Niagara Wheatfield wanted to flip the script.
Last week, the Falcons suffered their first loss of the season, committing seven turnovers in a 26-14 set back at Jamestown.
This week, they were a plus-three in the giveaway/takeaway column, defeating Kenmore West, 28-21, in a Class A-1 matchup.
“This week we gave our offense, which we know is explosive, more opportunity to be on the field,” Niagara Wheatfield coach Russ Nixon said.
That explosive offense included 148 rushing yards and three touchdowns for senior running back Nick Stott. Jordan Parks finished with 71 yards on 14 carries while Noah Mixon caught four passes for 88 yards as the Falcons improved to 4-1.
“They knew they had to bounce back from last week and they kind of set their mind to it this week,” Nixon said. “They’re just a determined bunch. Offensively, we were able to get our run game going.
“We have a good senior core. Last year, a lot of these guys got a lot of experience as juniors. They went through the fire in (Class) AA and playing five of eight playoff teams. They learned a lot, took a lot of licks last year, and this year are executing and putting it together.”
West Seneca West 40, Jamestown 14: West Seneca West gained a season-high 555 yards of offense in winning its 20th straight game.
John Speyer rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown, Maurice Robertson threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns, two caught by Kayle Haettich, and Bryan Ball added 85 total yards, a touchdown, interception, fumble recovery and blocked field goal for the Indians (5-0), who are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A and among Western New York large schools. Juston Johnson and Nico Lowman also scored for the defending state champions.
Peyton Olson rushed for 131 yards for Jamestown (2-3, 2-2 Class A-1). Jeffrey Seaver caught a touchdown from Drew Boggs and Francisco Rodriguez scored on a 72-yard kick return.
Pioneer 63, Lew-Port 7: Pioneer quarterback Nick Rinker set a school record for passing touchdowns with four as the Panthers remained undefeated. Rinker completed four of seven passes for 101 yards while defensively added an interception. Mike Rigerman rushed for 203 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns and caught a 55-yard pass for a TD. Rigerman also had 10 tackles, three for loss. Brian Wittmeyer scored four times, three on TD catches and one on a fumble recovery.
Maryvale 62, Lake Shore 0: Rashad Law had a day for the Flyers. He rushed for 78 yards, had 38 yards receiving and returned a punt 37 yards for a touchdown as Maryvale improved to 4-1 overall, 3-1 in the division. Law added 10 tackles as well.
Albion 28, Springville 14: Ugene Harrison scored two first-half touchdowns, one a 43-yard pass from Bryce Pritchard and one on a 15-yard run. Pritchard also had a 20-yard TD pass to Kevin Hillman while Isaiah Callicut closed out the scoring with a 12-yard run.
Southwestern 50, Olean 20: In a battle of Top 10 small schools, Southwestern’s offense overpowered Olean. The undefeated Trojans (5-0) racked up 445 yards of total offense as quarterback Cole Snyder threw for 311 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for one TD. Alex Card caught all five of those touchdown passes, finishing with 241 yards on 10 catches. Southwestern entered the weekend ranked No. 2 among small schools. Olean, now 3-2, was ranked 10th.
Dunkirk 36, Hamburg 6: Quantavis Kleckley ran for 120 yards on 17 carries, including a TD run 5 yards.
Maple Grove 16, Gowanda/Pine Valley 8: Easton Tanner scored on a 35-yard pass from Carson Crist and on a 5-yard run.