West Seneca East has never had to come from behind to win a game this season, but on Friday it had no choice.
Trailing, 14-13, after three quarters, the Trojans rode the play of their offensive line and beat visiting North Tonawanda, 25-14, in a Section VI Class A quarterfinal.
John Dolac rushed for 200 yards and scored three TDs. Brandon Day added 140 yards. Dolac also had eight tackles at LB. “It seemed like in the fourth quarter our O-line took over,” said East coach Jim Maurino. “Brandon and John ran hard, and we were able to score on two long drives. The kids really buckled down.”
Tyler Skretny scored on a 3-yard run with 10:08 left in the game, capping a 70-yard drive. Then with 5 minutes to go, Dolac broke loose for a 68-yard run.
East’s defense had only given up 54 points coming into the game. Class AA
Jamestown 55, Lockport 0: The Red Raiders opened defense of their Class AA title in a big way with a shutout victory over the visiting Lions.
Jamestown jumped out to a 35-0 lead after the first quarter. They tacked on 14 more points in the second quarter. Zack Panebianco, Joe Ramos and Ben Osmond each had interceptions and Kyle Liuzzo had a forced fumble to go with eight tackles. There were plenty of contributors on offense led by Zacc Kinsey who rushed for 116 yards on just five carries, caught two TD passes and rushed for another.
Orchard Park 40, Niagara Falls 13: QB Dillon Janca was 12 of 30 for 182 yards and three TDs for the host Quakers. OP jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead. Both teams added a TD in the third quarter, but OP was able to distance itself, outscoring the Wolverines, 19-6, in the fourth quarter. Billy Myers rushed for 115 yards with two scores and Ronnie Shul had nine tackles.
Maryvale 7, East Aurora 0: You could say this one was over early as Brandon Bojanowski returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for the only points of the game. EA never got inside the Flyers’ 30-yard line.
Maryvale’s offense moved the ball rushing for 211 yards, but couldn’t punch it in getting as close as the 10-yard line. Marcus Ford gained tough yards to pick up first downs and keep the chains moving. Mike Kelleher had eight tackles, Marcus Ford added seven and had a late interception to stop a drive. Joey Cartonia chipped in with seven tackles.
Bennett 42, Medina 6: After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers outscored Medina, 22-6, in the second to set the tone.
The Tigers’ ground game continued to deliver as it combined for 390 yards. Isaiah McDuffie rushed for 101 yards, passing 1,200 for the season, and Andrew White added 115 yards to total over 1,100 yards. Marcellus Tolliver chipped in with 90 yards. Twins Tysheen and Tyshawn Mingo combined for 12 tackles and four sacks.
Silver Creek/Forestville 32, Gowanda 14: Kraig Gilbert rushed for over 200 yards for the second week in a row to lead the Black Knights. The senior RB finished with 223 yards, giving him 1,348 for the season. Senior LB Sherman Williams had eight tackles.
The Black Knights (7-1) travel to Maple Grove next week. This season has been a complete turnaround for Silver Creek as they were 1-7 in 2013.
“We had like the perfect storm last year. We lost four starters in second quarter of our first game,” said coach Sean Helmer. “We couldn’t recover from that. I think the senior leadership this year did a better job and our offseason was much better.”
Southwestern 56, JFK 6: The Trojans erupted for 35 points in the first quarter on their way to a lopsided win. Hunter Peterson scored three times and finished with 158 yards on nine carries. The defense was led by Corey Bryerton with 11 tackles.
Maple Grove/CL 45, Lackawanna 0: Ryan Miller had three TDs among his 15 carries and 151 yards. Jonah Tanner added two scores on the ground. Chandler Baker had eight tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Frank/Ell/West Valley 48, Portville 13: RB Phalla Musall rushed for 174 yards and four TDs in a regular season finale. QB Thomas Easton completed all four of his pass attempts with two going for TDs.
Randolph 49, Frewsburg 0: Jake Brown rushed for 180 yards, and QB Bryce Morrison rushed for 109, with two rushing and one passing TD for the Cardinals.
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Canisius 37, Timon/St. Jude 8: Mitch Thomas rushed for 101, including a 48-yarder on the Crusaders’ first offensive play of the game.
Brad Zaffram had two interceptions, returning his second for an 85-yard score, added a 4-yard run and led the team with 16 tackles. Canisius (8-0) ends its regular season next week at home against St. Francis.