Niagara Falls struck for big plays to defeat Orchard Park, 26-23, in a nonleague clash of Class AA powers in the Cataract City. The Wolverines are 6-1 on the season.
Cortese Myles of Niagara Falls returned an interception 74 yards for the game's first score. Jhamir Isom ran 66 yards to tie it at 14 after the Quakers had taken the lead. The Wolverines moved ahead to stay, 20-17, on a 35 yard pass from Isom to Jay'meiere Maye.
Isom completed 7 of 11 passes for 72 yards and ran for 59 yards and had an interception. Haseen Pruitt had 88 yards in 16 carries for Falls.
Dillon Janca (16 of 40) passed for 198 yards and two OP touchdowns while Josh Dahl had 111 yards rushing in 20 carries. Zachary Prince had eight solo tackle samong his 10 stops for the Quakers.
It's more than those Michigan-style helmets that makes Cleveland Hill a consistent football power in Section VI Class C North circles.
The Golden Eagles wrapped up their third division title in the last four seasons by defeating old rival JFK, 36-12 , to improve their record to 6-1 overall and a final 4-0 in the division.
"This team as a lot of the qualities our teams have had the last couple of years - a strong sound running game," said Cleve Hill coach Glen Graham.
The Eagles led only 14-0 at the half, but a 38-yard run by senior quarterback Tyler Phillips broke the game open in the third quarter. Then Phillips went to the air and hit senior wide receiver Justin Brown for 55 yards to make it 30-0 after three.
Phillips completed six of his eight passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Eldridge led the Cleve Hill running attack with 79 yards on 15 carries, including a 4-yarder to get things started.
"This game wasn't easy by any stregth of the imagination," insisted Graham.
JFK's Bears finished 2-2 in the division and are 4-3 overall.
Cleveland Hill will host Falconer/Cattaraugus Valley at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the first round of the federation Class C playoffs.
Meanwhile at Riverside, McKinley wrapped up a playoff berth in Brian Hillery's first season as head coach, with a 48-12 triumph over Riverside. Kayler Fields, a sturdy sophomore running back, led the Macks with 124 yard rushing in 11 carries. He broke away on a 69-yard run on McKinley's third series of the game to make it 14-0 and the Macks never looked back. Jeffrey Howard was a two-way standout for the winners, rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown and making eight tackles and 2.5 sacks at defensive end. Cornerback Marielle Fowlers had five tackles an interception and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to make it 46-0 in the fourth quarter.
McKinley finished 5-1 in Class A South with the league lone loss to Bennett (26-22) on a last second touchdown. The other loss was a nonleaguer to Class AA Niagara Falls (20-18) in Week One.
Class A North
Williamsville East 53, Amherst 32: Nick Falkides completed 20 of 24 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns in the Flames' victory. He also ran for a touchdown. T.J. Allen had 113 all-purpose yards including scores on a pass receptions of 59 and 11 yards and a 6-yard run. Kevin Steele had 15 tackles and Ben Geiger 12 with a fumble recovery for East. Brian Fulford scored three TDS and Junior Brandon Fowler had two including a 76-yard run for the losing Tigers.
Kenmore West 41, Kenmore East 6: Jamir Lynch's 48-yard pass to Cory Ratka got it started and senior Erriono Giardina took over from there running for 247 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in the Blue Devils' victory in the town rivalry game at Clint Small Stadium in Tonawanda. Jahile St. John carried nine times for 80 yards and caught two passes for 33 yards for the winners. It was the seventh loss of the season for winless Kenmore East.
Niagara-Wheatfield 41, Jamestown 8: The Falcons (2-5) won their second in a row, forcing four turnovers by the Raiders. N-W piled up 372 rushing yards in 41 attempts with Jack Mazzara (113 yards), K.J. Welsh (110) leading the ground game. Evan Cody had two interceptions and Chandler Gilewski had one and a fumble recovery for the winners.
Newfane 24, Wilson 14: The Panthers won their first game since 2014, ending a 15-game losing streak. Junior back Julian Nixon led the victory, carrying 18 times for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Gross passed for 58 yards and ran for another 62 yards. Justin Daul of Wilson passed for 219 yards and ran for 54.
Timon wins in Rochester
Aquinas Institute of Rochester probably has seen enough of Monsignor Martin Association opponents for this season.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude made it a 3-1 in favor of Monsignor Martin teams against the Little Irish, coming from behind to win, 26-21, in Rochester on quarterback Matt Myers’ 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Previously Canisius and St. Francis had defeated the Rochester team, which won against St. Joe’s.
The Tigers trailed only once in the game but that was after sophomore Caron Robinson of the Little Irish ran 11 yards in the fourth quarter to give his team a 21-20 lead.
Robinson had all three Aquinas touchdowns.
"We dressed 19 varsity guys," said Timon coach Charlie Comerford. "We played well against St. Joe's but this was a very good win for us. It was a great team effort."
LeMorris Jones ran 53 yards to give the Tigers their first lead. After Aquinas tied it Myers ran 3 yards for the first of his three rushing touchdowns. His 8-yard run made it 20-14 in the third quarter.
Jones carried 11 times for 85 yards rushing. Myers completed 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards and had 116 yards in his 16 rushing attempts. Justin Johnson had eight catches for 81 yards and eight tackles on defense.
Another standout on defense were safety Nazire Wood with 10 tackles. Liam Grogan had a 70-yard interception return for the Tigers, but did not score.