Of all the big plays that have been credited to Andy Smigiera this season, none was bigger than his two-point conversion run following a 14-yard touchdown with 1:38 left giving West Seneca East a dramatic 36-35 win over upset-minded Starpoint on Friday night.
The Trojans’ undefeated season and march toward the Class A title were in serious jeopardy as they entered the fourth quarter trailing, 28-14. Smigiera would remedy that as he helped spearhead three scoring drives. He finished 11 of 15 passing for 174 yards and picked up an additional 142 rushing.
Scott Ackerman scored three times on the ground and caught seven passes for 127 yards. For Starpoint, John Rudes and Evan Majewski each scored twice.
Grand Island 27, Iroquois 20: QB Matt Keating was 10 of 17 for 123 yards and a pair of TD passes as the Vikings held the Chiefs scoreless in the second half in Class A. Chris Connors caught a pair of TD passes. Tyler Miller kept the Chiefs in the game with a 90-yard kickoff return, a 23-yard TD catch and 11 tackles.
Williamsville South 35, McKinley 14: Sam Castronova was 15 of 28 for 207 yards and three TDs while Chaq Nettle caught eight passes for 138 yards for the Billies in Class A. Sam Cohen led the ground game with 105 yards on 12 carries and was the story on defense with three interceptions. Casey Nuchereno had nine tackles with an interception.
Jamestown 60, Hutch-Tech 22: Da-Quan Hollingsworth rushed for five TDs finishing with 217 yards on 20 carries as the Red Raiders jumped out to a 19-0 lead after the first quarter in a quarterfinal game.
Orchard Park 49, Kenmore West 33: Ben Holmes was 10 of 15 for 265 yards and three TDs as the Quakers advanced. Austin Goltz had two TDs among his four catches and finished with 127 yards. Goltz opened the scoring with a 41-yard pass from Holmes. Mitch Wilson finished with 85 yards on 12 attempts with a score helping OP jump out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
Depew 34, Burgard 20: A 99-yard interception return with 20 seconds left in the first half helped spark the Wildcats to a 34-20 win in a quarterfinal played at All High Stadium. Depew went on to outscore Burgard, 20-0, in the second half to advance to next week’s semifinal at Alden.
“We tried to stay positive with our guys at halftime,” said Depew coach Brian Wilson. “The team we play is ourselves. We were beating ourselves, we had to rally and play our style of football. We did that and got back to a strong running game, and we threw the ball when we needed to.”
Depew QB Anthony Buono was 10 of 15 for 126 yards with two passing TDs and one running. RB Rodney Turner added 115 yards on 23 carries with a score. Derrick Sekuterski had two of his five catches go for TDs. Defensively, Nathaniel Hyman had an interception, Bryce Leair had seven tackles and a forced fumble.
Alden beat Depew during the regular season, 33-14.
Alden 35, Pioneer 13: QB Brian Stoldt and RB Corey Barczykowski put up big numbers as the No. 1-ranked small school Bulldogs advanced. Barczykowski had four TDs and finished with 283 yards. Stoldt was 10 of 17 for 186 yard and a score. Matt Shields had five catches for 102 yards and a score. Defensively, Domenic Brotz and Jake McNamara had nine tackles each with McNamara recovering a fumble.
Cheektowaga 24, Lew-Port 6: DE James Hanners had seven tackles and Kobe Walenka had an interception on the last play of the game as the undefeated Warriors advanced. After a scoreless first quarter, Kenny Dillenburg opened the scoring with a 64-yard touchdown catch from QB Tim Whalen. Whalen then added a 71-yard TD run on an option that he kept. The defense held the Lancers to 125 yards of offense and didn’t yield any points until 5:45 remained in the game.
Cleveland Hill 28, Salamanca 21: Brandon Thomas rushed scored four TDs finishing with 127 yards as the Eagles held on. The Warriors outscored Cleveland Hill, 14-0, in the fourth quarter after back-to-back onside kick recoveries led to scores. There was no rest for the Eagles until they held Salamanca on downs with 48 seconds left in the game. The Cleveland Hill defense generated six turnovers.
Wilson 27, Westfield 8: The Lakemen advanced as Tim Walch completed 10 of 16 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, while Steve Szuba recorded nine tackles with three interceptions and a fumble recovery to lead the defense. Nick Bell finished with four receptions for 70 yards and a pair of scores, while tailback Justin Slango had 101 yards and a score for Wilson.
Maple Grove 31, I-Prep/Grover 0: The Red Dragons defense held I-Prep to just 16 yards of total offense and Oliver Simpson rushed for 228 yards on 19 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Maple Grove moves on to play Portville.
Randolph 44, Cattaraugus/Little Valley 14: Randolph set the game’s tempo early with 34 unanswered points in the opening quarter. Cattaraugus/Little Valley’s highlight was a 90-yard kickoff return by Justin Forster.
Clymer 19, Sherman 13: Jake Wiggers rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns and Connor Payne added 104 yards and a score for the Pirates.
St. Francis 39, Cardinal O’Hara 14: Alex Misterman ripped through the Hawks defense for 300 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Jarrett Dolegala finished with 12 tackles.
The Red Raiders went up 26-0 by halftime and never looked back. Jordan Zakroczemski scored three times for the Red Raiders opening the scoring on a 1-yard run and adding a 2-yard run and catching an 8-yard touchdown pass from Brian Melisz.