Two of the top small schools in Western New York squared off Saturday afternoon, and very little happened – at least on offense.
Cleveland Hill and Medina instead played a defensive battle, and the Golden Eagles came away with an 8-6 win. It was the Mustangs’ first loss of the season.
“Their offense is crazy explosive,” Cleveland Hill coach Glen Graham said. “It went better than we could have imagined.”
Ty Phillips scored a first-quarter touchdown for the Eagles, and they added the two-point conversion. Dontea Rhim answered for the Mustangs with a touchdown pass to Jalin Cooper, but couldn’t tie the game on the conversion. That was it for scoring in the half, and neither side added points in the second half.
“We knew this game, a non-leaguer would be a big week,” Graham said. “They had a lot of horses back.”
Cleveland Hill, which honored its seniors before the start of the contest, already had clinched a spot in the postseason.
Now the Eagles have a game against JFK next week that will help settle the seedings in the playoffs. Medina will go up against Albion in its final game.
Canisius 31, Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 14: The Crusaders – the top-ranked large school in The News’ poll – had a happy ride home from Youngstown after an impressive win. It was only the second time in Cardinal Mooney history that it has lost to a team from New York. (The other was also against Canisius in 2014.) Mason Hoose was a standout on the Canisius defense. He had 21 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered another fumble. Cole Burniston made nine tackles and recovered two fumbles. Quarterback Jayce Johnson ran for two touchdowns, and Kenyatta Huston ran 29 yards for a score.
V-Mynderse 19, Nichols 18: The Vikings were only nine seconds away from their first win of the season when Section V’s Mynderse recorded a touchdown by Eli Prosser to pull out the game. For Nichols, Paul Brinson ran 24 times for 101 yards and two scores, and added 10 tackles on defense. Matt Glinski caught a touchdown pass.
Class AA North
Niagara-Wheatfield 56, Lockport 32: The Falcons had scored 48 points in their first five games combined. They went flying past that number in just one game in their win against the Lions. KJ Welch went 85 yards with the second-half kickoff, and also ran 17 times for 135 yards for Niagara-Wheatfield. It was the Falcons’ first game under new head coach Russell Nixon, who had been filling in for two weeks until Brent Tylec formally resigned from the position earlier in the week.
Class A North
Grand Island 39, Kenmore East 12: The Vikings continue to put together a solid season, improving to 5-1. Jim Thorpe ran 13 times for 91 yards and a score for Grand Island, and he also caught a touchdown pass from Conner Buzby. Cam Sionko had a touchdown pass as well for the Vikings. D’Anzo Young ran for two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Class A South
South Park 32, Riverside 22: The Sparks rallied from a 16-10 halftime deficit to improve to 4-2 on the season. Silvantina Fountain had an interception and a blocked punt for South Park, while Donte Ridgeway had a blocked punt. Nick Schaefer ran and threw for scores.
McKinley 27, West Seneca West 10: Kaiyer Fields ran the ball 20 times for 236 yards and a touchdown as the Macks rolled to a win on Friday night. Fields had a 76-yard scoring run along the way. Jeff Howard chipped in with 66 yards rushing on offense, and 10 tackles and two sacks on defense.
Class B East
Depew 26, Barker/Roy-Hart 14: Quarterbck Jon Wolf was 13 of 18 for 114 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ victory. Teammate Austin Tilley ran 16 times for 129 yards.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama 48, Cattaraugus/Little Valley 20: The Wolfpack had a big offensive day in its win over the Timberwolves. Korey Ayers of C/S/P ran 15 times for 115 yards, and Tanner Ramsey carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Nolan Eggleston was 12 for 19 for 109 yards and three TDs, and he also ran for a score. Colt Miller had 11 tackles, forced two tackles, and ran a kickoff return 80 yards for a score.