The Section VI Football Federation's Class B playoff picture finally became clear Friday night and it does not include Albion or Cheektowaga.
Albion upended Medina, 19-18, in a Division IV tussle to claim a share of the division title with the Mustangs. Due to the point differential tiebreaker system, the Purple Eagles still won't be going to the playoffs and they took Cheektowaga to the sidelines with them, despite Cheektowaga's 6-0 forfeit win over Maryvale. A Medina win and a Cheektowaga win would have put the Warriors in the playoffs.
Medina and Depew qualify for the postseason, joining Lackawanna and Springville, which had already clinched their berths.
Albion rallied from an 18-6 deficit with the help of two touchdown passes from Peter Smith. The second, a 7-yarder to Kyle Johnson, came with just 38 seconds left in the game. Johnson then kicked the winning extra point.
Smith was 12 of 18 through the air for 221 yards and B.J. Aina ran for 114 yards and a TD for the Purple Eagles, who got nine catches for 108 yards from Joe Reilly. Medina got TD runs from Jamie Duffina and Joe Sanders and Sanders threw a 15-yard TD strike to Sanders.
Wmsv. North 25, Wmsv. East 13: The Spartans' Sly Fryar broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season by gaining 151 yards (finishing with 1,001) on 24 attempts with three touchdowns in a win over the Flames (4-4). His TDs came on runs of 19, 6 and 6 yards. Quarterback Justin Wright was 10 of 13 passing for 108 yards for North (3-5). Jeff Wisniewski and Mike Frisz had TD runs for the Flames.
Cheektowaga 6, Maryvale 0: Maryvale forfeited its game at Cheektowaga because it lacked the minimum number of eligible players (18) needed to play a game according to New York State Public High School Athletic rules.
"It was a combination of academic ineligibility and injuries," said Maryvale athletic director Phil Coyle, who said Maryvale had only 14 players available. The Flyers finished a winless season with an 0-8 record. Cheektowaga was 5-3.
Lackawanna 28, East Aurora 0: Wade Turner continued his assault for the Steelers (7-1), scoring on runs of 14 and 5 yards and finishing with 126 yards on 21 carries in a romp over the Blue Devils. Charles Kowalski added a 24-yard TD pass to Robert Sireika and ran one in himself from 5 yards out to finish the scoring for Lackawanna, ranked first among area small schools.
Springville 10, Olean 0: Mike Cappella scored on a 5-yard run and finished with 101 yards on the ground as the Griffins blanked the Huskies.
Dunkirk 22, Fredonia 18: Travis Maxwell was a workhorse again for the Marauders as he carried 34 times for 209 yards and scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a 38-yard run. He also had 12 tackles. Frankie Lopez's 30-yard TD reception from Mike Cerrie, who passed for 222 yards and three scores, got Fredonia close in the closing minutes.
Gowanda 31, Roy-Hart 14: Chris Jimerson passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns and the defense contributed two safeties in the Panthers' win over the Rams. Chris Jimerson completed 7 of 11 passes, including two scoring tosses to Robbie Jimerson.
Portville 14, Allegany/Limestone 6: William Kamery's 40-yard return of a blocked punt boosted Portville past Allegany/Limestone, clinching the division title. Toby Miller blocked two punts in the game for the winners, ranked third among small schools.Division VIII
Randolph 40, Forestville 8: The Cardinals (7-1, 5-0) drilled the Hornets (4-4, 1-4) by scoring the first 40 points of the game. Ike Morrison threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for one to lead Randolph.
Ellicottville 12, Franklinville 8: An 80-yard kickoff return by B.J. Quinn, his second score of the game, gave the Eagles a win. Quinn had earlier scored on a 95-yard pass play from Adam Chudy.
Cattaraugus 47, Hinsdale 22: Paul Paddock ran for four touchdowns, one on an 82-yard kickoff return, as the playoff-bound Big Red (7-1, 4-1) prevailed. The junior running back has 1,429 yards rushing this season. Mike Bowers carried seven times for 113 yards.
Maple Grove 46, Brocton 12: The Red Dragons wrapped up the division title by throttling Brocton as Greg Powell rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Randall Secky completed only four passes, but amassed 149 yards and two TDs.
Lancaster 13, Depew 12: This traditional rivalry went down to the wire as the Redskins upset the seventh-ranked Wildcats. A failed two-point conversion attempt after Ken Puchala's 4-yard TD run with five minutes left in the game let the Redskins maintain their lead. Depew later got the ball back and drove to the Lancaster 35-yard line before time expired.
Lancaster got 142 yards and a 15-yard touchdown run from Ty Godinho and 103 yards from Perry Paglinetti. Nick Russell had 17 rushes for 121 yards and a 3-yard score for Depew.
Alden 6, Iroquois 0: Jason Meyers' 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the difference as the Bulldogs edged the Chiefs to improve to 6-2. Aaron Zyglis had a fine all-around effort for Alden with 17 carries for 101 yards and 10 tackles on defense from his linebacker position.
Southwestern 23, Falconer 20: J.C. Matteson scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to help the Trojans top the Falcons. Falconer's Chris Muscarella scored on a 10-yard run and a 30-yard interception.
Sweet Home 49, Lew-Port 16: Durrell Hatch rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns as the second-ranked Panthers (7-1, 5-1) clawed the Lancers (1-5, 1-7). J.J. Gibson scored on a 48-yard run on his first varsity carry for Sweet Home.
Burgard 46, Riverside 0: B.J. Coleman carried 10 times for 220 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (4-3) over the Frontiers. Coleman scored on a 5-yard run, a 10-yard run and a 50-yard pass from Mondell Moore. Paul Rogers added 102 yards on the ground and Demario Vass had 101.
Akron 17, Niagara Catholic 0: The Tigers improved to 7-1 with the help of a 3-yard touchdown run by Joe Caprio and a 28-yard interception return by Mike Dean. Caprio rushed for 124 yards on 21 carries and Justin Gerstung kicked a 30-yard field.
Orchard Park 34, St. Joe's 21: Senior tailback Andy Fried ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns as the sixth-ranked Quakers (6-2) knocked off the Marauders (5-3). Andy O'Hara was 7 of 14 passing for 71 yards and scored on a 25-yard run. St. Joe's QB Dennis Cesarz threw for a pair of scores.
Niag.-Wheatfield 26, Timon/St. Jude 12: Jeff Schoonover ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead the 8-0 Falcons, ranked first among area large schools, over the Tigers. Nick Condino led N-W with 112 yards rushing while Timon's Adam Vogel hit Brian O'Shei with two TD passes.
In the Section VI Class B-1 quarterfinals, top-seeded Lewiston-Porter (11-7-1) was dealt a 1-0 defeat by eighth-seeded Grand Island.
Chris Remus scored the only goal of the match with three minutes left in the second half on an assist from Brian Wilson. Goalkeeper Anthony Martello made 12 saves to post his third consecutive shutout for the Vikings (11-8).
Williamsville South dropped Maryvale, 2-0, behind two second-half goals from Ben Kicinski. Dave Borchard got the win in goal for the Billies (11-7).
Charlie Woods scored two goals, one in each half, as Starpoint (16-1-1) beat Williamsville East, 2-1. The Flames' goal came from Jason Davis.
Second-seeded Amherst ousted Tonawanda by 7-1 as Idris McKeleey tallied three times and added an assist for the Tigers (15-4). Scott Donnelly added a goal and an assist.