St. Francis wants Jerry Hickson to break the Western New York passing yards record, but there was something the Red Raiders and their senior quarterback wanted even more than that Saturday night: a victory.
They got it with a few seconds to spare.
Retsen Daley’s first career field goal with three seconds left provided the winning points for St. Francis in its 24-21 triumph over reigning state Class AA champion Aquinas at Polian Family Field.
Daley’s 32-yard kick was good by plenty as the Red Raiders (1-3) turned a late takeaway, Delvin Delmont’s interception, into the winning points.
“How bad did we need this win? How bad does a starving man need a meal?” said St. Francis coach Jerry Smith, thinking of last week’s 55-13 loss at Canisius. “I’m just so proud of these guys, especially after last week.”
St. Francis’ defense made up for last week, big time. It held Aquinas to seven first-half points. In the fourth quarter, it forced a turnover on downs inside its own 5 and capped the effort with Delmont’s diving interception at Frannies’ 27 after Aquinas (2-3) had intercepted Hickson at the 42 four plays earlier.
“The defense saved my butt big time,” said Hickson, who passed for 210 yards and now needs 166 to match Williamsville South’s Joe Licata’s Western New York record of 6,671. “I threw an interception that I thought cost us the game.”
Class AA North
Kenmore West 41, Lockport 28: Faisal Ahmadi was 9 of 11 through the air for four touchdowns as the Blue Devils coasted to a big win. Cory Ratka had three of the scoring catches. Tavon Chambers led the Lions with three touchdown catches and a two-point conversion.
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Bishop Timon-St. Jude 44, Cardinal O’Hara 14: The Tigers are gaining speed as they go through the local part of their schedule, taking their second straight game. Junior quarterback Matt Myers was 15 of 23 for 289 yards and five touchdowns, and also ran for 150 yards. Juston Johnson had six catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns, plus an interception on defense.
Class A South
Bennett 62, West Seneca West 0: Isaiah McDuffie scored four touchdowns for the Tigers. He ran 60, 20 and 17 yards for scores as part of a 195-yard day, and returned an interception 51 yards for another touchdown. Jamil Lofton added 107 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.
Class A South
Riverside 60, Lake Shore 28: The Frontiersmen earned their first win of the season in convincing fashion. Gerald Bratton caught four touchdown passes from Julius Laureano; Bratton finished with 250 receiving yards on eight catches and even added a 15-yard TD run. Laureano also had another TD pass and ran for a score. Class B West
Maryvale 28, Burgard 26: The Flyers’ Connor Desiderio completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Casey in the third quarter, which was the game-winner. Casey finished with 144 yards receiving with three touchdowns, and added a fourth score on a 22-yard run. Desiderio threw for 279 yards,.
Class C North
Wilson 33, JFK 26: This one wasn’t decided until the final touchdown of the game, as Matt Kitcho hauled in a 12-yard pass from Justin Daul to give the Lakemen the win. Daul completed 12 of 20 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns. Kitcho had another TD and made 11 tackles on defense. For the Bears, Jordan Snyder caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Cleveland Hill 52, Eden/North Collins 6: Tyler Phillips set the tone on defense, returning an interception 55 yards for a TD to open the scoring. The Golden Eagles never looked back. Phillips also threw a touchdown pass, while Matt Eldridge ran for 148 yards on eight carries and scored three touchdowns.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama 41, Randolph 6: The Wolfpack scored the final 41 points of the game as they moved to 2-3. Nolan Eggleston was 12 of 19 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns. Kolby Parks caught four of those passes and scored on two. One TD came on a 74-yard pass, while the other was on a 56-yard play. Dylan Marsh added 11 tackles on defense.
Cathedral Prep 41, St. Joe’s 0: The Marauders couldn’t stop a powerful squad that is ranked second in Class 4A in the state of Pennsylvania. Cathedral Prep had a 38-0 lead at halftime. St. Joe’s coach Derek Landri said, “We’re just happy to come out healthy. Time to move on.”
Barker/Roy-Hart 23, Newfane 14: The Raiders gave up the first and last touchdowns of the game, and dominated play in-between. Eddy Wasnock ran for one touchdown and caught a 34-yard TD pass from Jacob Brunning, who also had an interception.
Charles Finney-V 16, Nichols 6: The Vikings were back in action, and gave a powerful Charles Finney (5-0) a good test. Paul Brinson carried the ball 29 times for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings.