Surprising results are supposed to be unusual in the early rounds of the high school football playoffs. Someone forgot to tell Class B on Friday night.
The No. 1 seed, Medina, was sent home for the season in a shocker by Lackawanna, 16-8. While the win by No. 4 Dunkirk over No. 5 Maryvale doesn’t look like a big deal, the 59-0 score posted by the Marauders certainly was.
In Medina, London Smith had two touchdown catches, an interception and seven tackles for the Steelers. Medina did not score an offensive point in the game.
Meanwhile in Dunkirk, the Flyers were no match for the Marauders in a blowout. Alton Ingram finished with 146 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns for Dunkirk, while Juan Damas added three more scores. The Marauders had a 36-0 lead at halftime.
The other two quarterfinal games in Class B were more conventional.
Olean 21, Alden 17: The Huskies kept their dream of an unbeaten season alive with a late rally, and took their first playoff game since 2004. Garrett Boldt threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Vincent in the fourth quarter to account for the winning points. Boldt was 4 for 6 for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Vincent ran for 64 yards on 14 carries and had two sacks on defense.
Cheektowaga 22, Burgard 0: The Warriors (8-0), the top-ranked small-school team locally, slowly pulled away. Michael Gray ran for 79 yards, and Seven Turpin had a 21-yard run for a score. Willie Belton finished with 10 tackles and two sacks for Cheektowaga’s defense. This was a different game than the two teams played earlier in the season, as the Warriors scored 35 points in pulling away in the second half. Something will have to give next week, when the two undefeated teams - Olean and Cheektowaga - play for the right to move to the Section VI final.
Class AA quarterfinals
Lancaster 27, Kenmore West 6: The undefeated Legends could move up to No. 1 in The News’ large school poll after they defeated the Blue Devils. Zach Samborski and Andrew Hersey both ran for two touchdowns, while Joe Andreessen finished with 15 tackles for the Lancaster defense. The next game for Lancaster will be against either Niagara Falls or Hutch-Tech, who will play on Saturday.
Orchard Park 33, Williamsville North 19: The Spartans had a 19-13 lead at the half, but it was all Quakers in the second half. Quarterback Dillon Janca ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns, which included a 52-yard scamper. Josh Dahl chipped in with two interceptions for Orchard
Clarence 35, Jamestown 8: Power problems delayed the start of this game for more than one hour, but the Red Devils earned the victory. Jack Shaver had two early TDs for Clarence. Brendan Cimerman blocked a punt and returned it 40 years for a touchdown to break the game open.
Class A quarterfinals
Starpoint 25, West Seneca East 7: It was a good night to run the ball, and the Spartans did it 66 times for 357 yards and four touchdowns in improving to 8-0. Terry Rutland ran for 139 yards and three scores, Anthony Robinson had 19 carries for 120 yards, and Tajay Ahmed had 23 carries for 78 yards. Ahmed also finished with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. It was Starpoint’s first playoff win since 1990.
North Tonawanda 20, Iroquois 16: The Lumberjacks held on to win a close one from the Chiefs. Chris Labonte had 93 yards rushing and ran 17 yards for a score, and Zack Woodward threw one touchdown pass on offense and made 17 tackles on defense.
McKinley 25, Williamsville South 7: The Macks made it six in a row with a convincing win over the Billies. Kaiyer Fields scored three touchdowns in a 139-yard performance, while Taelon Hollamon threw for 119 yards.
Class C quarterfinals
Gowanda/Pine Valley 19, JFK 8: Kameron Alexander ran for 141 yards for a score and Gilberto Ortiz had a touchdown and 11 tackles for the Panthers.
Allegany-Limestone 12, Wilson 7: The Gators didn’t bother to try passing the ball on a rainy night throughout the region, as they ran 38 times for 196 yards. Logan Ganoung had 115 of those yards.
Class D quarterfinals
Franklinville/Ellicottville 36, Frewsburg 14: Brock Blecka threw four touchdown passes and Griffin Chudy caught three of them as the Titans, powered by a 30-point second quarter, advanced.
Maple Grove 46, Portville 0: The Red Dragons are ranked No. 1 in the state in their class, and they looked like it in an easy win over the Panthers. Maple Grove is the No. 2 school in the News’ small school poll.
Funke Memorial Games
East Aurora/Holland 42, Tonawanda 0: James Raczynski scored two touchdowns on pass receptions, and returned a punt for a score in the Blue Devils’ win.
Springville 58, Depew 42: The Griffins’ offense worked to near-perfection in a game that saw a total of 100 points scored. Ian Baker of Springville had three of the touchdowns, running for 113 yards on 17 carries. Topher Elkins added 134 yards on five carries, while Connor O’Brien ran for 117 yards and two scores. Jon Domes finished with 21 tackles on defense for Springville.
East Aurora and Springville will play on Thursday night.
West Seneca West 21, Amherst 14: The Indians’ Brendan Tait was a sparkling 12 of 17 for 165 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and he added a score on a 4-yard run. Jesse Broad caught an 81-yard touchdown pass, while Luke Wilhelm had the other score.