Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy didn’t have to go for two in the second overtime. His Red Raiders scored on a 9-yard pass the previous play and trailed Clarence, 52-51. He just couldn’t turn down a chance to win from the 2-yard line, even in a high-pressure playoff situation.
“That’s just one of my philosophies,” Langworthy said. “You have to have the courage to do what you think is right.”
The 10-year Jamestown coach turned to the two players who had just scored, quarterback Drew Boggs and wide receiver Andrew Pumford and called the team’s go-to two-point play. They executed the out route perfectly, sending the Red Raiders to the semifinals with a 53-52 win.
Jamestown needed a last-second field goal to be in overtime in the first place. Jayden Schultz hit a 32-yarder with 6 seconds remaining to keep the Red Raiders’ hopes alive.
Freshman Savon VanSickle had an enormous game for Jamestown, rushing for 252 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries despite leaving the game early in the fourth with a knee strain. Boggs went 10 of 27 for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 5 Jamestown visits top-seeded Lancaster next week.
Lancaster 35, Hutch-Tech 0: Joe Andreessen ran five times for 45 yards and two touchdowns, one for 7 yards and another for 26, as the Legends methodically extended their lead. The score was 15-0 at half.
Senior QB Ryan Mansell (12-19 passing, 166 yards) threw for the other three touchdowns. Andrew Hersey caught a 25-yard TD in the second, Kyle Backert had a 54-yard score in the third, and Brian Martin caught a 10-yard pass in the fourth.
Hersey added 125 yards rushing on 25 carries. Andreessen had 11 tackles in the shutout.
Niagara Falls 22, Orchard Park 17: No report.
Williamsville North, 35, Bennett 6: North quarterback Joe Nusall completed 8 of 13 passes for 163 yards and four touchdowns to keep the Spartans undefeated.
Brett Isler caught two TD passes, while Scott Hopkins and Dylan Kelly each scored through the air once. Dylan Mann ran the ball 11 times for 120 yards and a 1-yard score.
North picked off four Bennett passes, three by Jacob Orlando and one by Ryan Johnson.
The Spartans host Niagara Falls next week.
South Park 6, Williamsville East 0: On a day when all four schools from Class A South picked up wins, South Park’s game was the closest.
After having a touchdown wiped out on a penalty in the first quarter, the Sparks finally made their way to the endzone with 4:15 remaining in the game. Quarterback Deabeyon Humphrey found Shyquan Brodie for a 25-yard pass to get the Sparks inside the 5-yard line. That set up Clarence Thomas for a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Flames got into the red zone in the final minute of the game, but South Park forced them into a turnover on downs with an incomplete pass on 4th and 2 on the South Park 17-yard line. Elijah Lewis recorded four sacks for the Sparks, while Justin Johnson snagged an interception in the shutout.
“Defensively, we just played physical like we have all year,” coach Tim Delaney said.
South Park hosts West Seneca East next week at All-High Stadium.
West Seneca East 28, Grand Island 14: The Trojans, the No. 4 seed in the South division, upset the No. 1 seed from the North thanks to a monster performance from Jacob Maurino. The senior running back rushed for 275 yards and three long touchdowns on just 13 carries.
Down at half, 7-0, Maurino broke free for scores of 77 and 65 yards in the third quarter. Jared Bailey IV made it 21 unanswered points on an 11-yard run.
After a 10-yard TD pass from Cam Sionko to Zane Johnson brought the Vikings within 21-14, Maurino scored on a 58-yard run to push the lead back to 14.
Bailey also did his part on defense making two interceptions. Shaun Dolac added 10 tackles for the Trojans.
West Seneca West 59, Sweet Home 24: Running back John Speyer was the Indians’ work horse on offense, rushing 21 times for 252 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Myers didn’t pass often but was successful when he did. The senior signal caller went 7 for 10 for 181 yards and three scores.
Kyle Haettich added to West’s busy scoring night from the defensive side of the ball, returning an interception 80 yards to the house.
Next week West Seneca West hosts Iroquois, a team the Indians defeated 49-17 in Week Three.
Cheektowaga 49, Depew 0: A defensive stop in the red zone by Cheektowaga’s defense on Depew’s opening drive set the tone in the rout.
“That was big,” said Warriors coach Mike Fatta, who picked up the 50th win of his six-year career. “We kept them out and had a lot more success after that.”
A huge part of that success was the play of junior quarterback Keshone Beal. He was 9 of 18 passing for 164 yards two touchdowns and ran seven times for 163 yards and two scores, including an 80-yarder. Beal’s throwing TDs went for 10 yards to Jaquan Pugh and 24 to Tommy Zolnowski, who also returned a punt 45 yards to the house.
Michael Gray (12 carries, 91 yards) and Ja’Vaughn Williams each ran for a touchdown and were part of a ground game that amassed 363 of Cheektowaga’s 527 total yards. On defense, Terrance Bass had three sacks and Luke Mortellaro had five tackles and a sack.
The Warriors host Dunkirk next week.
Dunkirk 25, Albion 7: The Marauders defeated the Purple Eagles for the second time in three weeks, but it wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the 18-15 score in Week Six. Dunkirk answered Albion’s touchdown in the second quarter with 25 unanswered points.
Dunkirk had two backs surpass the 100-yard mark in Quantavis Kleckley (22 carries, 125 yards, two TDs) and Jaziah Rivera (eight carries, 109 yards), while the defense allowed just 11 yards rushing on 38 attempts.
Devaun Farnham-Dejesus, who threw for 69 yards, notched his most impressive play while kicking. He hit a 45-yard field goal to make it 9-7 in the second quarter.
Maryvale 18, Newfane 15: The Flyers came back in the second half to pull out their first home playoff win since 2006.
A 1-yard TD run by Rashad Law (80 yards rushing) midway through the fourth quarter was the final score of the game and gave the Flyers their first lead. The Panthers had a 15-6 lead at half.
“We were basically down the whole game,” Maryvale coach Jeff Buccieri said. “It was looking grim into the third quarter but a quick score in the third quarter rejuvenated us.”
Six of Connor Desiderio’s seven completions and both of the sophomore quarterback’s touchdowns went to senior receiver Ray Blackwell, who had 129 yards receiving and a leaping one-handed grab on the first drive in the second half.
Dylan Casey had 102 rushing yards for Maryvale and an interception on defense. Law piled up 15 tackles at middle linebacker.
The Flyers take on the winner of No. 1 Lackawanna and No. 8 Pioneer.
Wilson 57, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley 43: The Lakemen won a track meet, out-rushing the Golden Cougars 328 to 297. Most of the production came from sophomore Drew Westmorland, who rushed 16 times for 226 yards and three touchdowns.
Steven Frerichs enjoyed a successful day through the air as well, going 12 for 15 for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Wade Rick was his favorite target, as the senior receiver caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Wilson visits Southwestern next week.
Silver Creek/Forestville 41, JFK 14: No report.
Southwestern 28, Akron 20: No report.
Franklinville/Ellicottville 54, Portville 13: The Titans breezed by the Panthers thanks to a 41-point first quarter.
The starting offense was sharp and efficient. Quarterback Brock Blecha recorded 102 yards and three touchdowns on 5 for 5 passing, while running back Jacob Peters needed just four carries to rush for 123 yards and a score.
“We had a home playoff game. We wanted to be sharp,” Titans coach Chad Bartoszek said. “You want to make sure you weren’t looking forward.”
Franklinville/Ellicottville hosts Chautauqua Lake next week.
Chautauqua Lake 40, Salamanca 0: No report.
Maple Grove 40, Randolph/Frewsburg 21: No report.