As expected, the showdown between Iroquois and West Seneca East for the Class A South title came down to the final minute Friday night.
The Trojans were driving toward what they thought would give them the championship but . . .
"We were at their 25 on fourth-and-7 but we didn't get a call we thought we should have and it cost us the chance to win the division title," said WSE coach Jim Maurino, following his team's heartbreaking 22-19 loss to the Chiefs. "We threw a pass down the middle, their kid was beat and I felt our kid was tripped. But we didn't get the call."
So Iroquois (6-0 overall, 5-0 in the league), the No. 4 large school in The Buffalo News' poll, held on to defeat the ninth-ranked Trojans (4-2, 3-2) after scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter.
"Both kids were making a play for the ball and their feet just tangled," said Iroquois coach Frank Payne. "Everybody I talked to along the sidelines, the chain crew and all, said it was a great no-call in a big game like that. I give the officials a lot of credit."
Brandon Murie, who carried 24 times for 81 yards, scored the winning touchdown from 4 yards out with 7:56 left to cap a long drive for the Chiefs.
Elsewhere in the division:
*Cheektowaga 28, Hamburg 0: Julius Davis rushed for 115 yards on just six carries and recorded four sacks on defense as the Warriors (3-3, 3-2) blanked the Bulldogs (1-5, 1-4) and clinched a playoff spot.
Maryvale 34, Tonawanda 14: Brooks Estarfaa carried 19 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Flyers (3-3, 3-2) to their third consecutive victory and to the brink of a playoff spot. Estarfaa now has 1,274 yards and has claimed the school's single-season rushing record. Alex Wendling carried six times for 117 yards as Maryvale piled up 340 rushing yards. Brandon Moshenko and Mike Carson scored for the Warriors (3-3, 3-3), whose playoff hopes took a huge hit.
*Lackawanna 43, Eden 3: Capone Smith carried 12 times for 280 yards and two scores and passed for another TD as the Steelers (6-0, 5-0), the top-ranked small school, powered past the Raiders (1-5, 0-5).
*Alden 26, Albion 0: The Bulldogs (6-0, 6-0) clinched their first title since they were co-champions in 1997. Alden, the No. 4 small school, hasn't given up a point in the past 18 quarters. The defense held Albion to 86 yards.
*East Aurora 39, Springville 3: Ryan Sweet tied the school record with a 43-yard field goal as No. 10 small school East Aurora (4-2, 4-1) dominated the Griffins (2-4, 2-3). Quarterback Scott Drosendahl was 8 of 12 passing for 175 yards and Richard Nowak rushed for 92 yards on 10 attempts.
*Depew 49, Newfane 22: Sabino Scarpone had 120 yards and two TDs as the Wildcats (5-1, 5-1) scored the game's first six TDs and kept the Panthers (0-6, 0-6) out of the victory column. The Depew defense forced three turnovers, including a 57-yard interception return by Anthony Emmanuele. It also had six sacks, two by Chris Schlegel.
*Frontier 25, West Seneca West 7: Mark Schuster rushed for 219 yards and three TDs as the Falcons (3-3, 2-3) bounced back from a first-quarter deficit to beat the Indians (0-6, 0-5).
*Cleveland Hill 55, Roy-Hart 0: The Golden Eagles (6-0, 4-0), ranked second among small schools, clinched their second straight Class C North title by blanking the Rams (0-6, 0-5). Peter Westbrooks carried six times for 130 yards and two scores and Nick Campfield added 108 yards with two TDs.
*Falconer 36, Westfield 25: Zack Penhollow carried 23 times for 140 yards and two scores as the Falcons (1-5, 1-4) beat the Wolverines (1-5, 1-4).
*McKinley 40, Hutch-Tech 6: Kevin Chillis carried 22 times for 354 yards and three touchdowns, carried a punt 64 yards for another score and added an interception as the three-time defending champion Macks (1-3, 1-3) finally got off the schneid by dominating the Engineers (4-2, 4-2).
*Williamsville South 48, Amherst 20: Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata completed 24 of 36 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns to Daeshaune Clark, who scored four of his five TDs during the Billies' 30-0 second half. Clark had nine catches for 204 yards and had 61 more yards on 11 carries. Dillon Gallagher had eight tackles for South (4-2).
*Lake Shore 12, Pioneer 6: Jason Radwan ran for 122 yards on 17 carries and had six catches for 79 yards and two scores as the Eagles (1-5) won their first game. Pioneer's Bill Asquith ran 22 times for 124 yards.