Albion took a giant step toward its first division title since 1996 by beating visiting Tonawanda, 27-24 in overtime, in a Division IV battle of unbeatens Friday night.
On Albion's possession in OT, Kellen Cooper caught a 7-yard screen pass from Tony Mayes on fourth down. Tonawanda got the ball first in OT and managed a 25-yard field goal from Mike Janowsky.
Very little separated the teams as both had 16 first downs and they were within two yards of each other in rushing yards (238-236). Tonawanda and Albion are ranked 4-5 in the state in Class B. The difference was through the air as Mayes was 11 of 17 for 116 yards. Albion running back Brandon Munson finished with 90 yards on 25 carries and one score. Kellen Cooper returned a kickoff 82 yards for the Purple Eagles.
Tonawanda, the three-time defending Division IV champion, fell to 4-1. Ryan Smith, Steve Masich and Dan Ross had rushing TDs for the Warriors.
Depew 35, Newfane 12: Senior running back Jason Berghold had a school-record 210 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat the Panthers. The previous school record for most yards in a game was 203, set by Kevin Hudi in 1985. Berghold scored on runs of 3, 70 and 16 yards. Bill Miller, who gave Depew a 7-0 lead with a 31-yard run in the first quarter, finished with 80 yards on 13 tries. Mark Lease had two interceptions for the winners.
Cheektowaga 49, Starpoint 7: Mark Ferry rushed for 140 yards and scored three TDs, including two 40-yard scoring runs, to lead the Warriors. Derrick Warburton gained 200 yards rushing and scored on runs of 4 and 50 yards. Cheektowaga led, 42-0, before Starpoint scored on Andrew Carroll's 50-yard run.
Division I North
Clarence 39, Niagara Falls 14: Charles Madison ran for two scores and passed for another as the Red Devils bounced back from two straight losses. Phil Smith finished with 114 yards on 11 carries. The Red Devils erupted for 24 points in the second quarter. John Atkinson had a pair of TD passes for the Wolverines.
Pioneer 47, Iroquois 7: The road to the division title still runs through Pioneer as the Panthers easily won this battle of unbeatens. The win was the 21st in a row for Pioneer in the division. Aaron Meyers had 211 yards on 12 carries and four TDs. Dennis Wolfer added 117 yards on 11 carries and one score. Martin Slanovich had two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Pioneer scored on its first three possessions of the third quarter to break it open.
Lake Shore 22, West Seneca East 20: Chase Carstens scored on a pair of rushing TDs as the Eagles hung on for their first win. East rallied for two TDs in the fourth quarter, but failed on both conversions. East's Markus Johnson notched two touchdowns.
Southwestern 34, Dunkirk 0: Cole Armelli scored four times on the ground as the Trojans, ranked No. 16 in the state in Class B, improved to 5-0. Greg McRay scored the other TD for the winners.
Alden 8, Fredonia 0: The Bulldogs made a first-quarter touchdown stand up in a win over the Hillbillies. Sean Guyett scored on a 63-yard run, finishing with 145 yards on 20 attempts. Steve Evans and Joe Blahowicz had interceptions.
JFK 22, Roy-Hart 6: Two fourth-quarter TDs by Steve Nowaczewski broke open an 8-6 game. JFK fullback Brian Bonitati gained 158 yards on 23 carries.
Allegany-Limestone 42, Falconer 6: Anthony Jefferies gained 111 yards on 23 rushes and scored two touchdowns as the Gators bounced back from their first loss. Quarterback Nick Aiello threw for 108 yards and notched running and passing TDs.
Cattaraugus/Little Valley 7, Silver Creek 0: Tyler Bradley's fourth-quarter score on a 23-yard run broke the deadlock. Bradley gained 84 yards on 13 carries. Matt Whipple gained 109 yards on 22 rushes.
Ellicottville 47, Frewsburg 0: The Eagles, ranked No. 3 in the state in Class D, pounded the Bears to move to 5-0. Carl Althans had 211 yards on 26 carries and four touchdowns. Matt Erlandson threw for 100 yards and two scores. B.J. Althans had 10 solo tackles.
Randolph 27, Franklinville 6: The Cardinals scored three TDs in the fourth quarter, two by Tony Coronado, to hand the Panthers (4-1) their first loss. Franklinville's Moe Kurowski (147 yards, 17 carries) scored on a 75-yard run in the second quarter.
Maple Grove 48, Chautauqua Lake 0: Kyle Swanson scored two TDs, one on a 51-yard run, to lead the Red Dragons, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class D. Swanson ended with 122 yards on nine carries. Chad Barger finished the scoring with a 51-yard TD. Jordan Rambacher made 6 of 7 PAT attempts.
Hutch-Tech 22, Kensington 18: Anthony Johnson had 99 yards on 16 carries and two TDs for the Engineers. Kensington was on Tech's 10-yard line late in the game, but gave up the ball on downs. The Knights' Terry Bates led all rushers with 170 yards on 22 carries.
Timon/SJ 34, Eastridge 7: Tigers' tailback Vaughn Gordon scored four TDs, three rushing, while gaining 102 yards on 20 carries. He also caught a 14-yard TD pass from Fran Snyder. Charlie Comerford caught nine passes for 96 yards and had three sacks.
Brocton 30, West Valley 28: Joe Stalica had 19 tackles and Darren MacIntyre scored twice as the Bulldogs edged the Wildcats.
Football quick hits
Thirteen Western New York football teams put their undefeated overall records on the line today.
In a game that could decide the Division II title, Kenmore East (4-0) hosts Grand Island (4-0) at 2 p.m. at Parker Field. It will be the first home game for the Bulldogs in three weeks. . . . Jamestown (4-0) is likely to keep its streak alive as it travels to Lockport (0-4). . . . Lackawanna (4-0), the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class B, hosts Springville in a Division V game at 2 p.m. Steeler quarterback Kevin Ingram is questionable (wrist) . . . Cleveland Hill (4-0) hosts Division VI rival Eden at 2 p.m. . . . In Division VII, Cassadaga Valley (4-0) travels to Portville. The Cougars have been unscored upon in their first four games. . . . Pine Valley (4-0), which has yielded only six points this season, is at Forestville at 1:30 p.m. . . . In a battle of 2-0 Harvard Cup teams, South Park plays Seneca at 10 a.m. at All High Stadium. Both teams are unscored upon in their first two games. Burgard (2-0) takes on Bennett in the second game of the doubleheader. Riverside (2-0) hosts Lafayette at 2 p.m. . . . In a pair of non-league games, Salamanca (4-0) hosts Gowanda and Lewiston-Porter is at Kenmore West (4-0).
Cross country teams run off to McQuaid
The 36th annual McQuaid Cross Country Invitational is today at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. The meet is the largest high school meet in the Northeast and features 7,000 runners representing 200 schools in 23 races.