Freshman right tackle Javon Smith wasn't sure this summer if he would fit in on Lackawanna's football team. Two weeks into the season, they don't know what they would have done without him.
Smith recovered a teammate's fumble in the end zone with six minutes left in the game to help the Steelers beat visiting Pioneer, 18-14, Friday night in Class B South. Last week he threw the block that sprung John Brown allowing him to score the winning touchdown against Olean.
"That's two big plays in two weeks," said coach Bruce Lakso. "This kid hasn't missed a day of practice and he's worked hard. All summer the varsity coaches kept encouraging him and told him not to give up."
The Steelers (2-0 B South) came out flat in the first half, but after making some adjustments, looked like a different team in the second half. Brown finished with 107 yards rushing and a 2-yard run. Quarterback Christian Smith passed for 92 yards and threw for 65 more. Christian Cheatom had five catches for 68 yards, including 4-yard TD.
Bill Asquith scored ran for both touchdowns for Pioneer (0-2 B South).
>Class AA North
North Tonawanda 63, Williamsville North 0: After getting off to a slow start in last week's season opener, North Tonawanda reversed its field and scored on their first seven possessions against winless North. After being shut out, 7-0, in the first quarter against Jamestown last week, NT erupted for 36 points after the first eight minutes against Williamsville North. Aaron Davis and Darrik Bloomfield each scored twice in the first quarter. NT (2-0, 1-0 AA North) scored on a variety of draw plays, screens, options and counters.
>Class AA South
Orchard Park 28, Jamestown 10: Okoya Anderson led the Quakers with 31 carries for 214 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Class AA state champions ran their winning streak to 15 games. Dave Janca was 7 of 14 for 108 yards and a touchdown, while Gary Davies had 11 1/2 tackles and a sack for Orchard Park (2-0, 1-0 Class AA South). Dylan Monroe had nine carries for 122 yards and one TD for Jamestown (0-2, 0-1).
Frontier 33, West Seneca West 8: Senior Mark Schuster racked up 248 yards on 15 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Falcons (2-0) won its league opener by running over the Indians (all 351 yards on the ground). Frontier got top defensive performances from Matt Hauser (interception, two breakups), senior Dave Peters (12 tackles) and junior Justin Liberta (12 tackles).
Hamburg 26, Grand Island 3: Linebacker Erik Chetton had 10 tackles and an interception that set up Hamburg's first score as an estimated 1,800 looked on at Howe Field to watch the Bulldogs improve to 2-0. Nico Zarcone scored on the ensuing possession on 3-yard run. Steve Hawkins rushed for 110 yards.
Iroquois 38, West Seneca East 7: Calvin Sluberski finished with 147 yards from scrimmage, scoring on a 50-yard run in the first quarter and scoring on a 43-yard punt return for the Chiefs (2-0, 1-0 Class A) improved to 2-0. Jim Kloc rushed for 139 yards and a score on 21 carries.
Amherst 7, Williamsville East 6: Justin Jenkins was 8 for 12 for 105 yards for Amherst (2-0). Williamsville East (0-2) missed a field goal with about three minutes left. Amherst sophomore linebackers Marquis Artis (11 tackles, one sack) and Matthew Gallineau (13 tackles) stood out on defense.
>Class B North
Depew 21, Albion 7: Anthony Emmanuele had an 88-yard kickoff return to highlight the Wildcats' victory as they won their second straight at home. Emmanuele's run came one play after Albion scored its only TD. Greg Nawojski had 13 tackles for Depew (2-0).
Maryvale 31, Lew-Port 14: Vince Caruso threw four TD passes, three to Shane Mullen (five passes, 116 yards) as the Flyers moved to 1-1. Bilal Clay finished with 147 yards on 17 carries for Lew-Port (1-1).
Class B South
Alden 35, Springville 0: The Bulldogs made it 2-0 under new coach Dick Diminuco as they shut out the Griffins (0-2). Robbie Helms caught two TD passes from Ty Stoldt and Cole Huston scored twice on the ground for Alden.
East Aurora 20, Dunkirk 14: Colin Palmer and Nick Puntillo combined on a tackle to stop Dunkirk (1-1, 1-0 B South) on a fourth-and-2 with late in the game, then Jake Cimperman made a game-saving tackle on the goal line in the final seconds for EA (1-1, 1-0 B South).
>Class C North
Cleveland Hill 36, Roy-Hart 6: Doug Shavers carried nine times for 123 yards and three touchdowns, including the first two of the game. Jacob Cielinski blocked two punts and had nine tackles for the Golden Eagles (1-1).
Wilson 34, JFK 12: Quarterback John Vincent hit Ethan Baker on a pair of TD passes for the Lakemen (2-0).
Grover Cleveland 28, Hutch-Tech 20: The Presidents scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull out a victory in the Harvard Cup season opener at All High Stadium. Tom Butler started the rally with a diving 7-yard catch for a TD.
"We needed a big play to give us a spark, and when Tom Butler caught that pass, that got everyone going," said Grover Cleveland coach Tony Alessi. "If we going to go down, we were going to go down with a fight."
Presidents quarterback Chris Holland, an first team All-High selection last season, was 10 of 12 passing for 157 yards and three TDs.
St. Francis 38, Cardinal O'Hara 13: Roland Kerr had three catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Red Raiders (2-0). Brandon McClain had 30 carries for 129 yards in the win, while senior Mike Chuchla went 6 of 12 for 135 yards and three touchdowns for St. Francis. Robert Davis had an 80-yard touchdown run for O'Hara (1-1) on the first play from scrimmage, but the Hawks wouldn't score again until the fourth quarter.
Cheektowaga 38, Niagara-Wheatfield 12: Julius Davis (79 yards on eight carries) and Earl Turner (nine carries, 59 yards) led a Cheektowaga rushing attack that amassed 240 yards on the ground. Jacob Petroski finished 4 for 5 for 58 yards with a TD for the Warriors (2-0), who held N-W (1-1) to 133 yards in offense.
Frewsburg 12, Maple Grove 7: The Bears (2-0) handed the defending Class D state champions their first loss since the 2007 postseason.
Cathedral Prep (Pa.) 68, St. Joe's 28: The Marauders (1-1) took it on the chin against one of the power programs in Pennsylvania. Shyquawn Pullium scored on runs of 43, 88, 31 and 59 during Cathedral Prep's 41-point first half.
V-Charles Finney 20, Nichols 15: Ramsey Gaynes ran 22 times for 113 yards and recovered an onside kick as Nichols lost its opener. Matt Bennedict had with 12 tackles.
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