Four teams won semifinals Saturday to earn berths in the Monsignor Martin Association championships while the Harvard Cup also settled which four teams will be playing in the postseason.
St. Francis (7-2) will try for its fifth straight title when it meets St. Joe's (7-2) in the Monsignor Martin League AA championship, and St. Mary's (5-4) will take on Walsh (6-3) in the League A game Nov. 10 in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The League A game is at 5 p.m., followed by the AA final at 7.
The Harvard Cup will enter next weekend's regular-season finales knowing who'll be playing in the semifinals Nov. 13 in All High Stadium. Hutch-Tech, McKinley, South Park and Riverside clinched playoff berths Saturday while idle Burgard was eliminated.
St. Joe's 29, Timon/St. Jude 16: Turell Ahmed ran for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries as the Marauders built a 22-0 lead in the fourth quarter. Ahmed, who ran for a 48-yard touchdown in the second quarter, scored on a 64-yarder with 2:40 left that ensured St. Joe's would beat Timon for the second time this season. Rob Glownia (two sacks) and Luke DeLuca led the defense with nine tackles each; DeLuca had a TD-saving tackle of Don Jemison in the fourth quarter. Naaman Roosevelt threw for one touchdown and ran for another.
St. Francis 40, Canisius 17: Zak Kedron rushed for 217 yards and three TDs as the Red Raiders overcame a slow start to beat the Crusaders. Up just 12-11 at the half, the Red Raiders broke the game open with a 21-point third quarter that included 66- and 36-yard touchdown runs by Kedron and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ilio DiPaolo to Doug Worthington. Kedron has 1,681 yards on 194 carries and 21 TDs this season. DiPaolo was 9 of 11 for 158 yards and two TDs.
Walsh 3, Cardinal O'Hara 0: Dillon Johnson kicked the winning field goal with six seconds left to give visiting Walsh the win one week after the Eagles had lost at O'Hara, 53-14.
St. Mary's 36, Nichols 0: Kyle Rademacher ran for three touchdowns and had an interception and fumble recovery on defense as the Lancers did all their scoring in the first half. Rademacher's TD runs were for 11, 4 and 2 yards. George Doyle got St. Mary's started with an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, while he also had a 31-yard punt return.
South Park 9, Riverside 0: Randy Calloway ran for 88 yards on 16 carries, including a 7-yard run in the first quarter, while Zack Rojek added a 22-yard field goal in the third as the Sparks (5-3, 5-2) knocked the Frontiers (5-3, 5-2) out of first place. Adriel Santiago had 12 tackles and two sacks, while Pat Dolan had 10 tackles.
Hutch-Tech 42, Bennett 0: Rodney Pierce had two rushing touchdowns and an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown as the Engineers (6-2, 6-1) rolled to their first shutout of the season. Sebastian Herbert-Andrews scored his first touchdown of the season on a fumble recovery, while Greg Cherry had his sixth interception of the year as Hutch-Tech took a 30-0 halftime lead on Bennett, which has lost a state-worst 27 straight games.
McKinley 32, Lafayette 6: Chris Pratt ran for 264 yards and three touchdowns (79, 3 and 15 yards) on 20 carries as the Macks scored 26 points in the middle quarters. Sean Rogan rushed for 83 yards on nine carries, including a 3-yard TD, while Shaun Clark had 12 tackles for McKinley (6-2, 6-1). Lafayette's only touchdown came on a highlight-play, one-handed grab by Darrell Thomasfor a 60-yard touchdown from Winston Reese.
Grover Cleveland 14, Seneca 8: Chaz Walker had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown to get the Presidents (5-4, 4-4) started, and Alfred Long recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in the second quarter. Jeremy Wiggins broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark with a 64-yard performance; he has 1,005.