Sweet Home stayed on the path toward a seventh straight Section VI Class A football championship Saturday with a 32-0 win over Kenmore East at Robert P. Barczak Stadium.
It extended the Panthers’ winning streak against sectional opponents to 68.
Sweet Home (8-0) will host West Seneca East in a semifinal next Saturday. The same teams met in the Class A championship game in 2012. West Seneca East advanced by defeating Williamsville South, 35-14, on Friday night.
Steve Iverson ran for three touchdowns as Sweet Home built a 26-0 lead in the first half. Junior Jordan Evert, who had 67 yards rushing and an interception, ran for the other Panthers score. Luke Ciminelli had a fumble recovery to help the Sweet Home defense post the shutout.
The last time Sweet Home lost a game to a sectional opponent was to Iroquois in the 2006 sectional final. The last time Sweet Home lost a regular season game was against Williamsville East, 21-14, in the second week of the 2006 season.
Burgard 20, Pioneer 0: Carl Jones (41 yards rushing) ran for two touchdowns while Rayshawn Jones passed for 150 yards and ran for a touchdown in the victory at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium.
Marcus Hampton had 61 receiving yards for Burgard (7-1). Andre Gamblin (nine tackles, two sacks) and Roderick Marrow (eight tackles) led Burgard to its fifth shutout of the season.
Burgard will face No. 1 ranked small school Alden in the semifinals next week. The Bulldogs’ lone loss was to Cheektowaga, 12-8, on Oct. 12.
Cleveland Hill 22, Falconer 0: The Golden Eagles (8-0) scored all their points in the first half before a sloppy field handicapped the teams in the second.
Brandon Thomas carried 20 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Steve McIllwain had 11 tackles and a sack and Tyler Pawlowski had nine stops as Cleve Hill limited Falconer to 39 yards rushing. Next for Cleveland Hill, a semifinal date against Lackawanna.
Cleveland Hill owns a 22-8 regular season victory over the Steelers.
Canisius 41, Cardinal O’Hara 0; Qadree Ollison accounted for 167 of the more than 300 rushing yards by the Crusaders, including scoring runs of 67 and 44 yards in the first quarter.
Zach Liberatore passed to Mitchell Thomas for one Canisius touchdown and ran for another. Jakob Loucks passed to tight end Patrick MacDonald a score and AJ Satcher ran for the other TD.
It was the fourth shutout of the season for Canisius. Next for the Crusaders is the annual clash with rival St. Joe’s on Saturday at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca.
St. Joe’s 15, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6: The Marauders’ defense limited Timon to just 69 total yards and forced six turnovers. Austin Greenwood recovered teammate Nigel Davis’ fumble in the end zone to make it 9-0 in the second quarter. The margin went to 16-0 in the third on an 80-yard pass play from Mike McCarthy to Justin Jones.
The Tigers broke the shutout on a 16-yard interception return by Derick Simpson in the fourth quarter. Alimayu Akono had two of the five St. Joe’s interceptions, returning one 48 yards to set up the first St. Joe’s TD.
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JFK 26, Silver Creek/Forestville 7: Lexus Pollard and Shawn McPhail ran for first quarter touchdowns and quarterback Tyler Bethin rushed for two more scores in the second quarter for the Bears.
JFK will face Allegany-Limestone next in the Funke Classic Consolation Bowl Class C final on Wednesday at Dunkirk.
Starpoint 28, Barker/Roy-Hart 20: Evan Majewski ran 11 and 19 yards for third quarter touchdowns as the Spartans rallied from a 20-14 deficit. Majewski, who had a 12-yard run in the first half, totaled 279 yards on 36 attempts.
Majewski’s performance offset a brilliant day by Jake Haight, who scored all three Barker/Roy-Hart TDs, including an 87-yard run and an interception return good for 52 yards.