Medina/Lyndonville erased an early Barker/Royalton-Hartland lead with 24 second quarter points, then cruised to a 38-22 Section VI football Class B victory Friday night at jam-packed Bruno Pacini Field.
Mustangs senior quarterback Jason Hellwig (249 yards passing) had a big night throughout for the visitors, tossing long, second-quarter touchdown passes of 73 yards to senior Ben Austin and 81 yards to junior Kyle Barna. He later added a 7-yard TD toss to senior wide receiver Lonnie Taylor and also had two, 2-point conversion passes.
Head coach Bill Bruning’s Barker/Roy-Hart squad dominated time of possession in the first quarter and led 7-0 on a 33-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jake Haight to senior Tucker Ruhlen. Haight added the extra point and the hosts led 7-0.
The visitors struck back when senior running Jake Cotriss (12 carries, 171 yards, 2 TDs) picked up his teammate’s fumble near midfield and ran 47 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. Barna’s two-point conversion run gave Medina/Lyndonville an 8-7 lead with 9:20 left in the second.
Haight booted a 36-yard field goal that would have been good from 60 and Barker/Roy-Hart took a brief 10-8 lead. However, on Medina’s next play from scrimmage, Hellwig hit Austin with a 73-yard touchdown pass, then Cotriss added the two-point conversion run and the visitors never looked back, leading 16-10.
The next time Medina/Lyndonville (1-1) had the ball, Hellwig tossed an 81-yard TD pass to Barna, then threw a conversion pass to senior Ben Austin to lead at halftime, 24-10.
Hellwig hit Taylor on a well-executed and well-times pass play to the right side. The 7-yard TD pass and Barnes conversion pass to junior Dan Barnes made it 32-10 Medina/Lyndonville.
Minus Haight, who suffered cramps and came out of the game, the hosts fought back with back-up QB senior Brett Cole tossing a perfect 21-yard pass over the middle to a streaking senior Brad Bobbit, cutting the deficit to 32-16.
Barker/Roy-Hart (0-2) opened the fourth quarter with a Haight 23-yard TD run to cut the lead to 10, 32-22, but the Mustangs’ Cotriss ran it in from 30 yards out with just 1:27 left to round out the scoring.
LHS booters shine at host tourney
Both the Lockport boys and girls varsity soccer teams got off to a good start at the 2012 Lockport Soccer Tournament on Friday at LHS.
Head coach Jeff Hulshoff's Lions improved to 2-0 overall with a 4-0 victory over Nichols. With McDowell of Erie, Pa.'s 1-0 win over St. Frances, that sets the stage for today's 1 p.m. boys championship final at LHS.
Senior striker Alex Reid scored a three-goal hat trick to pace the Lions (2-0 overall, 1-0 Niagara Frontier League).
Junior Nick Deuil also scored for the blue and gold.
In goal, LHS junior Bailey Reid earned the shutout, making nine saves.
Hulshoff said his team got strong play at defense from Andy Reid, Kurtis Maloney, Quinn Colville and Dave Pollock, as well as from midfielder Jerry West.
Meanwhile, head coach Mike Finnerty's Lady Lions defeated Erie, Pa., 3-1, advancing to play Williamsville North at 11 a.m. today in the girls varsity tourney title game.
Freshman sensation Gretta Dry tallied two goals for the blue and gold. Senior Kerri Wertman also tallied a goal for LHS (2-0)
Sharing the win in goal for Lockport were keepers Bridget Masiello and Jayme Wadosky.
ECIC BOYS SOCCER
Starpoint 2, Hamburg 0
PENDLETON — Colton Rutland and Nick Dumond each scored a goal and sophomore goalie Sam DelPrince earned the shutout for the Spartans (2-2, 1-1 ECIC II).
N-O GIRLS SOCCER
Newfane 8, Roy-Hart 1
GASPORT — Newfane's Alexis Moreland tallied a three-goal hat trick and added an assist on Friday to pace the visiting Lady Panthers past the Royalton-Hartland Lady Rams.
Also for the winners, Sophie Connor had a pair of goals and an assist, Chelsea Dunn netted two goals and Jordan Beutel also scored.
With the win, Newfane improved to 2-0 in the Niagara-Orleans League and are 3-0-1 overall.
The Lady Rams are 0-3.
Wilson 4, Albion 1
WILSON — Angela Goodman had two goals and two assists for the Lakewomen (4-0, 2-0 N-O).
Kaitlyn Chapman and Emily Kam added a goal apiece in the win, while Kendall Picerelli scored for the Purple Eagles (2-1 N-O).
Lockport 5, Grand Island 0
Head coach John Beatty's Lady Lions improved to 2-0 in the NFL with a singles and doubles sweep over Grand Island on Friday.
Katie Britt, Adrienne Folby and Delaney Portka all earned singles wins for the Lady Lions — and for the eighth grader Portka, it was the first varsity singles win of her promising varsity career.
Winning at doubles for the Lady Lions were the tandems of Morgan Haley-Amanda Schrader and Kathryn Krawczyk-Alex Costello.
The Lady Vikings dropped to 1-1 in the NFL.
ECIC GIRLS TENNIS
Starpoint 5, Will. South 0
PENDLETON — Paulina Masailo, Jasmine Mott and Gillian Mangani swept singles for the Lady Spartans (1-0 ECIC II).
NFL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
N-W 3, Lockport 0
Melissa Goeseke had eight digs and five aces and Kelsey Yeates had 11 assists and three aces for the Falcons (1-0 NFL), who opened league play with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-16 win.
Brittney Sanford led the Lady Lions (0-1 NFL) with six kills.
Wilson 238, Roy-Hart 271
Match medalist Friday was Wilson's Dominic Curcione with a 45 for the Lakemen (1-1 N-O).
Starpoint 282, Tonawanda 408
PENDLETON — Joe Petrie, Andrew Murchison and Sean Brown tied for the medalist honors, shooting a 38 for the Spartans (1-0 ECIC II).
Steve Torrey shot a 51 to lead the Warriors (0-2 ECIC II).