Alden’s bend-but-don’t-break approach the last two weeks has served the Bulldogs well.
For the second game in a row, Alden pulled out a victory in the final seconds, this time with a 29-22 win over visiting Hutch-Tech. Austin Hopcia caught an 11-yard pass from Brian Stoldt with 19 seconds left as the Bulldogs moved to 3-0.
Last week it was sophomore running back Lyle Grant who caught a 15-yard TD pass with 47 seconds left.
“I told our boys we need to play in the first quarter the way we do in the fourth,” said first-year coach Rob Currin. “We need that sense of urgency a little bit. I don’t want to minimize the win. I’m proud of the way we’ve responded. We’re 2 for 2 with regard to adversity bringing out the best in us.”
In other nonleague games:
Nichols 26, Portville 23: Twelve straight points, all in the fourth quarter by Nick Glinski, pushed the Vikings to a win. Glinski ran for 128 yards on 10 carries, while teammate Mike Geiger had a 68-yard TD run on his way to 126 yards on the night. Ben Waugh had a touchdown for Portville, which had a 23-8 lead at the half.
Olean 32, Southwestern 16: The passing combination of Chance Anzivine-to-Will Bathurst worked for TDs of 62 and 54 yards. Anzivine also ran for two scores in what was the Huskies’ first win and Southwestern’s first loss.
Cathedral Prep (Pa.) 49, St. Francis 14: The Red Raiders couldn’t keep up with their out-of-state unbeaten opponents, falling to 1-2. St. Francis had a pair of fourth quarter rushing TDs by Devonte Campbell and Elliot Buccieri.
Medina/Lyndonville 40, Akron 20: Jason Hellwig was 17 for 30 for 213 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score in the M/L win. Dan Brown scored two touchdowns, one on a 63-yard run and another on a 60-yard fumble return. Sophomore Dylan Lewis chipped in with six catches for 124 yards, while Brandon Schoolcraft added 13 tackles.
Orchard Park 13, Clarence 7: Kevin Goltz scored the only touchdown of the second half in what was a bounce-back for the Quakers. Goltz threw for 263 yards, while Matthew Perla added 11 tackles for Orchard Park. After a scoreless first quarter, Emaure Williams gave the Red Devils a 7-0 lead in the second. Desean Walker answered for OP, making it 7-7 at the half.
Kenmore West 20, West Seneca West 9: Alex Price had 160 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Kenmore West (1-2) ran for a total of 214 yards in a game in which all the scoring was done in the first half.
Hamburg 35, Lake Shore 14: The score was tied 14-14 after three, and then Mark Myles went to work. The Hamburg running back scored four straight touchdowns to break the game open.
“We made a little adjustment on how we were blocking on the line in the second half and that’s when we started to move the football,” coach PJ Cauley said. “They were a very aggressive offense and our line coach made a slight adjustment and it seemed to help us out.” Myles’ runs were from 5, 61, 33 and 10 yards. Jake Bomberski had 13 tackles for Lake Shore.
McKinley 36, East 0: It took the Macks a quarter to get going on offense, but once they did they cruised to the shutout win. Mike Benton had 94 yards and a 29-yard touchdown. William Miller had five tackles, recovered on of his two forced fumbles for a TD and blocked a punt. McKinley moves to 3-0.
Williamsville South 48, Riverside 8: Matt Foster returned two interceptions for touchdowns – one from 39 yards and the other from 79 yards – as the Billies dominated. Sam Castronova was 14 of 21 through the air for 168 yards and three touchdowns; he also caught a touchdown pass. Jacob Fuzak added six tackles for Williamsville South.
Amherst 34, Barker/Roy-Hart 20: Senior quarterback Joe Nagy has five rushing TDs, the longest a 61-yarder, as the Tigers won their first game.
Nagy finished with 215 yards on 21 carries and also boomed an 81-yard punt. “It probably went half-and-half in the air and on the ground, but it rolled forever,” said Amherst coach Jason Beckman.
“It hit the ground just right and kept going.”
Barker/Roy-Hart took over at its own 5-yard line and fumbled three plays later, setting up Amherst’s first score of the second half. Linebacker Juwan Baker was in on 15 tackles. Amherst trailed 6-0 after the first quarter, but put together a 14-point second quarter and never trailed.
Bennett 62, Maryvale 7: The Tigers scored early and often in a romp. Paul Dixon had 160 yards rushing and Andrew White 150. David Wilson had 12 tackles while Kevin Driscoll and Joe O’Dell added 10 each.
Cheektowaga 34, Albion 20: The Warriors had 249 rushing yards and put together a 21-point second quarter to win their homecoming game. Marshawn Gibson had 144 yards on 16 rushes and a TD. Preston Summers had two rushing and one receiving score. DE Matt Bartnik had 6.5 tackles.
East Aurora/Holland 24, Eden 3: Joey Gugino had TD runs of 50 and 62 yards to lead the Blue Devils to their first win as a combined team. He finished with 150 yards on 12 carries. Connor Allen added 96 yards out of the backfield. The Blue Devils had scored only 13 points in their first two games, but in this one the offense found their stride and the defense held the Raiders to a third quarter field goal. Linebacker Tyler Norcia had 16 tackles.
Burgard 31, Lew-Port 0: Linebacker Dareel Sanders had 11 tackles and also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Rayshawn Jones had 114 yards rushing to lead a balanced attack as Burgard moved to 3-0.
Pioneer 35, Dunkirk 6: Chris Riordin and Tyler Mummery had two rushing TDs each for the Panthers. Riordin finished with 133 yards on the ground. Ryan Merlau had eight tackles, four for a loss.
Cleveland Hill 48, Wilson 0: Brandon Thomas ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns – two of which came on runs of at least 50 yards, as the visiting Eagles moved to 3-0. Josh White had 13 tackles and Wayne Jones added an interception to lead a defense which has given up just 13 points in the first three games.
Silver Creek/Forestville 20, Gowanda 0: Jake Nosbisch threw two touchdown passes for the Black Knights – one for 60 yards to Craig Gilbert, the other for 30 yards to Jake Lewis. Nosbisch also scored on an 8-yard run. He was 13 for 25 for 167 yards through the air in the shutout.
State rankings debut
The New York State Sportswriters Association released its first football polls of the season this week. Randolph is the only Western New York team to claim a top spot as No. 1 in Class D, which is no surprise considering they are the state champions and they’re off to a dominating 2-0 start.
Last Friday’s clash in Rochester in which Aquinas beat visiting Canisius, 3-0, was indeed for the top ranking in Class AA. Aquinas is first and Canisius sixth.
Here is the complete local rundown of the state rankings, which can be found at the NYSSWA’s Road to Syracuse web site:
Class AA: 1. V-Aquinas; 6. Canisius; 11. St. Joe’s; 19. Jamestown; 24. Lockport. Honorable mention: Frontier, Lancaster, Orchard Park.
Class A: 1. II-Burnt Hills; 5. Sweet Home; 14. West Seneca East; 17. Grand Island; 23. St. Mary’s; 25 Williamsville South. HM: McKinley, South Park, Williamsville East.
Class B: 1. IV-Maine-Endwell; 3. Alden; 10. Depew; 13. Burgard; 19. Cheektowaga. HM: Eden, Medina.
Class C: 1. II-Hoosick Falls; 7. Cleveland Hill; 11. Fredonia; 12. Lackawanna. HM: Salamanca.
Class D: 1. Randolph: 3. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake.