St. Francis was left to wonder what might have been following Saturday's 34-20 loss to defending Class A state champion Aquinas.
The Red Raiders were forced to play the second half without standout running back Akeel Lynch, who suffering an ankle injury just before the end of the first half. Lynch walked off the field, but was unable to return. At the time of the injury, St. Francis trailed, 14-13. Lynch had rushed for 239 yards on 17 attempts and scored twice.
St. Francis coach Jerry Smith said Lynch's ankle got rolled up on. "I think it's just a high ankle sprain. He made a run and a bunch of linemen fell on him," he said. "The kids played very hard after he left, but Aquinas made some big plays."
St. Francis' only points of the fourth quarter came on a 10-yard pass to Alex Misterman from Brian Melise.
The Little Irish extend their winning streak to 22 straight against Monsignor Martin Association teams. Aquinas QB Cory Benedetto exploited the Red Devils' secondary as he was 10 of 15 for 260 yards, including TD passes of 88, 69, 48 and 12 yards.
Cleveland Hill 28, Akron 7: Daryl Spencer rushed for four TDs and threw for another to lead the 3-0 Eagles. Spencer's 138 yards passing included an 80-yard bomb to Jeru Molson. DeVonte Davis had 14 tackles and an interception. Akron jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter when Brett Judasz scored on a 1-yard run.
Jamestown 49, Niagara-Wheatfield 0: Ben Whitney blocked two punts and had nine tackles while Cortland Hanes added nine tackles as the Red Raiders pitched a shutout. Spencer Dedinque rushed for 81 yards and three TDs while Dennis Drew threw for 108 yards with a TD.
JFK 41, Lafayette 8: In the game that pitted father vs. son, the son clearly came out the victor as JFK rolled. Lafayette is coached by Icky Satcher. His son, Khaliq, plays for JFK. RB/LB Ryan Ball scored four rushing TDs, had seven tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.
"Last week he [Ball] scored the winning touchdown in overtime against Wilson for us," said JFK co-coach Mark Ostempowski. "He's one of the most dedicated players on our team, and he always has been. He's just got the heart of a champion. It's nice to see him do well."
Kenmore West 35, Riverside 6: Two long TD runs by Marcus Lobdell in the first quarter set the tone for the Blue Devils. He scored on runs of 32 and 52 yards, finishing with 184 yards rushing. The four passes he completed covered 100 yards. Martin Bailey and Chris Reimondo also scored on the ground for West.
Timon/SJ 41, St. Mary's/Lanc 14: Jordan Williams had 267 yards in receptions on six catches and three TDs as the Tigers erupted for 20 points in the fourth quarter. QB Ryan Dougherty put up some impressive numbers as well as he was 12 of 21 for 321 yards and four TDs. Jackson Brown had eight tackles and rushed for 90 yards, including two TDs.
Eden 39, Gowanda 8: A solid ground game helped Eden run past the Panthers. Alex Smythe scored on runs of 7 and 11 yards en route to a 75-yard ground day. Rick Krouse (12 carries, 69 yards) and Mitch Dobson (14 carries, 67 yards) each scored for the Raiders.
North Tonawanda 28, Grand Island 7: Pat Angelhow rushed for 86 yards and scored twice as the Jacks scored all their points in the first half. Jed Jastrzewski carried the defense with 12 tackles. Nick Duerr returned an interception 34 yards for NT's finals points of the first half. GI broke onto the scoreboard in the third quarter when Dave Mohr caught a 65-yard pass from Drew Chorey.
Wmsv. North 32, Wmsv. East 7: Trevor McDaniel had 23 carries for 108 yards and a TD while Ryan Majewski was 12 of 20 for 169 yards as the Spartans downed the rival Flames. Tyler O'Connor and Tyler Green both had 10 tackles. For Williamsville East, Jaleel Battle completed 8 of 12 passes for 105 yards and rushed for 119 yards on eight attempts.
Starpoint 41, Kenmore East 0: The Spartans totaled 399 yards of offense in a shutout victory. Evan Majewski finished with 164 yard rushing and two scores. RJ Hernandez recorded nine tackles and had a fumble recovery. Tarek Jabaji had a pair of sacks among his six tackles.
Clymer 42, Pine Valley 0: Ryan Phelps rushed for four TDs, finishing with 126 yards on 24 carries to lift the Pirates. Jake Wiggers added 79 yards rushing and Dan Lictus paced the defense with 10 tackles.
Allegany-Limestone 19, Falconer 6: Zach Harrington, Tom Ayers and Trevor Barber all found the end zone for the Gators. MacKenzie Zimak was credited with 10 tackles. Devon Cameron scored for Falconer on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Chautauqua Lake 47, Forestville 0: Jason McMahon rushed for 105 yards and David Figley added 101 as the Thunderbirds won by shutout.