The late Rob Sutton’s record for passing yards in a single game lasted 50 seasons at Kenmore West.
Saturday, Zach Boyes broke it, passing for 424 yards and four touchdown in a 54-28 rout of Niagara Wheatfield in a Section VI Football Federation Class A-1 game at Crosby Field. Boyes also scored on two 1-yard runs.
Sutton was the quarterback star of coach Jules Yakapovich’s undefeated 1969 Kenmore West team. That team was famed for Yakapovich’s “Radar Defense” but with Sutton at the helm, West outscored its opposition, 389-67, and scored fewer than 40 points only once.
Sutton, who played at Syracuse, died in 2016. He passed for 396 yards in a 52-14 victory over Tonawanda in the Blue Devils’ final game in 1969.
Saturday, Boyes, the son of Jerry Boyes, Buffalo State athletics director and former head football coach, completed 20 of 29 passes including touchdown throws to Noah Michael, Antonio Morgan and Eddie Vona before he eclipsed Sutton’s record with a 60-yard TD completion to Colton Locicero in the fourth quarter.
Vona ran for one touchdown and caught 10 passes for 171 yards as Kenmore West (4-1) compiled 461 yards total offense.
McKinley 34, Hamburg 20: The upset-minded Bulldogs twice took the lead in the first half and tied it in the third quarter before the Macks (4-0) won it on Devon Cottum’s 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
After Spencer Dix ran in from 5 yards to give Hamburg a 12-6 lead in the second quarter Henry Hunter returned the kickoff 80 yards and Takeo Funderburk ran for the two-point conversion to make it 14-12.
Hunter returned an interception 19 yards to make it 20-14 but Hamburg tied it on a 7-yard run by Dix and his two-point run.
St. Francis 27, St. Joe’s 21: The Red Raiders reinforced their claim as the No. 1 large school team in Western New York with its victory over the Marauders at Polian Field. It was the third straight victory for the Red Raiders (4-1), whose only loss was to Steubenville, Ohio.
St. Francis scored all of its points in the first half when Xzavier Janczylik, who rushed for 104 yards, scored on runs of 12, 6 and 15 yards. Jake Ritts completed 15-of-28 passes for 254 yards – including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Mark Arrizza.
The outcome wasn’t settled until Ritts hooked up on a 30-yard pass to Noah Kunzman on third-and-7 with under 2 minutes to play from the Marauders’ 43. The Raiders milked the rest of the clock.
That drive was set up by Ian Snyder’s interception near the Frannies’ goal line with 4:55 left.
St. Joe’s sophomore Callum Wither completed 20 for 36 for 286 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
St. Joe’s first touchdown was set up by Jimmy Scott’s 23-yard run on a fake punt. St. Francis recovered an onside kick that led to its taking a 14-7 lead. Ritts kept the drove alive with a run on fourth-and-1 on a fake field goal.
St. Mary’s 28, Cardinal O’Hara 6: Workhorse running back JaQwan Manuel carried 24 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns in the Lancers’ first victory in four starts. Manuel, 5-foot-4, 168 pounds, also made three tackles and recovered a fumble. Tyshawn Johnson led the St. Mary’s defense with nine tackles.
Canisius 41, Erie (Pa.) 20: Sophomore Tyler Baker started the scoring with a 57 yard run in the second quarter and added a 60-yard score before halftime as the Crusaders (2-3) won the nonleaguer.
Baker accounted for five scores, three runs and touchdown passes to Riley Simpson and tight end Hunter Glaser. He completed 12 of 24 passes for 170 yards and rushed eight times for 141.
Niagara Falls 43, Frontier 19: Zion Paige caught three touchdown passes from Justin Goldsmith in the second half as the Wolverines rallied after trailing 13-8 at the half. Falls’ first score was a 41-yard punt return by Paige, who had scoring receptions of 28, 29 and 37 in the second half.
Orchard Park 35, Hutch-Tech 6: Jack Sharp passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in the Quakers’ victory over the visiting Engineers. OP is 5-0, 4-0 in Class AA.