The defending state champions are still the team to beat in Class A South.
The South Park Sparks delivered that message resoundingly Saturday afternoon at All High Stadium as they posted their third straight shutout – blanking two-time Section VI finalist Bennett, 16-0, behind a fine all-around performance from Nick Schaefer and company.
Schaefer led the defensive effort with eight tackles, including two for losses; averaged 45 yards punting and completed 11 of 16 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. South Park remained unbeaten in the division and posted its 21st straight win against a Class A-sized public school.
“We played excellent, we played very well as a defense, we executed very well,” Sparks coach Tim Delaney said. “Bennett is a good football team but we played fast and physical and we made a few more plays than they did.”
Schafer tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Lang late in the first quarter and the Sparks (3-1, 3-0) added another score via halfback-option pass with just over five minutes left in the third as Khalil White hooked up with Devonte Fountain on the 11-yard touchdown.
Class AA North
Clarence 26, Niagara Falls 16: The Red Devils moved to 4-0 in a battle of unbeatens. Jacob Reger ran for 85 yards and a score, while Sean Kloss had 11 tackles.
Kenmore West 27, Niagara-Wheatfield 21: Erriono Giardina carried the ball 25 times for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Blue Devils. The Falcons had come back from a 14-0 deficit to tie the game entering the fourth quarter.
Msgr. Martin Assoc.
Bishop Timon/St. Jude 38, St. Mary’s of Lancaster 7: The Tigers apparently were happy to get back to Erie County after three games out of state. Timon received 231 yards and four touchdowns from Joe Harrison, and he also made eight tackles.
Aquinas-V 20, St. Joe’s 14: A fourth-quarter comeback by the Marauders fell short by a score. Naseer Jackson had 64 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards.
Class A North
Williamsville East 36, Kenmore East 0: The Flames’ Ben Geiger had 10 tackles and blocked a punt, while Kevin Steele added 14 tackles and a sack as part of a suffocating defensive performance.
Class B West
Lewiston-Porter 34, Newfane 12: Dylan Zutell scored four touchdowns, and added four extra points, as the Lancers rolled.
Class C North
Cleveland Hill 42, Akron 7: Aarow Wahler ran for 166 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown for the Golden Eagles.
Wilson 20, Eden/North Collins 0: Justin Daul ran for two TDs and threw a 27-yard scoring strike to Marcel Wilson for the Lakemen.