A seven-touchdown performance gave Fredonia the legs to reach the Section VI Class C title game on Saturday with a wild 72-42 victory over Akron.
Junior running back Matt McCarthy scored seven touchdowns and rushed for over 300 yards. The Western New York record for most TDs in a game is eight shared by Eugene Kinzly of North Tonawanda in 1916 and Homer Geoffrion of Lafayette in 1929.
“I just did what I do, but if it wasn’t for my linemen, if you look at the replays, I just had massive holes to run through and the wide receivers were also blocking downfield every time,” McCarthy said.
Not all of the news was good for Fredonia as running back Cody Smith left the game with an injury.
Cleveland Hill 38, Lackawanna 6: There was an early indication it was going to be the Eagles day when Aaron Jackson returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score. It was one of many highlights for Cleveland Hill in the semifinal played at Depew.
The Eagles (9-0) advance to the finals where they will play Fredonia (9-0) next weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game will be a rematch of last year’s Class C final won by Cleveland Hill, 22-20.
Lackawanna closed to within 8-6 later in the first quarter when Cam Smith broke loose for a 50-yard run. The Steelers found themselves driving again, but the momentum changed for good when the Eagles’ Steve McIllwain recovered a fumble deep in his own territory and raced 82 yards for a score.
Cleveland Hill scored 22 unanswered points in the second half on runs by Jermaine Hairston, Anthony Sullivan and Keon Crawford.
Jackson and Brandon Thomas led the ground game with 71 yards each. Josh White had 10 tackles and an interception. McIllwain added nine tackles.
It was the Eagles’ second win this season over Lackawanna, as they won 22-8 earlier.
Cleveland Hill is 5-3 in appearances at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“I know Fredonia had a ton of juniors last year, and I know they are very athletic,” said Cleveland Hill coach Glen Graham. “They have a back (McCarthy), who is tearing it up down there and having a fantastic season.”
Game at O’Hara cancelled
St. Mary’s at O’Hara, cancelled: Game officials cancelled the contest after ruling the field at O’Hara was unplayable.
“They said it wasn’t worth someone breaking a leg,” said St. Mary’s coach Dave Hersey. “You couldn’t even walk on it. This game should have been moved to a different site two weeks ago. Our kids are very upset and disappointed, but there wasn’t anything they could do about it, so we just move on.”
Hersey said he and O’Hara coach Ang Sciandra agreed the game would be a draw. The game did not impact the playoff position for either team.