12 carries for 125 yards. Junior Mike Rigerman, usually a tight end, ran four times for 114 yards and three touchdowns of 75, 7 and 3 yards.

On defense, Riordan made 10 tackles, three for a loss, and Rigerman made 15 tackles, two for a loss.

Class B-2

Depew 22, Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton 9: Quarterback Joe Pagano threw for 170 yards and two scores to Chad Biersbach and also ran for 51 yards and a 2-yard touchdown. Biersbach had 2.5 sacks of the team’s six total.

Dunkirk 28, Olean 0: The Marauders ran for 276 of the team’s 306 yards on offense. QB Jaziah Rivera ran for 1- and 2-yard scores and threw a 13-yard pass to Devaun Farnham-DeJesus for a TD. Malique Carter had 5.5 tackles and a sack in the shutout.

Class B-3

Lackawanna 28, Medina 8: Khalil Horton rushed 17 times for 178 yards and three scores of 2, 27 and 31 yards. Jakwon Ingram recorded his ninth and 10th sacks of the season for the Steelers. Noble Smith made two interceptions on defense.

Class D

Cattaraugus/Little Valley 35, Portville 14: Senior Dylan Bradfield ran a kickoff back 80 yards and also threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Austin Baker for the Timberwolves. Jason Miller returned an interception 30 yards for a score.

Franklinville/Ellicottville 53, Salamanca 13: The Titans scored the first 53 points of the game in the rout. Griffin Chudy scored on a 4-yard run and a 32-yard fumble return. QB Brock Blecha also had a 4-yard rushing score and a 13-yard pass to Sam Erickson.

Nonleague

Albion 58, Roy-Hart/Barker 6: The Purples Eagles improved to 4-0 behind seven rushing touchdowns. Ugene Harrison recorded 11 tackles and had a touchdown rushing, receiving and on a punt return. QB Bryce Pritchard added 91 yards on the ground and a score of 53 yards.

Cheektowaga 46, Alden 23: Junior QB Keshone Beal threw for three TDs and ran for 187 yards and another two scores. Michael Gray rushed for 116 yards and a 1-yard TD. Taivaughn Roach had eight tackles and a sack.

Jamestown 56, Springville 14: Junior QB Drew Boggs went 5 for 5 for 131 yards and two touchdown passes to Savon Van Sickle of 18 and 39 yards. Van Sickle, just a freshman, also ran seven times for 63 yards and two scores. Gavin Bowen had five carries for 48 yards and two scores and added seven tackles.

Randolph/Frewsburg 30, Allegany-Limestone 13: The Cardinals scored 21 points in the first quarter to contribute to their first win of the season. Rocco Oliverio scored on runs from 5 and 58 yards.

Wilson 27, Lew-Port 0: Quarterback Steve Frerichs was 12 of 22 passing for 149 yards and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Feeley. Frerichs also ran for a 1-yard score.

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