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Football Roundup: St. Joe's win scrambles playoff picture

There may be a math quiz given by the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association next week to determine the football standings.

St. Joe’s scrambled the race with an 18-14 win over St. Francis on Saturday afternoon. With one week to go in the season, nothing has been settled regarding the playoff picture. The uneven number of games played by the teams in the league is part of the uncertainty.

“Bishop Timon and St. Francis play next week,” St. Joe’s coach Derek Landri said. “If Timon wins, they’ll be the No. 1 seed. But if they lose … we’ll have to go to a third or fourth tiebreaker to determine the order.”

Landri’s Marauders made a good-sized statement with a nice win over the Red Raiders. St. Joe’s figured out a way to keep the passing totals of St. Francis quarterback Jerry Hickson down to 91 yards. He had been averaging 248.

“That was the key,” Landri said. “Their top receiver didn’t have a catch. We had Jayln Nelson on” Retsen-Taeshawn Daley.

Nelson had an interception in the final four minutes to help preserve the win.

The Red Raiders finished the game with four turnovers – two interceptions and two fumbles. St. Joe’s had no turnovers, and had a two-to-one advantage in time of possession.

Casey Kelly of the Marauders finished 14 of 28 for 162 yards, and he also ran for 88 yards and two scores. On defense, Mike Motley and Nick Julian had nine tackles each.

Next week, St. Joe’s will conclude its regular season with a non-conference game against McDowell of Erie, Pa.

Class C quarterfinals

Cleveland Hill 62, Chautauqua Lake 0: The Eagles’ offense continued its recent hot streak with a big win. Justin Brown had 151 yards on punt returns, and also caught a touchdown pass. Matt Eldridge ran for 109 yards and two scores, and he also made 13 tackles on defense. Tyler Phillips also finished with two touchdowns. Cleveland Hill takes
on Gowanda in the semifinals next week.

Matchup games

St. Mary’s of Lancaster 48, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley 12: The Lancers picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion. Djae Perry ran for three scores, as did Derek Johnson. Daquan Hunt and Sean Nelsen had interceptions as St. Mary’s forced four turnovers.

Kenmore East 28, Riverside 12: The Bulldogs picked up their first victory in two seasons as they knocked off the Frontiersmen.

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