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High School Football Roundup: Wilson stays perfect, clinches Class C North

Wilson put on another stifling defensive performance Friday night, defeating rival Cleveland Hill, 25-6.

The victory gave the undefeated Lakemen the Class C North division title.

Wilson’s defense recorded four turnovers in the win. The team also notched a safety after a flawless coffin corner punt from Thomas Baia pinned Cleveland Hill on the 1-yard line.

The Lakemen entered the game having allowed just 24 points in four games, behind only McKinley (18) and Southwestern (16) in all of Section VI.

Brayden Dunlap’s 60-yard touchdown run was an offensive highlight for Wilson.

Class AA

Lancaster 27, Bennett 22: The Tigers were undaunted by a 20-point deficit after one quarter. Bennett battled back to cut the Legends’ lead to 20-16 before Lancaster scored again.

Bennett got a late touchdown in the fourth quarter but was unable to do any further damage.

Jason Mansell threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns for Lancaster. Shawn Davis had seven receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.

He also recorded a 30-yard pick-6 in the first quarter for the Legends.

D’jae Perry continued his impressive senior season for Bennett with 77 yards rushing on 21 carries and two touchdowns.

Jamestown 49, Lockport 22: The Raiders had a 35-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to two touchdowns each from junior Savon Vansickle and sophomore Jaylen Butera.

Demarri Jones kicked off the scoring spree with a 9-yard run in the first. Butera ran in a 22-yarder and also caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from freshman Trey Drake.

Vansickle rushed for consecutive 7-yard touchdowns in the first quarter. He added a third later in the night, a 5-yard scamper.

Class A

West Seneca West 34, North Tonawanda 7: It was a defensive struggle in the first half of the Lumberjacks and Indians meeting. West Seneca West drew first blood on a 23-yard pass from Liam Scheuer to Julian Maloney.

North Tonawanda tied the game later in the half after a 4th-and-3 gamble turned into a 14-yard Camerin Holmes touchdown.

The Indians took the game over after that and scored 27 unanswered points.

Shifty running back Isaiah Simmons led West offensively with 173 yards and three touchdowns.

West Seneca East 42, Kenmore East 20: It was another night to remember for the Trojans’ Devare Mathis. The junior running back ran for 146 yards and scored five total touchdowns in East’s victory over the Bulldogs.

Mathis ran for touchdowns of 15, three and 18 yards, caught a 54-yarder from quarterback Brady Frys and also had a 65-yard pick-6.

Sophomore John Robbins also recovered a punt for a touchdown.

Amherst 26, Sweet Home 16: The Tigers took home the inaugural “Big Cat Trophy” with the win over the Panthers.

Speedy senior Anthony McCarley had 15 carries for 155 yards, a rushing touchdown and a touchdown reception for Amherst.

Nick O’Neil rushed 25 times for 143 yards and a touchdown.

Class B

Pioneer 41, Lake Shore 14: Senior Tra’e Hill was simply unstoppable in the Panthers’ victory over their Class B-2 rival.

He rushed 17 times for 290 yards and two touchdowns and also had a 74-yard kick return score in the first quarter.

Not to be outdone, fellow senior Tyler Ely also ran a kickoff back 76 yards for a Pioneer touchdown. He carried the ball 13 times for 141 yards and another touchdown.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by Jordan King, who had 10 tackles, two passes defensed and two tackles for a loss.

Joe Stover racked up five tackles and an interception while Denton Tilly had six tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks.

Depew 34, Springville 0: Devan Connolly set a Depew record with his 39-yard field goal in the second quarter. He broke the old record of 34 yards, set by Ron Hooper in 1998.

Connoly was 2-for-2 on field goals in the win and 4-for-4 on extra points. He puts his kicking talent to good use on the soccer field as well.

Meanwhile, Christian Pagano had 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Depew. Nate Kulesz had two touchdown passes, a 46-yarder and a 34-yarder.

Newfane 26, Tonawanda 7: Newfane clinched its first Class B-4 title in 26 years with the win over the Warriors.

Panthers coach Chuck Nagel remembers that last league championship fondly – after all, he was a member of that Newfane squad.

Jaden Heers rumbled for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for Newfane while Zach Snow had 87 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

WNY Maritime/Health Sciences 38, Medina 12: John Washington ran for two touchdowns as Maritime inches closer to a Class B-2 title.

Class D

Clymer/Sherman/Panama 40, Salamanca 0: Connor Cooper ran for two touchdowns and Garrit Hinsdale threw for three more as the Wolfpack blanked the Warriors on their home turf.


Iroquois 35, Alden 0: Blake Nolan rushed for two touchdowns and sophomore signal-caller Trey Kleitz threw for another in the first half for the Chiefs.

Nolan would plunge into the end zone one more time in the third quarter, and Kleitz connected with Ryan Currant for a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth as Iroquois won its second-straight contest.

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