When the offense needed to score, quarterback Eric Bartnik found the endzone. When the defense needed a stop, the unit stepped up. It all added-up to a dramatic, overtime win for Cheektowaga which topped rival Maryvale, 34-26.
Maryvale took a 26-14 lead in the third quarter when the Warriors started to come back. Bartnik had TD runs of 2 and 8 yards. Both kick attempts failed and the teams went to overtime.
The Flyers won the toss and went to defense first. Taking possession on the 20, Cheektowaga scored on a 5-yard run from Bartnik who also ran in the two-point conversion. The Warriors' defense stepped up on Maryvale's series, capped by a fourth-down interception from Alex Bryant to end the game.
“We didn’t play well defensively most of the night but when push came to shove they got the job done,” Cheektowaga coach Mike Fatta said. “We’ve had games over the last year and a half like that – where we came back from multiple scores down to win. It seems like that’s been handed down year to year to the kids. They don’t give up. Of all they’ve accomplished that’s what I’m most proud of.”
At 7-0, Cheektowaga is the Class B West division champs for the sixth time. Maryvale fell to 6-1.
North Tonawanda 41, Tonawanda 18: For the 16th straight year, North Tonawanda won the annual rivalry matchup.
Two players rushed for more than 100 yards for the Lumberjacks with Joe Dotterweich gaining 160 yards with three touchdowns and Chris Labonte rushing for 118. Zach Woodard led the defense with 12 tackles while Patrick Milbrand had nine.
"I thought Tonawanda played a terrific game," NT coach Henry Fumerelle said. "They played their hearts out. The score doesn't indicate how close a game it was for a while. We really rushed the ball very well. It starts with our offensive line up front. We have a big, strong offensive line and once again they did an excellent job."
North Tonawanda improved to 5-2 with the win.
Olean 54, Salamanca 7: Alex Weakfall returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown as the Huskies took a 26-0 lead after the first quarter. Garrett Boldt ran for two scores and threw a 44-yard TD pass to Dylan Vincent. Vincent added a 23-yard scoring run to a Huskies ground game which generated 205 yards. Olean finished the regular season 7-0 while Salamanca fell to 0-7.
Pioneer 28, Gowanda/Pine Valley 0: Todd Thompson went over 1,000 yards for the season rushing for 189 on 21 carries. With his two touchdowns he brings his season total to 13. Mike Rigerman had 13 tackles.
Lancaster 51, Depew 14: Zach Samborski rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns while Ryan Mansell threw for 231 yards and three TDs. Ben Damiani had 10 tackles, two for loss, and an interception.
Hamburg 34, Frontier 22: John Collins ran for 160 yards and two scores while Brett Hall threw for 208 yards and three TDs. Conner Gamolka caught two of those touchdowns and finished with 74 receiving yards.
Hutch-Tech 34, Clarence 13: Lawrence Spencer-Watson, Duane Robertson and Shawn Faulk combined for 220 yards rushing. Waulik Jeader threw for three TDs and 174 yards while Duane Robertson had 89 yards receiving.
Class A South
Iroquois 9, South Park 0: Parker Valvo scored with 4:53 left in the game to secure the win for Iroquois. Valvo had a 96-yard interception return for a score. Joey Giancarlo put the Chiefs up 3-0 with a 36-yard field goal in the second. Brandon Yax went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season rushing for 113 yards on 28 carriers. Defensively, Nathan Emer had four tackles (one for loss), Zach Sley had four four tackles and Spencer Slachetka had seven tackles, two for loss.
West Seneca East 28, West Seneca West 6: West Seneca East picked up hits fifth-straight win to finish the regular season 5-2. Ian Dolac rushed for 136 yards and touchdowns of 50 and 36 yards. Austin Breidenstein ran for 117 yards and one TD on 17 carries while Jared Maurino had three interceptions, four tackles and a fumble recovery.
Bennett 53, Lake Shore 6: Bennett clinched their third regular season title in three years at its third different classification. Bennett also won at Class C and Class B. Derrick Bishop threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back in a month. Kendrick Benson had 101 receiving yards.
Class A North
Starpoint 54, Sweet Home 14: For the second straight year, Starpoint finished the regular season 7-0 to take the No. 1 seed for Class A North. Tajay Amhed rushed for 110 yards on seven carries and had an 87-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Aaron Chase threw for 158 yards, completing 7 of 10 passing with two TDs.
Williamsville South 21, Grand Island 19: Antwanne Jones had 14 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. Adam Braniecki had six tackles and two sacks while Matt Chrzanowski had eight tackles.
Class AA North
Williamsville North 30, Lockport 8: Marquell Wells rushed for 233 yards on 20 carries and had TD runs of 43, 11 and 15 yards. Joe Nusall completed 11 of 15 passes for 109 yards. Connor Kelly had 11 tackles and David Harwell eight.
Class B South
East Aurora/Holland 43, Springville 16: The playoff hopes are still alive for East Aurora/Holland with the win. Senior quarterback Matt Boss threw for 261 yards completing 13 of 18 passes with four touchdowns. His prime target was James Raczynski who caught six passes for 72 yards. Joe Montomergery had 19 tackles and one sack while Nick Montgomery had an interception.
Dunkirk 44, Fredonia/WB 0: Alton Ingram rushed for 182 yards including a 70-yard touchdown run. Juan Damas had two touchdowns and Chauval Black had nine tackles.
Class B East
Lackawanna 35, Barker/Roy-Hart 20: Lackawanna jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 40-yard run for quarterback Noble Smith and a 17-yard interception return by Robert Rice. Smith threw for two touchdown passes.Paul Brooks led the defense with 10 tackles, five for loss.
Medina 48, Albion 6: Medina clinched its first outright title since 1988, finishing the regular season at 6-1. Eric Neace ran for TDs of 11, 2 and 4 yards while Jalin Cooper had two touchdowns including an 83-yard punt return. Dustin Joy had 13 tackles and eight sacks.
Class B West
Burgard 28, Lew-Port 13: Dejean McCullough had 345 all-purpose yards for Burgard. He rushed for 144 yards, had 100 yards receiving and 101 yards in punt returns. He had four TDS -- two by punt return, one by pass and one by run.
Class C North
Akron 48, Eden/North Collins 20: Jacob Farrow rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns. Robbie PeQueen had 46 yards rushing, 76 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Morgan Smith had a sack, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Austin Ladd had two sacks and seven tackles.
Maple Grove 50, Randolph 7: Brad Benson rushed for 130 yards with two touchdowns while Trevor Micek rushed for 110 yards and a pair of TDs. Quarterback Dalton Dubois ran for 76 yards, rushing for one TD and throwing for another.