Visiting Orchard Park survived a scare on Saturday, beating North Tonawanda, 31-30, in an Interdivision I game. NT scored with 55 seconds left, and went for two points and the win. Geoff Gane appeared to have scored, but the Jacks were flagged for holding, negating the score and pushing their PAT attempt to the 12-yard line. Their attempt to tie it and force overtime sailed wide.
Brian Myers had a 92-yard kickoff return and scored on runs of 75 and 4 yards for the undefeated Quakers. He finished with 299 all-purpose yards, 167 of them on the ground.
OP drove 99 yards on its last possession capped by Sal Palermo's 5-yard run with 5:30 left, but missed the two-point try. Nick Campanile had seven carries for 94 yards, including a 45-yard run. Gane finished with 168 yards on 25 carries to highlight NT's 394 yards of offense. NT's Jon Mohr and quarterback Mike Miranto connected on a pair of touchdown passes. The OP offense amassed 401 yards, 361 on the ground.
In other Interdivision games:
Hamburg 22, Niagara Falls 14 (OT): Kevin Klein scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to lift the Bulldogs. Klein, who also opened the scoring with a 7-yard run, finished with 171 yards on 21 carries.
Lockport 14, West Seneca West 0: Dan DeNardo scored on a 2-yard run and threw a 60-yard scoring pass to Jermaine Patterson to lead the Lions. DeNardo completed 7 of 12 passes for 183 yards.
Division I South
Jamestown 28, Frontier 22: The Red Raiders picked up their first win thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns by Aaron Olson. Aaron Leeper scored Jamestown's first TD on a 15-yard run and Craig Swanson found Keith Golden for a 22-yard scoring strike. Frontier's Jason Gilham scored three touchdowns, two on passes from Brett Conrad.
Niagara-Wheatfield 42, Grand Island 35: All the new faces at Niagara-Wheatfield haven't kept the Falcons from continuing their tradition of winning. Robert Darnley rushed for 210 of his team's 357 yards as the Falcons scored twice in the fourth quarter to win.
The Falcons graduated 11 starters and hired Alan Pogel to replace Ace Cacciatore in the offseason. Evan Lumley and Robert Adams scored on short runs for the Falcons in the fourth. The Vikings' J.J. Tutwiler threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
Sweet Home 32, Kenmore East 15: Jon Gibson rushed for 240 yards on 27 carries and scored three times as the Panthers used four turnovers to pick up their first win. Quarterback Reggie Burgin was 12 of 18 for 155 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Nick Benson also had a fumble and interception.
"We executed better, cut down on penalties and had some good drives," said coach John Faller. "It was tough getting that first win this year."
Iroquois 20, Williamsville East 13: The Chiefs rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat the Flames. R.J. Coleman scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and Nick Weatherbee added a 20-yard scoring run for East. Adam Milewski (150 yards) and Mike Stepnick (122) led Iroquois on the ground. Sophomore Jeff Wolf spotted the Flames a 13-0 lead, catching a 47-yard TD pass and adding a 6-yard run.
Medina 27, Newfane 20: The undefeated Mustangs got three touchdowns and 101 yards from Greg Hodgins. Aaron Cook and Jeff Balschmitter had 11 tackles each. Brian Wise scored all three touchdowns for the Panthers.
Maryvale 40, Starpoint 3: Chris Wegner had 116 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns as the Flyers used a 19-point third quarter to pick up their first win. Linebacker Rob Hartzel scored on a 23-yard interception return to break the game open in the second quarter. Justin Schmigiel had 10 tackles at defensive end for Maryvale. Josh Sidebottom kicked a 23-yard FG for the Spartans.
Olean 28, Fredonia 0: Brandon Ashraf, Chad Gordon, Eric Stomieroski and Mike Abdo scored for the Huskies in winning for the first time.
Eden 35, Cleveland Hill 8: Matt Bulger rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lead the Raiders. Eric Everett scored on an 8-yard run for the Eagles and finished with 116 yards on 24 carries.
Clymer 14, Westfield 6: Freshman Jehuu Caulcrick and A.J. Malecki scored rushing touchdowns to lead the Pirates. Caulcrick finished with 71 yards on 12 carries to lead his team in rushing for the third consecutive week. Aaron Stratton gave Westfield a 6-0 lead on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Westfield quarterback Kyle Bestine and running back Andy Betts had 64 yards each on the ground.
Panama 34, Chautauqua Lake 6: Jacob Shields scored twice on the ground, caught a TD pass and threw for one to lead the Panthers. He finished with 201 yards on 19 carries. Aaron Baton led Panama with 12 tackles.
Canisius 36, Kearney 7: Howard Bracket (178 yards) and Eric Turner (133) scored two rushing touchdowns each to lead the Crusaders. David Hopper had 14 tackles and Joe Mann added 13 with an interception. John Mann scored the first Canisius TD on a 3-yard run.
Cassadaga Valley 35, JFK 29: The Cougars knocked off the No. 7 small school Bears as junior running back Sherman Sweeney scored four touchdowns, finishing with 213 yards on 18 carries. He scored on runs of 55, 46, 17 and 15 yards. Aaron Richard, Tim Lerow and Jason Beichner had 10 tackles each. Chris Buczek had two touchdown passes for JFK.
Msgr. Martin Association
St. Mary's 16, St. Francis 14: The Lancers scored a victory for the small schools of the MMA, beating St. Francis on a 24-yard field goal by Tim Miller with 1:10 left in the game. Kevin Burns rushed for 217 yards, including an 82-yard TD run, and added 12 tackles and two fumble recoveries. It was Burns' second consecutive game over 200 yards.
Niagara Catholic 15, Nichols 0: Mike Aceti caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and Lou Wrobel scored on a 45-yard run in the fourth as the Rapideers won by shutout.
Burgard 24, Hutch-Tech 0: Deshawn Ellington rushed for 209 and scored twice, and Lamar Hampton rushed for 119 yards and two scores to lead the Bulldogs. David Nixon had 15 tackles and a fumble recovery while Darryl Newsome added 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.
McKinley 44, Riverside 8: Mike Moore scored five touchdowns, all on the ground, while rushing for 209 yards to lead the Macks. Rashard Peay added a pair of scoring runs.
South Park 22, Grover Cleveland 6: Kasem Turner and Wakeim Wylie scored on the ground while Raheim Baker caught a TD pass from Antoine Horton to lead the Sparks. Horton finished with 125 yards through the air.
Kensington 26, Bennett 0: Brazill Bridgers scored twice and finished with 142 yard on 21 carries for the Knights. Chris Triado and Chalmers Lowe also scored on the ground for the winners.