There will be no early exit for South Park this year. The Sparks beat Starpoint, 20-12, on Saturday in a Class A quarterfinal played at All High Stadium.
South Park lost to eventual champion Williamsville North, 21-0, in the first round last year. “We talked about that, definitely,” said coach Tim Delaney. “We didn’t play our best game by any means (four turnovers). It was kind of what we’ve been doing all year – great defense and find a way on offense. We found a way to make it happen.”
After falling behind, 6-0, the Sparks came back thanks to a pair of TD passes from Tyree Brown that gave them a 14-6 halftime lead. Brown finished with 122 yards rushing. Both teams added a TD in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans were without quarterback Eric Yaeger, who was injured last week.
Nyru Jackson had nine tackles for South Park (7-1). The Sparks will play Hamburg on Friday night at All High Stadium.
Sweet Home 44, McKinley 6: Jordan Heine rushed for 124 yards and Jordan Evert ran for two TDs as the Panthers advanced. The defense limited McKinley to 107 total yards and forced two fumbles.
Kenmore West 41, Lancaster 21: The Blue Devils’ ground game was unstoppable as they rushed for 435 yards against the visiting Redskins. Junior Terrell Ford carried 30 times for 267 yards and scored twice.
DeAngelo Walker-Johnson had three TDs as he finished with 117 yards on 25 carries. He scored the first two TDs of the game, spotting West to a 12-0 lead. Gavin Sloan had a TD receiving and had an interception. Cory Ratka added six tackles with a forced fumble. Charlie Milks totaled six tackles.
Dan Spyer accounted for all three Lancaster TDs, two rushing, one throwing.
Williamsville North 33, Frontier 0: Junior linebacker Eric Weisansal had six tackles, a forced fumble and an interception for the Spartans in the shutout. Senior linebacker John Becht had 11 tackles and Alat Siam returned an interception for a score. On offense, running Andrew Hwang rushed for 136 yards and his team’s first two TDs.
Cleveland Hill 24, Salamanca 6: The two-time defending Class C champion Eagles had two runners surpass 100 yards in the win over the visiting Warriors.
Grayson Taylor had 121 yards on 14 carries and Jermain Hairston had 107 yards on 13 attempts. Salamanca’s Andy Crandall caught a 60-yard pass from Jedd Fisch to open the scoring, and Cleveland Hill scored the next 24 points. Matt Eldridge had 10 tackles to lead a defense that held Salamanca twice in the red zone in the second half.
The Eagles will host Southwestern next Saturday at 2 p.m. Southwestern won the regular season meeting in Week 3.
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St. Francis 46, St. Mary’s 20: The Red Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with the road win.
Sophomore Jerry Hickson passed for 215 yards, giving him 1,891 for the season. He was 15 of 25 and threw his 18th TD pass of the year to Garth Pinnock. Pinnock had 111 yards on four catches. Junior Brandon Metz carried 19 times for 116 yards and two TDs. Senior defensive end Nick Weikle had eight tackles with two sacks.
Senior defensive lineman Justin Anderson added six tackles. The Red Raiders (4-4) travel to Canisius next week.
Cathedral Prep (Pa.) 38, St. Joe’s 21: Senior quarterback David Archer ran for three touchdowns for the Marauders, who fell behind, 21-0, after the first quarter and could not recover. Cathedral Prep improved to 9-0. St. Joe’s senior defensive end Connor McKenna had two sacks among his 10 tackles.
Nichols 20, Sherman/Clymer 6: Ken Williams had 10 tackles to break the school record for most tackles in a career to highlight the Vikings’ win. Williams, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound linebacker, finished his career with 201 solo tackles. It’s the most tackles since Nichols began keeping tackling stats. Williams has led Nichols in tackles the last four years.
Ethan Carrow added 10 tackles. Steve Glinski scored on runs of 42 and 37 yards to finish with 120 yards. Nichols ended the season 4-3-1, its second winning season in three years.
Honor for Coach Ozolins
Longtime football coach, Bernie Ozolins, was recognized by his college on Saturday night as he was inducted into the Saint Vincent Athletic Hall of Fame in Latrobe, Pa.
Ozolins earned a reputation locally as a master tactician and strategist. He served as an assistant coach at Canisius College, at St. Joe’s under Tucker Reddington, as well as at Amherst, Tonawanda and St. Mary’s. He previously was inducted into the Bishop Fallon High School alumni Hall of Fame.
“He’s the toughest man I ever met,” said Rob Gross, who coached with Ozolins at Canisius, Tonawanda and Amherst. “His teams emulated him. He demanded respect and they wanted to win for him – guys loved him.”
At Saint Vincent’s he was a captain of the football team and played in the Gem Bowl. He graduated in 1961. He earned a master’s degree in exceptional education from Buffalo State.
He’s a decorated Marine Corps veteran and remains active with the Wounded Warrior Project. He is a member of the Elks, Vietnam Veterans of America and the WNY Coaches Association.