Two timely interceptions, one in regulation and one in overtime, helped Frontier eliminate Lockport, 27-21, in a Class AA quarterfinal on Friday night.
Kevin Hamilton had a pick-six with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Paul Brinkel ended the Lions’ lone possession in overtime with an interception. The Falcons started on defense in the OT, and on the first play, Brinkel delivered. Frontier took over and needed six plays before Cameron Coon punched it in from 5 yards out. Coon finished with 121 yards on 17 carries.
The Falcons played from behind most of the game. They trailed 7-0 after one, 21-7 at halftime and by the same score with 10 minutes left in the game. The Frontier defense made the necessary adjustments and held Lockport to 32 yards of offense in the second half.
“The kids finally decided they had to start playing with emotion,” said coach Tim Mylinski. “There was a spark and they started feeding off each other, said enough is enough.”
The Falcons (6-2) will host Orchard Park next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Orchard Park 36, Clarence 20: The Quakers are in full playoff mode. OP opened defense of its Section VI Class AA title with a convincing win over the visiting Red Devils.
In the fourth quarter, a sudden sleet covered the field, which made footing tough. The OP defense held Clarence to 32 yards rushing, 98 passing on just 39 plays. Senior safety Matt Perla had a first-half fumble recovery and added five tackles. The D-line had four sacks for 25 yards in losses. Senior running back DeSean Walker finished with a season-high 210 yards on 36 carries and three TDs.
After a scoreless first quarter, DeSean opened the scoring with a 1-yard run. He later added runs of 38 and 23 yards. He now has 1,012 yards on 171 attempts and 17 touchdowns. Kevin Goltz and David Hollins also found the end zone for OP (6-2). OP forced three fumbles with Perla, John Becker and Jake Cullen recovering. The Quakers were coming off last week’s loss to Jamestown.
All of Clarence’s points came in the second half, mostly on big plays. Emaure Williams caught a 77-yard pass from Lex Oakes, Jamie Burczynski returned a kickoff 85 yards and Jake Minard closed out the scoring with a 3-yard run.
Jamestown 63, Niagara Falls 6: This one was over early as the high-powered Red Raider offense scored 41 points in the first quarter before taking most of the rest of the game off. Zach Panebianco had two interceptions inside his own 30-yard line and caught an 18-yard TD pass. Daquan Hollingsworth had three rushing TDs.
Williamsville North 21, South Park 0: The Spartans picked up their fourth shutout of the season. Derek Isler had two TD runs and Zac Kelly caught a TD pass from Ryan Majewski. After a scoreless first quarter, North scored on its first and third possessions of the second quarter. Kelly and Chad Steinwachs had interceptions and John Becht and Nick Ames combined for 22 tackles. North (5-3) will play Grand Island next week.
Alden 25, Medina 0: The Bulldogs took their first step toward a fourth Section VI Class B title with a shutout win over the visiting Mustangs. The defense held Medina to 96 yards of offense.
Sophomore running back/safety Lyle Grant gained 184 yards on 25 carries, scored three TDs, had a fumble recovery and an interception. He’s 36 yards shy of 1,000.
“He bypassed the growing pain stage and he’s been a big-time contributor on both sides of the football,” said Alden coach Rob Currin. “The best thing I can saying about him is he’s just a football player.”
Ryan Richard had a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Brian Stoldt was 12 of 20 passing for 154 yards. The Bulldogs (8-0) will host today’s winner between Burgard and Pioneer.
Eden 23, Cheektowaga 12: Alex Smythe set the tone, returning the opening kickoff 80 yards. The host Warriors got within 8-6 after one when Robert Pulley caught a 19-yard pass from Tim Whelen, but Eden scored the next nine points to help distance themselves. Joe Tripi had an interception late in the fourth quarter to close the door. Smythe finished with 135 yards rushing.
Akron 41, Southwestern 28: Austen Lauricella rushed for 205 yards, scored four TDs and had 106 yards in receptions for the Tigers. Jay Longwell threw for 209 yards, finding Chaunce Hill twice for scores. Tommy James had 12 tackles and Joe Sarow was close behind with 11.
Lackawanna 32, Salamanca 16: Cameron Smith rushed for 124 yards and had three TDs for the Steelers. QB Dylan Gregoire (101 yards) and Brandon Sireika connected twice on TD throws. Charles Underwood had eight tackles, two sacks, a safety and forced a fumble.
Ellicottville/West Valley 30, Cassadaga Valley 8: The Eagles’ ground game was the difference as Phalla Musall had 132 yards, Camerson Wilson added 98 and Calum Watt chipped in with 95 to combine for 325 yards.
Cattaraugus/Little Valley 14, Panama 8 (OT): Anthony Bernardi scored on a 2-yard run in OT for the win. Colt Agnew returned a kickoff 65 yards for a score and Justin Forster had 154 yards.
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St. Francis 28, St. Mary’s 0: Senior Brendon Misterman rushed for 101 yards and two TDs while freshman Jay Montgomery broke loose for a 55-yarder for the Red Raiders.
The defense was led by Bryce Carmichael, who blocked a punt, and Francisco Guzman with 11 tackles. Special teams play was higlighted by Dominic Buccieri’s 52-yard punt return. The Lancers were held to 97 yards offense and had three turnovers.
Olean 21, Albion 6: Jaryd Plaud finished with 100 yards and three TDs on 20 carries for the Huskies. Chance Anzivine had 173 yards passing as he connected with Luke Hennessy for six passes for 98 yards. Olean trailed 6-0 after the first quarter, but scored the next 21 points. Ed Wolfe had 92 yards and a TDs for Albion.
East Aurora 20, Amherst 0: Connor Allan scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and Mike Coatsworth broke lose on an 80-yard run.
Allegany-Limestone 42, Wilson 0: Todd Mason returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and he also caught a 15-yard pass from Zach Johnson.