Lackawanna quarterback Jeremiah Caviness didn’t look like a player suiting up for his first varsity game on Friday night. He looked like a Connolly Cup candidate.
The senior set single-game school records for yards (372), touchdowns (four) and completions (21) as the Steelers rolled to a season-opening 35-15 nonleague victory against Frontier.
“He made all the right throws. He stood there in the pocket, faced a lot of pressure,” Lackawanna coach Adam Tardif said. “He’s been making these kind of throws in practice. ... Jeremiah’s just got the skills.”
Frontier hung close early, trailing 12-7 at the half, but was outscored 6-0 in the third and 16-8 in the fourth.
Caviness’ most explosive scoring play of the afternoon came in the second quarter, as he found Alex Rodriguez for a 65-yard touchdown pass. Alex’s brother, Juan, caught two touchdown passes and notched 75 yards.
The defense did their job as well, forcing three fumbles and two interceptions.
Manny Land caught six passes for a team-high 123 yards and kicked off the scoring in the game with a 3-yard touchdown run in the second.
Quarterback Max Fleming threw a 10-yard touchdown pass and Alex Lippert ran for a score for the Falcons, who were playing their first game under head coach Chuck Tilley.
Medina 14, Depew 12: Mustang quarterback Izaiah Rhim ran for two touchdowns of more than 50 yards, including a 53-yard score in the fourth quarter to secure a comeback victory for Medina.
Albion 37, Olean 6: Wideout Matt Kovaleski caught eight passes for 129 yards as the Purple Eagles, one of the favorites to win the Class B this season, lived up to expectations in their road opener.
Albion put up 30 points before the Huskies got on the board in the third.
Cheektowaga 46, Lake Shore 0: Dan Russell, Lake Shore’s Spectrum weatherman-turned-coach, suffered a stormy debut.
Of course, that was somewhat expected when facing the Warriors, the defending Class B champions.
Cheektowaga quarterback Keshone Beal threw for 201 yards and four touchdowns, with wide receiver Tamell Bess totaled 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Class B-1 showdown.
The Warriors’ defense allowed just 90 yards as linebacker Taivaughn Roach led the group with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Southwestern 35, Franklinville 8: Quarterback Cole Snyder, who has verbally committed to Rutgers, tied his own school record of five touchdowns on an efficient 18 for 22 passing for 223 yards.
His usual favorite target, Alex Card, had a stellar night as well, catching eight passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns.
Chautauqua Lake/Westfield 18, Allegany-Limestone 7: Coach Curt Fischer earned a victory in his first game with the Thunderbirds thanks to a strong ground attack and an unrelenting defense. Trey Sauerland and Ryan Jafarigian each ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown, while the Chautauqua Lake/Westfield defense held the Gators to 72 yards.
Salamanca 26, Catt./Little Valley 20: The Warriors came back from down 20-12 entering the fourth quarter to win the lone Class D game of the evening.
Starpoint 35, Grand Island 7: Spartans quarterback Aaron Chase threw for a program-record 419 passing yards and four touchdowns as Starpoint bested the defending co-champs of Class A North.
It was a much different story for the Grand Island quarterback, as four-year starter Cam Sionko left the game in the fourth quarter. He was seen on crutches with his left ankle wrapped in ice in the final minutes.
West Seneca West 48, Sweet Home 0: Head coach Mike Vastola has stressed putting last year’s state title behind them, but the Indians resembled the stellar 2017 squad in their blowout opener.
Running back John Speyer rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while quarterback Liam Scheuer threw for 122 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 40 yards and a touchdown in his first game as West’s starting signal-caller.
West Seneca East 34, Jamestown 12: Shaun Dolac was a one-man wrecking crew for the Trojans. He earned 54 yards through the air and a touchdown on his lone throw, ran for 76 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
St. Joe’s 29, Bennett 14: The private school emerged victorious in a rare matchup between a Monsignor Martin and Section VI large school.
Marauders running back Jim Scott rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown, while the defense held the Tigers scoreless in the first half.
Orchard Park 42, McKinley 24: Craig Dana earned a victory in his first game as the Quakers head coach. He’s got big shoes to fill, replacing legendary coach Gene Tundo.
Louis Iriarry and Pierson Savarino each ran for two touchdowns and 149 and 58 yards, respectively.