Hamburg has been battling adversity all year and it finally paid off in a big way on Friday with a 14-7 victory over rival Frontier.
“It was a slugfest, a tough football game,” said coach Pat Cauley. “We’ve been in close games all year – every game we’ve played, it’s been a one-possession game and we found a way to win this one.”
Frontier scored first when Kevin Hamilton recovered a fumble and returned it 20 yards. Hamburg answered later in the first quarter on a 60-yard run by Mitch Gomolka (187 yards on 18 carries).
Hamburg took the lead for good in the second quarter on a 55-yard run by Mark Myles.
The second half was scoreless.
Down to its third-string quarterback, the Bulldogs hung on to take a 30-27-1 lead in the series, breaking Frontier’s three-year streak of wins.
Colin Daly started the season at QB and got hurt in the second game. His backup, junior Alex Suckan, got hurt in the sixth game. The Bulldogs turned to Tom Coyne to take the snaps in this one.
“He played great,” Cauley said. “The kids believed Tom would play hard. He plays hard wherever we put him. He’s just a football player.
“We made it work, we put a tough boy there. We played our rear ends off, we’ve been doing it all year.”
Cardinal Mooney 9, Canisius 7: In a game that was decided by the defenses, the hosts from Ohio prevailed. Canisius mounted a late drive and was moving, but a 51-yard field goal attempt fell just short. Held scoreless for three quarters, the Crusaders broke through in the fourth when Jake Loucks found Ryan Richards open for a 3-yard TD pass. Brad Zaffram had eight tackles and a forced fumble.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude 36, Williamsville South 13: Gavin Caulfied had a rushing and receiving TD and Layne Collins carried special teams with a 44-yard kickoff return for the Tigers. Brandon Donohue had a 78-yard TD among his four catches. Junior May threw for 120 yards and had 10 tackles. Ryan Nyrne had two sacks among his 12 tackles. Sam Castronova threw for a TD and rushed for another for the Billies.
South Park 44, Cardinal O’Hara 0: Laron Watkins had 106 yards rushing and opened the scoring on a 12-yard run for the Sparks. South Park blew the game open with a 28-point second quarter. TJ Scott had six tackles and two forced fumbles. Gage Hontz had a pair of interceptions.
Lake Shore 58, Riverside 0: Sophomore QB Collin Fiutko had two TD passes and Matt Webber recorded 11 tackles, along with two fumble recoveries for the Eagles.
Fredonia 55, Dunkirk 22: The undefeated Hillbillies raced out to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter. Rashad Graham rushed for 218 yards on 26 carries for the Maraduers who lead the series 63-48-11.
Clarence 28, Niagara Falls 0: The Red Devils scored all their points in the first half of a shutout win. Stephen Marzano scored twice in the first quarter on short runs and Emaure Williams scored two rushing TDs in the second. Spencer Dimitroff had two interceptions and Ethan Reger sparked the defense with three sacks.
West Seneca East 41, Hutch-Tech 8: Brandon Day rushed for four TDs and 200 yards on 19 carries as the Trojans finished the regular season 6-1. Rahassan Johnson scored the Trojans last two TDs in the fourth quarter to finish with 75 yards. Tyler Skretny had seven tackles and Alex Czechowski had two interceptions
Medina 38, Albion 31: Doc’s Rock, named for the late Larry Decker, will remain in Medina. The Mustangs won at Albion for the first time since 1999. The victory clinched the No. 4 seed in the Class B North division. Medina’s Dan Brown scored with under 3 minutes left on a 27-yard run to help secure the win. Albion still leads the series, 64-47-5. The win was Medina’s second in a row. Junior Jason Helwig threw two TD passes to tie Levi Pace’s school record for most TDs in a career with 29. Helwig was 11 of 18 for 178 yards and two TDs. RB/WR Kyle Barna had two rushing TDs and finished with six receptions for 101 yards. For Albion, WR Des Blackmon kept his team in the game with three TD catches from Jon Warne.
Alden 35, East Aurora 22: After several weeks of fantastic finishes, the Bulldogs gave their fans a break, winning this one by holding EA to 90 yards through three quarters. QB Brian Stoldt was 8 of 14 for 92 yards and three TDs to three different receivers. Lyle Grant rushed for 97 yards rushing and two TDs. Phil Zobrest had seven tackles. The Bulldogs (7-0) finish undefeated in the regular season for the fourth year in a row.
Cheektowaga 28, Maryvale 7: One week removed from beating Burgard to win the Class B North title, the Warriors knocked off the rival Flyers to move to 6-1. The Warriors scored 21 unanswered points in the second half as Robert Pulley scored on a 3-yard run, Preston Summers returned a punt 45 yards and Zak Ciezki broke free on a 61-yard run. Kobe Walenka led the Warriors in tackles with 11.
Amherst 21, Lew Port 20: Blake Haubeil’s point-after kick with 1:50 left made the difference for the Tigers in a homecoming win. Juwan Baker had just scored on an 18-yard run to tie it. Baker had marched the team down the field with eight straight carries. He finished with 142 yards on 17 carries. Jimmy Chadwick was 8 of 11 for 96 yards passing, completing five of those passes to Christian Green for 50 yards. Baker added 11 tackles at linebacker and Brian Fowler had 10 tackles and a huge fumble recovery on his own 3-yard line with 30 seconds left in the first.
Olean 28, Springville 12: A 21-point second quarter helped carry the Huskies. WR Wil Bathhurst and QB Chance Anzivine connected on two scores. Bathurst caught five passes for 144 yards while Anzivine threw for 160. Jaryd Plaud had 7.5 tackles and Chuck Martin added six. Luke Hennessy returned an interception 39 yards for a score.
Southwestern 35, Falconer 16: The Trojans beat the rival Falcons for the 17th year in a row, taking a 45-33-9 series lead in the 87th meeting. Hunter Peterson gained 104 yards and scored three TDs. Defensively, Jordan Bryerton had 11 tackles and his brother Cory ended with nine and a fumble recovery. Cody Dustin, who entered the game with approximately 1,400 yards, scored both Falconer TDs while rushing for 90 yards.
Akron 36, Newfane 8: Austen Lauricella rushed for 158 yards on just eight carries and two TDs as the Tigers built a 24-0 halftime lead. Larson Sundown had six catches for 81 yards and a score. T.Jay Longwell rushed for 104 yards and threw for 86 yards. LB Tommy James had 14 tackles.
Lackawanna 27, Wilson 0: QB Dylan Gregoire was 10 of 13 for 228 yards with TDs passes to three different receivers. Brandon Sireika had four catches for 127 yards, including a 67-yard TD catch. Charles Underwood had 10 tackles while safety Cam Smith had one of his team’s three interceptions.
Salamanca 14, Gowanda 0: James Nye caught a 46-yard pass from Jarod Fish in the first quarter and Tyler Siperek had an 8-yard run in the fourth as the Warriors moved to 6-1.