Hamilton, Fraass, lead LHS; Newfane beats rival Wilson
By John D'Onofrio Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
ORCHARD PARK —
Underdogs on paper for sure, the Lockport football Lions shredded the papyrus Friday night, defeating the Orchard Park Quakers, 33-27, in the biggest upset win so far of the 2013 Section VI football season.
It was the first home loss for the Quakers (1-1 AA, 1-1 overall) in seven years. With the win, head coach Greg Bronson's Lions improved to 1-0 in Class AA and are 2-0 overall.
“These kids love each other,” Bronson said after the game. “With our starting quarterback out and having played Starpoint 7-0 last week and with OP having not lost a home game in so many years, yes you'd have to consider this an upset.”
Lions junior running back Nick Hamilton and junior quarterback Tyler Fraas, playing in place of injured senior three-year starter Daniel Bronson who's out for the season, both rose to the occasion on a wet, hostile away turf.
Hamilton opened the scoring with an 86-yard touchdown run on Lockport's opening possession in the first quarter. Kyle Few's PAT was good and the visitors led 7-0.
“Nick has great speed. He can take the ball the distance on every play because he's a spinter,” coach Bronson said. “Sometimes he gets caught and sometimes he pops into the endzone.”
Senior Charlie Sobieraski hauled in a 10-yard TD pass from Fraas and Hamilton burst in from the 1, set up by an 89-yard interception by sophomore D'Andre Jenkins, rounding out the first-half scoring as LHS led the defending state finalists, 19-13, at halftime.
The Lions came out with the momentum in the third quarter and made the most of it, taking nine minutes off the clock, driving the length of the field for another touchdown — an 8-yard run by Hamilton (15 carries, 91 yards, 3 TDs) to pay dirt. Fraass (7 for 11, 126 yards, 2 TDs) hit Hamilton on a two-point conversion pass and Lockport upped its lead to 14 points, 27-13.
Lockport increased its improbable lead to 21 points a few minutes later when Hamilton took a Fraass screen pass, used his sprinter's speed and dashed 44 yards for the Lions' final score, making it 33-12.
“Tyler went out and played football like he's done in the past. He's a player,” Bronson said of his quarterback. “He does it in football just like he's done for the varsity baseball team. He plays.”
Two late Quakers TDs made it interesting, but the Lions held on to earn their biggest road victory in years.
The Lions' defense was sharp again. Jenkins and sophomore Dante Mount both had two picks on the day. Lions senior Mo Townsend added 68 yards receiving on four catches.
“We were a little shaky at the end, but we made huge plays when we needed to,” coach Bronson said. “We forced them to throw the football because of our lead and we were able to hang in there and get it done.”
Next up, the Lions host Frontier at 2 p.m. Saturday at Max D. Lederer Field.
Newfane 28, Wilson 13
WILSON — Head coach Chuck Nagel's visiting Panthers evened their record at 1-1 with a huge road victory at Walter J. Hutchison Field in Class C grid action on Friday night.
Newfane junior Kyle Burdick (24 carries, 110 yards 2 TDs) scored on runs of 10 and 13 yards, while Panthers junior Kyle Guerriera (13 carries, 73 yards, TD) added a six-yard touchdown run and quarterback Josh Kneeland (3 of 11 passing, 50 yards) burst in from a yard out.
Guerriera added four PATs to his effort to round out the Newfane scoring.
The Lakemen (0-2) scored on 1-yard dive from senior quarterback Tim Walch (8 of 19 passing, 132 yards, TD) and a 39-yard TD pass from Walch to junior Jarrett Johnston.
Burdick sealed the victory with a late, fourth quarter interception.
Junior Hunter Howland had 65 yards on 21 carries for head coach Bill Atlas' Lakemen. Senior receiver Kevin Daunce added three catches for 44 yards.
“We opened the season with two road games. We wanted to win them bothm but we'll take the split,” Nagel said. “It felt almost like a home game for us tonight. I think we had more fans here than they did with parents, teachers, administrators and boosters at the game. It was great to see so much support.”
Newfane plays its 2013 home opener at 2 p.m. next Saturday against Tonawanda.
Lew-Port 30, Barker/R-H 16
YOUNGSTOWN — Lewiston-Porter senior Dan Hogan rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the second half asthe Lancers came back to beat visiting Barker/Royalton-Hartland 30-16 in its Class B North football opener Friday night.
Lew-Port (2-0, 1-1 B North) opened the scoring on the opening possession, driving 67 yards on 11 plays before senior Zak Nalbone plunged in from one yard out. After a false start, Chris Harvey's extra point attempt missed, leaving the Lancers with a 6-0 advantage.
Head coach Bill Bruning's Barker/Roy-Hart squad (0-2, 0-2 B North) answered immediately and methodically, going 65 yards on 12 plays. Sophomore Andy Xapos ran in from 5 yards out, then found pay dirt again on the conversion to give Barker/Roy-Hart an 8-6 lead.
The Lew-Port defense held the visitors to a three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, and a weaving, 75-yard return by Nalbone, who bobbled the punt to begin with, set up another score. Nalbone took an option pitch for L-P quarterback Jake Eoute 3 yards for the TD, then Eoute converted two points on a keeper for a 14-8 lead.
Later in the third, Barker/Roy-Hart set up to punt from their own 6-yard line. Senior Jacob Haight caught the snap at his goal line and rolled right before booming a kick just over Hogan's head at midfield. Rather than attempt to catch the ball, Hogan let it hit the ground, and a fortuitous bounce allowed it to roll all the way to the L-P 22.
Three pays later, Hogan made up for his miscue, rumbling 59 yards down the left side of the field for a score. Junior Carmen Zarrillo took a pitch to the left into the end zone for the two point conversion and a 22-8 lead.
The Raiders returned to the scoreboard in the fourth, when Zarrillo couldn't control a handoff deep in L-P territory. He picked up the fumble in his own end zone and was tackled for safety, making the score 22-10.
Barker/Roy-Hart scored on the ensuing drive, aided by an iffy 15-yard pass interference penalty on what looked to be an uncatchable ball. Three plays after the penalty, junior Joshua Mead ran in from 5 yards out, but Haight's two-point run was stuffed.
With under two minutes remaining, the Raiders attempted an onside kick. Haight blasted the ball at the Lew-Port front line, but it squeezed threw before stopping at the L-P 26, where Hogan dove on it.