It was a busy postseason Thursday. Football games included the start of the Chuck Funke Memorial Classic while boys and girls soccer played quarterfinal Sectional VI games.
Chuck Funke Memorial Classic
In Class B, Izaiah Rhim threw for 114 yards as Medina beat Alden, 24-21. Brian Fry recovered a fumble forced by Jalin Cooper and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Frey also had three catches for 72 yards while the freshman made 10 tackles.
Cooper opened the scoring with a 16-yard TD run while William Braswell also had a 16-yard scoring run.
Alden scored 21 points in the third quarter on a pair of 5-yard TD runs by Brian Windnagle and a 30-yard run from Bryan Cybulski.
In the other Class B game, Olean advanced with a 36-24 win over Burgard. Luke Chapman threw for three touchdowns while Malik Reynolds had a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown. Nick Grandall added a 61-yard TD run to close out the scoring for the Huskies.
Ryan Gernatt rushed for 428 yards as Gowanda earned a 47-26 win over Eden/North Collins in Class C. Gernatt had five touchdowns on runs of 5, 24, 41, 52, and 16 yards. Hunter Ring rushed for one touchdown and finished with 83 yards on four carries.
In his first varsity game at quarterback, Cajon Caurthon threw for 114 yards, including one touchdown, and rushed for 51 to lead McKinley to a 22-14 win over North Tonawanda in Class A. Caurthon completed 10 of 16 passes, included a 16-yard TD toss to D.J. Gbaraba.
Also in Class A, Josh Foster threw for 186 yards, including one touchdown, while Jemelle Jones rushed for 86 yards and one TD, as Williamsville South earned a 42-26 win over Amherst.
Boys Soccer Class B-1
It was a dramatic advancement for Lackawanna in the Class B-1 boys soccer bracket on Thursday. Ali Alomari scored both goals for the Steelers on penalty kicks, including the ultimate game-winner in overtime, in a 2-1 decision over Tonawanda.
Lackawanna, the top seed in the bracket, advances to the semifinals, meeting Olean on Saturday. Those games will be played at Sweet Home.
The Huskies advanced with a 1-0 win over City Honors. Zack Linderman had the game’s lone goal. Olean was the fifth seed, beating No. 4 City Honors.
On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Newfane advanced with an 8-1 quarterfinal win over Oracle Charter. Trevor Moreland had two goals and four assists while Jarrett Gilson had three goals for the Panthers. Max Weber had a goal and an assist as Newfane improved to 12-4.
The Panthers will meet No. 2 seed International Prep at Grover Cleveland in Saturday’s semifinal.
Abdullahi Hussein scored two goals for I-Prep in a 4-0 win over Alden. Rashid Put had the shutout for the Presidents.
Girls Soccer Class A-1
Alyssa Fabozzi had the game-winning goal for Williamsville East in a 3-0 blanking of Kenmore West in the Class A-1 girls soccer quarterfinals.
Williamsville East, the second seed in the tournament, will met third-seed Hamburg in the semifinals on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Abby Kane scored three goals with one assist as the Bulldogs advanced with a 9-0 win over Hutch-Tech.
On the other side of the bracket, Williamsville South earned a 6-0 win over North Tonawanda. Maggie Weichert and Emma Petrie each had two goals while Victoria Morog had the shutout.
Will South will meet Grand Island after the Vikings scored a 2-0 win over West Seneca West. Anna Mascaro broke a scoreless tie three minutes into the second half when she scored on a penalty kick. Jordan Pachla added the second goal with 12 minutes left to play. Sarah Bykowicz made fives saves in the shutout.
Girls Soccer Class A-2
Meghan Root, the leading scorer in Section VI, tallied four minutes into the match and gave top-seeded Pioneer a 1-0 win over Kenmore East in the girls soccer A-2 quarterfinals. Ashley Bliss had the assist.
Pioneer will meet Starpoint in the semifinals on Wednesday. The Spartans advanced with a a 3-1 win over Iroquois. Julia Mascaro had a goal and two assists while Kristin Pickard and Morgan Henry also scored for Starpoint.
In the other half of the quarterfinals, Emily Oliverio scored twice to pace Lew-Port to a 2-1 win over Amherst. Oliverio scored with one minute left in the first half to tie the game. She then, with 16 minutes left in the second half, tallied the game-winner.
The Lancers will play East Aurora, which advanced with a 4-0 win over Maryvale. Maggie Crosson and Grace Mooney each scored while Gretchen Stoll made six saves in the shutout.