Not too many teams can hang with Sweet Home through four quarters.
Starpoint became the exception on Saturday before the Panthers prevailed, 22-14, in a Class A North contest. QB Jordan Johnson scored the deciding TD in the fourth quarter on 14-yard keeper to the left as the No. 3 large school Panthers moved to 4-0.
"It just tells me that we've got perseverance. In three of our four games we've had to come from tight situations. We had to make plays on offense and defense and I thought in the second half we did both," said Sweet Home coach John Faller.
This one was close throughout.
Cory Regnet opened the scoring for Starpoint on a 1-yard run. Sweet Home moved within 8-6 on Johnson's 42-yard TD pass before the half. Sweet Home took its first lead, scoring on the opening possession of the third quarter on a 39-yard run by Johnson. Starpoint tied the game, 14-14, when Jordan Stromberg caught a 20-yard pass from Brenden Wehrmeyer. Johnson's go-ahead TD were the only points of the fourth quarter.
"The defense came up and we held them pretty good except for one play, and Jordan made the plays the way we expect him to in a clutch situation," said Faller. "We try to give [opponents] as much as we can of him [Johnson], until they wave the white flag, because sooner or later he's going to make you pay."
Rashaad Rogers had 14 tackles for Sweet Home. Johnson was 8 of 13 for 92 yards while his counterpart Wehrmeyer was 11 of 15 for 83 yards. Starpoint's R.J. Hernandez had 13 tackles.
"It's just a case of who we are, this is the kind of team we have. We're not as sharp as we should be, we could play better, but you know what? You take the 48 minutes you get out here and you make the most of it. And so far, for four games, we've done that," said Faller.
*Kenmore West 49, Niagara Falls 31: Martin Bailey tied the school record for most TDs in a game with five as the Blue Devils won a shootout. Bailey now shares the record with James Mallory (2004), Tim Hersey (2008) and Sam Gagliardi (1992). Bailey finished with 219 yards on 21 carries.
Marcus Lobdell was 6-of-14 passing for 150 yards and two TDs. LB Tyler Nova had 10 tackles and an interception, while Nick Hersey had 10 tackles for the Blue Devils, co-leaders in Class AA North with Lockport.
*Lockport 26, Hutch-Tech 14: James Chambers scored three times on the ground and caught a pass for a fourth TD to lift the Lions. Moziah Townsend had 12 tackles and an interception that set up the Lions' final TD in the fourth quarter. QB Daniel Bronson threw for 121 yards and a score.
*Grand Island 20, Wmsv. East 19: The GI defense stopped a two-point attempt with 2 minutes left as the Vikings picked up the narrow win. GI's last points of the game came on a 10-yard TD pass from QB Drew Chorey to Eddie Krecisz. Korey Bennett blocked an extra-point attempt on an earlier Williamsville East score.
*JFK 27, Akron 6: QB Nick Anderson was 8 of 10 for 116 yards passing with a TD and rushed for another score as the Bears picked up a Class C North victory, their third straight since losing their opener. LB Nick Sikora had eight tackles.
*St. Joe's 61, Central Mountain, Pa. 28: Chad Kelly was 17 of 23 for 262 yards with two passing TDs and three on the ground in one half of play as the Marauders rolled. Nigel Davis had 135 yards on six carries with a score and caught five passes for 82 yards and another score. Blaze Laduca had eight tackles while Nate O'Brien had a fumble recovery.
*Eden 13, Olean 7: Alexander Smythe ran for 151 yards on 23 carries while Richard Krouse had 96 yards and the Raiders' two TDs.
*Medina 34, Newfane 13: After a scoreless first quarter, the Mustangs broke the game open with a 20-point second quarter. Lonnie Taylor only caught two passes, but both went for TDs totaling 80 and 34 yards. QB Stephen Rogenmoser threw for 144 yards and three scores. Rogenmoser had an interception and LB Kyle Barna chipped in with 10 tackles.
*North Tonawanda 42, Kenmore East 7: Jed Jastrzemski had eight tackles and Evan Volmrich added seven with a forced fumble to lead a defense that held the Bulldogs to five first downs in Class A North. Luke Topolski rushed for a TD and kicked five extra points. The NT offense averaged 6 yards per play.
*Depew 35, East 14: Joe Miller rushed for three TDs and 93 yards as the No. 2 small school Wildcats jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead for their fourth straight win in Class B East.
*McKinley 21, Williamsville North 7: The Macks fell behind early and then scored 21 unanswered points. Reyzon Jordan scored on runs of 51 and 35 yards and Stephon Johnson added a 14-yarder for the Macks.
*Sherman 28, Forestville 6: Kyle Keith rushed for 107 yards and Andrew Graham added 90 as the Wildcats evened their record at 2-2.
*Panama 27, Pine Valley 0: Tyler Marsh had three interceptions and Hunter Waller had 13 tackles in the shutout win.