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High School Football Roundup: Niagara Falls gets first win

It took overtime and then some for Niagara Falls to secure its first win of the football season.

The Wolverines and Hutch-Tech had played to a scoreless tie through four quarters. So on to OT they went, matching each other punch for punch until Niagara Falls eventually came away with the 20-14 win.

Hutch-Tech opened the scoring with a 1-yard run from Anthony Whitfield who then threw for a successful two-point conversion.

JoJo Dixon responded for Niagara Falls with a 20-yard touchdown run with Deonte Matthews scoring the two-point conversion.

On to the next possession.

Whitfield again scored for Hutch-Tech, this time on a 6-yard run. The extra point, however, was no good.

Dixon responded for Niagara Falls with his own 6-yard run. The extra point try, for the win, was no good.

The Niagara Falls defense stepped up on the fourth OT possession for Hutch-Tech, stopping the Engineers four times from the 1-yard line.

Willie McDougald scored the winning TD for Niagara Falls with a 10-yard run.

Monsignor Martin

St. Francis 48, Cardinal O’Hara 34: It was a big game for sophomore quarterback Jacob Ritts, who threw for 337 yards and five TDs, while running for one himself, as St. Francis evened its record at 2-2.

“Basically, he’s maturing rapidly,” coach Jerry Smith said. “He sees the field very well and he’s making the right decisions and is very accurate putting the ball right on the guys.”

While the Red Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a pair of TD runs from Dominik Thomas, Smith wasn’t entirely pleased with his team’s performance.

“There were a lot of penalties in this game for both sides,” Smith said. “It was a sloppy game all around actually. We justmade a few more plays than they did quite honestly.”

Thomas finished with four touchdowns, catching seven passes for 155 yards. Matt Jaworski had 13 tackles.

Class AA

Orchard Park 48, Lockport 34: The Quakers remained undefeated with the win as two running backs went over 100 yards for the game. Louis Irizarry rushed for 157 yards on 31 carries with TD runs 7 and 9 yards. Steven Kulikowsky ran for 137 yards on 15 carries with TD runs 17 and 4 yards. Quarterback Jack Sharp threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns, both to Archie Bartolotti.

Lockport scored 27 points in the second quarter with Malik Brooks racking up 239 yards receiving on seven catches. He had three TD catches of 73, 59, and 58 yards and added a 64-yard TD run.

Class B-2

Lackawanna 26, Springville 8: DeMarion Johnson scored three times in three different ways to pace the Steelers in the win. Johnson had a 66-yard interception return, caught a 30-yard pass from Jeremiah Caviness, and a 28-yard TD run. He finished with 83 yards on 12 carries. Juan Rodriguez opened the scoring for Lackawanna with a 25-yard reception from Caviness. Rodriguez finished with 117 receiving yards and the Steelers improved to 3-1.

Class C North

Cleveland Hill 46, Roy-Hart 7: Aaron Wahler rushed for 106 yards on eight carries with TD runs of 40, 31, and 28 yards. Javon Thomas ran for 112 yards and TDs of 3 and 50 yards, adding an interception on defense. Chris Diem had nine tackles and a sack for Cleveland Hill, now 3-0 in the division.

Class C South

Randolph/Frewsburg 31, Chautauqua Lake/Westfield 19: Deter Miinte rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown in a game that was rescheduled for Saturday after Friday night’s storms.

Nonleague

Aquinas 49, St. Joe’s 21: Aquinas sophomore quarterback Tyler Szalkowski had a field day on Saturday, throwing for 484 yards and seven touchdowns. Szalkowski, who completed 23 of his 28 passes, has 1,086 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. David Morgan rushed for 141 yards for St. Joe’s including two touchdowns while Michael Brown completed seven of his 10 passes for 113 yards.

Class A-3

South Park 40, Amherst 8: In a late game Friday night, South Park improved to 4-0 with the trouncing of Amherst. The Sparks opened the scoring with a 22-yard fumble return by Elijah Lewis and the offense rolled after that. Greg Branswell had an 8-yard TD run, Brandon Brown caught a 5-yard pass from Dabeyon Humphrey then had a 26-yard rushing score and Anthony Mack caught a 20 yard pass from Humphrey. Ray Romero-Horta added a 27-yard fumble return to close out the scoring for South Park. The Sparks face undefeated West Seneca East next.

Class B-3

Tonanwada 27, Alden 0: The Tonawanda defense gave up just seven yards in its first shutout in Class B in more than 10 years. Ian Summerson had an interception return for a touchdown, Jason Frazer had 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Zack Braddell rushed for 201 yards on 30 carries including TD runs of 62 and 12 yards. Tonawanda evened its record at 2-2.

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