They had been practicing the two-minute drill for a few weeks.
It came together on Friday.
Williamsville East scored the winning touchdown with 25 seconds left to play to earn the 27-24 Class North A win at Williamsville South and spoil South’s grand-opening of its new turf complex in the process.
The Flames got the ball on their own five-yard line and drove the field. Colson Skorka found Joe Shifflet for a pass, and Shifflet got a block from Clayton Osborne to spring him free for a 60-yard touchdown.
“Give our kids a lot of credit,” said Mike Torrillo, who won his first game as East’s new head coach. “We worked on a two-minute drill at practice and as a unit made big plays.”
Also in Class A North, Sweet Home came from behind for the third week in a row to pick up a win against Kenmore West, 48-44.
Quarterback Maurice Robertson threw for three touchdowns, two to Taivon Martin for 52 and 50 yards and another to Eric Johnson for 25 yards. Robertson also ran seven times for 48 yards and a score.
Sweet Home’s Sam Roby carried the ball four times for 139 yards and two scores of 57 and 50 yards. Johnson ran for a 10-yard touchdown as well.
“The ground game was a mismatch both ways,” Sweet Home coach Rich Lowe said. “They were dominant and our speed was key for us. Luckily we could score faster than them.”
Star running back Dylan McDuffie was ejected toward the end of the first quarter and is likely to miss next week’s game at Williamsville East.
Bennett 44, Lockport 8: Semaj Clemons ran six times for 150 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin Campbell added 102 rushing yards and two scores of his own for the Tigers. Aaron Smith passed for 131 yards and two touchdowns to Jordan Fayson and Jakari Nettles.
Jamestown 37, Clarence 0: Savon VanSickle rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns while Gavin Bowen ran for 76 yards and two TDs. Bowen added six tackles and an interception to help the Jamestown defense.
Class A North
Starpoint 55, North Tonawanda 27: The Spartans scored early and often en route to their win at NT.
Brendan Gawel returned the opening kickoff 83 yards and scored on runs of 90 and 3 yards. Anthony Robinson had 12 rushes for 150 yards and two TDs. Aaron Chase threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns to Sam Mazzara.
Class A South
Hamburg 19, Lake Shore 14: As time expired, Hamburg quarterback Kyle Shuttleworth threw a Hail Mary pass. The ball was tipped and Simon Hagen came down with it to get credit for the 57-yard touchdown. Shuttleworth finished with 107 yards rushing and 104 yards passing.
West Seneca East 12, McKinley 6: The Trojans forced four McKinley turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions) as both defenses held strong after all three touchdowns were scored in the first quarter. Ray Moore opened the scoring on a 24-yard fumble recovery. Kiayar Fields answered for the Macks with a 32-yard run. Jacob Maurino then caught a 63-yard pass from Christian Rodriguez.
West Seneca West 49, Iroquois 17: Matt Myers did by ground and air for West Seneca West. Myers rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns while he threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Johnson caught TD passes of nine and 80 yards. Bryan Ball rushed for 60 yards and a TD, John Speyer ran for 53 yards and TD, and Jesee Broad caught five passes for 79 yards. Mike Glinski had 12 tackles.
Burgard 30, Lew-Port 17: Tony Maple threw for 175 yards, including two touchdown tosses, as Burgard improved to 2-1. Jovanni Feggans had 100 yards receiving and two TDs while Myron Pritchett ran for 51 yards and a TD.
Cheektowaga 36, Pioneer 0: Cheektowaga’s defense held Pioneer to just 83 total yards and forced three turnovers Friday night. Junior quarterback KeShone Beal threw for 195 yards, completing 15 of his 21 passes. He threw for two touchdowns, a 55-yarder to Jaquan Pugh and a 21-yarder to Michael Gray. Beal also ran for two TDs himself, of six and 11 yards.
Gray ran 12 times for 76 yards for a balanced offense that passed for 195 and ran for 185.
Albion 20, Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton 12: The Purple Eagles shut out Fredonia in the second half and scored two touchdowns of their own to move to 3-0. Ugene Harrison ran 15 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns, one of 13 yards in the first quarter and another from 26 yards out in the third. He also had 12 tackles on defense. Bryce Pritchard went eight for 12 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown to Nate Moore in the fourth quarter.
Depew 30, Springville 6: The Wildcats scored the game’s first four touchdowns and picked up their first win of the season in the process. Chad Biersbach caught eight balls for 152 yards and two touchdowns and also had six tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. Jordan Ciesielski and Jeremy Clark scored the first two TDs of the game on short runs.
Roy-Hart/Barker 28, Tonawanda 20: Charlie Brunning’s QB sneak with 1:35 left in the game from one yard out gave the Raiders their first win of the season. It was Brunning’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the game. The game-winning score was set up by a 49-yard pass from Brunning (eight for 14 passing, 196 yards) to Aaron Curry after Roy-Hart took over possession at midfield with two minutes to play. Malik Smith ran the ball nine times for 71 yards and caught three passes for 89 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Smith also had a 47-yard interception return for a score in the second quarter.
Class C North
Akron 28, Wilson 21: Brandon Orr completed nine of 15 passes for 157 yards with two touchdowns to lead Akron. Jake Sarow ran for 181 yards and two TDs while Robbie PeQueen had 121 yards receiving with two TDs. For Wilson, Steve Frerichs threw three touchdowns passes, including tosses of 40 and 10 yards to Marcel Wilson.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama 26, Randolph/Frewsburg 12: Tanner Ramsey ran for 93 yards, caught 105 yards and scored two touchdowns. Jared Gleason caught TD passes of 53 and 60 yards from Gerrit Hindsale, who threw for 254 yards.
Salamanca 13, Cattaraugus/Little Valley 6: Salamanca’s Tyler Hedlund rushed for 90 yards, including a touchdown run of 20 yards. Ira John opened the scoring for Salamanca with an 8-yard TD run.
Dunkirk 49, East Aurora/Holland 6: Dunkirk racked up 346 yards of total offense, 279 of which came from the rushing game. Ezequiel Torres had eight carries for 60 yards and one TD, Quantavis Kleckley had eight rushes for 57 yards and one TD, Tywon Wright had two rushes for 56 yards and two TDs and Jaziah Rivera had six carries for 50 yards and one TD.
Grand Island 41, Niagara-Wheatfield 25: Thomas Cecere ran for 213 yards, including touchdown runs of three, 56, and 14 yards. Nick Anzalone rushed for 57 yards, 36 of those on a TD. Justin Gorrell scored on runs of 10 and 15 yards.
Kenmore East 36, Amherst 30: The Bulldogs scored 22 points in the third quarter to turn a 22-14 deficit into a 36-22 advantage. Quarterback Nathan Murdie threw for four touchdowns, two to Brandon Baker and one to Nicholas Coburn in the third quarter, and also ran for an 11-yard score in the first quarter. Murdie’s nine-yard toss to Jamicheal Henderson opened the scoring.
Maryvale 29, Olean 14: The Flyers grinded out 252 rushing yards on 39 carries to move to 3-0 on the season. Rashad Law ran eight times for 100 yards and a 65-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter. Maryvale scored the next three touchdowns on a one-yard run from Jay Henley (11 carries for 66 yards), a 35-yard pass from Connor Desiderio (six for 10, 111 yards) to Dylan Casey and a five-yard run by Henley to make it 29-0 in the third quarter.