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Southwestern dominates Lackawanna Sweet Home survives to 4-0

Southwestern and Lackawanna may be ranked 1-2 in The News' Small School Poll, but Friday night it sure didn't look that way.

The defending state Class C champions of Southwestern beat down the Steelers, 49-8, in a nonleague clash.

In this matchup between defending Section VI champions, the Trojans scored the final 42 points in the game after last year's Class B champions took a brief first-quarter lead, 8-7, on Christian Smith's 11-yard TD pass to Christian Cheatom.

John Mistretta led Southwestern (4-0, 2-0), with 83 yards on 17 carries, scoring on runs of 2, 3 and 48 yards.

Zack Sopak rushed for 102 yards and passed for 56, while Jim Rau kicked a school-record seven extra points for the Trojans. Levi Bursch (66 yards on five carries) caught a 5-yard TD and rushed for a 59-yard score in the win.


Class AA South

Jamestown 31, Frontier 14: Dylan Monroe carried 28 times for 176 yards and one touchdown as host Jamestown evened its league record at 1-1. Bret Heath was 7 for 11 for 163 passing yards and two touchdowns, Ben Bootey had three catches for 103 yards and two scores and Nick Bennett rushed 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown for the Red Raiders (1-3). Mark Schuster rushed 16 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns for Frontier (2-2, 1-2).

Lancaster 31, West Seneca West 8: The Redskins struck quickly and often in remaining unbeaten heading into next week's key division showdown with defending state champion Orchard Park. Andy Mrozek caught TD passes of 27 and 47 yards from Justin Juda (5 for 9, 100 yards) and rushed for a 7-yard score for Lancaster (4-0, 3-0). Joe Yavicoli led the winning defense with nine tackles.


Class A

Sweet Home 18, West Seneca East 13: Ralph Neasman rushed for 138 yards and Pat McMahon threw for 113 yards on 6-of-11 passing as the Panthers, ranked first in the state in Class A, extended their winning streak to 17 games. Sweet Home scored on a 48-yard punt return by K.J. Zinermon and rushing TDs from McMahon and Michael Coleman. Safety Bill Fildes had 16 tackles for the Trojans.

Williamsville South 35, Amherst 6: Joe Licata, coming off last week's record-setting performance, threw five TD passes, giving him 21 this season. He was 13 of 21 passing for 150 yards. Last week Licata threw for a WNY single-game record 492 yards. Phil Stasiak and Mark Coppola had two TD receptions each. Defensive end Dillon Gallagher had eight tackles, an interception and recovered a fumble for the Billies (4-0). Buddy Ammerman added eight tackles. Allen Knight led South with 67 yards rushing. It's the best start for South since the 1999 club also started 4-0.


Class B North

Cheektowaga 39, Lew-Port 6: Jake Petroski threw three TD passes finishing with 139 yards for the Warriors. Julius Davis rushed for 106 yards and a TD while Keith Bykowski had eight tackles.

Depew 33, Tonawanda 0: Sabino Scarpone rushed for two TDs and Matt Kozlowski scored a rushing TD and recovered a block punt for a score for the undefeated Wildcats. Greg Nawojski had 11 tackles with a fumble recovery.

Albion 27, Maryvale 6: Stanley Hooker scored on TD runs of 44 and 33 yards in the third quarter to help the Purple Eagles overcome a 6-0 halftime deficit. Hooker finished with 102 yards on 11 carries. The Purple Eagles' defense hasn't yielded a touchdown in eight quarters. Maryvale's Andre Davis returned a blocked field goal 70 yards for a TD.


Class B South

East Aurora 34, Springville 0: Sophomore Evan Horton had 101 of his team's 301 yards rushing on 12 carries and a TD as the Blue Devils picked up their first shutout. Colin Palmer added 81 yards rushing and a score. Dunkirk 42, Pioneer 0: Vincent Bomasuto had four touchdowns as the host Marauders cruised. Bomasuto scored on 32-yard interception return and three rushes.


Class C North

Cleve Hill 28, Akron 0: Doug Chavers rushed for 149 yards and two TDs and Dennis Thomas added 142 and one score for the Eagles. Ryan Shanahan scored on a 26-yard fumble recovery to highlight a 22-point first quarter for Cleveland Hill.

Roy-Hart 30, JFK 13: Brandon Buryta scored three TDs and Matt Hayes rushed for 111 yards on only four carries as the Rams erupted for 14 points in the fourth quarter to win.


Class C South

Fredonia 13, Salamanca 0: In a defensive struggle in which the teams combined for 294 total yards, the lone completed pass of the game wound up being the difference as Anthony Polvino (13 tackles) hooked up with Tyler Buckley for a 60-yard TD in the first quarter. Spencer Koeppel recovered a fumble in end zone in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Hillbillies (3-1).


Harvard Cup

South Park 8, Bennett 6: Hakeem Wilson and a host of teammates stuffed the Tigers' two-point conversion attempt with 4 minutes remaining as the Sparks held on. Bennett's Carlton Croom scored the play before on a rushing TD.

It was one of many big plays for Wilson, who set up his team's only TD with a blocked punt up the middle in the third quarter. Two plays later, Robert Malava scored on a 3-yard run. Dimiti Bishop caught the two-point conversion pass from QB Paul Bates.



Nichols 22, V-Charles Finney 18: Matt Benedict had 146 yards and two TDs and Ramsey Gayles added 126 yards rushing as the Vikings picked up their first win. Conner Vandegriff had eight solo and nine assisted tackles.


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