Grand Island ended Starpoint’s 17-game winning streak in Class A North in dominant fashion. The 33-7 victory pushes the Vikings to the top the league with both schools boasting a 4-1 record.
“We felt it was a must win for us, almost like a playoff game,” Grand Island coach Dean Santorio said.
The Vikings’ motor was running back Thomas Cecere, who made the most of a strong performance by Grand Island’s offensive line. Cecere ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns of 5, 13 and 5 yards. He also made his presence known on defense, taking a 64-yard interception to the house to help secure Grand Island’s first victory against the Spartans in four years.
“It was one of the best performances we’ve had here in a while,” Santorio said.
Elsewhere in Class A North, Sweet Home escaped with a 32-24 overtime win at home against Kenmore East.
The Bulldogs got out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter, partly aided by two additional possessions from an onside kick and a pooch kick.
From there the Panthers chipped away at the deficit, scoring eight points in each quarter.
“We ran the double wing a little bit more as opposed to the spread,” Sweet Home coach Rich Lowe said. “It was a matter of just eliminating penalties and tightening things up a little bit."
Running back Dylan McDuffie, back from a one-game suspension, ran 15 times for 111 yards and two 20-yard touchdowns, the second of which proved to be the overtime winner. He also had all four two-point conversions.
Thomas Rivera started the comeback with a 1-yard run, which was followed by a 20-yard McDuffie run and then a 30-yard pass from Joe Torrillo to Ryan Harris.
Bennett 14, Clarence 13: Tigers linebacker Joel Richards (10 tackles) made an interception on the final Clarence drive at Bennett’s 45-yard line with 45 seconds to go to preserve the win. Richards pushed Clarence’s drive start past midfield on a 52-yard punt from his own goal line.
Bennett’s Justin Campbell scored the game’s first TD on an 18-yard cutback run up the middle. Anthony Tedesco then recovered a fumble in the end zone on a strip sack by Chris Pettiway, who also had another sack in the game. Semaj Clemons led the Tigers with 12 carries for 102 yards.
Jon Stevens scored twice in the second half for the Red Devils on runs of 2 and 4 yards.
Lancaster 61, Niagara Wheatfield 28: The Legends set two school records, most points in a game and most kickoff returns for touchdowns (three) in a one-sided victory.
Andrew Hersey made the most of his touches, rushing for 41 yards and three TDs on just six carries. He added one more score, as he was one of the three different players to return kicks to the house.
Class A South
McKinley 28, Hamburg 19: Running back Kaiyer Fields put the Bulldogs away with a 50-yard run with 5 minutes remaining, lifting McKinley to its first league victory of the season.
Fields ran for 124 yards, one of three Macks to rush for 80 yards or more. Taelon Hollaman ran for 80, passed for 57 and notched a passing and rushing touchdown. Miles Haynes ran for 87 yards and a touchdown and made 15 tackles on defense.
Cheektowaga 13, Burgard 6: Arsie Carmichael scored on the first offensive play for the Bulldogs, a 41-yard run. That was the only big play as Cheektowaga quickly reset, shutting Burgard out for the rest of the game. The Warriors allowed just 14 more yards on the ground, with Luke Mortellaro (two sacks) and Taivaughn Roach (11 tackles and a sack) leading the way.
KeShone Beal’s 3-yard touchdown run in the second was the game-winner. He put up 92 yards passing and 60 yards on the ground.
Maryvale 67, East Aurora/Holland 6: The Flyers dominated on both sides of the ball from the get-go, scoring 47 points in the first quarter alone. Maryvale put up 67 straight before East Aurora’s touchdown in the fourth.
Maryvale snagged five interceptions, with Jay Henley and Dylan Casey each grabbing two. Henley took one 37 yards into the end zone in the second.
Connor Desiderio ran for 101 yards and threw two touchdowns, while Rashad Law put up 100 yards and a touchdown. Henley ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
Pioneer 14, Lew-Port 7: Mike Rigerman scored all 14 points for the Panthers on a 30-yard interception return and an 8-yard run followed by a two-point run in the second half. He ran 12 times for 92 yards and also made 10 tackles on defense. Caleb Riordan had 153 rushing yards on 20 carries.
The Lancers connected on a 44-yard pass from JP Stewart to Michael Allender in the second quarter.
Albion 25, Olean 14: The Purple Eagles are headed to sectionals for the first time since 2011. The Huskies scored first, but Albion answered with three straight scores to take a 19-7 lead.
JaQuees Harrison caught two balls for 35 yards and a 12-yard TD from Bryce Pritchard (9-12, 96 yards passing) and also returned a punt 90 yards to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. Ugene Harrison ran for a 9-yard score and made 8.5 tackles on defense. Demetrius Gardner punched in an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Nick Crandall and Alex Weakfall scored on 1- and 6-yard rushes for Olean, which suffered its third straight loss. Dylan Vincent returned to action with 101 yards on 19 carries.
Medina 40, Roy-Hart/Barker 8: This Mustangs outscored the Raiders 32-6 in the final three quarters, taking advantage of their speed on the outside.
Quarterback Iziah Rhim was successful scrambling, rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns. His second score was a 65-yard run in the fourth. Jalin Cooper also blew by defenders, rushing for 96 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown run, and returning a kick 79 yards and into the end zone.
Class C North
Cleveland Hill 42, Akron 6: It took a quarter for Cleve Hill’s ground game to get going, but Aaron Wahler rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns of 7, 60 and 8 yards on 15 carries and also returned an interception 87 yards. The other scores were a 29-yard pass from Brett Kochanski to D’Mario Grant and a 67-yard run by Javon Thomas. Ryan Majerowski led the defense with nine tackles.
Wilson 28, Eden/North Collins 6: Wilson focused on its ground attack, running for 291 yards on 40 rushes against winless Eden/North Collins. Dual-threat quarterback Steven Frerichs led the way, rushing for 86 yards and a touchdown in addition to his 106 yards and a TD through the air.
Marcel Wilson accounted for a majority of Frerichs’ passing yards, putting up 58 yards receiving and a touchdown. Drew Westmorland ran for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Cattaraugus/Little Valley 8, Chautauqua Lake 7: The Timberwolves came away from a defensive struggle with their second win in a row. Chautauqua Lake’s Josh Walsh (15 carries, 77 yards) returned a punt 64 yards to open the scoring in the second quarter. CLV scored in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by Dylan Bradfield, who also ran in the two-point conversion.
Randolph/Frewsburg 54, Portville 3: The Cardinals ran for 430 yards on 27 plays and didn’t attempt a pass. Nick Marsh ran three times for 116 yards, most of which came on a 91-yard TD run to score the game’s first points. Deter Miinte had scoring runs of 15 and 14 yards.
Cathedral Prep 48, St. Francis 0: Cole O’Connor rushed 15 times for 123 yards as the Red Raiders were shut out in Pennsylvania.
Cardinal Mooney 34, St. Joe’s 6: Casey Kelly, who was injured in the Canisius game last week, sat out in the Marauders’ trip to Ohio. Senior Trey Boling started in his place.
Cardinal Mooney scored 34 straight before Keon Howard’s 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Without their starting quarterback, St. Joe’s turned to running back Jaden Lofton for production. He rushed for 169 yards on 19 carries.
Depew 40, Tonawanda 0: The Wildcats had less than 300 yards of total offense, but they took advantage of short fields to pick up their third straight win of the season.
Dylan Blis blocked two punts and also recovered a fumble for Depew, which intercepted three passes as a team.
Senior Jordan Ciesielski ran six times for 70 yards and three touchdowns of 21, 26 and 11 yards. Chad Biersbach caught a 41-yard pass from Joe Pagano to put the Wildcats up, 28-0, at half.
Dunkirk 34, Southwestern 28: The Marauders overcame a seven-point deficit at the start of the fourth and another eight-point deficit in the final frame thanks to a big output from the backfield.
Dunkirk put up 407 total yards, including clutch rushing touchdowns from Devaun Farnham-Dejesus and Quantavis Kleckley to close out the game and complete the comeback. The duo combined for 316 yards rushing and five TDs.
West Seneca West 35, Lackawanna 8: Matt Myers ran the ball 13 times for 124 yards and TDs of 7 and 50 yards as the Indians (5-0) scored the game’s first 28 points. Juston Johnson opened the scoring with a 25-yard interception return.