A pair of clutch plays in the game's final 33 seconds has Depew making plans for the playoffs.
Eric Ellis kicked the game-winning field goal with 33 seconds remaining and linebacker Mike Carrubba intercepted a pass with 3 seconds left in the Wildcats' 25-23 victory over visiting Cheektowaga in Class B North. For the second year in a row, Depew (6-1) has eliminated the Warriors (4-2) from postseason contention. Depew reached the playoffs for the first time since 1997 and for the 10th time in its history.
In the first half it looked as though the only place the Wildcats were going was the Class B Bowl. Cheektowaga jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by Derrick Warburton, capping a 12-play, 57-yard drive. Depew, which went three-and-out on its first four possessions, finally started to move the ball on its last possession of the first half. The Wildcats put together a 70-yard drive that ended with QB Eric Ellis (156 yards passing) hitting Kevin Szczublewski over the middle on a 21-yard TD pass. Depew fumbled on the two-point attempt, but Szczublewski fell on it to tie the game at 8-8 with 27 seconds left in the first half. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the second half, before the leg of Ellis won it.
Tonawanda 47, Newfane 0: Ryan Smith scored four times and finished with 125 yards rushing as the Warriors scored 21 points in the first quarter. Mike Cellini forced two fumbles and had a fumble recovery. D.J. Bako had five tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Starpoint 35, Medina 0: Adam Sidebottom had 150 yards on six carries, three of which were for touchdowns of 10, 40 and 76 yards as Starpoint (2-5, 1-5) earned its first division win by rolling up 507 yards.
Springville 34, Dunkirk 20: Ryan Felts rushed for 238 yards on 29 carries and scored twice to lead the Griffins.
North Tonawanda 35, Kenmore West 14: QB Brandon Decheine rushed for 182 of his team's 410 yards on the ground, scored two rushing TDs and passed for another to lead the Jacks. Decheine's brother, Nick, also had a pair of rushing TDs. Billy Nachreiner returned a fumble 44 yards and had an interception. Mike Dunn scored on a pair of fourth-quarter TDs for the Blue Devils.
Williamsville North 14, Niagara Falls 7 (2OT): Dan Gronkowski scored on a 7-yard run in the second overtime to lift the Spartans. Chris McDuffie rushed for 194 yards, scored in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run and had 23 tackles.
Amherst 43, Williamsville South 35 (OT): Amir Shareef scored on a 20-yard counter play on the first play of OT to lift the Tigers. Amherst scored 14 points in the final 3:05 to force OT. Amherst was down, 35-13, in the third quarter before scoring 30 unanswered points. QB Kareem McKelvey was 11 for 21 for 265 yards and five TDs. Mark Rubin had five catches for 164 yards and three TDs. Nick Martone scored four TDs for South. Referee Mark Winters was knocked unconscious, taken by ambulance to a local hospital and later released.
Niagara-Wheatfield 35, Lake Shore 16: QB Josh Perkins scored the first four TDs of the game and finished with 127 yards for the Falcons. Josh Oakley (195 yards on 37 carries) added a 15-yard run in the third quarter as the Falcons led, 35-0, before the Eagles broke through. Chase Carstens and Jason Rogenmoser scored on the ground for Lake Shore.
Lew-Port 40, Hamburg 25: Nick Duscherer and Derek Tracy (113 yards) had a pair of TDs each as the Lancers erupted for 20 points in the first quarter. Anthony Morreale finished with 102 yards and a 1-yard run.
Silver Creek 48, Roy-Hart 0: Carlin Seneca and Ben Peters had two rushing TDs each for the Black Knights.
Allegany-Limestone 20, Cattaraugus/Little Valley 12: Dan Hill carried 25 times for 205 yards and a touchdown for the Gators.
Wilson 21, Gowanda 12: DB Kurt Freischlag had two interceptions and a fumble recovery to lead the Lakemen.
Eden 14, Akron 10: Mike Calderon rushed for 120 yards, including a 44-yard TD, for the undefeated Raiders.
Ellicottville 15, Pine Valley 9: Carl Althans scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Eagles clinched a playoff spot and at least a tie for a league title. Althans finished with 209 yards, giving him more than 1,200 for the season.
Randolph 48, Forestville 0: Nick Emley and Steve McElwan each scored twice as the Cardinals clinched a playoff spot. Emley finished with 102 yards rushing, nine tackles and an interception. Kasey Brown had 10 tackles.
Brocton 44, Chautauqua Lake 23: Vinnie Kane rushed for 254 yards and three TDs for the Thunderbirds.
Westfield 41, Sherman 6: Steve Wright scored twice, had 15 tackles and rushed for 144 yards to lead the Wolverines.
Timon/St. Jude 12, Fayetteville-Manlius 0: Ron Sokolowski ran for 142 yards and a TD and Bob Gunther ran for 122 yards and a TD as the Tigers knocked off the 15th-ranked Class AA team in the state. Sokolowski's 46-yard TD put Timon (4-2) up in the first quarter while Gunther, who had 12 tackles, had a 3-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Frank Herlihy led way with 13 tackles for the Tigers defense, which contained a team that averaged 41.5 points per game.
The only previous loss for the Hornets (5-2) was to No. 5 AA school Corcoran, 36-27, in Week Two. QB Fran Snyder completed 10 for 15 passes for 125 yards.