Cheektowaga was a little embarrassed following last year’s loss to Dunkirk in the Class B final at New Era Field.
The Marauders “out-physicaled” the Warriors to end their two-year reign as sectional champions, but Cheektowaga has the last laugh this season.
After Dunkirk tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter, Cheektowaga broke the game open by scoring the game’s next six touchdowns in a 52-15 semifinal win. The Warriors piled up 474 yards of offense and held Dunkirk’s to 188 yards.
Warriors QB Keshone Beal continued his stellar junior season by completing 7 of 9 passes for 184 yards and a 6-yard TD pass to Keon White. He also ran 17 times for 180 yards and three scores of 3, 1 and 79 yards. Senior RB Jaquan Bush added 47 yards rushing and three touchdowns on eight carries.
On defense, Lamar Reeves returned an interception 90 yards to the house. Taivaughn Roach had nine tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, while Luke Mortellaro added five tackles and two sacks.
Cheektowaga plays the winner of Lackawanna-Maryvale for the Class B title next Saturday.
For Dunkirk, Tywon Wright scored both touchdowns on a 15-yard run and an 81-yard pass from Devaun Farnham-DeJesus.
Lancaster 61, Jamestown 12: The Legends tied a school record for points in a game, which they set earlier this season in a Week Five win against Niagara Wheatfield.
“We were clicking in all three phases tonight,” Lancaster coach Eric Rupp said. “We played well on offense, defense and scored a few times on special teams.”
Quarterback Ryan Mansell was 11 of 16 passing for 231 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half. Andrew Hersey had 75 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
Max Giordano scored four times on 20- and 54-yard passes from Mansell, a 64-yard punt return and an 84-yard kick return. Nicholas Maera caught two TD passes from Mansell as well.
Ben Damiani led the Legends defense with 10 tackles.
The wins sets up an unbeaten clash against Williamsville North next Friday at New Era Field for the Class AA title.
“They’re physical, real good on defense and have an explosive receiver on offense in (Dylan) Kelly,” Rupp said.
Williamsville North 31, Niagara Falls 8: The Spartans’ ability to rebound and make adjustments after going into the half with a 7-0 lead was key to coming out of the break and scoring 17 points in the third quarter.
Dylan Kelly (five tackles) opened the scoring in the second half with a safety on a blitz. Ivan Ghemmegne (13 carries, 66 yards) followed that up by scoring his first of two rushing touchdowns. Dylan Mann then returned an interception 60 yards for a TD.
“We made some adjustments in the running game and the blocking scheme that sort of opened it up for us,” North coach Mike Mammoliti said. “That safety seemed to give us life early in the third
Quarterback Joe Nusall scored the only touchdown of the first half on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Vinnie Catanzaro had six tackles on defense, while Jayden Rynkiewicz had five tackles and a sack.
North is headed to the home of the Bills for the first time since 2013, when it finished as the state runner-up. Awaiting is fellow unbeaten Lancaster.
“I’ve seen them live once,” Mammoliti said. “I think the word that comes to mind is efficient. They’re very efficient in what they do. They don’t hurt themselves with mistakes and turnovers.”
West Seneca West 35, Iroquois 14: The Indians will get a chance to shine under the bright lights at New Era Field for the first time in school history.
West QB Matt Myers (10-18 passing, 170 yards) found Juston Johnson for a 22-yard TD pass in the second quarter and led the Indians on four more scoring drives in the second half. Myers and Bryan Ball (10 carries, 98 yards) finished those off with two rushing scores each.
Mike Glinski (12 tackles) and Liam Scheuer (10 tackles, sack) led the defensive effort for the Indians. CJ Perillo scored on 7- and 4-yard runs for Iroquois.
Next up for West is fellow unbeaten South Park next Saturday.
“They have a great defense and they make plays on offense,” Vastola said. “It’s going to be a great championship game.
“We take it one game at a time, but this has been their goal since they’ve been in eighth grade. Hopefully we can put up a good fight.”
Southwestern 28, Wilson 27: The Trojans had a 28-7 lead at half, but 20 fourth-quarter points by the Lakemen brought the visitors within a point of the lead. Instead of kicking for the extra point, Wilson decided to go for the win. Southwestern stopped the two-point pass attempt and held on to book its second straight trip to New Era Field.
Southwestern QB Cole Snyder (11-16 passing, 145 yards) threw for two touchdowns to Luke Heil and Brian Burns (15 carries, 95 yards), who also ran for two scores.
Wilson QB Steve Frerichs threw for three scores in the fourth quarter, the last two to Marcel Wilson (8 catches, 91 yards). Frerichs also ran 13 times for 111 yards and a TD.
The Trojans play the winner of Cleveland Hill-Silver Creek/Forestville next Saturday.
Franklinville/Ellicottville 43, Chautauqua Lake 14: It was a sluggish start for coach Chad Bartoszek’s Titans, but the defense held tough and allowed the offense to find its groove in a 29-point second half.
“We were just out of sync,” Bartoszek said. “We got inside the 10 on the first drive but we had a penalty, bad snap and dropped ball. All those things you can’t do, so our first drive stalled. ... In the second half we came out and played much better.”
Quarterback Brock Blecha was more of a runner than a passer Friday with 17 carries for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Austin Grinols added 61 rushing yards and a TD on five carries, and Griffin Chudy had 99 yards on the ground.
Steven Rowland made six tackles on defense and Sam Erickson added four tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Titans are headed back to the Class D final for the fourth year in a row. It’ll be a rematch against defending-champ Maple Grove, which F/E beat in Week Three, 26-6.
“They’re going to be technically sound. We know that,” Bartoszek said. “They’re going to be a big test. Our kids are excited to be going back and get a shot to win a sectional title.”
Maple Grove 26, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 20: The Red Dragons opened up a 20-0 lead in the third quarter and withstood a late rally by CSP to head back to New Era Field for a shot at defending their title.
Easton Tanner was 6 of 10 passing for 98 yards and two touchdowns, both to Zach Fischer in the first half. Tanner added 66 yards on the ground and six tackles on defense.
Carter Russo (10 tackles, three sacks) returned a fumble 11 yards for a TD before a pair of Wolpack scores made it 20-12 after three.
Nick Fabrizio’s 21-yard score in the fourth gave the Red Dragons a 26-12 lead and the breathing room they needed. Fabrizio finished with 151 yards on 25 carries.
St. Francis 42, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 8: The Red Raiders wrapped up their regular season with a blowout of Timon.
Sophomore Xzavier Janczylik ran 10 times for 76 yards and a pair of scores. Daniel Browning scored on a 60-yard kick return, and Connor Miller returned an interception 47 yards to the house.
D’Andre Jones made seven tackles on defense.
St. Francis has a bye next week and will play the highest remaining seed in the Monsignor Martin semifinals on Nov. 10.