DEPEW — In a Section 6 non-league battle of 2-0 squads, another dominant night for Randolph’s rushing game helped the Cardinals (3-0) hold off Depew (2-1) Friday night.
The Cardinals racked up 356 rushing yards on 62 attempts in a 44-28 road victory. Workhorse tailback Xander Hind led the Cardinals again with 229 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. In just three games this season, Hind already has 750 rushing yards.
Randolph dominated the time of possession, running 65 plays to Depew’s 37
Luke Pagett added 138 yards and three touchdowns on 17 attempts. Randolph’s only completed pass went for a 20-yard score from quarterback Carson Conley to tight end Jaiden Huntington.
Depew quarterback Chris Peters ran for two touchdowns and threw another, totalling 189 yards on 7-of-18 passing. Carson Alberti had 97 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Cattaraugus-Little Valley 40, Cardinal O’Hara 12
CATTARAUGUS — Gage Furl carried 13 times for 119 yards and three touchdowns as Cattaraugus-Little Valley pulled away for its first win of the year.
Clayton Frentz had the first score on a 13-yard run and finished with 42 yards on eight carries for the Timberwolves while Dakota Allen (5 yards) and Paul Tackentien (69 yards) both scored on their lone carry of the game.
Christian Hines added 72 rushing yards for C-LV, which trailed 12-6 and was tied at halftime (12-12) before outscoring O’Hara 28-0 over the final two quarters to pull away. Tackentien, Furl and Donnie Seamon all had five tackles for the Timberwolves (1-2), whose second-half run began with a safety late in the third quarter.
Simarrion Threet had 12 carries for 100 yards and a TD for the Hawks.
SECTION 6 CLASS D
Franklinville/Ellicottville 40, Silver Creek/Forestville 13
FRANKLINVILLE — Lucas Marsh completed 9-of-11 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns and scored on his only two carries, including an 87-yard jaunt in the third quarter, as F/E bounced back from a loss to Randolph with a blowout win.
Marsh accounted for five of the Titans’ six scores, the other coming on a Christian Swalcy interception return in the opening frame. Beau Bielecki (4 receptions, 63 yards) and Logan Grinols (4 catches, 61 yards) had touchdown receptions of 37 and 24 yards while Hunter Smith added a seven-yard TD on his only reception for F/E.
The Titans, who held a 357-231 edge in total yards, jumped out to a 27-0 first-quarter lead before cruising the rest of the way. Connor Terwilliger had a team-best 7 ½ tackles.
“It was a good night for us,” F/E coach Jason Marsh said. “We executed well offensively and we played well defensively.”
Of the step the Titans took while continuing to transition with a largely new-look lineup, he added, “we got to go out and really work on some of those things, try to polish up our execution. Those guys are still learning a lot and they had a good night tonight.”