The school year isn’t a week old, but Depew passed its first big exam.
The Wildcats’ 1-2 punch of quarterback Anthony Buono and running back Rodney Turner proved too much for host Olean as Depew drove away with a 36-12 win in Class B South.
“Olean is a scary team, they have a lot of skill and their quarterback,” Chance Anzivine “is a heck of a player,” said Depew coach Brian Wilson.
Turner had three touchdowns, finishing with 142 yards on 22 carries. Bruno had 177 yards passing, 86 on the ground and two rushing scores.
“We were pretty happy at the end of last year that we could attack people in different ways,” Wilson said. Buono and Turner, “they’re a year older, we’re a year wiser, and it’s a nice mix. We’re hoping we can keep that balance, it serves us well.”
Eden 20, Springville 12: The Raiders, clinging to a 14-12 lead after three quarters, got a 6-yard run from Garrett Distefano in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
He finished with 91 yards. Alex Smythe added 84 yards on 15 attempts as the Raiders finished with 259 yards on the ground. Eden’s defense accounted for seven sacks.
Lockport 7, Starpoint 0: The Lions won the game, but lost their quarterback as Dan Bronson suffered a broken collarbone in the third quarter. Bronson was hurt at the end of a 22-yard run up the middle. He’s expected to be sidelined at least four weeks with the injury to his non-throwing shoulder.
In the second quarter, the senior leader threw a 44-yard TD to Tyler Fraass for the game’s only points. Lockport started the drive at its own 42 and scored two plays later.
Nick Hamilton had 97 yards to lead Lockport. D’Andre Jenkins had six tackles, three for loss. Andrew Bronson had five tackles. Fraass was 4 of 9 filling in for Bronson.
The visiting Spartans were inside the Lockport 20 twice, but failed to score. They had a first-and-goal with 7 minutes left in the first half, but were stopped at the 3. During their second trip to the red zone in the second half, they turned the ball over on downs. Starpoint’s Evan Majewski had 120 yards on 36 carries.
Cardinal O’Hara 30, Nichols 28: The Hawks stopped a two-point conversion after Nichols scored with 30 seconds left. There were plenty of other noteworthy plays by the O’Hara defense. Safety Erich Wheeler returned an interception 37 yards to set up the first of two rushing TDs by Daryl Moore. Charles Dubose had nine tackles.
Cleveland Hill 14, Maryvale 0: Josh White had 12 tackles and Steve McIlwain had five tackles for losses and two sacks as the the Eagles won by shutout. The Eagles scored all their points in the first half. Junior quarterback Anthony Sullivan had 95 yards on 19 carries and opened the scoring finding Jared Watkins for a 45-yard TD pass off a screen. Their next score was set up by a fumble recovery by White. Five plays later, Wayne Jones took it in from the 9.
Holy Trinity 21, St. Francis 18: Jacob Dolegala and QB Brendan Misterman connected for three scores for the Red Raiders. Trinity scored the go-ahead points on a 75-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
West Seneca East 42, III-Central Square 16: The Trojans started the season the way every team in the Section VI Federation would like to end it – with a win at Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The Trojans scored on their first three possessions, two set up by turnovers, to beat Central Square in the Kickoff Classic. East’s Mike Waterman was voted Player of the Game after he rushed for 97 yards and three TDs. “He’s a little guy, people see that he runs the ball with great effort – he was just a warrior tonight,” said Trojans coach Jim Maurino.
III-Oneida 47, Pioneer 7: Ian Moran recovered a fumble in the end zone for the only points of the game for the Panthers. A 19-point third quarter by Oneida doomed Pioneer.
Jamesville-DeWitt 13, Cheektowaga 12: The Warriors had the ball on the 5-yard line inside of 5 minutes and couldn’t score. Preston Summers and Marshawn Gibson scored in the second quarter for Cheektowaga.
Lancaster 22, Ken West 7: The winners forced six turnovers, three fumbles and three interceptions, to spoil the Blue Devils’ home opener. Lancaster scored three times on the ground, twice by Matt Szymanski and once by Mitch Fuller. West’s Alex Price scored on a 63-yard run, finishing with 103 yards rushing. He had five receptions and an interception.
South Park 14, Hutch-Tech 8: William and Wilquan Burgess combined for 18 tackles and Jeremy Edwards added seven for the Sparks.
Williamsville East 48, Riverside 8: The Flames jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and forced five turnovers. Rae’Kwon Green had three TDs on his way to 159 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Jaleel Battle rushed for two scores, including an 80-yard run.
Tonawanda 27, JFK 0: The Warriors held the Bears to negative yardage in the first half. Tim Barnard and Tristan Boling had two rushing TDs each. Barnard had 168 yards rushing, seven tackles and an interception. Linebacker Paul Palladino had eight tackles.