West Seneca West's offense had been averaging 27 points per game, but on Friday night it was a big play on defense that allowed them to beat Niagara Falls, 14-7, in a Class AA game.
Trailing 7-0 in the third quarter, the Indians' Dan Simon recovered a fumble caused by Matt Dorr and raced 50 yards for a touchdown. West went ahead for good on the two-point conversion pass to Jeremy Kelly from Justin Athans.
Des Randall scored his seventh rushing TD in four games with a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter. For NF, Ken Armstrong rushed for 186 yards on 25 carries.
West CB Jeff Hand broke up a long TD pass attempt in the end zone and also chased down Armstrong on a long run to prevent another score.
Niagara Falls had the ball at West's 15-yard line with 1 second left, but a fade pass in the end zone was broken up by Nick Cyna.
North Tonawanda 16, Lancaster 13: Nick Fetterman kicked field goals of 24, 33 and 23 yards as the Jacks handed the Redskins their first loss. The Jacks' only TD was a 3-yard run by Andrew Davis that gave NT a 10-0 lead. Lancaster rallied to take a 13-10 lead when Tom Cybulski threw a pair of second-quarter TD passes to John Durkin and Brad Murray. Fetterman's 33-yard FG knotted the score 13-13 at halftime. His 23-yarder in the fourth quarter proved the game-winner.
Jacks' QB Scott Gregson had 154 yards passing and 115 rushing. Davis had four receptions for 85 yards and Jeff Miller had eight tackles.
Clarence 21, West Seneca East 0: A forgettable chapter in Red Devils history has ended as they beat the Trojans to end a 22-game losing streak. Clarence's Steve Washington scored on a 15-yard run for a 7-0 halftime lead. Nick DiPirro added a 3-yard run in the third and a 7-yarder in the fourth. DiPirro finished with 111 yards on 18 carries while John Syty led Clarence with 123 yards on 19 attempts.
Frontier 31, Lockport 8: The Falcons jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter to pick up their first win. Rob Golabek scored on a 4-yard run and caught the second of two TD passes from QB Matt Dunkle. Aaron Stang had an 11-yard TD catch among his six receptions. John Maroney scored for the Lions on a 1-yard run.
Steubenville (Ohio) 35, St. Joe's 28: An announced crowd of 8,451 watched Steubenville drop the visiting No. 1 large school Marauders.
QB Naaman Roosevelt threw four TD passes, three to Dominic Cook and one to Devon Dawson.
St. Joe's led 14-7 at the half, but Steubenville rallied with a 21-point third quarter.
St. Joe's trailed, 35-21, with 4:30 left when Luke DeLuca dove for the goal line near the sideline after a run around the end. As he dove for the corner flag, the ball came out and went out of bounds in the end zone. It was ruled a fumble and Steubenville got the ball at the 20.
Cook had nine catches for 209 yards and 11 tackles. Roosevelt was 19 of 30 for 304 yards.
Cheektowaga 30, Gowanda 7: Randy Seay scored twice as the Warriors took the lead for good with a 14-point second quarter. Tramaine Young rushed for 107 yards, caught a 28-yard TD pass from Raphael Butler and also had an interception.
> Class A
Amherst 38, Pioneer 6: Jeremy Justin rushed for 186 yards and four TDs on 26 carries to pace the Tigers. The Panthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Tigers went on a tear with six TDs. Kyle Smith returned an interception 21 yards for the final score.
Lake Shore 21, Williamsville South 3: Hector Rosas rushed for 114 yards and two TDs to give the Eagles' Bill Moore his 100th career coaching win. Rosas' 55-yard interception return set up Jason Radwan's 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The Eagle defense limited the Billies to 121 yards total offense.
Starpoint 21, Lew-Port 0: Tom Mueller (102 on 22 carries) rushed for his sixth and seventh TDs to pace the Spartans. Kyle Gibas had 10 tackles while Brian Clapsadle (40-yard interception return) and Brant Jacob each had seven tackles in the shutout.
> Class B
Alden 27, Roy-Hart 6: The Bulldogs' defense forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, to keep the Rams winless. Ryan Wilkinson rushed for 94 yards on 15 carries with one TD, and had nine tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.
East Aurora 42, Dunkirk 0: QB Tim Bailey connected with Dave Barnett for TD passes of 7 yards amd 1 yard and Bailey also rushed for a 1-yard score. Andy Wade returned a kickoff 88 yards to highlight a 14-point fourth quarter.
Medina 20, Akron 15: With 1:17 left, Steven Biernacki connected on a 58-yard TD pass to Kevin Dukes for the win. Biernacki threw for 156 yards and two TDs while Dukes finished with 93 all-purpose yards and two TDs.
Southwestern 13, Lackawanna 12: The Trojans rallied for two TDs in the fourth quarter and dropped the No. 1 small school Steelers. Jake Bergholder caught a pair of 27-yard TD passes from Chris Stoddard. Besides 16 tackles, Mikel Bush had a fumble recovery that set up the game-winning drive. Curtis Underwood scored Lackawanna's TDs on a 45-yard run and a 79-yard interception return.
Tonawanda 34, Maryvale 6: Garrett Shugg rushed for 184 yards and three TDs to help the Warriors get even at 2-2. Adam Cruz had 17 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.
> Class C
Falconer 35, JFK 34: The Falcons' Brandon Jaroszynski knocked down the Bears' two-point pass attempt over the middle which would have given them a one-point lead with 2:49 left. The Bears were just 2 of 5 on PAT attempts.
Cody Spicer of Falconer ran wild, scoring five TDs and rushing for 338 yards on 39 attempts. Jaroszynski, Brian Gunnell and Jacob Colwell had 10 tackles each. Bears' QB Damien Crance was 18 of 27 for 284 yards with a passing and rushing TD.
Silver Creek 33, Allegany-Limestone 8: Jon Williams (15 of 26 for 247) threw three TD passes, two to Andy Schettine, as the Black Knights forced three fumbles. C.J. Eggleston had 130 yards and two TDs.
> Class D
Pine Valley 14, Ellicottville 12: Kyle Weaver rushed for 114 yards and two TDs on 20 carries. Both teams scored twice, but Pine Valley's Eric Zollinger converted the point after kick each time while Ellicottville failed twice on the two-point conversion. Tyler Dunn accounted for both Eagles scores as he found Mike Tacvek on a 22-yard TD pass and had a 1-yard run.
Randolph 50, Frewsburg 0: Nick Jackson had three TDs and the Cardinals scored 47 points in the first half.