What a difference a week made for Lew-Port.
The Lancers, who lost their season finale last week and qualified for the playoffs on a tiebreaker, hit the road Saturday and knocked off Class A South champion Hamburg, 21-7, at Howe Field.
Dan Gaffney ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns as the Lancers dominated the Bulldogs. Lew-Port (7-2) outgained Hamburg, 342-144, possessed the ball for 29 of the 48 minutes and claimed a 21-0 halftime lead.
Last week, Lew-Port lost to Starpoint but earned the Class A North's second playoff spot by winning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Grand Island and Williamsville East.
The Lancers will play in their second straight Section VI Class A final, facing Iroquois at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"We knew that they were big and physical up front and we knew we had to match that, and we did," said Lew-Port coach Brian Gunby. "Our defense played its best game all year. We had an excellent week of practice, our best week all season. We went into this game nice and focused. A lot of kids were very frustrated after (the loss to Starpoint)."
Lew-Port scored on two Gaffney runs (80 and 5 yards) and a 6-yard run by Steve Hurtgam (four catches, 66 yards). Quarterback Mitch Bunce completed 7 of 11 passes for 83 yards.
Hamburg, which recorded its only first down of the first half late in the second quarter, didn't score until the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs' Jeremy Elliott had 89 yards on 16 carries.
Olean 14, Albion 6: Neil Fay and Julio Fuentes each rushed for more than 100 yards while Justin George threw for 124 yards on 10-of-15 passing as the Huskies earned their third trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium in the last four years. Fay ran for 107 yards on 15 carries, including a 57-yard touchdown, while Fuentes ran 20 times for 120 yards as Olean (236 yards on 48 carries) outrushed Albion (35 yards on 24 carries). Matt Ewings had four catches for 68 yards.
Portville 43, Cleveland Hill 8: The Panthers (8-1), the only defending section champion to make the playoffs, will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium and defend their title against Falconer.
Maple Grove 22, Pine Valley 16: Devin Raynor (23 carries, 129 yards, two TDs) and the Red Dragons outdid Taylor Vanzile (22-167, two TDs) and the Panthers to return to the finals after making seven straight from 1996 to 2002.
Kenmore West 18, Jamestown 6: James Mallory ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries for the Blue Devils.
Williamsville East 14, Amherst 11: Alex Teal had four tackles, a sack, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt for the Flames, who were outgained, 272-119.