Wilson and Eden went a combined 4-13 last season. This year they are both 3-0 and their upcoming meeting in Week Four will be for first place.
Each team recorded a dramatic, come-from-behind victory Saturday as Eden knocked off No. 4 small school and defending league champion Cleveland Hill, 10-6, and Wilson beat Gowanda, 13-12.
Eden was 2-6 last year while Wilson went 2-7. Eden will host the Lakemen this coming Saturday at 2 p.m.
Eden got a huge defensive play to decide a defensive battle with the host Golden Eagles (2-1). Cleveland Hill had a 6-3 lead in the fourth quarter when it was punting from its own 35. A bad snap was recovered by the Golden Eagles, but Brian Bianchi (eight tackles, sack, 26-yard field goal) delivered a huge hit to cause a fumble, which Alex Shea (13 tackles) recovered and ran in 15 yards for the winning score with 5:51 left to play.
Wilson will play in Eden for the second straight week. The Lakemen played there Saturday due to Gowanda's home field being in disrepair after last month's flooding, and they came back from a 12-0 deficit in the second half.
Wilson's Ethan Baker caught a 26-yard pass from John Vincent in the third quarter, which was followed by what would be a crucial extra point kick by Cody Reimers. A 7-yard TD run by Nathan Meiers (19 carries, 122 yards) in the fourth quarter put Wilson ahead for good.
North Tonawanda 28, Kenmore West 7: Aaron Davis ran 12 times for 130 yards and scored two touchdowns as the No. 4 large school did all its scoring in the first half to roll to 3-0.
Lockport 27, Niagara-Wheatfield 12: David Fluellen ran 33 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns -- and also added a 15-yard interception return for a score -- as the No. 10 large school Lions (2-1, 2-0 Class AA North) did all of their scoring after halftime.
Sweet Home 51, Grand Island 30: The Class A rivals had another doozy in which the defending state champion Panthers (3-0) rallied after GI (0-3) had taken a 22-18 lead with 5:13 left in the third quarter. Sweet Home responded with five straight touchdowns, including D.J. Nettles' 36-yard interception return for a score on the last play of the third quarter that gave the Panthers a 37-22 lead. Jon McMahon threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 11-of-26 passing as Sweet Home racked up 396 yards to Grand Island's 296. Jahaan Williams had touchdown receptions of 75 and 26 yards among his three-catch, 98-yard day.
Iroquois 22, Starpoint 7: The No. 6 large school Chiefs (3-0) shrugged off a sluggish first half as Jim Kloc carried 22 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Lackawanna 36, Springville 14: Christian Smith threw for 227 yards on 14-of-19 passing, hooking up with Anthony Fino (five catches, 95 yards) on an 11-yard TD and also ran for two scores for the Steelers (3-0).
Niagara Falls 32, Clarence 30: The Red Devils took a 30-24 lead in the fourth quarter, only to have Falls take it right back with an 80-yard kickoff return by Quandry Grey and a two-point pass from Dale Stewart to Darrel Smith (three touchdowns).
Cardinal O'Hara 26, Nichols 0: Senior Dylan Jindra carried six times for 121 yards and a pair of TDs as the host Hawks (2-1, 1-0) opened with a win in League A play.
Lafayette 42, Bennett 8: The Mighty Violets have outscored their opponents, 90-8, in winning their first two games. Jerell Hall threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more and Toddre Rogers ran 24 times for 178 yards.
East 18, Grover Cleveland 6: Lamont Black carried 10 times for 101 yards and Andre Jackson threw two touchdowns as the Panthers (1-1) bounced back from a 48-0 opening loss to Lafayette to hand the Presidents (1-1) their first loss.
Riverside 40, South Park 0: Terrell Bolden ran for three touchdowns and David Drayton threw for three as the defending Harvard Cup champions bounced back from their opening loss to Burgard.
On the Web
For more notes, quotes and statistics from Saturday's games as well as all of the Week Three results, go to buffalonews.com/highschool.