Williamsville North won its first football game in three seasons Saturday, and it did it in style.
The Spartans stopped visiting Kenmore West with a goal-line stand on the last play of the game, forcing a fumble to ensure North's 17-13 Class AA North victory.
With Kenmore West attempting to go in for the potential go-ahead score on North's 1-yard line, senior linebacker Josh Halter caused a fumble and sophomore lineman Andrew Berg recovered the ball to end the game.
"Our kids came through at the end," said ninth-year North coach Mike Mammoliti. "It was the last play of the game, a goal-line stand, we popped a kid and we recovered the fumble. Our kids are excited because up until now we had just one league game, so we're 1-1, right in the thick of things and you never know what will happen."
It was a very happy homecoming game for North, whose last victory came Sept. 20, 2007 when the Spartans beat Williamsville South, 34-21. North had lost 15 straight -- the Spartans lost four to end the 2007 season, went 0-8 last year and started this season 0-3 -- before topping Kenmore West (0-4, 0-3).
Niagara Falls 43, Niagara-Wheatfield 0: Bruce Hartinger threw for three touchdowns during a 9-for-20 passing day as the Wolverines rolled to a 3-1 start (2-0 in AA North). Dale Stewart had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Falls had 306 total yards to 48 for the Falcons (1-3, 0-2).
Orchard Park 37, Clarence 14: The Quakers (4-0, 3-0) withstood a 1-hour, 15-minute lightning delay at the end of the third quarter and had an offensive storm on the field. Okoya Anderson ran 34 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns (11, 4 and 25 yards) while Dave Janca threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-30 passing. Clarence fell to 0-4, 0-2.
Grand Island 34, Kenmore East 0: Joel Klock was 9 of 14 for 116 yards passing, including two touchdowns, a 13-yard strike to Nick Kellner and a 5-yarder to Pat Gallagher. Andy Lalonde carried 14 times for 123 yards and scores of 4 and 29 yards and linebacker Andy Dlugosz had 11 tackles as the Vikings (1-3) kept Kenmore East winless.
Lake Shore 18, Starpoint 7: Patrick Gilman had 21 carries for 101 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Eagles (2-2) against winless Starpoint. Gilman took back the opening kickoff of the second half 89 yards for a score. Tom Korasinski had nine tackles and Mike Workley recovered a fumble.
Medina 50, Newfane 0: Dylan Duncanson had 13 tackles and a safety as the Mustangs got their first win of the season in resounding fashion. Medina (1-3, 1-2) had a 23-0 lead after one quarter as it scored on a 41-yard run by quarterback Levi Pace (two TD runs, one TD pass, four PAT kicks), the safety, a 65-yard punt return by Travis Bloom (nine carries, 80 yards) and a 12-yard TD run by Bloom. Newfane is 1-3.
Alden 28, Olean 12: Ty Stoldt was 6-of-13 passing for 94 yards and two touchdowns while Cole Huston ran for 76 yards and a score on 20 carries as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten at winless Olean. Christian Barczykowski had 10 tackles, including one for loss, and had 3.5 sacks while Zak Garbacz had six tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Lafayette 26, Grover Cleveland 8: Toddre Rogers had 29 carries for 227 yards and two touchdowns while Jerell Hall threw his fourth touchdown pass in three games during a 5-for-5, 152-yard passing day for the undefeated Mighty Violets (3-0). Trenton Harris had eight tackles and three timely sacks for Lafayette. Grover is 1-2.
Riverside 38, East 6: In a battle between teams that lost their openers but bounced back last week with wins, the Frontiers got great performances from several players, including Terrell Bolden (13 carries, 116 yards, TD) and Justin Stokes (two interceptions, four passes defensed).
McKinley 28, Hutch-Tech 22: Markell Ingram ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Macks (1-2) edged winless Hutch-Tech. Chad Nephews forced a fourth-quarter fumble that was recovered by Cameron Mitchell, and the Macks ran out the final seven minutes.
Cardinal O'Hara 49, Niagara Catholic 14: Junior running back Dereon Washington had four touchdowns during his eight-carry, 124-yard day as the Hawks (3-1, 2-0) rolled over the Patriots (0-3, 0-1).
O'Hara senior Robert Davis had seven carries for 102 yards. Dawuan Hicklen had eight tackles and D'Shaun Davis seven for O'Hara.
Williamsville East 20, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 7: Jon Crawford carried 22 times for 159 yards and a touchdown while Todd Therion had 10 tackles, three sacks and a 36-yard fumble recovery for a score as the Flames (2-2) scored all of their points in the second half. Timon fell to 1-3.
V-Bishop Kearney 24, Canisius 23: The Crusaders committed five of their six turnovers in the first half as Kearney took an 18-0 lead. Canisius rallied to take a 23-18 lead in the fourth quarter before Kearney regained it. The Crusaders (1-3) drove the length of the field in the last minute but a run by Ricky Pringle (17 carries, 142 yards, three touchdowns) was stuffed in the final seconds.
St. Ignatius (Ohio) 30, St. Francis 14: The national power from Cleveland, rated fifth in the Midwest by USA Today, had a 10-0 halftime lead and went up 28-0 before two second-half scores by the Red Raiders (2-2). Mike Chuchla was 20 of 45 for 283 yards passing, including 11 connections with Adam Redden (193 yards).
V-Aquinas 42, St. Joe's 7: The Marauders (1-3) became the latest Monsignor Martin large school to be pounded by the Rochester power and defending Section V Class A champion. The Little Irish, ranked fourth in the state in Class A (Sweet Home is first), got three rushing touchdowns from Blake Messina and took a 29-7 lead at halftime.
V-Honeoye Falls-Lima 34, St. Mary's 6: Junior tailback James Smith rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries, scoring five TDs on runs of 5, 1, 14, 10 and 61 yards for unbeaten HF-L (4-0).
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