Orchard Park and Williamsville North will battle in the Section VI Class AA playoffs next weekend after both teams earned postseason berths by winning Saturday.
Rob Gronkowski's heroics for Williamsville North gave the Spartans a 14-13 victory over Lockport while Orchard Park jumped on Jamestown early in a 34-13 road win.
Gronkowski tackled Lockport's Jon Maroney in the end zone in the third quarter for a safety to complete a dominating all-around individual effort. The safety gave the Spartans the deciding points as they earned the second playoff spot in the Class AA North.
Gronkowski also returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from James Piazza in the third quarter. Chris Gronkowski, Rob's brother, ran for 132 yards on 11 carries. North (6-2, 3-2) tied Niagara Falls for second place in AA North but earned the playoff spot due to its 24-20 Week Five win over Falls.
At Jamestown, Matt Ciambella threw for three touchdowns while Andy Pace rushed for 166 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the season as the Quakers (7-1, 4-1) clinched first place in Class AA South.
Ciambella (6 of 10, 95 yards) hit Jordan Jachimowicz for scores of 16 and 36 yards while Craig Schulz caught a 24-yarder as OP took a 28-0 lead. Among Pace's 23 carries was a 6-yard run; he now has 1,024 yards on the season. Ryan Thompson led Jamestown with eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Williamsville North will travel to Orchard Park in next weekend's Class AA semifinals. In the other semifinal, West Seneca West travels to North Tonawanda.
Starpoint 17, Lew-Port 14: Tom Mueller ran for 100 yards and his 26th carry was the most memorable -- a 2-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left that enabled the Spartans (4-4, 3-3) to beat the playoff-bound Lancers (5-3, 4-2) and finish at .500 for the first time since 1992. Dan Mastropoll's 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter got the Spartans started, and after two touchdowns by Lew-Port's Dan Gaffney (210 yards, 30 carries), Mike Ridge's 35-yard field goal cut the lead to 14-10 in the fourth quarter. Jake Brant and Josh Dzikoski had eight tackles while Jeremy Keuning had seven.
Despite being dropped into a three-way tie for second place in Class A North with the loss, Lew-Port (5-3, 4-2) earned the second playoff spot because it beat both Grand Island (35-3 in Week Five) and Williamsville East (14-9 in Week Six).
Grand Island 35, Williamsville South 13: Glenn Bird ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns for the Vikings (5-3, 4-2), who started the season 1-2. North. Ryan Breier threw for 208 yards on 9 of 14 passing, including a touchdown to Josh Raiser. Derek Moody had 11 tackles.
Olean 27, Eden 6: Neil Fay ran for 133 yards on 14 carries, including a 70-yard touchdown, while Chris DeHart had seven tackles and two sacks as the Huskies (7-1) completed an undefeated season in Class B South.
Cheektowaga 18, Maryvale 6: Randy Derfert ran for 106 yards on eight carries, including a 25-yard touchdown to hand the Flyers (3-5, 2-4) their fifth straight loss. Marcus Cotton and Justin Lackie (nine tackles) also ran for TDs while Kyle Reeb led the Warriors (4-4, 4-2) with 11 tackles.
Cleveland Hill 12, JFK 0: Ed Thomas ran for 118 yards and a touchdown as the Golden Eagles (5-3, 4-1) clinched the Class C North title. Thomas had a 12-yard scoring run in the first quarter and Pernell Cramer caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Alphonso Rose in the fourth. Chris Diggs had two sacks to lead Cleveland Hill's defense to the shutout of the Bears (2-6, 1-4).
Sherman 19, Panama 17: The Wildcats may have won the game, but it's the Panthers who will compete in next week's Section VI playoffs as the lone West representative. Sherman needed to beat Panama by 15 points or more to earn the spot. Ryan Gulczinski had a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter to put Sherman ahead for good. Panana is in its first postseason since 1994.
Pine Valley 43, Franklinville 8: Taylor Vanzile (20 carries, 186 yards) had two touchdowns and Kyle Weaver (17-94) ran for three as for Panthers (6-2, 4-2).
Kenmore West 24, Kenmore East 8: James Mallory had nearly the exact rushing yardage he did in last year's win as the Blue Devils continued to dominate their rivals. Mallory ran for 261 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries; last year he had 262 yards and two touchdowns (a 28-7 West win). Kenmore West had 352 yards on 58 plays Saturday while Kenmore East had 60 yards -- just two rushing -- on 42 plays. Kenmore West now holds a 30-15-2 lead in the series and has lost only once since 1985.
Football playoffs /
The second season
Friday or Saturday; dates, times TBA
West Seneca West (7-1)
at North Tonawanda (7-1)
Williamsville North (6-2)
at Orchard Park (7-1)
Iroquois (6-2) at Sweet Home (7-1)
Lew-Port (6-2) at Hamburg (7-1)
at Tonawanda (7-1)
Albion (7-1) at Olean (7-1)
Portville (7-1) at Cleveland Hill (5-3)
Silver Creek (4-4) at Falconer (7-1)
Panama (5-3) at Ellicottville (7-1)
Maple Grove (5-3) at Pine Valley (6-2)
Finals at Ralph Wilson Stad.
Thursday, Nov. 4
Class D: 5 p.m. Class C: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5
Class B: 5 p.m.
Class A: 7:30 p.m.
Class AA: 10 p.m.
All games Saturday, 2 p.m.
Canisius (4-4) at St. Francis (5-2)
Timon/St. Jude (5-3) at St. Joe's (6-2)
Walsh (6-2) at Cardinal O'Hara (4-4)
Nichols (1-7) at St. Mary's (4-4)
Wednesday, Nov. 10
at Ralph Wilson Stadium
League A: 5 p.m. League AA: 7 p.m.