Springville's impressive, early season run ended with a thud Friday night as visiting Alden handed the Griffins a 14-8 loss in a Class B South game.
Three turnovers cost the Griffins a shot at a 4-0 start as Alden defensive back Joe Blahowicz intercepted a pass on his own 15-yard line with 1:32 left. With 35 seconds left in the first half, Sean Guyett also picked off a pass at his own goal line. Tim Tuberdyke and Bob Frost forced a fumble in the third quarter.
"Big plays," said Alden coach Adam Stoltman. "We knew going in we had to force turnovers and protect the ball. We took it away three times. The kids played a real heady game, they played great. We made the plays when we had to."
Guyett carried the load on offense as well as he rushed 21 times for 120 yards, including a 42-yard TD run. Blahowicz gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when he found Sean Nowicki on a 20-yard TD pass. Springville's only TD came in the fourth quarter when QB Mike Cumro hit Brian Cumro on the 13-yard pass.
Springville started the season with wins over Pioneer, Lackawanna and Fredonia. It shares the No. 2 ranking among Western New York small schools and is ranked No. 4 in the state in Class B.
West Seneca West 15, North Tonawanda 12: Joe Rozmus scored on a 7-yard run with 2:12 left as the Indians knocked off the No. 3 large school Jacks. Mike Moonan gave West a 7-0 lead with a 61-yard run. But NT closed within 7-6 when Brandon Decheine broke free for a 77-yard run. NT took the lead, 12-7, when Decheine scored on a 76-yard run, but it wasn't enough. Decheine finished with 205 yards on 14 carries. Safety Mark Ralyea had an interception, a fumble recovery and led the Indians in tackles.
Orchard Park 21, Niagara Falls 6: Chris Williams returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and added a 51-yard touchdown reception from Nick O'Hara as the Quakers (3-1) scored all of their points in the first half. OP backup quarterback John Corto hit 6 of 10 for 81 yards and a touchdown and also had seven tackles on defense.
Class A South
Pioneer 14, Hamburg 13: Quarterback Martin Slanovich completed 5 of 9 passes in the fourth quarter, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tim Pilarski, and the Panthers (3-1, 3-0) survived when the Bulldogs' two-point conversion failed in the game's final seconds. Slanovich provided all the points for the Panthers, scoring on a 1-yard run to start the fourth quarter to make the score 7-6, and scoring a two-point conversion after the second touchdown to put Pioneer up, 14-7. Steve Stamer connected with Shay Nelson with nine seconds left in the game for a 9-yard touchdown pass to cut the Pioneer lead to one, but the two-point conversion pass failed.
Class A North
Niagara-Wheatfield 32, Williamsville South 0: Junior halfback Josh Perkins ran for two touchdowns and 96 yards on six carries and added a 30-yard reception for the Falcons. Senior quarterback Mark Evans connected on 6 of 8 passes for 99 yards and one score, a 32-yard hookup with Scott Mueller, while Evans also ran for a 1-yard TD. Jim Eillani added a 7-yard touchdown run for Niagara-Wheatfield, which collectively ran 50 times for 236 yards.
Class B North
Albion 34, Newfane 6: After a scoreless first quarter, the Purple Eagles broke open the game with a 27-point second quarter. Kellen Cooper set the tone with a 72-yard punt return followed by Derek Kinder's 52-yard punt return. LaAaron Newsome scored on runs of 10 and 20 yards and Cooper scored again on a 15-yard pass from Chris Ray. Brad Watkins led the defense with 17 tackles. Albion (4-0) shares the No. 2 ranking among WNY small schools and is No. 3 in the state in Class B.
Cheektowaga 42, Medina 14: The No. 5 small school Warriors rode big performances from several players to move to 4-0. Derrick Warburton had 19 tackles and scored on a 2-yard run. Shumpert Douglas caught a pair of TD passes from Chuck Eich and also intercepted a pass. Mike Maciejewski rushed for 150 yards and scored on a 90-yard kickoff return and an 11-yard run.
Tonawanda 34, Starpoint 12: Ryan Smith scored four TDs and ran for 168 yards on 23 carries as the Warriors rolled past the Spartans. Adam Bacon was 9 for 11 for 142 yards as Tonawanda racked up 320 yards. Mike Cellini had three tackles, four assists, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the Warriors' defense. Smith's scores were for 3, 5, 12 and 2 yards. Starpoint got two touchdowns from quarterback Adam Sidebottom to Sean Thompson (60 and 20 yards).
Class B South
Lackawanna 24, Fredonia 12: Grant Easley ran 30 times for 129 yards while Roderick Richardson and Kevin Ingram were both part of two touchdowns as the four-time state finalist Steelers stopped their two-game slide. After Matt Marshall gave the Hillbillies a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, Richardson caught a 20-yard TD pass from Kevin Ingram and Andrew Hacic's conversion put the Steelers up, 8-6. Ingram added a 20-yard run in the second quarter while Richardson ran in from 6 yards out in the third quarter, with Easley adding one conversion run and Ingram hitting Richardson on a conversion pass. Fredonia added a touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 39-yard connection from Chad Bongiovanni to Sean Bejier. The Steelers (2-2) had a 40-game win streak against Western New York teams snapped with losses to Springville and Olean the last two weeks.
Class C South
Allegany-Limestone 15, Cassadaga Valley 14: Nick Aiello's extra-point kick out of the hold of Justin Fluent with no time left lifted the Gators. The Gators' final drive covered 44 yards in 51 seconds capped by Mark Ciolek's 27-yard TD catch from Aiello. "That was a big-time hold for Justin considering the situation. It was his first time and it rained the whole game," said coach Mike Wilber. Dan Hill of A-L led all rushers with 126 yards on 21 carries. For the Cougars, Brandon Meacham picked up 32 of his 88 yards on a TD run in the second quarter.
Cattaragus/Little Valley 24, Falconer 8: Tyler Bradley ran for three TDs and 127 yards on 18 carries while Josh Jones rushed seven times for 94 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown for the winners. After Jones' first-quarter score, Bradley added touchdown runs of 27 and 7 yards in the second quarter and a 10-yard scoring rush in the fourth. Travis Dickerson provided the Falcons with a 52-yard run in the final period.
Class C North
Gowanda 34, Roy-Hart 0: Five players scored as the Panthers erupted for 24 points in the third to cruise past the Rams.
Class D East
Randolph 21, Pine Valley 7: Nick Emley ran for one fourth-quarter touchdown and set up another as Randolph scored 14 points in the final quarter to put away Pine Valley. Emley scored on an 8-yard run, then had an interception to set up quarterback Kasey Brown's 2-yard scoring rush. Tony Coronado rushed for 114 yards for the Panthers.
Ellicottville 38, West Valley 0: RB Carl Athans scored on runs of 38 and 6 yards to help give Eagles coach Tim Bergan his 100th career win. The Eagles jumped out to an 18-0 lead after the first quarter. Nick Smith also had two TDs scoring on a 56-yard kickoff return and a 19-yard run.
Class D West
Westfield 28, Brocton 0: Chris Kittle ran 11 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns while Steve Wright had 11 carries for 58 yards and one touchdown as Westfield jumped to a 22-0 first quarter lead.
Steubenville (Ohio) 35, St. Joe's 0: It's already been a long season for the Marauders who are still looking for their first win. Defensive end Luke Collard and linebacker Matt Wopperer had 11 tackles each for the Marauders (0-4), who played their hosts from Ohio before an estimated crowd of 5,000. Wopperer had an interception and Collard recovered a fumble.
Senior Peter Meindl of Orchard Park looks to defend his title today at the McQuaid Invitational. The meet, with its annual field of 250 teams, is considered the largest cross country invitational in the Northeast. Meindl ran 14.55 over the 3-mile course to win his seeded race last year.
Section VI girls to watch are Lacey Watkins of Newfane, Lindon Wilcox of Albion, Danielle Greene of Randolph and Angela Kudla of Starpoint.
The Williamsville East boys and the Hamburg girls won the team titles Friday at the Hamburg Bulldogs Invitational run at Chestnut Ridge on the old ECIC course. John Ferguson of the Flames won the boys race in 18:31 while Emily Nye of Hamburg took the girls race in 21:34.
Sweet Home looks to defend its team title today at the Sweet Home Invitational, a nine-team event which features several of the top teams in Western New York.
The following football games were not reported to the News: West Seneca East at Lake Shore, Walsh at Cuba-Rushford.