Jamestown couldn't do it. Neither could Orchard Park. But Depew found a way to beat Lancaster on Friday night, 21-20, before a standing room only crowd at Depew's Constantino Complex.
"I haven't digested it yet, honest to God it's huge," said Depew coach Dan McGrath. "We almost forgot about the trophy. We hadn't won it in so long, I had to get the kids together afterward and say there's a trophy for all of this. This is a fantastic group of guys who have found a way to win from week to week."
It's been eight years since the Wildcats had a reason to celebrate on rivalry night. While Depew played Lancaster to within a touchdown the last two years, the Wildcats hadn't beaten their rivals since a 26-0 decision in 1992.
Since Week 3, the Redskins (7-1) have been the No. 1-ranked Class AA team in New York State and the No. 1-ranked team among Western New York large schools. Depew (7-1) broke into the state's Class B rankings two weeks ago and is No. 4 in small schools.
Depew jumped out to a 14-0 lead when Matt Domino scored on a 2-yard run and Kevin Szczublewski caught a 40-yard pass from Eric Ellis. Lancaster scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 20-14 lead, but it wouldn't last. Depew scored the game-winner in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard run by Jeff Rogacki (94 yards on 24 attempts). Lancaster attempted a 50-yard field goal with three seconds left, but the kick landed short.
"They controlled the ball in the first half and got up on us by a couple scores," said Lancaster coach Len Jankiewicz. "We sputtered in the fourth quarter and that cost us. They had some good, key stops in the fourth quarter."
Depew's Mike Carrubba had 13 tackles, three assists and a fumble recovery. Matt Kochalski blocked an extra-point attempt.
Lancaster's Eric Rupp had 118 yards on 18 carries. Kirk Durkin, who missed the first half, finished with 57 yards on 12 carries. LB Aaron Kosek had 15 tackles.
Lancaster still has a healthy lead in the all-time series, 42-26-6
In other non-league games:
West Seneca West 36, West Seneca East 0: Mike Moonan gained 105 yards on 10 carries and scored the game's first touchdown on a 62-yard run as the Indians (4-4) blanked the Trojans (1-7). Josh Jablonski carried 12 times for 71 yards and had a 15-yard TD run as West enjoyed a 287-91 total yardage advantage. West leads the series that began in 1969, 17-15.
Williamsville North 21, Williamsville East 0: North senior running back Chris McDuffie put the finishing touches on a pair of school rushing records in a season-ending win. McDuffie is North's all-time leading rusher with 4,633 yards -- shattering the old mark of 1,512 held by Jim Vrenna in 1986-87 -- and the single-season leader with 1,510. Against the Flames, McDuffie finished with 281 yards on 31 carries and all three TDs. Both teams finished 3-5.
Iroquois 27, Lew-Port 6: Jerry Burr scored twice as the Chiefs (6-2, 4-2), ranked ninth among large schools, beat the Lancers (3-5, 1-5). He also had an interception on defense. Lew-Port's Andy Myers caught three passes for 65 yards and set a school record for receiving yards in one season with 554.
Olean 21, Alden 20: The Huskies (6-2, 6-1) clinched the South title and will make their third straight playoff appearance. Olean scored all its points in the second quarter. Receiver Bobby Bell scored on a 40-yard reverse and receiver James Wright and quarterback Brandon Kiffer connected on a pair of TD passes. Alden (5-3, 5-2) scored all its points in the second half. Sean Guyett, who carried 26 times for 105 yards, had a pair of TD runs. Alden went for two after its final TD but was stopped.
Cheektowaga 20, Maryvale 12: Derrick Warburton rushed for 262 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors (6-2, 6-2), No. 8 among small schools, bested the Flyers (3-5, 3-4). Chris Kensy, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards, put Maryvale ahead, 6-0, in the first quarter before Warburton brought Cheektowaga back.
Albion 40, Medina 8: LeAaron Newsome scored three touchdowns and made 11 tackles as the Purple Eagles (8-0, 7-0), No. 2 among small schools, drubbed the Mustangs (1-7, 1-6). Kellen Cooper carried 10 times for 189 yards for the victors.
Salamanca 26, Allegany-Limestone 6: The Warriors (8-0, 6-0), rated first among small schools, sewed up the South title and a playoff spot by gouging the Gators (4-4, 4-2). Dustin Ross scored twice for Salamanca and carried 21 times for 112 yards.
Silver Creek 6, Cassadaga Valley 0: Ben Peters carried nine times for 79 yards, and 70 of them came in the first quarter on the game's only score in the, as the Black Knights (4-4, 3-4) wrapped up the fourth playoff spot in the South by shutting down the Cougars (3-5, 2-4). Chris Peters added 68 yards on 18 carries for the winners.
Roy-Hart 20, Wilson 14: Keith Donnelly made one of his 14 tackles on the game's final play as the Rams (2-6, 1-5) held off the Lakemen (2-6, 2-4), who had driven to the Roy-Hart 3. Jeff Brown caught the winning TD pass with 2:48 left. David Schwab, who recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff for a score, carried 14 times for 89 yards and Nate Huntington led the way with 165 rushing yards.
Gowanda 26, Akron 6: Receiver Nate Bergmann caught four balls for 56 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown, as the Panthers (2-6, 2-4) were too much for the Tigers (1-7, 1-5). Gowanda also got scores from Mike Moore (2-yard run), Levi Lindquist (12-yard return of a blocked punt) and Wayne Lindquist (4-yard run).
Clymer 52, Brocton 0: Jehuu Caulcrick carried 11 times for 144 yards and scored four times as the Pirates (8-0, 6-0), ranked seventh among small schools, blasted the Bulldogs (3-5, 2-4). A.J. Malecki had nine carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Furman was in on 20 tackles.
Maple Grove 27, Randolph 8: Kyle Swanson scored three touchdowns, two on the ground and one on a fumble recovery, to help the Red Dragons (6-2, 6-1) slay the Cardinals (6-2, 5-2) in five inches of snow. Craig Gustafson carried 19 times for 102 yards and a score for Maple Grove.
Ellicottville 6, Franklinville 0: Carl Althans carried 29 times for 156 yards, including a 7-yard TD run in the third quarter, as the Eagles (7-1, 6-0) blanked the Panthers (5-3, 3-3).
Westfield 20, Chautauqua Lake 8: Steve Wright carried 25 times for 131 yards and a score and Nate Baideme had 22 carries for 100 yards and a TD as the Wolverines (3-5, 3-3) beat the Thunderbirds (1-7, 1-5).
McKinley 22, Bennett 8: Terrell Hogue carried 17 times for 161 yards and a touchdown to lift the Macks (5-2) to a victory. McKinley's Andreas Battle, who had a sack among 12 tackles, also returned a kickoff 60 yards for a score.
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O'Hara 17, Olean Walsh 0: Corey Muldowney carried 18 times for 177 yards and made 10 tackles and forced two fumbles on defense as the Hawks (4-4, 3-2) blanked the Eagles (1-6, 0-4). Brian Legge scored on a 60-yard fumble returned and booted a 35-yard field goal and Chad Fortner scored on a 41-yard run.