Alden sophomore Jason Meyers is in little danger of losing his starting tailback spot. Meyers, moved into the backfield after the second week of the season, rushed for 178 yards and scored two touchdowns Friday night as the Bulldogs knocked off previously undefeated Medina, 16-0, in a Section VI Federation Division IV game.
Medina (6-1) was ranked No. 11 in the state in Class B and No. 2 among small schools in The Buffalo News Poll.
A win would have clinched the division title for Medina. Instead, the Mustangs are one of four teams that still have a shot entering the final week of the regular season.
After Kevin Raymond kicked a 20-yard field goal, Meyers scored on a 37-yard interception return in the second quarter and a 2-yard run in the fourth. In his previous two starts, Meyers rushed for over 200 yards in each game.
Senior linebacker Kevin Cascio led the Bulldogs (5-2) with 11 tackes. Alden held Medina to eight first downs.
Depew 35, Newfane 13: The Wildcats rushed for a combined 350 yards in a convincing win over the Panthers. Nick Russell scored on runs of 85 and 14 yards and finished with 141 yards on nine carries.
Chris Domino added 77 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Ken Puchala rushed for scores of 6 and 3 yards. Marc Hoppy added the other score for Depew, the No. 7 small school. Newfane scored on an 11-yard run from Eric Klump and a 34-yard run by Andre Patterson.
North Tonawanda 45, Lancaster 6: The Lumberjacks (6-0) clinched the division title with a victory over the Redskins. Lancaster led, 6-0, after the first quarter on a 13-yard run by Perry Taglienti, but after that North Tonawanda took over.
Quarterback Mark Nachreiner threw for a pair of touchdown passes. Dave Elmore scored on runs of 22 and 2 yards. Aaron Day finished with 77 yards on 18 carries. North Tonawanda is ranked No. 11 in the state in Class AA and No. 5 among large schools in The News Poll.
Orchard Park 48, Hamburg 6: Aaron Sawyer scored on a 34-yard interception return and a 5-yard run as the Quakers made it three wins in a row. Sal Palermo added a pair of rushing touchdowns and a team-leading seven tackles.
Andy Fried finished with 118 yards on 10 carries and a 32-yard run. Orchard Park is ranked No. 25 in the state in Class AA and No. 6 among large schools. the Bulldogs scored in the fourth quarter when Andy Godios caught a 12-yard pass from Josh Nuncio.
Tonawanda 32, Wmsv. South 13: Workhorse running back Joe Kusmierski rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 7-0 division record.
Kusmierski's TD runs covered 11, 41, 12 and 43 yards as Tonawanda got 313 as a team.
The Warriors, ranked No. 3 among large schools and ninth in the state in Class A, got 17 tackles from Aaron Lepsch and 11 from Star Handley.
Pioneer 20, Williamsville North 7: The Panthers clinched their first playoff spot in eight years with a victory. Chad Kessler scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone and caught a 42-yard pass from Jameel Ghani. Ghani (146 yards on 31 carries) added a TD on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.
Amherst 28, Lake Shore 13: Steve Tryon threw for a pair of touchdowns as the Tigers beat the Eagles. Brian Barry and Erik Turner (90 yards) had rushing touchdowns for Amherst. Glenn Steinart scored both of Lakes Shore's touchdowns on runs of 14 and 6 yards.
Springville 28, Southwestern 14: The Griffins (6-1, 5-1), ranked third among small schools in Western New York, got 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Mike Cappella on their way to a win over the Trojans (4-3).
Gowanda 33, Wilson 6: The Panthers (6-1, 5-0) clinched the division title by dropping the Lakemen. Akron can still finish in a tie with Gowanda, but the Panthers already won the head-to-head meeting with the Tigers.
Brandon Biro had 176 yards rushing and scored on a 15-yard run for the winners while Corey Bridges ran for one score and caught a pass from Chris Jimerson (6 of 9, 140 yards) for another.
Akron 15, Eden 6: The Tigers raised their record to 6-1 by beating the Raiders (1-6). Andy Bower scored on a 1-yard run and Joe Caprio added a 21-yard TD run for Akron. Jeremiah Winter keyed the defense with 10 tackles and two sacks. John Dolinar's 2-yard run accounted for Eden's scoring.
Roy-Hart 14, JFK 7: The Rams scored all their points in the first half, and then held on to beat the Bears. What proved to be the winning touchdown came on a 5-yard run by Roger Kimber in the second quarter.
Teammate Jason Brown caught three passes for 120 yards. JFK's touchdown came on a 13-yard pass from Chris Buczek to Gary Gonzalez.
Randolph 42, Hinsdale 14: The Cardinals used a relentless ground game to beat the previously undefeated Bobcats and clinch the division title. Jesse Fanton rushed for 186 on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
Chet Troutman was next with 132 yards on 11 carries and two scores. Eric Nelson (80 yards) had three short touchdown runs. Quarterback Ike Morrison had 72 yards rushing and scored on a 21-yard run.
"They kind of wore us down" said Hinsdale coach Dan Brooks. "We lost to a good team, but we hung right with them. We've learned quite a bit from this one."
Randolph improves to 4-0 in the league and 5-1 overall. Hinsdale entered the game with a WNY-leading 41.1 points per game average.
Both teams are state-ranked in Class D: Randolph is No. 10 and Hinsdale is No. 13. In small schools, Randolph is No. 8 and Hinsdale is tied for No. 10.
Cattaraugus 27, Franklinville 15: Paul Paddock ran for 270 yards and three touchdowns to carry the Big Red (6-1) past the Panthers (2-5). His scores came on runs of 9, 7 and 15 yards.
Ellicottville 38, Forestville 24: B.J. Quinn caught two touchdown passes from Adam Chudy and returned a kickoff 86 yards for another score as the Eagles soared past the Hornets. Chudy was 9 of 15 passing for 101 yards and three TDs, while Darrell Hurlburt ran for 218 yards and scored on runs of 15 and 20 yards.
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Timon/St. Jude 41, O'Hara 19: Quarterback Adam Vogel accounted for five touchdown as the Tigers (4-3) rolled past the Hawks (4-3) at Tifft Farm. Vogel was 13 of 20 passing for 270 yards and four TDs and scored another on a 3-yard run.
Chris Scanlon caught six passes for 115 yards and two scores. Major Cole led O'Hara with 205 yards on 25 carries and three TDs, including a 69-yard run.
Burgard 34, McKinley 12: Quarterback Mondell Moore threw three touchdown passes to B.J. Coleman as the Bulldogs won their third consecutive game. Moore's passes covered 10, 10 and 20 yards. He finished with 112 yards passing and 63 rushing. Coleman rushed for 78 and caught six passes for 80 yards. Justin Morrison threw for one touchdown and ran for another for McKinley.
Allegany/Limestone 21, Nichols 0: Chuck Fortuna scored on a 3-yard run and returned a fumble 38 yards for another score as the sixth-ranked Gators (7-0) vanquished the winless Vikings. Fortuna finished with 20 rushes for 134 yards, giving him 1,136 for the season. Jim Stady's 16 tackles sparked the defense.
Silver Creek 22, St. Mary's 20 (2OT): The Black Knights (1-6) snapped a 17-game losing streak dating to the middle of the 1995 season, as Jon Dispenza's two-point conversion run in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in a win over the Lancers.
Mike Snyder added 101 yards and two TDs for Silver Creek, while Kevin Burns hit John Wilson with two touchdown passes for St. Mary's.
Panama 32, Olean Walsh 12: Ed Nelson threw three touchdown passes to Mike Windell and scored himself on a 1-yard keeper as the Panthers (7-0) drilled the Eagles (3-4).
The following game was not reported to The Buffalo News: Frewsburg at Westfield.