St. Joe’s Marauders had to keep fighting off St. Francis all game, finally covering an onsides kick attempt with 1:20 left to clinch the 43-41 victory Saturday afternoon at the Robert Scott Complex.
Junior David Morgan ran for three scores for the Marauders, totaling 94 yards on 12 carries while freshman Morgan Scott scored from 22 yards with a blocked punt and ran 29 yards for a score with 2 minutes to play which ended up deciding the game.
St. Joe’s needed every bit of that to overcome a brilliant performance by St. Francis junior quarterback Jake Ritts and junior running back Xzavier Janczylik. Ritts (30 completions, 41 attempts, 448 yards) passed for four touchdowns, three to Janczylik, who also scored on an 11-yard run.
Ritts also hooked up on a 95-yard play to start the second half, giving the Raiders a brief 20-14 lead.
Each side is now 2-4 overall and 1-1 in Monsignor Martin
Erie (Pa.) 34, Canisius 14: The Royals exploded for 27 second half points after a 7-7 halftime tie and earned their second victory in six starts. Christian Veilleux ran 10 yards in the first half for a Canisius score and Joel Nicholas ran 75 yards for the other. JaGannon Williams had TD runs of 66, 61 and 242 yards for Erie and Danny Blue had 89 and 80-yard scores.
Williamsville North 34, Lockport 22: Dylan Kelly’s 90-yard kickoff return broke the game open in the second quarter, giving the Spartans a 20-6 lead and they went on to spoil the first game at the Lions’ refurbished field. Dylan Mann ran for three Spartans touchdowns and Joe Nusall passed for the other as No. 6 ranked North improved to 4-2 on the season.
Kenmore West 36, Hamburg 13: The Blue Devils took the lead on a 48-yard pass from Zac Boyes to Ramon Hill and the two-point conversion to follow and went on to their third victory of the season and clinched a berth in the Section VI Federation playoffs. Joe Stewart ran 16 yards for a touchdown
that increased the West lead to 14-7. Cameron Crosier scored two touchdowns for the winners in the second half, including a 34-yard run. Dosyear White returned an interception
Zach Nyhart scored on a 70-yard kickoff return for Hamburg.
Lackawanna 28, Medina 26: Jeremiah Caviness pass to Juan Rodriguez for a touchdown with 28 seconds left, and the same combination worked for the two-point conversion to give the Steelers their victory. Lackawanna began its winning drive with 1:51 left to play. The pass for the two-point conversion came off a fake sweep and Caviness lofted his pass over a defender to the corner of the end zone.
Juan Rodriguez had three pass receptions for 35 yards, two catches went for touchdowns. Caviness also threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Alex Rodriguez in the first half after Medina had taken a 14-0 lead. Jeremiah Presley ran 4 yards for a Steelers touchdown and a two-point conversion. He also had a 55-yard kick return.
Class C North
Cleveland Hill 36, Akron 7: Aaron Wahler ran for two first half touchdowns as the Golden Eagles won their fifth straight after an opening loss in a nonleague game. Senior Javon Thomas ran for one Cleve Hill score and passed to D’Mario Grant for another.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama 25, Maple Grove 20: Derek Ecklund ran for three touchdowns and caught a 34-yard pass from Gerrit Hinsdale for C-S-P (4-0 in division). Ecklund carried 26 times for 22 yards and had 49 yards on three receptions. Mitch Hobey had five receptions for 69 yards for the winners and had six tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Dunkirk 36, Burgard 14: The host Marauders rolled up 400 yards on the ground with Quantavis Kleckley carrying 19 times for 270 and a pair of touchdowns on Friday night. Burgard gained 302 yards through the air, but had three passes picked off.