St. Joe's is headed for a semifinal date at St. Francis next Friday night in the Monsignor Martin Association football playoffs. The Marauders shut down St. Mary's, limiting the Lancers to 2 yards total offense in a 34-13 victory Saturday at Robert Scott Field.
The Marauders took a 21-0 lead in the first on touchdown runs by Ronald McCarley and two by Jaden Lofton and never were threatened. St. Joe’s added two fourth-quarter scores on a 7-yard run by quarterback Casey Kelly and a 9-yard scamper by Phaybian Livingston.
St. Mary’s got one score when DJae Perry blocked a Jacob Hanes punt and recovered in the end zone. Perry was responsible for the other score, forcing a fumble on a handoff by Lofton and returning that 95 yards.
Lofton ran for 143 yards on 16 carries and McCarley had 78 yards on two carries. Kelly attempted only nine passes, completing four for 21 yards.
St. Mary’s had 53 passing yards, but was minus 51 rushing due to three sacks for 31 yards and some bad snaps.
Besides his two scores off turnovers, Perry had two sacks for 19 yards and three tackles for the Lancers.
Cardinal O'Hara routed Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 45-12 in the other Monsignor Martin playoff game and will play at No. 1 seed Canisius on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Panthers to face GI
Sweet Home's boys volleyball team, which lost to Hamburg in the Division II-A championship match a year ago and twice in the ECIC II regular season,won't have to be concerned about the Bulldogs this time. Instead, the Panthers will face Grand Island in Tuesday's II championship match at Lackawanna.
The Panthers triumphed in straight sets over North Tonawanda to advance in sectional play while fifth-seeded Grand Island upset No. 1 Hamburg in straight sets.
Junior Dylan Arum led Sweet Home with 11 kills while senior setter Jon Miller had 37 assists.
"North Tonawanda was a really scrappy team, they got the ball back over the net, but kills were the difference," Panthers coach Richard Cicero. "Solomon Shabazz and Nate Davis did a great job in the middle."
"Best we played so far this year," said Grand Island coach Bill Schultz after the Vikings’ victory.
Kyle Podgorny led Grand Island with seven kills while Jack Glose came up with seven digs.
Starpoint came back from two sets down, to defeat Maryvale, 3-2, in a II-B semifinal. Campbell Schoenfeld had 31 kills and Owen Jauch 54 assists for the Spartans who took charge in the final set, 15-4.
Defending Division II champion Eden moved onto the II-B final by sweeping Cheektowaga as Tome Folkov (12 kills) and Collin Rigley (10 kills) led the attack.
Gow soccer wins crossover
Independent Athletic Conference champion Gow School won the private schools crossover boys soccer match against Monsignor Martin Association B champion St. Mary's of Lancaster, 4-0, at Pierce Field in South Buffalo.
"It's been 12 years since Gow has won the IAC versus Monsignor Martin match," said Gow coach Jeff Zeis. Gow finished its season with a 12-2-1 mark and will graduate only five seniors from the team so there is optimism about next season.
After a scoreless first half, junior Keifer McNichols scored twice in succession to put Gow in front. Junior Jared Smolinski and senior Neffer Kalla added goals later. Ryan Visser was in goal for the shutout.