Jamestown’s football season gets better by the week.
One week removed from upsetting Orchard Park, the Red Raiders disposed of Clarence, 27-21, to clinch a share of the Class AA South title and secure the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The league title is the Red Raiders’ first since 2002.
“I told our guys they deserved it,” said coach Tom Langworthy. “I thought it was important that they could call themselves champions. They’ve battled through some ups and downs. There’s no easy games in this league.”
With its ground game stymied, the Red Raiders took to the air with quarterback Jake Sisson completing 20-of-34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns.
Of all the big plays credited to Zack Panebianco, perhaps his biggest was an interception with 1 minute left as the Red Devils were trying to mount a drive. As a wide receiver he had seven catches for 154 yards, caught three TDs and made eight tackles as a defensive back.
Mike Watson added five catches, a TD, 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Cortland Haines made 12 tackles.
Clarence led, 14-7, at halftime. Emauri Williams caught a pair of TDs from Lex Oakes.
McKinley 22, Grand Island 16: The Macks owe this one to their special teams as they had an 80-yard kickoff return and turned two Viking fumbles on punt returns into points.
Stephen Johnson scored on an 80-yard kickoff return and Chris Marshall recovered both fumbled punts.
McKinley’s Reyjzon Jordan surpassed 1,000 yards rushing with a 158-yard performance. Cliffton Brown had 10 tackles.
Paul Sukmanowski finished with 115 yards and a score for GI, which suffered its first loss of the season.
Sweet Home 37, Starpoint 22: Mike Torrillo passed for 288 yards on 18-of-23 passing with three TDs as the Panthers (7-0) produced 408 yards of offense. Sweet Home has either won or shared every Class A North title since 2004. Brad Zaffram had four catches for 121 yards and a score. Shatke Virges and Brandon Smiley each had fumble recoveries.
Williamsville East 34, South Park 28: With the final playoff spot going to the winner, it was the Flames who grounded out a victory to earn the fourth seed in Class A. Senior back Rick Runfola had a season-best 215 rushing yards and scored twice, and Jaleel Battle added 132 yards with three scores. Battle also had a fumble recovery, interception and seven tackles.
“We felt like we had an advantage up front. We asked the guys for a seam, and they did a lot more than that,” said coach Chris McDuffie. “We started the year 3-1 with the only loss to West Seneca East. We’ve been depleted with injuries, it was nice to get this win. One of our first goals was to make the playoffs and then it’s a one-game elimination, so we’re in.”
Eden 8, Southwestern 7: Jon Lyndsley caught a two-point PAT from Nick Sarratori to provide the winning margin for the Raiders. A play earlier, Saratori hit Garrett DiStefano on a 7-yard TD pass as Eden finally scored.
Eden coach Chuck Tilley said he was very frustrated even in victory as his team was intercepted on Southwestern’s 5, and again on its 10. Eden also had a TD called back and the Trojans turned back another scoring attempt with a goal-line stand.
“The wounds were mostly self-inflicted,” he said. “It was very frustrating. We had three times the yards, we moved the ball up and down the field. It happens every time we play Southwestern.”
Springville 46, Olean 28: The Griffins, after scoring 71 points all seasons, erupted for 46 to earn second place in Class B South and the No. 6 seed overall.
Barker/Roy-Hart 35, East 12: Brad Bobbitt rushed for 121 yards with two scores and Tyler Childs had 10 tackles as the Raiders forced four turnovers in the win.
Brett Cole returned a punt 66 yards for a score and earlier he scored on a 1-yard run. Jacob Haight added six tackles and an interception. Barker jumped out to a 29-0 lead before East broke through.
Kenmore West 13, Kenmore East 10: Alex Price rushed for 160 yards on 31 attempts as the Blue Devils made it six straight wins over the Bulldogs and padded their series lead to 35-17-2.
Canisius 48, O’Hara 7: The No. 1 ranked large school Crusaders jumped to a 27-0 lead after the first quarter on the way to a seventh straight win.
Augie Touris returned a blocked punt 38 yards for a score for the winners. Two of quarterback Michael Schake’s four pass completions went for TDs. Michael Sharp recorded 10 tackles.
Williamsville North 13, Niagara-Wheatfield 0: Kolbe Hughes caught a 14-yard pass from Ryan Majewski and Derick Isler had a 22-yard run for the the Spartans.
St. Mary’s 37, Batavia 14: Justin Hersey threw three TD passes, two to Deone Strong, as the Lancers rolled. Nick Vallone rushed for 257 yards to approach 1,300 yards. Nate Keith had eight tackles and freshman Tony Robinson added six.
Portville 43, I-Prep Grover 16: Nick Burrows and Curtis Caya each scored on blocked punt returns as the Panthers jumped out a 21-0 lead after one.
Clymer 22, Cassadaga Valley 18: Jake Wiggers rushed for 154 yards and three scores for the Pirates. Dan Lictus and Austin Kramer each had eight tackles and a fumble recovery.