Troy Coble returned an interception 70 yards in the third quarter to put McKinley in front, and the Macks went on to a historic 25-7 victory over Orchard Park on Friday night in a nonleague game between two Western New York powers.
It was the first time the two schools have met in football and it was a monumental victory for the Buffalo city school over a traditional Western New York power.
McKinley scored 25 unanswered points after the Quakers had taken the lead on a 24-yard pass from Jack Sharp to Nic Bruce. Kaiyer Fields then scored the first of his two long touchdown runs to send the game to halftime tied at 7. The Quakers were driving again when Coble picked off Sharp’s pass and returned it for the score that turned the game around. The Macks’ running game and offensive line took over from there. Miles Haynes scored from 3 yards in the fourth quarter and Fields scored on a 57-yard run to put the wrapper on it.
Fields had 213 rushing yards. Coble had two interceptions in the victory.
Lancaster 49, Bennett 16: The clash of two 2016 sectional class champions turned into a rout early. The Legends opened a 42-0 halftime lead and gave the Tigers a rude introduction to life in Class AA of the Section VI federation.
Andrew Hersey ran for three touchdowns in the first half and Ryan Mansell passed for 217 yards to lead the rout. Hersey totaled 118 yards in 17 carries. Joe Andreesen ran 21 and 5 yards for Lancaster TDs and stood out on defense with six tackles.
Lancaster, the defending sectional Class AA champion, had 419 yards total offense. Bennett was the Section VI Class A champion last season but moved up when adding students from other Buffalo Public Schools to its football program.
Williamsville North 28, Hutch-Tech 0: Junior quarterback Joe Nusall threw for two touchdowns to Dylan Kelly and Ivan Ghemmegne, and Grant Richards ran for fourth-quarter scores to lead the Spartans. Nusall completed 12 of 22 for 192 yards, while Kelly caught five for 93 yards. Richards carried eight times for 73 yards for the winners, who led only 7-0 at the half before wearing down the Engineers.
Jamestown 22, Frontier 20: The visiting Red Raiders came back from a 13-7 third-quarter deficit to win and equal all of last season’s victory total. Frontier also was a one-win team in 2016. Jamestown took a 15-13 lead in the third on a 5-yard run by Savon VanSickle (10 carries, 94 yards) and added to its margin on a 55-yard pass from Drew Boggs to Andrew Pumpford. Frontier got close again on a 1-yard run by Dylan Kmitch, who had run 53 yards to give the Falcons their second-quarter lead.
Class A North
Sweet Home 53, North Tonawanda 37: Rich Lowe’s debut as successor to John Faller as head coach at Sweet Home turned out to be a wild one. It also turned out to be the Dylan McDuffie show.
McDuffie, who transferred back to Sweet Home from St. Francis, scored six touchdowns to lead the Panthers, who took a 25-7 lead in the second quarter but had to fight off the Lumberjacks all the way. Five of McDuffie’s scores came on the ground, including runs of 50 and 73 yards. He also caught a 43-yard TD pass from Marcus Robertson, who threw for three scores. The other two passing TDs went to Eric Johnson.
Marcellus Overton ran for three NT touchdowns.
Sweet Home was coming off a 3-5 season. It also was the head coaching debut of NT’s Dan Troy.
Starpoint 35, Williamsville East 0: The Spartans broke the game open with 21 points in the fourth quarter as five different players scored. Starpoint led, 14-0, when Anthony Robinson (18 carries, 146 yards) broke a 19-yard touchdown run in the final quarter. A 3-yard run by Brendan Gawel and a 48-yard scamper by Dalton Zienkiewicz put away the Flames, playing their first game under new coach Mike Torillo. Sam Mazzara had six receptions for 85 yards for Starpoint, including a 12-yard throw from Aaron Chase. Chase also scored on a 10-yard run to make it 14-0 in the third quarter.
Class A South
West Seneca West 54 , Amherst 6: Quarterback Matt Myers made a huge splash in his return to West Seneca West, passing for three touchdowns and running for two, all in the first half in the one-sided victory over the Tigers. Myers, who transferred back from Bishop Timon-St. Jude, had a 70-yard run for a score to ignite the Indians’ 34-point second quarter. He also ran 3 yards for West’s opening score and threw TD passes to Bryan Ball and two Kyle Haettich before leaving in favor of Liam Scheuer, a sophomore. Scheuer ran for two touchdowns and passed for one himself.
West Seneca West rolled up 355 yards on the ground with John Speyer accounting for 143 in 14 carries and Myers gaining 98. Haettich caught passes for 55 yards and three touchdowns.
Iroquois 33, West Seneca East 26: The Chiefs picked off a pass in the end zone in the with 13 seconds left to preserve the victory over the Trojans. C.J. Perillo scored his third touchdown of the game from 6 yards out in the fourth quarter to snap a 26-26 tie. Jacob Maurino had three touchdowns for West Seneca East including a 90-yard kickoff return in the first quarter after a 55-yard fumble return by Mike King had tied the game at 7.
South Park 30, Hamburg 7: John McCabe’s 80-yard return of the opening kickoff stunned the Sparks, but only for a while. They regained their composure and rolled past the Bulldogs behind a 171-yard rushing output. Daebeyon Humphrey passed 5 yards to Dayqnan Anderson and Latrell London ran for the two-point conversion to put South Park in front to stay, 8-7, in the second quarter, and the Sparks outscored the home team, 23-0, in the second half.
Williamsville South 40, Clarence 21: Josh Foster passed for 339 yards and four touchdowns for the Billies, who outscored the Red Devils, 20-6, in the fourth quarter to break it open and spoil Paul Burgio’s first game as head coach of Clarence. Foster completed 14 of 27 with Cody Sanford catching 116 yards worth and scoring on 40- and 35-yard completions. Alex Miller also had two TD receptions, for 21 and 67. The Billies had 506 yards total offense. Besides running for two scores, Jemelle Jones of South had two sacks and blocked a punt. Jeremy Turner and Joe Battaglia each had an interception for South.
Medina 46, Burgard 30: The Mustangs broke away from a 30-all tie in the second half to win behind the passing of junior Izaiah Rhim, who threw for 244 yards and five touchdowns. Brandon Luthard had four receptions for 102 yards and two scores, while Mason Lewis caught six for 93 yards and two TDs.
Jalin Cooper had an interception and Ian Joseph had 13 tackles, including two sacks for Medina.
Anthony Maple ran for two of the Burgard touchdowns and passed to Jovanni Feggans and Rakeem Williams for two others in the wild shootout between the Class B teams.
Wilson 29, Silver Creek/Forestville 7: Steve Frerichs passed for three first-half touchdowns in leading the Lakemen to victory. Frerichs, who completed 11 of 18 for 123 yards, threw scoring passes to John Bender, Marcel Wilson and Jared Carney. Matt Kitcho kicked a 27-yard field goal and Drew Westmoreland ran 3 yards for scores in the second half. Austin Eggleston gained 108 yards in 19 rushing attempts and scored the only Silver Creek/Forestville TD.
Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton 41, E. Aurora/Holland 7: Nate Shuart ran for two TDs on just four rushing attempts and Reid Tarnowski ran for one score and passed for another in the victory. Brendan Plaister and Joel Lozano had long scoring runs for the winners.
Maple Grove 40, Gowanda/Pine Valley 0: The Red Dragons amassed 275 yards rushing, 76 by Nick Fabrizio in seven attempts in the victory. Zach Hendricks had five solo tackles and three assists to lead the shutout defense.
Franklinville/Ellicottville/West Valley 47, Randolph/Frewsburg 15: Brock Blecha returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown and all four of his pass completions went for touchdowns in the victory. Griffin Chudy had 92 rushing yards in six carries for the winners.
Alden 46, Tonawanda 20: Christian Snell caught three touchdown passes and returned a punt 75 yards for the game’s first score in the Bulldogs’ victory. Bryan Cybulski passed for five Alden TDs as he completed 9 of 14 for 190 yards. Colin Skowronski carried 16 times for 130 yards for the winners. One of the Tonawanda scores was a 41-yard fumble return by Noah Ray.
Salamanca 38, Portville 10: Braden Siebert ran for two touchdowns and senior Jeremiah Schoup carried 12 times for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Warriors victory. The win equaled Salamanca’s win total of 2016 and continued Portville’s troubles. The Panthers were 0-8 last season.