All of that offseason conditioning paid dividends for Cleveland Hill Saturday as it scored twice off of two key defensive stops late in the game to pick up a 30-26 win over Rochester’s University Prep.
Down 26-14 in the fourth quarter, Cleve Hill’s Zach Ransbury forced a fumble on a punt return that was recovered by Chris Urban at UPrep’s 17-yard line. After a three-yard loss, Aaron Wahler (139 yards rushing, three TDs) ran it in from 20 yards out and D’Mario Grant converted the two-point run to make it 26-22.
The Eagles defense then forced a turnover on downs at UPrep’s 45 with 1:34 left on the clock that helped set up a winning drive capped off by a five-yard TD run by Grant off left tackle with 27 seconds to go.
“We just took care of the ball better and out-conditioned them in the second half,” Eagles coach Glen Graham said.
UPrep was aided in the first half on long touchdowns off a fumble recovery and a kick return.
Cleveland Hill hosts Southwestern next Saturday in a rematch of last season’s Class C final, which the Eagles won, 52-21.
Canisius 78, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 0: The Crusaders put up a school-record 78 points against Timon in its first of two games this season at the Robert J. Stransky Memorial Complex in West Seneca. The defense also held the Tigers to just 33 total yards in the game.
Jayce Johnson completed six of nine passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns of 26 yards to R.J. Brandon and eight yards to Keenan Ollison while also running twice for 49 yards, including a 35-yard score.
Joe Jamison ran three times for three touchdowns of 26, 35 and 10 yards. Kenyatta Huston carried the ball five times for 91 yards and a 10-yard score. Dan Harig added rushing touchdowns of 38 and five yards.
Ben Schoenle was the leader on defense with six tackles and two sacks. Gio Gilchrist intercepted two passes, and Jaurney Boyland intercepted one.
Canisius (2-1) and St. Joe’s (2-1) square off this coming Friday night at New Era Field.
Williamsville North 40, Niagara Falls 14: Marquel Wells ran 12 times for 112 yards and a touchdown to help the Spartans (3-0, 2-0) stay undefeated. Joe Nusall threw for 89 yards and two touchdowns to Scott Hopkins and Grant Richards. Scott Becht made 12 tackles on defense.
Class C North
JFK 37, Eden/North Collins 6: The Bears never trailed and scored 29 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in division play.
Mike Nawojski ran for 106 yards on 11 carries and the first touchdown of the game from six yards out. He also made six tackles on defense. Zack Manzella added 76 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes.
James Bailey went 16 of 22 passing for 179 yards and two touchdowns, one to Shevaughn Allen for five yards and another to Jordan Snyder for 37 yards. Snyder caught five passes for 77 yards.
Jake Wojciechowski had six tackles and a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown which opened the scoring in the second half.
Batavia 28, Cardinal O'Hara 13: The Section V Blue Devils scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from a close game.
Nasir Benton caught four passes for 88 yards and a 13-yard TD from Jermaine Haynes. Brandon Broadnax ran seven times for 106 yards and an 85-yard touchdown in the third quarter that made the score 14-13.
The junior tandem of Remir Velazquez and Jamall Lewis Jr. made 18 and 13 tackles, respectively.
South Park 42, Perry Traditional Academy 0: The Sparks made their first trip out of New York State worthwhile, shutting out Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh.
Deabeyon Humphrey threw for 176 yards, including an 81-yard TD to Dayquan Anderson. Latrell London was dominant on the ground with eight rushes for 161 yards and three scores from 69, five and 36 yards out. Clarence Thomas added 78 yards rushing and a 35-yard touchdown.
South Park had nine sacks total, two each from Jerimiah Sanders, Jayon Renfro and Ellijah Lewis.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster 27, Bishop Kearney 7: Chris Dickson isn’t sure the last time the Lancers started a season 3-0, but "compared to last year, this is a much improved team," the St. Mary's coach said.
Sophomore running back D’Jae Perry ran the ball 10 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns of 39, seven, 65 and 84 yards. St. Mary’s as a team ran for 326 yards and threw for zero.
Defensive end CJ Ozolins had 12 tackles, and two fumble recoveries early in the game when Rochester’s Bishop Kearney was driving. St. Mary’s recorded seven sacks total.
Walsh Jesuit 34, St. Francis 14: The score was tied, 7-7, after one quarter and the Red Raiders came within 21-14 in the third before the familiar foe from Ohio pulled away.
Cole O'Connor (eight carries, 48 yards) scored both touchdowns for St. Francis on runs of 2 and 23 yards. Jake Dologala played well along both lines, recording five tackles on defense.
Aquinas 65, St. Joe’s 56: Even 32 points in the fourth quarter weren’t enough for the Marauders to catch Rochester power Aquinas.
The first quarter ended with St. Joe’s up, 8-6, but the Little Irish broke the game open with four touchdowns in the second quarter and 30 unanswered points in the third quarter on four TDs and a safety.
Junior QB Casey Kelly completed seven of 10 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns to Micah Brown Nick Julian and Garrett House. Kelly also ran 18 times for 133 yards and two scores. House had rushing scores of 21 and one yard.
Defensively, Ronald McCarley recorded four tackles and an interception.
The Marauders out-gained Aquinas, 462-433, including 337-304 on the ground. St. Joe’s also lost four fumbles in the game, two in the second quarter and two in the third quarter.