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St. Joe's ended Aquinas' 25-game winning streak over the Monsignor Martin Association in convincing fashion on Friday night, handing the state's No. 3 ranked team in Class AA a 27-14 setback on its own field.
It was the Marauders' first win over the Little Irish since a 48-8 decision during Naaman Roosevelt's senior year in 2005.
In his varsity debut, Dennis Gilbert Jr. was 10 of 15 for 122 yards and three TDs. St. Joe's, ranked No. 8 in the state, improved to 5-0. Rod Payne rushed for 115 yards and helped the defense with 12 tackles. Senior Dylan Hall had 3.5 sacks to spark a defense that forced three turnovers. Ilo Noble caught two TD passes. St. Joe's built a 21-0 halftime lead.
Timon/St. Jude 28, St. Mary's 21: Jackson Brown capped a 70-yard drive with a 2-yard run with five minutes left for the Tigers. Brown finished with 138 yards rushing and three TDs.
QB Ryan Dougherty, who missed the last three games with a knee injury, returned to form and was 8 of 14 for 209 yards and one TD. "He took one hit, other than that, our line did a great job," Timon coach Charlie Comerford said.
Frontier 35, Jamestown 28: Kevin Hamilton scored on a 21-yard run with 54 seconds left as the Falcons handed the Red Raiders their first loss. On its last drive, Jamestown pushed the ball to midfield before turning it over on downs.
Frontier QB Ben Koch was 14 of 19 for 219 yards and three TDs. Frontier scored 28 of its points in the second half. Kevin Hamilton added two scores and had two interceptions at DB. For Jamestown, Dequan Hollingsworth finished with 212 yards, including TD runs of 69 and 71 yards.
West Seneca East 34, Hamburg 14: Hamburg opened the scoring with a TD before the Trojans scored 34 consecutive points. Scott Ackerman rushed for 137 of the Trojans' 206 yards on the night, while Andy Smigiera, who had a 77-yard kickoff return, was 6 of 13 for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Iroquois 29, Williamsville South 26: RB Tyler Miller scored on a 16-yard counter trap play with 36 seconds left as the Chiefs won a wild one in Class A South. "The lead changed hands six times, it felt like 80," said Iroquois coach Keith Marshall. "They were up, we were up. The offensive line - it was the best I've ever seen our offensive line play. They were all starters last year, they went through tough times, and they got better."
Miller finished with 177 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns. Matt Keating was 7 of 13 for 84 yards and opened the game's scoring on a two-yard run. LB John Clearly had nine tackles and one fumble recovery that set up a score.
Cheektowaga 44, Dunkirk 26: RB Marqual Jackson continued his torrid pace as he rushed for 185 yards and three TDs on just 12 carries, while QB Tim Whelan was 13 of 19 for 248 and three TDs.
Fredonia 15, Cleveland Hill 8: The Hillbillies slowed the unbeaten Eagles as Weston Ley rushed for 120 yards and Cody Smith and Zack Buckley found the end zone. Nick Nocek recorded 12 tackles for Fredonia.
Wilson 32, Akron 29: QB Tim Walsh seemed to lock in on Taylor Thilk, who finished with six catches for 90 yards. The Lakemen also worked the ground game with Justin Slango running for 205 yards and two TDs. The Wilson defense recovered three fumbles.
South Park 38, Lake Shore 14: The Sparks created four turnovers and got plenty of support from their offense in a Class A South win. The Sparks jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Edgardo Berrios had three TDs, including an 82-yard interception return. Maurice Howie threw three TD passes and scored on the ground. South Park improves to 2-3 overall.
Howie, only a junior, needs 23 yards to break Keith Smoot's record for most passing yards in a career of over 3,600 yards.
"He was lights out (15 of 17 for 284)," said coach Tim Delaney. "He was on all night. He threw a fantastic fade to DeQuan Coleman, he hit him in stride. He really bounced back after last week."
Springville, 14, Pioneer 13: Springville has been tough-luck losers all season, but finally experienced a breakthrough by handing previously undefeated Pioneer to its first loss in a game decided on a missed extra point. Bill Dickinson had 120 rushing for the Griffins.
"It was a pretty good slugfest," Springville coach John Sopko said. "We've had miserable luck all year, we lost a game 7-6, lost a game in three OTs and lost a game on a Hail Mary, so this is just great. We felt we were the best 0-4 team in the area, but that's not much to say."
Clarence 42, Riverside 12: Emaure Williams rushed for 103 yards and two TDs while Ben Reinhardt added two scores as the Red Devils rode a 21-point first quarter on the way to a win.
Tonawanda 26, Amherst 6: Tyler Hughes enjoyed a huge night for the Warriors with 204 yards on 37 carries and two TDs, while QB Clayton Hess was 4 for 9 for 143 yards and two TDs. Christian Bowling's receptions of 65 and 31 yards both went for TDs.
Randolph 42, Portville 6: Jordan Dowiasz ran for 160 yards on 16 carries and two scores for the Cardinals. "He ran, over, around, through tackles - outran us, and he's been doing that to people all year," said Portville coach Gary Swetland. "Once he gets loose ... they list him at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, but he plays bigger than that."
Burgard 20, Lackawanna 14: Sean Marshall caught a 72-yard TD pass for the only points of the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs totaled 414 yards of offense and find themselves at 4-1.
The defense delivered as Roderick Morrow had 17 tackles, Darnell Saunders added 12 and Jamar Holmes chipped in with 11. For the Steelers, Cameron Smith rushed for 141 yards and a score.
Lew-Port 47, Maryvale 37: QB Josh Daul was 8 of 15 for 232 yards and three TDs for the Lancers. Billy Schiavitti had three catches for 108 yards and two TDs.
Barker/Roy-Hart 32, West Seneca West 31: Brett Cole scored with 1:32 left on a 12-yard run as the Raiders handed the Indians their third straight loss.
Barker took a punt and drove 60 yards, making two fourth down conversions, for the winning score. Cole finished with 219 rushing yards and three TDs.
Medina/Lyndonville 34, East 18: Kyle Barna scored twice, had 10 tackles and an interception for the Mustangs. The defense delivered with two scores as Lonnie Taylor had a 15-yard interception and Ben Austin returned a fumble 70 yards to the house.