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Quick hits: Cheektowaga 28, Maryvale 21

The trend continued and Cheektowaga couldn't be happier.

The Warriors and Maryvale combined for another entertaining game during their annual rivalry-week meeting and when it was all said and done, Cheektowaga once again earned bragging rights.

KeShone Beal rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 28-21 triumph as the News' No. 2 small school took down the top-ranked school in the area.

With the win Cheektowaga secured its seventh straight division title and for the second year in a row prevented Maryvale from winning its first outright division crown since 2006. The Flyers did earn a share of the division title in 2014 along with the Warriors and Depew.

The loss prevents Maryvale from earning either a Nos. 1 or 2 seed and home-field during the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Flyers should be a No. 4 seed and get one home game when the Section VI Tournament seeds come out Sunday morning.

It's Cheektowaga's fourth straight win in the series over its town rival located just 2 miles south of Maryvale.

Beal's the real deal: The junior quarterback has had some unreal moments this season for Cheektowaga. In a tough sledding first half for both teams, he managed to add to his highlight reel, scoring twice and also he showed how tough he is to sack as the 5-foot-8, 225-pounder avoided two sacks early on the same play where it appeared the Flyers had him.

Beal scored on a 14-yard run with 4 minutes left in the first quarter and also ran in the conversion to make it 8-0.  He added his second score with 12.7 seconds left in the second quarter as Cheektowaga forced a turnover on downs at its own 40 by denying a fourth-and-2. Three plays is all it took for the Warriors to score with Beal hooking up on a 43-yard pass play with Tommy Zolnowski.

Laying down the Law: Rashad Law had a sensational game for Maryvale, rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another and recording an interception during the final 24 minutes. He pulled his side within 14-6 on a 53-yard touchdown run with 7:53 left in the third quarter.

The rebound: Shortly after that score, the Warriors responded and made it a two TD game again with Beal capping a five-play drive with a 1-yard run nearly two minutes later. Beal scored on a 2-yard run with 1:20 left to make it 28-14.

More Law: Law scored on a 29-yard run early in the fourth quarter to make it a 21-14 contest, which it stayed for a good chunk of the period. He made an interception to end Cheektowaga's next drive and give the Flyers the ball near midfield. But on two straight possessions with a chance to drive for the tying score, they were denied by the Warriors' defense.

After Beal's score made it a two TD game, Law hooked up on a 50-yard pass with Ray Blackwell with 58 seconds left to pull the Flyers within 7 again.

Cheektowaga recovered the onside kick attempt after that and got the first down it needed to run out the clock since Maryvale still had two timeouts.

Rankings: Maryvale came into the game ranked No. 1 in the News' Small Schools poll, Cheektowaga No. 2. Maryvale is ranked eighth in the state poll among Class B teams, while Cheektowaga is 12th.

Defense, defense, defense: Of course the defenses shined during the first half of this contest featuring the two highest scoring teams in Class B (both averaging at least 36 points per game).

The Warriors were especially stingy as the 'D' stuffed seven plays for 0 or negative yards. That does not include sacks, as Javaughn Williams and Taivaughn Roach caused loads of problems – leading a unit that recorded four QB takedowns for losses of 32 yards. Williams was in on three of them.

Halftime stats: Cheektowaga 124 yards, Maryvale 81.

Records: Cheektowaga is 6-1, Maryvale 6-1.

Next: The Section VI Class B playoffs for both teams.

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