The sectional football finals at Ralph Wilson Stadium next week will have a definite City of Buffalo look to it.
Bennett punched its ticket to The Ralph with an overwhelming 56-7 win over Lackawanna. That means three City teams – South Park and Burgard are the others – will play for a sectional title.
“It really goes to show you that what you’re seeing now is that our kids are getting acclimated in Section VI,” Bennett coach Steven McDuffie said. “It took a little time see to what it takes to play in those games.”
Isaiah McDuffie was a force on both sides of the ball for the Tigers. He ran 16 times for 194 yards, including touchdown runs of 59 and 36 yards. He also made eight tackles.
“Isaiah, even though he’s a junior, has been a two-year captain for us,” Steven McDuffie said. “His work ethic has been relentless. He understands that all his success comes from how he prepares. He models that for the rest of the team.
Brandon Brown scored on two long touchdown runs in the first quarter, as Bennett ran for 460 yards on the day. It was 42-0 at halftime, leaving the Tigers with time to consider their next step.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” McDuffie said. “Our mission is to get better and move on. This year, the kids are very excited about making it to The Ralph. They expected to be there. Now the mission is to move on.”
West Seneca East 47, Williamsville North 15: The Trojans turned on the power as the game went on to earn a trip to the sectional finals against South Park.
“The first half was tight,” assistant coach Ryan Colbert said. “It was 14-7, and we figured the more physical team in the second half would win. They came on in the second half.” Ray Johnson had a 74-yard touchdown run as part of a day that saw him rush for 166 yards and two scores. Jalexis Santiago scored three touchdowns as the Trojans finished with 438 yards. On defense, John Dolac had 10 tackles.
“We’ve been to The Ralph before, but this time our goal is a little different,” Colbert said. “Now we want to win there.”
St. Mary’s Lancaster 12, Cardinal O’Hara 6 (OT): The Lancers put a slight damper on a celebration of the fine career of O’Hara football coach Angelo Sciandra, who took part in his last regular-season game Saturday.
St. Mary’s drove 85 yards to score the tying touchdown with only a minute left to play. O’Hara was stopped on downs in overtime, and Khalil White ran 15 yards for the winning score for the Lancers.
Cathedral Prep 21, Canisius 17: The Crusaders allowed only one offensive touchdown to the Erie, Pa., power (No. 4 in Pennsylvania), but a kick return and an interception return led to their second loss of the season.
Running back Cole Burniston earned 108 yards rushing on 12 carries in the first half, but he missed the second half with an injury. Quarterback Tyler Stranahan was 10 for 24 for 160 yards for Canisius.