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A solid running game and a big first half helped Depew knock off previously undefeated Albion, 28-21, Friday night in a Federation Division IV game.

Albion entered the game ranked No. 2 in the state in Class B and as the No. 1-ranked small school in The Buffalo News poll.

The Wildcats scored all of their points in the first half before nearly 2,000 fans at the Constantino Complex.

Leading the ground attack were Chris Domino (11 carries for 95 yards) and Nick Russell (12 for 98). Quarterback Ken Puchala threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Defensively, inside linebacker Jason Murray had 11 tackles and two fumble recoveries. The defense forced four Albion turnovers.

"We ran the ball like we haven't run it all year," said Depew coach Dick Buckenroth. "The line just did a great job. We didn't do anything different, we just executed the way he had to. We had a great week of practice, and its just carried over into the game."

Marc Hoppy returned a kickoff 70 yards for Depew (3-1) and Domino added a 1-yard TD run.

Alden 32, Maryvale 8: Sophomore Jason Meyers had 15 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown and Aaron Zyglis rushed for a pair of scores as the Bulldogs evened their record at 2-2 at the expense of the winless Flyers.

Matt Malecki added a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown for Alden and Rick Marchewka scored on a 38-yard punt return. Maryvale running back Eric Gillette had 170 yards on 28 carries.

Medina 20, Starpoint 14 (OT): Lionel Rhim forced and recovered a fumble in overtime and fullback Chris Stalker scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run for the Mustangs (4-0, 3-0).

Division I

N. Tonawanda 33, Niagara Falls 20: Aaron Day scored three touchdowns and Mark Nachreiner passed and rushed for scores to lead the Lumberjacks. Day finished with 78 yards on nine carries. Nachreiner was 8 for 14 for 135 yards. Todd Warmington had 11 tackles, giving him 58 in four games.

Division II

Clarence 46, Lew-Port 0: Chris Bayer ran for 91 yards on only seven carries, and scored on touchdown runs of 7 and 8 yards to help power the Red Devils. Brian Masich added a 69-yard touchdown run and finished with 107 yards on the ground for Clarence.

Division III

Wmsv. East 14, Lake Shore 13: Defensive back Ryan Zebro intercepted a pass at the Lake Shore 42-yard line with 1:49 to play to preserve the win for the Flames. Rob Berouch kicked a pair of field goals for Lake Shore.

Wmsv. South 28, Amherst 0: Junior Matt Klein made his first start at quarterback for the Billies a memorable one by finishing 8 of 12 for 133 yards and three touchdowns. His touchdown tosses covered 28, 20 and 21 yards and all came in the first half as South earned its first win. Jim Matheis scored twice for the Billies and keyed the defense with eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

Division V

Dunkirk 24, East Aurora 12: Travis Maxwell rushed for 206 yardson 26 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Marauders. The game was the first at home under the lights in East Aurora's history.

Division VI

Akron 55, Cleveland Hill 8: Senior running back Joe Caprio paced the Tigers with 24 carries for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Caprio's touchdown runs were 1, 15 and 65 yards.

Quarterback Andy Bower passed for two scores and ran for a third. The defense was led by Jeremiah Winter with 10 tackles.

Roy-Hart 21, Eden 15: Brothers Ricky and Roger Kimber accounted for all three of the Rams' touchdowns.

Ricky, who finished with 149 yards rushing, opened the scoring with a 3-yard run and Roger later added two touchdown runs of 3 yards each. Tom Brigham was 10 of 15 passing for 116 yards. Eden got a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 90-yard kickoff return by Mike Lobur.

Division VII

Falconer 21, Silver Creek 6: Chris Muscarella rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons (2-2).

Muscarella scored from 1 and 17 yards out while Jess Moyer's 22-yard touchdown run opened the scoring. Silver Creek's points came on a 66-yard pass from Justin Gigantelli to Shawn Kelly.

Division VIII

Cattaraugus 57, Ellicottville 20: Junior Paul Paddock scored four times to increase his season touchdown total to 13 as the Big Red won handily.

Paddock finished with 182 yards in 16 carries. Cattaraugus, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class D, improves to 4-0. Jon McCrory added 72 yards on seven carries.

Hinsdale 48, Forestville 20: Jesse Fanton scored on runs of 1, 4 and 14 yards to help lift the Bobcats (4-0).

Randolph 36, Franklinville 0: The Cardinals improved to 3-1 behind a 10-yard touchdown run and two touchdown passes by Ike Morrison.

Division IX

Maple Grove 35, Westfield 0: Randall Secky completed just three passes all game, but two went for touchdowns for the Red Dragons (3-1).

Mike Wilson had a 69-yard punt return and caught a 33-yard TD pass.

The Red Dragons were given honorable mention is this week's Class D state poll.

Harvard Cup

Seneca 42, Grover Cleveland 8: Junior running back Brandon Hawkins amassed 272 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Indians (3-0) over the Presidents (0-3) at the War Memorial. Hawkins' touchdown runs covered 19, 8 and 80 yards as he totaled 182 on the ground. He also returned a kickoff 80 yards while teammate Ray Moore scored on runs of 16 and 22 yards.


Gowanda 36, Nichols 0: Matt Mescall ran for only 29 yards for the Panthers, but he made them count, scoring touchdowns on runs of 1, 7 and 4 yards. Corey Bridges added 50 yards and scored on a 6-yard run. The Gowanda defense was led by Joe Herman and Jeff Whipple with seven tackles each.

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