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Sweet Home, Grand Island move on; East upends Grover St. Francis wins first; Cleve Hill still perfect

A pair of Class A North powers cruised, a Harvard Cup unbeaten fell and St. Francis finally got its first win Saturday.

Both Sweet Home and Grand Island, who finished 1-2 respectively, in Class A North, scored Section VI quarterfinal wins to complete the Class A final four.

Next weekend, Sweet Home will host West Seneca East while Grand Island will travel to Iroquois.

*Sweet Home 25, Amherst 0: Deshanaro Morris carried 19 times for 83 yards and a touchdown while Casey Kacz ran for one and threw for another during a workman-like win for the Panthers (8-0). Kacz carried seven times for 73 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The senior was 5 for 11 for 69 yards, including a 24-yard pass to Brandon Hudson in the fourth.

*Grand Island 22, Cheektowaga 6: A wet, chilly day kept the Vikings from going to the air often, but Eddie Weiser (16 carries, 89 yards, touchdown) and Andy Lalonde (20 carries, 55 yards) helped them grind it out. "We figured we'd have to win ugly today if we won," said Grand Island coach Dean Santorio. Alex Neutz had a 78-yard kickoff return to start the second half to put GI up, 22-0. Neutz also had a 18-yard TD catch from Joe Oliverio (3 for 8, 29 yards). Lalonde had 11 tackles and Brett Dlugosz had nine.

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*St. Francis 36, St. Joe's 7: The Red Raiders (1-6) got their first win of the season, thanks in large part to a 22-point second quarter. Luke Tasker had two touchdowns on returns, a 65-yard punt return followed by a 42-yard interception return. Lineman Jordan Sisti added a 25-yard interception return off of a screen pass. "Definitely a big sigh of relief," said St. Francis coach Jerry Smith, whose team has played several out-of-town powers.

*St. Mary's 27, Nichols 0: Greg Justin threw for one touchdown and ran for another during the Lancers' 20-point third quarter as they moved to 3-0 in league play. Pat Morgan blocked a punt to give St. Mary's (5-3) the ball on the 1, where Justin ran it in for a 20-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Scott Ickowski recovered a fumble to set up a 1-yard score by Morgan. Alex Elwell had a 9-yard touchdown run and 11 tackles while Chad Griffin had an interception.

>Harvard Cup

*East 6, Grover Cleveland 0: The Panthers (3-4, 2-4) recorded their third straight shutout and handed the playoff-bound Presidents (5-2, 5-1) their first league loss. A 40-yard kickoff return by sophomore Lamont Black helped East get started by scoring on its opening drive, which ended with a 5-yard run by Brandon Jordan. East had a key defensive stand in the third quarter and stopped Grover on downs at the East 40 in the final minutes. "The defense was outstanding," said East coach Starling Bryant, who lauded Brandon Jordan (11 tackles), Isaiah Powers (nine) and Conrad McClain (six).

*McKinley 18, South Park 8: Kevin Chillis and the Macks kept rolling, as the senior carried 22 times for 277 yards and McKinley (3-4, 3-3) evened its Harvard Cup record against the winless Sparks (0-8, 0-7). Vincent Shelton had two interceptions while Jeff Kulczyk had a fumble recovery and nine tackles.

*Burgard 32, Bennett 0: The Bulldogs forced three fumbles and Amir Shanks had three interceptions as Burgard (3-4, 2-4) held Bennett to a net total of no yards on offense. Chauncey Tall and William White had eight tackles while Ed Sanders returned a fumble for a touchdown. Breon Daniels (nine runs for 66 yards; 7 of 15 passes for 88 passing yards) ran for a touchdown and threw for another.

>Class C

*Cleveland Hill 12, Salamanca 0: The Golden Eagles battled through a scoreless first half before Rhakeem Wiggins scored on touchdown runs of 20 and 91 yards. Wiggins, the quarterback, finished with 169 yards rushing while Peter Westbrooks carried 15 times for 101 yards. Ryan Shanahan had nine tackles and a sack for Cleveland Hill (8-0), which hosts Silver Creek in next week's semifinals.

>Class D

*Clymer 20, Frewsburg 13: Nick Heil ran 21 times for 136 yards and a touchdown while Dan Wiggers scored twice as the Pirates (8-0) of Class D held off the Bears (4-4) of the larger Class DD division.


*Lafayette 26, Niagara Catholic 0: Cameron Tucker's interception return to the Niagara Catholic 12 helped get the Violets (4-3) started. That led to a touchdown by Isaiah Carpenter (seven tackles, two sacks). Derrick Simmons (116 yards, 10 carries) ran for two second-half scores.

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