Gowanda wins season opener, 34-7
MIDDLEPORT — The Gowanda/Pine Valley Panthers football team opened up its season with a 34-7 victory over Roylaton-Hartland on Friday night in Middleport.
The Panthers came out of the gate strong, scoring touchdowns on each of their opening two possessions.
“Our kids showed up ready to play off the bus,” said Gowanda/Pine Valley head coach Sean Gabel. “There was a lot of emotion and energy tonight. We have a lot of new coaches and players and they all brought energy to the sidelines.”
Gowanda/Pine Valley (1-0) will return on Friday to have their first home game of the season against JFK (0-1) who lost to Akron, 21-14, in its opener.
“We just have to do the little things to get better,” said Gabel. “This team is full of emotion and we can’t be afraid to show it. Just need to tweak somethings to be better.”
Silver Creek/Forestville 12
WILSON — The Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights fell in their first game of the season in Class C North action to the Wilson Lakemen, 34-12, on Friday night in Wilson.
The Black Knights trailed early by a score of 7-0 when quarterback Austin Rott found his receiver, Macadam Gadewoltz, for a 72 yard score to make the score 7-6 Wilson.
“We threw the ball well,” said Silver Creek/Forestville head coach Sean Helmer. “Austin did a good job with that being his first start.”
After another Wilson touchdown, the Black Knights would again respond when Rott found Travis Drozdziel for the 11 yard touchdown to make the score 14-12 at halftime.
After halftime, Wilson scored 21 unanswered points to take their first game of the season. The Black Knights were called for eight penalties for 99 yards throughout the night.
“We hurt ourselves quite a bit,” said Helmer. “We had some drives, a big kick return — then we’d start going backwards. The penalties were just poorly timed.”
Angel Caraballo was the leading rusher for the Black Knights, rushing for 101 yards on 20 carries.
“We just need to focus on moving up front and being aligned properly,” said Helmer. “I want us to fly around — we were flat at times during this game.”
Rott finished his first career varsity start completing 14 of 22 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Silver Creek/Forestville (0-1) will host Akron (1-0) next on Friday. Akron defeated JFK by a score of 21-14 to start its season.
“Their effort is always good,” said Helmer. “There’s just little things that need to be fixed this week with the run game and such.”
Falconer/Cassadaga Valley 12
RANDOLPH — Randolph/Frewsburg expected to see a physical game in Week 1 against visiting Cassadaga Valley/Falconer, and the Cardinals got exactly that on Friday night.
The hosts used a trio of rushers to push through the adversity on their way to a 41-12 Class C South win, holding off a late charge by the Golden Cougars in the process.
Cassadaga Valley/Falconer would pick up a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter after trailing much of the night, as Robbie Penhollow ripped off runs of 45 and 20 yards, but the Cardinals would respond with a late turnover to seal up the win.
“I thought we played hard,” Randolph/Frewsburg coach Brent Brown said. “I thought that Falconer/Cassadaga (Valley) was extremely physical. The Penhollow kid ran the ball really hard, but we also did some good things and moved the ball on the ground. One turnover and that kind of swings the game.”
It was defensive lineman Andrew Bernard who was able to pounce on a fumbled snap on that turnover, finishing his night with eight tackles, four assists and two sacks for good measure.
In the backfield, Nick Marsh racked up 113 yards on 16 carries, scampering home from 11 yards for the opening score of the game.
Skyler Wright took advantage of his 12 carries, finishing with 95 yards while Deter Miinte totaled 82 yards on 11 carries, scoring on runs of both 1 and 7 yards.
In addition to the dominance of the Cardinals’ rushing attack, Tyler Hind made the most of his opportunities under center, throwing for 11 completions, 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Hind found Wright with a 24-yard throw to paydirt and dealt another ball to Marsh on a 45-yard catch-and-run for the penultimate score.
“Ty threw the ball well. We don’t throw it that much – 11 might be a record – but he completed passes and we got some yards,” Brown said.
Marsh added seven tackles and five assists on defense while Penhollow racked up 222 yards on 16 carries for the Golden Cougars.