It took every ounce of strength Orchard Park could muster to stay unbeaten Friday night.
The No. 1 team in The Buffalo News' large school poll and the second-ranked Class AA team in the state had to stop a two-point conversion run with about five minutes left to defeat Frontier, 14-12.
Mark Schuster's 1-yard scoring run brought the Falcons (2-3 overall, 1-3 Class AA South) within the final margin, then the Quakers (5-0, 4-0) stuffed the conversion run when free safety Kyle Robinson stopped Schuster at about the 1-yard line.
No. 10 Frontier got the ball back with about 50 seconds left and reached the OP 45 before a Hail Mary pass fell incomplete.
"We were bend but not break on [Connolly Cup winner Jeff] Tundo, that's how we played the whole game," said Frontier assistant coach Mark Privateer. "He really only had one run over 15 yards, everything else was pretty well contained."
Tundo, who carried 27 times for 182 yards, didn't reach the end zone for the first time in the last 14 games. Instead the Quakers got two scoring passes from Kyle Hoppy, who threw for 88 yards, in the third quarter -- a 25-yarder to Luke Nowakowski and a 10-yarder to Ken Selby.
Schuster carried 17 times for 106 yards and quarterback Corey Tyger had 67 rushing yards and 56 through the air for Frontier, which lost, 14-6, to OP last season. Travis Siphos made eight tackles and caused one of the two fumbles OP lost while Billy Kaiser was credited with 10 tackles.
Brandan Nuessle, Cameron Hicks and Gary Davies were all in on 10 tackles for the Quakers.
Elsewhere in Class AA:
Lancaster 6, Clarence 0: Matt Speyer's 13-yard touchdown reception from Justin Juda with 2:11 left in second quarter would be the only scoring as the No. 5 large school Redskins (4-1, 3-1) held off the No. 6 Red Devils (3-2, 3-1). Tommy Krickovich had 15 tackles, Cory Davis had 14 tackles and Speyer 13 for Lancaster, which stopped Clarence's final drive on downs at the Lancaster 28 with 1:11 to play. Eric Rindo had an interception for Lancaster, which rushed 42 times for 238 yards but lost the ball three times on fumbles. Clarence had 37 carries for 117 yards.
Jamestown 28, West Seneca West 13: Dylan Monroe scored twice and carried 35 times for 242 yards to help the Red Raiders (3-2, 2-2) win their first home night game in 30 years. Jamestown came out in all red uniforms for the first time ever against the Indians (0-5, 0-4).
St. Joe's 38, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 8: Matt Rosenhahn threw two second-quarter touchdowns to Nick Hall and ran for another as the Marauders (2-3, 1-0) handed Timon its first loss in the teams' League AA opener. Rosenhahn saw nearly all of the action at quarterback, completing 14 for 25 for 218 yards with two scores and two interceptions while running 12 times for 60 yards.
East 6, McKinley 0: Terrance Martin scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter and the Panthers (1-4, 1-4) kept their playoff hopes alive by blanking the three-time defending champion Macks (0-4, 0-3), who had come into this season with 30 straight victories against league foes.
Grand Island 47, Williamsville South 27: Joe Oliverio threw five touchdowns, four to Alex Nuetz, and Eddie Weiser ran for 245 yards and two scores on 31 carries as the Vikings racked up 546 total yards. Grand Island (4-1, 3-1), ranked seventh among large schools, took a 33-13 halftime lead before South (3-2, 2-2) scored the first two touchdowns of the third and pulled with 33-27. Oliverio (16 of 20, 263 yards) hit Nuetz (nine catches, 169 yards) and Lance Robinson (five catches, 72 yards) for third-quarter touchdows to push Grand Island ahead. South's Joe Licata completed 17 of 30 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Daeshaune Clark.
Iroquois 16, Cheektowaga 7: Brandon Murie was a one-man wrecking crew with 41 carries for 220 yards and two scores as the fourth-ranked Chiefs (5-0, 4-0) tripped the Warriors (2-3, 2-2). Boomer Brock made six tackles and Billy Desiderio had a sack among five stops.
West Seneca East 28, Lake Shore 7: Andy Pangallo ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Trojans (4-1, 3-1) past the Eagles (0-5, 0-4). Bill Fildes added 13 carries for 90 yards.
Lackawanna 30, Fredonia 14: Capone Smith ran for 244 yards, passed for 54 more and threw for two TDs as the top-ranked small school scored on its first two possessions and never looked back against the fourth-ranked Hillbillies (4-1, 3-1). Lackawanna (5-0, 4-0) also got three TDs from Dwayne Bennett.
Depew 21, Albion 0: Dan Gorski carried 30 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Wildcats (4-1, 4-1) had no trouble with the Purple Eagles (3-2, 3-1).
East Aurora 43, Olean 20: Scott Drosendahl threw for 213 yards and three scores and rushed for another as the 10th-ranked Blue Devils (3-2, 3-1) outscored the Huskies (2-3, 2-2).
Maryvale 45, Newfane 0: Brooks Estarfaa couldn't match last week's record-setting rushing effort so he settled for eight carries for 148 yards and four consecutive touchdowns as the Flyers (2-3, 2-2) blanked the Panthers (0-5, 0-5) for their second straight win. Estarfaa rushed for a Western New York-record 463 yards against Medina last Friday night.
Alden 35, Medina 0: Brad Balcerzak had a sack among 15 tackles and blocked a punt, and Derek Geiger had nine tackles, two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered two others as the sixth-ranked Bulldogs (5-0, 5-0) marched past the Mustangs (1-4, 0-4).
Tonawanda 33, Lew-Port 7: Brandon Moshenko carried 24 times for 215 yards and two scores as the Warriors (3-2, 3-2) piled up 396 rushing yards in thumping the Lancers (1-4, 1-3). Mike Carson scored twice, rushed for 84 yards and made seven tackles.
Pioneer 26, Dunkirk 6: Jesse Howk scored on offense (3-yard run) and defense (36-yard interception return) to lead his Panthers (2-3, 2-3) over the Marauders (1-4, 1-4).
Charles Finney 14, Nichols 13: Talk about deja vu. For the second time in three weeks, the Vikings (2-3) dropped a one-point decision to this Section V opponent. Finney prevailed, 32-31, in triple overtime in Buffalo on Sept. 19. Ramsey Gayles, who sat out last Saturday's 37-0 loss to Allegany-Limestone with an ankle injury, returned with 24 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown while Kevin Crowley made 10 tackles.
JFK 14, Westfield 0: Adam Bartoszek carried 27 times for 116 yards and a score, Daron Lipscomb ran for 95 yards and a TD on 19 attempts and Mike Myers recorded two sacks as the Bears (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak.
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