Just like Eden, Hutch-Tech and Pioneer before them, Olean became the latest team to lose to Alden when it seemingly was on the way to victory.
On Saturday, the visiting Bulldogs scored 23 points in the game’s final 4:46 to hand the host Huskies a 29-20 loss.
The win clinched the Class B South title for Alden (6-0) and extended its winning streak against Section VI opponents to 36 games.
Alden trailed 20-0 at the half, then scored 29 unanswered points in the second half. At halftime the Bulldogs talked about character coming out, not when they were comfortable, but when times were tough. Whatever was said worked.
Sophomore Lyle Grant brought Alden within 20-19 with 2:58 left when he scored on a 21-yard run. Senior quarterback Brian Stoldt’s conversion run gave his team the lead for the first time. It was Grant again who gave the Alden sideline a reason to erupt when he intercepted an Olean pass and returned it 85 yards with 1:05 left.
“The thing I’m most proud of is the faith we all have in each other,” said coach Rob Currin. “You know what? Luck is a funny thing. Each week we come in with the same approach — we’ve got a job to do. This team has really kind of numbed me from despair. To be honest with you, anything that can be done within 48 minutes, these kids can do. As far as losing hope, that’s yet to happen.”
Stoldt finished 13 of 23 for 207 yards, two TDs and three interceptions. He tacked on 45 yards rushing. Grant rushed 17 times for 107 yards. Austin Hopcia had four catches for 127 yards and a TD. The defense recorded eight sacks, five by Dylan Dussault.
“Brian Stoldt — the kid is just a winner, I don’t know how else to put it,” said Currin. “We have so much faith in him and he reciprocates that to us. It’s like a mutual thing. We take a very collaborative approach to this thing. I’m going to miss him.”
Bennett 40, Medina 14: Paul Dixon rushed for 100 yards and Andrew White added 90 as the Tigers evened their record at 3-3. Quarterback Eric Thompson had three completions for 90 yards. Raquan Robertson had eight tackles and a forced fumble for Bennett while Chad Sotero led team with 10 tackles.
Canisius 24, Timon/St. Jude 0: The Crusaders recorded their second shutout in a row and third this season. Qadree Ollison rushed for 102 yards and a score and TJ Wheatley had seven tackles with a forced fumble. The Tigers were the fourth time in six games Canisius held its opponents under 100 yards.
St. Francis 33, Cardinal O’Hara 6: Brandon Misterman had 211 yards on 18 carries and Gerald Hickson scored the first two TDs. Defensive end Jack Hayes had seven tackles. Mike Miller and Robert Dempsey had interceptions for the Red Raiders.
Orchard Park 34, Niagara Falls 6: DeSean Walker had three TD runs, finishing with 163 yards for the Quakers (5-1). Joe Crescente had an interception and Kevin Koziol recovered a fumbled punt. Quarterbacks Kevin Goltz and Dave Hollins each threw TD passes. John Becker seven tackles, three for loss. The Quakers host Jamestown next week.
Sweet Home 34, Kenmore East 6: Seven proved lucky for Sweet Home as it clinched the Class A North title for the seventh year in a row.
Quarterback Kevin Torrillo was 13 of 14 for 172 yards and a TD.
“They were putting pressure on us today, we had to look for some of the underneath routes, and Kevin did a really good job with that,” said Sweet Home coach John Faller. “The kids made great catches, it works both ways.”
Sweet Home broke open a close game by outscoring the Bulldogs, 20-0, in the fourth quarter. The Panthers’ Jordan Evert finished with 153 yards rushing and two TDs. Brandon Smiley caught five passes for 106 yards and a score. East was held to 179 yards overall.
Sweet Home will host undefeated McKinley, the Class A Central champion, next week.
Williamsville North 47, Riverside 0: Ryan Majewski threw three TD passes, completing 7 of 11, as the Spartans jumped to a 21-0 lead after one quarter. Derick Isler rushed for 146 yards, scoring twice, and caught one of Majewski’s TD passes. Nick Pilon had a 61-yard interception return, recovered a fumble and had six solo tackles.
North Tonawanda 34, Niagara-Wheatfield 12: Chris Woodard threw three TD passes, including two to Jake Ferry, as the Jacks kept the Falcons winless (0-6). Woodard finished with 197 yards passing and rushed for 70 more. John Zellner ran for 85 yards and Christian Mahoe had a 69-yard TD among his four catches.
Grand Island 14, Starpoint 6: A pair of first-half TDs stood up for the Vikings. Jared Brandon opened the scoring with a 25-yard run. Starpoint got within 7-6 on a 13-yard run by Julian Mott. The Vikings’ second score was a 14-yard pass from Quinn Corrao to Joe Chiaravalle. Corrao completed 7 of 14 passes for 109 yards. Tom Doctor had two sacks among his 10 tackles.
Newfane 33, JFK 6: Trevor Noon had three TD passes to different receivers, finishing with 130 yards. Kyle Guerriera had two TD runs and Kyle Burdick led the ground game with 157 yards.
Randolph 49, Cassadaga Valley 14: Senior Chris Doubek rushed for 304 yards on 13 carries for the Cardinals (6-0). Doubek broke the school record for single game rushing yards with 337 earlier this season against Maple Grove. Bryce Morrison had two TD catches and rushed for another.
Sherman 29, Nichols 7: Devin Moorhead scored twice on the ground, finishing with 134 yards on 11 carries for the Wildcats. Quarterback Andrew Graham completed 9 of 14 for 160 yards.
Nichols’ Mike Geiger had 94 yards on nine attempts and scored on a 28-yard run.