Lockport started Saturday's game at Kenmore West in a 15-0 hole. But by the end, it had clinched a division championship.
Daniel Bronson threw for three touchdowns and James Chambers scored three times as the Lions assured themselves of at least a tie for the title among the five teams in AA North with a 36-21 victory over the defending divisional champion Blue Devils at Crosby Field.
"We knew it was for a division championship," said Lockport coach Greg Bronson. "We knew that we had not played well against them the last couple of years, and they had a great crew of kids returning those years. This is the crew that we have, some three-year players, some four-year players. That showed - not initially, because we got behind. It showed in the ability to calm down, get your feet back underneath you and let your athletic ability and the confidence in your schemes take over."
Chambers caught a 67-yard pass from Bronson in the third quarter to put the Lions (4-1, 3-0 AA North) up for good at 22-15. Chambers (17 carries, 83 yards; two catches, 81 yards), who scored seven touchdowns last week against Niagara Falls, added a 12-yard run in the final minutes to clinch the win and also had a 3-yard TD run in the first half.
"We came out a little slow, but it woke us up and we came back in the second quarter," said Chambers, "and the rest of the game we took over."
Kenmore West took a 15-0 lead into the second quarter before Lockport tied it at the half. Ken West came within 22-21 early in the fourth quarter after Alex Price's second 1-yard touchdown run of the game, but the Blue Devils missed the point after.
Moziah Townsend (11 tackles) and Josiah Chandler each had interceptions which led to fourth-quarter scores for Lockport. Bronson (8 of 14, 255 yards) hit Tevye Maslowski for a 20-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 29-21 lead.
"It's a big turning point in our season," Daniel Bronson said. "It lets us know we can do . everything that we wanted to do coming into the season. As long as we work hard, and everybody does their 1/11th, we can do what we're here to do."
Lockport hosts St. Joe's next Saturday and closes out the season with a league game against Riverside in Week Seven.
For West, Price rushed for 126 yards on 30 carries while Adam Fron completed 13 of 27 passes for 153 yards. West plays its final league game at Niagara Falls (2-3, 2-1) next week before playing its rivalry game with Kenmore East.
Nichols 37, Finney 20: Adam Noonan became Nichols all-time career rushing leader with 2,326 yards. The previous record of 2,258 had been held since 2009 by Ramsey Gayles. Noonan, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back, finished with 243 yards against Finney and scored three times on his 14 carries.
"He's just a great talent, very tough and team-oriented," said Nichols coach Colin Brinson. "The record really doesn't mean as much to him as the win. He would play guard if we needed him to."
Safety Liam Ryan had three interceptions, returning one 47 yards for a TD, and finished with 10 tackles. Nichols improved to 4-1.
Olean 28, Eden 14: After the Raiders drove the length of the field on their first possession, Olean coach Mike Kane thought his team was in for a long day. Instead, the Huskies scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter on the way to a handing Eden its first loss.
"We threw the ball real well today and that opened up our run game eventually," said Kane. "We actually ran for three TDs, but we set them up throwing. Once they [Eden] get down by that much, it's more difficult for them to run that grind-it-out-game because they have to score faster."
On the ground, Jaryd Plaud scored twice and Dante Tarr added a 37-yard run.
Orchard Park 34, Lancaster 24: The No. 1 ranked large school in WNY got a season-high 272 yards passing from Ben Holmes and another 102 on the ground as the Quakers moved to 5-0. Holmes ran for two touchdowns and connected with Raphael Pagliei on a pair of TD passes. Jett Modkins scored on a 1-yard run and had an interception, along with Jake Dogal.
Niagara Falls 21, Hutch-Tech 6: Ricky Bailey scored on a 6-yard fumble recovery and Jalen Smith ran for two scores in a Class AA North win for the Wolverines. Amante Davis had eight tackles.
Starpoint 48, North Tonawanda 7: Evan Majewski scored four TDs during his 164-yard rushing performance. Steve Wilde recorded 8.5 tackles and Bart Mazzara added seven points with an interception.
Sweet Home 48, Niagara-Wheatfield 6: The Panthers jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and cruised to their fifth straight win.
QB Mike Torrillo was 8 of 11 for 171 yards with three TDs. WR Brad Zaffram had two TD catches. Sweet Home's leading rusher was Jordan Evert with 97 yards and 3 TDs. Josh Rowe and Joe Matyjasik had fumble recoveries to lift a defense that held the Falcons to 108 yards of offense. Shaun Huebert had an interception, six PAT kicks and scored on a 2-yard run.
Grand Island 26, Wmsv. North 21: Quinn Corrao scored on a 1-yard with 15 seconds left as the Vikings moved to 5-0. GI started its game-winning drive from its own 37. Corrao threw for 158 yards and two scores. Chris Connors had eight catches for 81 yards and 3 TDs. For North, Kolbe Hughes had six receptions for 176 yards and two TDs. Ryan Majewski threw for 302 yards and two TDs.
Bennett 28, Wmsv. East 25: RJ Humphrey scored on a 15-yard run for the only points of the fourth quarter as the Tigers picked up their first win. The victory gave Bennett coach Steve McDuffie a win over his brother, Flames coach Chris McDuffie. Humphrey finished with 120 yards. Khalil Sommerville had eight tackles and recovered two fumbles. Joel Steen had two interceptions to go with six tackles.
Albion 20, Newfane 12: Freshman Kyle Smith attempted just four passes, but two went for TDs of 93 and 57 yards. Jack Narburgh had two catches, including a 93-yard TD pass. Ed Narburgh had 14 tackles.