Williamsville East isn’t the best of running teams, and coach Mike Torrillo fully understands that.
But when it came down to crunch time in a Class A North showdown against North Tonawanda Thursday night, the Flames ran it anyway.
Senior Joey Shifflet’s 4-yard touchdown run on fourth down on a sweep off the right side with 4 minutes, 30 seconds to go tied the game at 22-22, and Ramy Khadra converted the extra point to give the Flames (3-2, 3-1) a one-point home win over the Lumberjacks (1-4, 1-4).
“We run the ball OK, but they’re a pretty big team,” Torrillo said. “We had trouble getting a push, so we threw the ball a little bit more.”
Junior QB Colson Skorka was 9 of 22 passing for 154 yards and connected with Clayton Osborne for a 64-yard touchdown and Nick Kieffer for a 24-yard score in the second quarter.
Skorka also led the team in rushing with seven carries for 40 yards, including a big first down at the end of the game that allowed the Flames to run out the clock after the defense forced a fourth down stop at its own 35 with 1:30 to go.
NT’s Nate Brown ran for TDs of 1 and 5 yards. A 5-yard run by Marcellus Overton gave the Lumberjacks a 22-16 lead after three quarters.
South’s Foster scores late
Senior quarterback Josh Foster’s 1-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter lifted Williamsville South (4-1, 3-1) to a 20-16 Class A North win at Kenmore West (1-4, 0-4).
It was Foster’s second rushing score of the game, as he ran one in from two yards out in the first quarter to open the scoring. Junior running back Jemelle Jones (102 yards rushing) followed that up in the second quarter with a 12-yard TD run.
The Blue Devils scored the next two touchdowns on an 11-yard pass from Andrew Fron to Joseph Stewart (177 yards receiving) and a 1-yard run from Fron. Fron completed a pair of two-point conversions to put the Blue Devils up 16-14 after three.
Nick Huber and Jim Manna both had eight tackles for South, while Tommy Vaughan had seven. Huber and Anthony Galasso each added an interception.
Trojans take defensive battle
It was a defensive stalwart at All High Stadium, as West Seneca East came away with an 8-0 nonleague win against Hutch-Tech.
Senior Andrew Woltz (10 tackles) scored the only touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. Shaun Dolac (5-12, 90 yards passing) ran in the two-point conversion and also made 12 tackles on defense. Ray Moore added 10 tackles.
Tigers triumph on the road
Amherst got out to a 24-0 halftime lead and held strong the rest of the way to pick up its first win of the season, a 24-6 Class A South triumph at Lake Shore.
Junior QB Ja’kye Womack threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns to Charles Kilgo for 4 yards and Brandon Fowler for 39, both in the second quarter. D’Shawn Barefield’s 15-yard run in the first quarter opened the scoring.
The Tigers forced five turnovers, including an interception and fumble recovery by Dre Tyson. Joe Byrne also had a blocked punt.
Clarence earns needed ‘W’
The Clarence girls soccer team hasn’t had to “bounce back” from a loss very often over the past few seasons, but the Red Devils did just that in a 1-0 win over Williamsville North after being upset at Lancaster on Monday by the same score.
“We needed this one,” Clarence coach Dave Stephan said. “I think it puts us back in first place again because North was gaining some ground on us.”
Emma Faso scored her 12th goal of the season 8 minutes in on a play that started with a corner. Cassie Bykowicz headed the ball off the crossbar and into a scrum, where Sydney David had a shot and Faso finished it off.
“They’re a really gritty team,” Stephan said of North. “They have everything, too: smarts, speed ... they have a great player in back in Maya Palmer. It’s always a battle against them.”
The Red Devils received some help in the ECIC I race with Orchard Park’s 1-0 win over Lancaster on Thursday.
Julia Schurr scored for the Quakers, while Alyssa Lutz earned the six-save shutout.
Macks blank No. 1 I-Prep
McKinley picked up its signature win of the boys soccer season with a 3-0 D’Youville Cup upset of No. 1 small school I-Prep/Grover at All High Stadium. Senior Zakaria Shiabi scored twice, and junior Isaac Sabtow assisted on all three goals for the Macks.
Lancaster won a 1-0 game at Orchard Park behind Zach Foley’s goal in the 48th minute. Brandon Driscoll had the assist.
Falcons take season series over Clarence
No. 6 Frontier swept the season series against No. 4 Clarence with a four-set ECIC I win in boys volleyball. Set scores were 26-24, 29-25, 25-15, 25-13. Brandon Dunz led the way with 22 kills, while Brian Norsen added 10 kills and two aces.
In ECIC II, Hamburg, Sweet Home and Williamsville East kept pace with each other on top of the division with wins on Thursday. Each has one league loss.
Dylan Aarum (10 kills) and Alex Stoj (six kills) led the Panthers to a home sweep of Williamsville South. The Flames swept West Seneca East on the road, and the Bulldogs swept East Aurora at home.
Thunder victorious in ranked matchup
No. 10 small school Mount St. Mary dropped the first set but won the next three in a girls volleyball win at No. 5 East Aurora. Set scores were close at 18-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 26-24.
Daniella Gugino had a team-high 12 kills and Lillian Mueller added 10. Sarah Vicari dished out 32 assists.
Pioneer's McMahon nets three
Riley McMahon scored her second hat trick of the season in Pioneer’s 4-0 field hockey win against Holland. McMahon now has 10 goals on the year. Tomi Cordz recorded the shutout.