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It’s been a long time since Monsignor Martin schools have gotten the best of Aquinas, the classic Section V powerhouse.
Last week, it was St. Joe’s which broke the Monsignor Martin Association’s 25-game losing streak to Aquinas. This week, Canisius made it two in a row with a 35-7 win at Koessler Field Saturday afternoon.
It was the first time Aquinas has lost two games in a season since 2006 and the first time two Monsignor Martin schools have beaten the Little Irish in the same season since 2005.
“I think it’s a testament to what all of us coaches in the Monsignor Martin say on a regular basis,” Canisius coach Rich Robbins said. “We have a very good league. We’re a deep league and there’s a lot of good players.”
Aquinas (4-2) scored on its first drive but after that, it was all Crusaders (6-0). Canisius constructed three scoring drives of 99 yards, twice starting at their own 1-yard line and once ending up there after a tackle for loss.
“When you’re on your own 1-yard line, the first step is to get a first down,” Robbins said. “First downs turn into touchdowns and we executed to perfection. The difference this year is that we’re such a team. The offense, defense and special teams, the kids all love each other and play hard for each other.”
Tyler Mascio completed 10 of his 12 passes, throwing for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Kyle Abernathy had two interceptions and Mike Sharpe had 12 tackles.
St. Mary’s/Lancaster 33, St. Francis 7: Nick Vallone rushed for 251 yards and scored four touchdowns as St. Mary’s defeated St. Francis for the first time in 32 years. Alex Horvatis had eight tackles and a forced fumble.
Kenmore East 20, Starpoint 19: With four seconds left to play, Connor McMahon was in trouble. The play called for him to run right, but there was nothing open to that side. So the junior quarterback turned, ran left and scored on a 7-yard run as time expired to give Kenmore East the win in Class A North.
“That last drive was incredible,” Kenmore East coach Matt Chimera said. “We had fourth-and-7 and fourth-and-5 and converted both of those. It was one of the best drives I’ve ever been associated with.”
Niagara Falls 15, Kenmore West 14: Kyle Deween kicked a 27-yard field goal with three seconds left to give Niagara Falls the win. Kenmore West fumbled a punt in the final two minutes and the Wolverines recovered, driving 30 yards to set up the winning field goal.
Grand Island 14, Niagara-Wheatfield 7: Quarterback Quinn Corrao had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter which proved the winning score for the Vikings (6-0).
JFK 48, Gowanda 0: Zack Waklowski ran for 113 yards on 14 carries with two TDs while quarterback Nick Anderson accounted for three touchdowns – one on an 18-yard run, one on a 40-yard pass to Joey Burkowski and one on 35-yard fumble recovery.
Wilson 12, Newfane 6: Defense and special teams were the key for the Lakemen. John Morse recorded a safety, Justin Slango returned a kick 74 yards and Dan Myrto had a 32-yard field goal for Wilson (4-2). Slango had 152 all-purpose yards and rushed for 78 on 15 carries.
Sherman/Ripley 26, Franklinville 7: Devin Moorhead and Andrew Graham both rushed for over 100 yards for Sherman/Ripley (5-1). Moorhead had 116 yards on 24 carries, including touchdown runs of 5 and 35 yards. Graham rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries including a 10-yard scoring run.
Timon-St. Jude 35, O’Hara 7: Adam DiMillo rushed for 248 yards on 12 carries and scored three times. Jackson Brown scored twice while making 11 tackles.
Hutch-Tech 28, Riverside 8: Leonard Sweat had three interceptions for the Engineers. Roman West rushed for 104 yards, including TD runs of 1 and 27 yards.
Sweet Home 56, Williamsville North 18: Mike Torrillo threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers. Jordan Evert rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns.
Ellicottville/West Valley 35, Panama 8: Phalla Musall rushed for 112 yards on 21 carries.
Cleveland Hill 38, Amherst 8: Brandon Thomas rushed for 140 yards and scored three TDs, including a 38-yard fumble recovery return.