John Faller said Friday night's 28-20 victory over McKinley left him "frazzled." Not exactly the words most coaches use to describe a win.
"The mistakes we make, we had 11 penalties, two fumbles that stopped drives," the Sweet Home coach said. "It's a game we should have put away earlier, and we didn't. We had guys out with minor injures, crazy things happen, and that's the way things went."
The game wasn't decided until the final minute. Sweet Home was driving with 1:20 left, but gave the ball up on downs after an open receiver dropped a pass. Burgard got the ball back, they picked up 30 yards on a 4th-and-14 play, and they spiked it with 1 minute left. Sweet Home managed to get a sack as time expired.
"We catch that pass, it locks up the game for us," Faller said. "It was kind of back and forth, we let them back in the game, anything can happen. Like I told the coaches, the fans got their money's worth tonight."
McKinley played Sweet Home tough last year, losing 14-6. The Panthers, the No. 2 ranked large school in Western New York, improved to 4-0.
Sweet Home's defense got interceptions from Mike McCoy, Tyler Mann and Josh Rowe.
Southwestern 47, Salamanca 46 (OT): Hunter Peterson caught a pass from Jake Pilling as the Trojans went for two in OT and got it.
"There was no hesitation on what we wanted to do, and the kids delivered," said Southwestern coach Jay Sirianni. "Salamanca is 3-0, on top of our league, and we felt that gave us the best chance to win it."
In the OT for Southwestern, Andy Greenlee caught a 20-yard pass from Pilling.
Southwestern built a 39-14 halftime lead, but the Warriors stormed back. They eventually tied the game 39-39 with 9 seconds left, but Southwestern's Pete Trathen forced the extra session when he managed to block the extra point.
Two players put up huge numbers. Pilling accounted for seven TDs – four rushing and three passing. Salamanca QB Tanner John ran for five TDs and threw for another. He passed for 310 yards and ran for another 126.
Burgard 20, Maryvale 13: The Bulldogs scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Flyers. Amir Dennis rushed for 109 yards on seven carries. Sean Marshall had three catches for 117 yards, including a 75-yarder to open the scoring. QB Dequan Marshall was 6 of 10 for 141. Roderick Marrow and Marcus Hampton had 11 tackles each and DeMarcus Palmer added 10 tackles.
Orchard Park 27, Frontier 10: The Quakers scored two unanswered TDs in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Austin Goltz caught a 10-yard pass from Ben Holmes and Jett Modkins had a 30-yard run for the Quakers in the final quarter.
Modkins rushed for 140 yards on 14 carries. Holmes threw for 101 yards and two scores.
Clarence 25, Lancaster 21: Ben Reinhart scored the deciding points on a 12-yard run as the Red Devils picked up a win on the road in Class AA South. It was his third TD of the night. Clarence jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one. Lancaster came back with 14 unanswered points in the second quarter. The game was the first for the Red Devils since losing QB Mark Armstrong to a season-ending arm injury. Lancaster's Hayden Schonert had 18 tackles and Mitch Fuller caught two TD passes from Kevin Colafranceschi.
Jamestown 42, West Seneca West 8: Da'Quan Hollingsworth scored four TDs and rushed for 148 yards, helping the No. 4 large school Red Raiders roll to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Class AA South. QB Jake Sission was 9 of 12 for 172 yards with a rushing and passing TD. Cortland Haines had eight tackles and a forced fumble. John Czech added seven tackles. Jamestown jumped out to a 35-0 lead at the half.
North Tonawanda 31, Kenmore East 28: Josh Brosius had two interceptions and Brandon Buryta recorded 12 tackles as the Jacks picked up a Class A North win, their first of the season. Nehemiah Stone scored the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard run for NT.
Depew 63, Medina/Lyndonville 26: Rodney Turner rushed for 201 yards and four TDs as the Wildcats moved to 4-0. Brian Rybak added 104 yards and two scores and Brandon Atlas picked up 103 yards on just five attempts.
Randolph 40, I-Prep Grover Cleveland 0: When the Cardinals scored on their first possession it was a sign of good things to come. Jordan Dowiasz did the honors when he broke free for a 51-yard run as the Cardinals went on to a romp over I-Prep Grover Cleveland.
It was the first of four scores in the first quarter for the Cardinals and the first of four touchdowns for Dowiasz. "We came out, got a couple of quick ones, and then the ball started rolling," said coach Pat Slater. Randolph added 13 more points in the second quarter to complete its scoring.
Dowiasz, who Slater described as a "burner," finished with 105 yards. Jared Pitchford added 89 yards on six rushes and a score. Cody Oldrow led the defense with 11 tackles while Dylan Foust added five with a fumble recovery. Randolph evened its record at 2-2 in Class D.
Iroquois 35, Lake Shore 7: Senior wide receiver Nate Wilkinson had four of his five catches go for touchdowns as the Chiefs won in Class A South. QB Matt Keating was 10 of 16 for 130 yards. "Matt threw some nice balls to him too and Nate went up and made a play each time," said coach Keith Marshall. "It was something we practiced all week against man coverage, and we executed very well tonight."
Tyler Miller rushed for 99 yards and one TD on 12 carries. Wilkinson's receptions went for 111 yards. Linebacker John Cleary had seven tackles and Kyle Osborne had an interception.
The game was tied 7-7 after the first quarter. The Chiefs then broke it open with a 21-point second quarter.
"We really executed well, we stopped them on defense. We had done that a couple weeks prior against South Park," added Marshall. "It was nice to see that execution offensively and the guys up front did a great job. "
East Aurora 14, Springville 6: The Blue Devils scored twice in the first quarter and held on for their first win. Alec Hibbit threw for 98 yards, including TD tosses of 12 and 67 yards. Tyler Norcia and Drew Horton each had 13 tackles while Joe Gugian had a fumble recovery and blocked extra point.
JFK 26, Akron 22: Zack Walkowski rushed for 100 yards and two TDs for the Bears and had seven tackles.
QB Nick Anderson ran for 82 and passed for 78 and had an interception for JFK. Akron's Austin Mietz was 12 of 21 for 246 yards.
Nichols 37, Bolivar-Richburg 16: Adam Noonan rushed for 155 yards and two scores as seven ball carriers combined for 343 yards. The visiting Vikings jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead. Liam Ryan had a 61-yard kickoff return.
Today's games A win for Canisius against Walsh Jesuit of Ohio would give the Crusaders a 4-0 and mark the first time they've been undefeated through the first four games. Meanwhile, Walsh Jesuit has suffered close defeats at the hands of some of Ohio's best teams. Walsh Jesuit did have a bye last week, and this week's game is also their Home Opener after starting the season on the road for all three prior contests. In the last nine (9) years, New York teams are a paltry 3-40 against Ohio teams. Yet while New York teams have been largely unsuccessful, the 3 wins were by Monsignor Martin teams – St. Francis in 2004 against St. Ignatius and Chaney, and Canisius in 2010 against Walsh Jesuit.