Cleveland Hill didn’t come close to the Section VI final record 478 yards it rushed for against Southwestern in last year’s 52-21 Class C championship game win, but the Eagles were able to do just enough in the rematch Saturday to pick up a 12-0 win over the Trojans.
“They are a lot better in their front seven than they were last year,” Cleve Hill coach Glen Graham said.
Junior running back Aaron Wahler (19 carries, 107 yards) scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter, and senior Brett Kochanski (82 rushing yards) broke through for a 65-yard run on a QB draw in the third quarter to sum up the scoring.
Seniors James Purpura and Manny Al-Hemyari did their part defensively in shutting out an offense that came in averaging just over 32 points per game the last three weeks by recording two sacks a piece.
“They’re as athletic as anybody we’ve faced this year,” Graham said. “We just tried to be more physical with them and keep that really good passing game in check.”
The Eagles (3-1) return to Class C North action Friday night at Akron (2-2). Southwestern (3-1) hosts defending Class B champ Dunkirk (4-0) in a nonleague matchup on Friday.
Hutch-Tech 34, Lockport 9: The Engineers scored the game’s first 34 points en route to their second straight league win.
Senior QB Kris Massey completed 10 of 12 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, a 42-yard pass to junior Khyree Jeader and a 14-yard toss to senior Nassir Tarver. Massey also ran for a 1-yard score.
Junior running back David Bradshaw led the ground game with 19 carries for 127 yards and a 6-yard TD run. Senior defensive end Rodney Bailey recorded six tackles, three for a loss.
Next up, Hutch-Tech (2-2, 2-2) hosts West Seneca East at All High Stadium on Thursday night. Lockport (0-4, 0-4) heads to Orchard Park next Saturday still in search of its first win.
Lancaster 41, Niagara Falls 8: The Legends amassed 358 total yards of offense in staying a perfect 4-0 on the season.
Ryan Mansell was 14 of 23 through the air for 179 yards and touchdown passes of 11 yards to Brian Martin and 12 yards to Alec Tamburri.
Andrew Hersey carried the ball 19 times for 88 yards and scores of 5 and 1 yard. Joe Andreessen scored twice on runs of 19 and 1 yard.
Ben Damiani made six tackles on defense.
The Legends host Niagara Wheatfield next Friday, while Niagara Falls (0-4, 0-3) visits Frontier.
Niagara Wheatfield 28, Bennett 20: Senior Josh Brown carried 18 times for 106 yards and touchdowns of 1, 5 and 6 yards to lead the Falcons (2-2, 2-1) over the Tigers.
Wheatfield’s other score came on a 15-yard from junior Jordan Parks to classmate Kenny Jungier. Mike Ziegler and Josh Thibeault each had eight tackles, and Antonio Conklin had a pair of sacks.
Sophomore quarterback Aaron Smith ran for a 1-yard score and threw a 33-yard TD pass to junior Jakari Nettles for Bennett.
The Tigers (2-2, 2-2) host Clarence Friday night at All High Stadium.
Aquinas 41, St. Francis 7: The Little Irish keep piling up the points against Monsignor Martin opposition. A week after scoring 65 points on St. Joe’s at New Era Field, the Rochester power had 451 yards of offense as opposed to St. Francis’ 165 Saturday afternoon.
Junior Dominik Thomas caught a 41-yard pass from senior Jordan Schindler in the fourth quarter for St. Francis. Senior linebacker Chad Dolegala made six tackles.
St. Francis (1-3) visits Cathedral Prep (Pa.) next Friday. Aquinas (3-1) hosts Canisius (3-1) on Oct. 13 in Week Seven.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama 46, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 22: Junior Derek Ecklund carried the ball 13 times for 162 yards and three TD runs of 16, 3 and 40 yards.
Seniors Dalton Goldberg and Thomas Delahoy each had eight tackles and a forced fumble. Goldberg added two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Timon junior Mitch Teal threw for scores of 43 and 16 yards.
The Wolfpack (4-0) visit defending Class D champ Maple Grove next Saturday in a league game.
The Tigers (0-4) head to Oil City (Pa.) on Friday night still looking for their first win of the Joe Licata Era.
JFK 43, Gowanda/Pine Valley 20: Quarterback James Bailey had a record-setting day as the Bears improved to 3-1. The senior completed 14 of 21 passes for 233 yards and four TDs, which surpassed the school mark of three that was achieved seven times previously (most recently in 2003).
Jordan Snyder caught four balls for 107 yards and TDs of 41 and 35 yards, and Nick Baker made three catches for 61 yards and scores of 24 and 29 yards.
The ground game was also working, as Mike Nawojski ran eight times for 110 yards and a 22-yard score. Snyder also had a 9-yard TD on the ground.
Sean McGee, Jake Wojciechowski and Kyle Lighten all had seven tackles. McGee added 2.5 sacks and Wojciechowski 1.5.
For Gowanda, junior QB Justin Kohn had a 31-yard TD pass to senior Nate Brawdy and a 21-yard score to junior Zack Smith.
JFK hosts Class D unbeaten Franklinville/Ellicottville next Saturday. The Panthers (0-4, 0-3) welcome Class C South foe Allegany-Limestone on Friday night.
University Prep 22, St. Mary’s of Lancaster 0: The Lancers (3-1) lost their first game of the season in a shutout at Rochester’s UPrep. Sophomore Zach Ratcliff was a standout on defense with seven tackles.