The Stadium that hosted so many great games in its history, saw one more on Friday as North Tonawanda beat rival Tonawanda, 17-14, during the 103rd T-NT game held before a standing-room only crowd at storied Clint Small Stadium. Senior defensive back/kicker Luke Topolski used the big stage to play the best game of his career as he recovered a fumble that set up the winning score, forced another fumble, opened the scoring with a 32-yard field goal and kicked two PATs. “He really was clutch. [Tonawanda quarterback Clayton] Hess beat him early on great play, but he came back and played some great football,” said NT coach Tony Truilizio. With Tonawanda up 14-10 at the half, NT’s Nehemiah Stone scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 16-yard run in the third quarter. Stone finished with 17 carries for 127 yards and scored the Jacks’ first TD on a 15-yard run. Tonawanda’s Hess was 13 of 17 for 204 yards and two TDs. Receiver Tristan Boling had seven catches for 133 yards and caught a 14-yard TD pass. During halftime, Tonawanda had a tribute recognizing the late Clint Small. This stadium is closing and a new one, which will also be known as Clint Small Stadium, is opening on school grounds. NT takes a 63-31-9 lead in the series and has won the last 12 meetings. West Seneca East 26, West Seneca West 7: The Indians scored first on a 1-yard run by Devin Reynolds, but the rival Trojans scored the next 26 consecutive points. Quarterback Andy Smigiera was 9 of 14 for 112 yards, while running back Scott Ackerman touched the ball just twice and scored both times, covering 56 yards. Austin Spindler finished with four catches for 68 yards and Zach Osmanski had 10 tackles for the Trojans. Depew 21, Lancaster 13: Rodney Turner scored on a 21-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats rallied from a 13-7 deficit to beat the host Redskins for the third year in a row. Brian Rybak’s 71-yard run and Anthony Buono’s 2-yarder accounted for the other Depew touchdowns. Depew improves to 6-1 while the loss was the Redskins’ sixth straight. Lancaster leads the series, which began in 1919, 47-32-6. Medina 56, Albion 34: Sophomore quarterback Jason Hellwig was 20-of-28 passing for 392 yards with six TDs with no interceptions as the Mustangs won the 115th meeting. Lonnie Taylor had three TDs among his eight catches for 194 yards. “We knew Albion was pretty big up front, we tried to hit it inside, but they were all too physical for us, so we took advantage of some of our athletes on the perimeter,” said Medina coach Eric Valley. Medina scored on the last play of the first half and scored on the first play of the third quarter. Kyle Barna had five catches for 89 yards and two TDs, one receiving and one rushing. Albion leads 64-46-5. Cheektowaga 16, Maryvale 8 (OT): Robert Pulley had 26 carries for 147 yards and both of the Warriors TDs, including the winner in overtime. Preston Summers’ interception in the extra session ended the game. Maryvale ralled and scored with nine seconds left in the game, on a stunning 50-yard drive. Cheektowaga put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season after clinching the Class B West crown last week. Iroquois 40, Bennett 14: Iroquois broke open a tight game with 19 third-quarter points. Quarterback Matt Keating was 7-of-12 passing for 203 yards and scored three TDs total. Tyler Miller ran 22 times for 200 yards and a pair of scores while Nate Wilkinson had seven receptions for 85 yards for Iroquois. Fredonia 21, Dunkirk 14: Weston Ley rushed for 162 yards and Tyler Cassidy added 101 as the Hillbillies won their 14th straight. Dunkirk leads the series, 63-47-11. Williamsville South 47, Lake Shore 6: Billies quarterback Sam Castronova was 8 for 17 for 176 yards passing and three TDs, while Chaq Nettles had two receptions for 96 yards, including one for 87 yards, and a 35-yard interception return. Sam Cohen had 12 carries for 107 yards and two TDs, while Casey Nuchereno had 10 tackles. Frontier 49, Hamburg 20: Kevin Hamilton was all over the field for Frontier with 12 tackles and interception. Nick King had nine tackles and Cameron Coon had a huge fumble recovery and was returned 66 yards for a TD. Ben Koch led the Falcons with 112 yds rushing and two second-half touchdowns. Alden 42, Newfane 19: The Bulldogs remains undefeated and captured the Class B East crown as QB Brian Stoldt was 8 of 10 for 106 yards and two TDs in their triumph. TB Corey Barczykowski had nine carries for 88 yards and three TDs. Matt Shields had three catches for 66 yards and a TD, while Jake McNamara led the defense with five tackles. Shields also had an interception for Alden. Lockport 34, Riverside 18: James Chambers rushed for 289 yards and three rushing and one receiving TD. Burgard 47, Amherst 17: The Bulldogs played more like pitbulls on offense in rolling up 359 yards. Sean Marshall led Burgard with 133 yards on just nine rushes while Deshawn Harmon added 74 yards on eight carries. The defense, which held Amherst to three points through three quarters, was led by Darnell Sanders and Rodrick Morrow (one sack) with 10 tackles each. Akron 42, Gowanda 0: The Tigers led 14-0 after the first quarter, then tacked on 22 more in the second against the Panthers. Quarterback Austin Mietz scored on runs of 15 and 59 yards and took a fumble recovery 73 yards for another score.
H.S. Football: NT closes out Clint Small with win
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