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Randolph makes exit from football playoffs

Randolph’s reign in Class D high school football has come to an end.

The Cardinals were knocked off by Westfield/Brocton, 20-13, in the first-round matchup of the Sectional playoffs on Friday night.

Randolph had won the last three state titles. Senior lineman Wesley Senn had hopes of being a state champion in all four of his high school years. But the Cardinals had injury problems during the course of the season, and couldn’t reach their previous standard of play.

Alex Chelton scored the winning touchdown for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Max Bates threw for 96 yards.

Elsewhere in Class D:

Cattaraugus/Little Valley 23, Portville 21: Kellen Martin kicked a 24-yard field goal that hit the crossbar and crawled over for the winning points on the last play of the game. Portville had scored with 38 seconds left to take a 21-20 lead. Kyle O’Donnell of C/LV was 7 for 8 for 160 yards through the air, and ran for 95 yards on 22 carries.

Class AA

Orchard Park 48, Clarence 25: The Quakers took a 31-7 halftime lead to take control of the quarterfinal game. Dillon Janca was 19 of 29 for 272 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for 103 yards and a score. Chris Liberatore caught nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Lancaster 42, Lockport 34: Zach Samborski ran for 168 yards and four touchdowns, and tight end Alex Damiani caught seven balls for 126 yards and two scores for the Legends.

Class A

West Seneca East 42, North Tonawanda 10: John Dolac III did a little bit of everything for the Trojans as they advanced from the quarterfinals. He ran 11 times for 129 yards, caught a pass for 20 yards, scored four touchdowns, and made 16 tackles from the lineback spot. Teammate Ray Johnson added a 76-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Class B

Alden 45, East Aurora 42 (3 OTs): The top-seeded Bulldogs had a huge scare, but survived an amazing test from the Blue Devils to advance. Riley Pastuszynski kicked a 19-yard field goal in the third overtime to finally win the game. Lyle Grant ran 34 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

“It’s the first overtime game I’ve had as a head coach,” Alden’s Rob Currin said. “East Aurora is very good. It’s always tough to beat a team twice.”

Cheektowaga 44, Lewiston-Porter 26: The Warriors had a big second half after the teams were tied at halftime in order to win. Tyree Billingslea ran for 191 yards and scored a touchdown for Cheektowaga, the top-ranked small school team. Eric Bardnick ran for three touchdowns.

Burgard 32, Dunkirk 21: Dejean McCullough ran for 192 yards, including a 73-yard run for a score, as the Bulldogs moved on. Isaiah Jameson threw for two touchdowns.

Class C

Bennett 48, Allegany-Limestone 7: The Tigers, ranked second among small schools, rolled to a win in the playoff opener. Isaiah McDuffie ran for 166 yards with two touchdowns and made five tackles on defense. Derek Bishop ran a punt return back for a score and returned an interception for a touchdown as well.

Lackawanna 26, Gowanda 21: Noble Smith threw for 172 yards as the Steelers rallied in the second half to advance. Khalil Horton added 75 yards rushing.

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St. Francis 42, St. Joe’s 20: Brandon Metz ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders. One of the scores came on a 99-yard run. Garth Pinnock added an 85-yard kick return for a score.


Steubenville (Ohio) 49, Cardinal O’Hara 8: Will Willis picked up 104 yards for the Hawks against the fifth-ranked team in Ohio.

Perry (V) 34, Nichols 32: The teams combined for 39 points in the fourth quarter alone. Jaceary Menes of the Vikings had 219 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns.

Classic Bowls

Akron 34, Salamanca 6: The Tigers kept their season alive with a one-sided win. Jake Sarow ran for 201 yards on only 21 carries on offense, and made seven tackles including a sack on defense. Ethan Pequeen chipped in with two interceptions on defense.

Niagara-Wheatfield 36, Lake Shore 28: Jordarryll Welch ran 22 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns, as the Junior powered the Falcons to the win. Colin Goodrich made 12 tackles for Niagara-Wheatfield.

Maryvale 28, Albion 21: Marcus Ford ran for two touchdowns in the second half to lift the Flyers. He added 14 tackles and an interception on defense as Maryvale beat Albion for the first time ever.

McKinley 8, Grand Island 6: Joseph Jamison ran 53 yards for a score after forcing a fumble, and Miles Hayes scored the two-point conversion to give the Macks the win in a defensive struggle.

Pioneer 14, Fredonia 0: In a night for defense, Foster Dell of the Panthers had two sacks to bring his career total to 21 - a school record. Chris Purtell had 20.

Matchup games

St. Mary’s of Lancaster 34, Newfane 7: Takal Molson threw five touchdown passes and picked up 238 yards through air in the easy win.

West Seneca West 23, Sweet Home 7: Tim Skea caught six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Williamsville East 33, Amherst 12: The Flames had the first five scores in earning the win; Ryan Foster threw for 96 yards and a score.

Olean 40, Barker/Roy-Hart 8: Garrett Boldt scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to get the Huskies rolling.

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