When Kenmore West’s leading running back Joe Stewart had to leave Saturday’s game against rival Kenmore East with an ankle injury in the first quarter, it looked like trouble for the Blue Devils.
Instead, it gave senior Cam Crosier a chance to show his great versatility. Moving from his usual slot position to tailback, all the 5-9, 160-pound speedster did was score a Kenmore West record seven touchdowns and a record 42 points in a 49-14 rout of the host Bulldogs.
"Our kids are really coming together," said Blue Devils coach John Haynes. "They’re doing the right things and when guys go down, others are taking advantage of their opportunity.
"That’s what Cam did today. Hats off to him and our offensive line."
Crosier scored on runs of 23 and 4 yards, helping West build a 16-0 lead before Stewart was forced out of the game. He scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter as the Blue Devils took a 34-6 lead into halftime.
After intermission, Crosier scored on a 4-yard run, a 33-yard pass from Zach Boyes, a 6-yard run and a 5-yard run.
Altogether, Crosier had 147 rushing yards in 17 attempts and caught two passes for 46 more. Going into the game Crosier had carried only 20 times for 188 yards. This season he has 12 receptions for 208 yards, a 17.3-yard average and also returns punts and kickoffs.
Crosier’s seven touchdowns broke the school record of six by Terrell Ford (2015). His six rushing touchdowns were also a Kenmore West record, breaking the record of five shared by Sam Gagliardi (1992), James Mallory (2004), Tim Hersey (2008), Martin Bailey (2010) and Ford (2015). Ford had the single game record for points (36).
Bennett 51, Hutch-Tech 18: Aaron Smith caught a 73-yard touchdown pass from Devotie Pompey and threw for two touchdowns for the Tigers. Justin Campbell scored on two runs and returned an interception 91 yards for the final score for Bennett (5-2, 5-1 AA).
Olean 20, Lackawanna 16: Icar Simon ran 10 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the Huskies from behind. Alex Weakfall ran for 110 yards in 18 attempts for Olean. Simon had 13 carries for 71 yards and led the defense with seven tackles including a sack.
Newfane 55, Eden-North Collins 14: Jaden Heers ran for 131 yards in only five carries and scored three times for the Panthers. Heers had runs of 52, 30 and 22. He and Jonah Wisniewski had 10 tackles each
Class C North
Cleveland Hill 62, JFK 18: The Bears matched the first two Cleve Hill scores in the first quarter, but couldn’t keep up. The Golden Eagles took a 32-12 lead into the second quarter after four TDs, three on runs by 235-pound powerhouse back Aaron Wahler, who added an 85-yard-run in the fourth quarter. Santino Aramini, 145-pounds, scored twice for JFK and had 10 carries for 118 yards.
CSP 40, Salamanca 0: Junior Gerrit Hinsdale passed for four touchdowns and ran 2 yards for another to lead Clymer/Sherman/Panama to its seventh win without a loss. Three of the touchdown passes went to Cameron Barmore.
Canisius 47, St. Mary’s 0: Joel Nicholas started the scoring with a 76-yard run and ended it with a 97-yard return of the second kick. Jordan Marks scored on a 15-yard fumble return and 25-yard interception return for the Crusaders (3-3, 2-0 Monsignor Martin).
Jamestown 48, McKinley 28: The Red Raiders came to All High Stadium, took a 35-0 halftime lead and went on to their fourth victory of the season. Fran Rodriguez carried 11 times for 136 yards and three TDs to lead the victory. Peyton Olson had 145 yards in 14 tries while Drew Boggs completed six of seven passes for 120 yards and three scores. Kaiyer Fields (21 carries, 355 yards) scored three times in the second half for the Macks (4-3) on runs of 45, 64 and 66 and ran for two two-point conversions.
Grand Island 14, Niagara Wheatfield 0: Blake Bielec scored in the first half and Ryan Jellinick’s 13-yard run in the fourth quarter wrapped it. Jeremiah Wilkes had six tackles and two sacks to lead the shutout defense of the Vikes.
V-Aquinas 55, St. Francis 49: Junior Jake Ritts of the Red Raiders completed 28 of 46 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns in another shootout loss Saturday night. St. Francis was outgunned by St. Joe’s 43-41 last week. Xzavier Janczylyk carried three times for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Gilman (Md.) 55, Cardinal O’Hara 20: Kevonte Beard started things with a 51-yard run and the visitors from Baltimore (1-6) went on to their first victory.