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West Seneca East took care of its first team goal of the season Friday – and took care of Lake Shore with a 34-6 victory. The win clinches the Class A South title for the Trojans, their first division title since 1981.
Any fears his team would come out flat against the winless Eagles were put to rest early when coach Jim Maurino’s Trojans broke the game open with a 21-point second quarter. “Their goal tonight was to clinch that division championship, it didn’t really matter who the opponent was,” Maurino said.
Quarterback Andy Smigiera accounted for four touchdowns, two passing and two running. He finished 9 of 15 for 199 yards passing. He scored the game’s first two TDs on the ground on runs of 2 and 17 yards and then connected on TD passes with Scott Ackerman and Mike Waterman.
“He took what the defense gave him,” Maurino said. “They decided to stack the box tonight and take away the run, and he threw for 200 yards.”
Smigiera also shines as the Trojans’ kicker/punter. He’s only had one kickoff that hasn’t been a touchback and he’s averaging 40 yards per punt.
Linebacker Ryan Johnson had nine tackles. West Seneca East (6-0) had three interceptions, compliments of Austin Spindler, Ryan Johnson and Sam Crabtree.
Cheektowaga 52, Lew-Port 6: Junior Preston Summers finished with 209 all-purpose yards, including a 55-yard rushing touchdown, a 65-yard TD reception and an 89-yard punt return as the Warriors clinched the Class B West title.
Robert Pulley finished with six tackles, including one for loss, while Davion Stallworth had three stops and a 55-yard interception return.
Iroquois 29, Hamburg 22: A big second half made the difference as the Chiefs rallied from a 22-3 first-half deficit.
“The second half was amazing. They really destroyed us in the first half,” said Iroquois coach Keith Marshall. “We renewed our focus and scored 26 straight points. Our defense was outstanding and that allowed us to maintain some balance offensively.”
Wide receiver Nate Wilkinson and quarterback Matt Keating connected on three TD passes. Tyler Miller rushed for 181 yards on 24 carries. Wilkinson had five catches for 141 yards while Keating finished 8 of 15 for 156 yards.
Maryvale 49, Lackawanna 21: The Flyers picked up their first win over the Steelers since 1994. Mike Wawrzyniak moved to tailback in the second half and rushed for a career-high 252 yards, four TDs and returned an interception for a score.
Running back Taylor Jordan, battling a hip-pointer all season, finished with 100 yards on 15 carries, and blocked a field goal try and and had seven tackles.
“We looked at this as a playoff game because three league losses would probably make it pretty difficult to make the playoffs. We played as a desperate football team, the guys were hungry and rose to the challenge,” said Maryvale coach Jeff Buccieri.
Clarence 35, West Seneca West 11: Emaure Williams rushed for 203 yards and a pair of scores for the Red Devils in Class AA South. Ben Reinhardt added 127 yards on nine carries with a score.
Alden 41, Medina/Lyndonville 20: Fullback Jarontay Thompson had three rushing touchdowns for the area’s undefeated No. 1 small school. Corey Barczykowski rushed for 250 yards on 23 carries and opened the scoring on a 12-yard run. Jason Bunk had four tackles for losses.
Depew 35, East 8: Brandon Atlas, who had 10 tackles including two for a loss, ran for a pair of touchdowns and Brian Rybeck added a touchdown in the Wildcats’ romp over East. Nick McCauley and Cody Tenner both had interceptions for the No. 3-ranked small schoool Wildcats, which held East scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Nichols 43, V-University Prep 22: The Vikings rolled to a 36-6 halftime lead and finished with 285 rushing yards in their victory. Adam Noonan, one week removed from becoming Nichols’ all-time leading rusher, finished with 155 yards and three TDs, which included a 44-yard fumble recovery.
Mike Geiger led the defense with nine tackles.
Williamsville South 50, Williamsville East 14: Sam Cohen proved to be a lethal offensive weapon for the Billies, who easily rolled by their rivals.
Cohen finished with 374 all-purpose yards, including 219 rushing, and also recorded eight tackles. Casey Nuchereno and Anthony Liberatore combined for 20 tackles for Williamsville South.
Frontier 22, Lancaster 16: Quarterback Ben Koch was 8 of 10 for 142 yard with a rushing and passing TD as the Falcons handed the Redskins their fifth straight Class AA South league loss.
Cameron Coon added 71 yards on the ground with a rushing and receiving score. LB Nick King had 15 tackles.
Burgard 20, Tonawanda 13: The Bulldogs’ Sean Marshall scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a 56-yard touchdown run. Marshall finished with 185 yards on 12 carries and caught five passes for 52 yards. Antoine Davis has 12 tackles and Roderick Morrow had a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs.
Barker/Roy-Hart 33, Albion 30: Jacob Haight nailed a 42-yard field goal to secure the victory. Barker/Roy-Hart’s Brad Bobbitt finished with 121 yards rushing and Brett Cole had 89. Tyler Hughson had 115 yards rushing for Albion.
Springville 20, Dunkirk 0: Bill Dickinson threw two TD passes, Tyler Conklin scored on a 14-yard run while the Griffins’ defense pitched a shutout.
Salamanca 41, Falconer 8: Tanner John threw for 218 yards with two passing and rushing scores as the Warriors put together 26-point second quarter.
Olean 34, East Aurora 0: Five different players scored, including Luke Hennessy on a 68-yard punt return, as the Huskies picked up the win in a Class B South.
Cattaraugus/Little Valley 16, I-Prep 0: The Timberwolves defense dominated from the opening kickoff as Ryan Hanst led with six tackles and Thomas Crawford recorded a safety in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Sam Agnew threw two touchdown strikes.
South Park 22, Bennett 14: Maurice Howie was 14 of 28 for 227 yards and two touchdowns, while Dequan Coleman had five receptions for 120 yards for the Sparks, who held Bennett scoreless in the second half.
Eden 22, Pioneer 20: Brady Bermingham’s 1-yard touchdown run and the ensuing two-point conversion proved to be the difference for the Raiders.
Maple Grove 21, Portville 0: The Red Dragons opened up a tight game with 14 fourth-quarter points in their shutout victory over the Panthers.
Akron 27, Fredonia 10: The Hillbillies couldn’t contain Austin Mietz, who had 160 yards rushing and a TD, while completing 13 of 20 passing for 165 yds and three TDs, including two to Austin Lauricella.
Silver Creek 34, Frewsburg 12: Zed Williams ran for 152 yards, while Sherman Williams scored three rushing TDs for Silver Creek. Quarterback Nick Iskra was 5 for 8 for 70 yards and a touchdown to Tyler Bain. Bain finished with three receptions for 60 yards.
Harvard Cup induction tonight: Pettibone’s Grille in Coca-Cola Field will host this year’s Harvard Cup Hall of Fame ceremony and celebratory dinner tonight.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with the award ceremony and induction of the class of 15 members scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are available at the door.