Niagara Gazette — The Lew-Port Spartans will face the Niagara Wheatfield Amateur Athletics Wildcats in the “Super Bowl” of the Niagara Youth Football League 145-pound division on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at Wilson High School.
The Spartans edged Wilson, 30-29, to clinch a place in the title game, overcoming a 21-6 Wilson lead along the way. Wilson later took a 29-22 lead. The Spartans’ Zach Clayborne caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Justin Perrault and a a pair of two-point conversion passes. Mason Monteleone scored the game-tying touchdown on a 65-yard run, with one of Clayborne’s conversion catches proving to be the game-winning points. Monteleone rushed for 140 yards while Ian Evans added 95 yards rushing and 45 yards receiving.
Lew-Port’s defense forced four fumbles that were recovered by Mason Monteleone, Nick Norwacki, Jason Boslet and Donald Heitler. Andrew Miller and Norwacki led the defense with 10 tackles each. Monteleone, Heitler, Cole Murdoch, Justin Weinfurtner and Jacob Kasbaum combined for 25 tackles.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, finished off an undefeated regular season with a 54-7 win over the Wilson Lakemen on October 13 and earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs in their bracket.
• The LewPort Rams will face Clarence Silver in the 100-pound division “Super Bowl,” advancing to the championship game by defeating the NWAA Bobcats, 20-13, in a game described by coaches as a game full of outstanding offensive and defensive efforts by both sides. Lew-Port’s Jalen Duff put his team in the lead with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Reisman. Duff then broke a 13-13 tie with less than two minutes remaining by scoring a touchdown on a 45-yard run. He finished with 224 yards rushing, 48 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Reisman rushed for a total 32 yards. On defense, Resiman, Joe Hibbard, Robert Woods, Zak Medecigo, Matt Brown, Justin Dillon and Tyler Chretien combined for 34 tackles. Chretien also caused an fumble on a quarterback sack while Duff and Justin Dillon had one interception each.
• In other recent youth football action, the NWAA Bobcats defeated the Pendleton Predators, 33-6, the 100-pound division. Joey DeWolf rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown. Anthony Lozina rushed for 75 yds and three touchdowns and Tristan Davis gained 32 yards on nine carried and scored an extra-point conversion. Anthony Lucinski caught six passes for 46 yards. Evan Stickney caught two passes including a 26-yard touchdown reception from Lozina. John Pirinelli had one catch for ten yards while Trent Reid completed a pass on an extra-point conversion.
On defense, Justin Ayala, Jonathan Higgins, Adam Lloyd, Lucinski, Louie Perreault and Stickney combined for 26 tackles and three sacks.
• Michael Baio’s goal proved to be the game winner as the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Squirt Minor travel team opened their league schedule with a 4-1 win over the Erie Lions. Justin Walker assisted on Baio’s goal. Baio later set up Walker on his goal. Also getting goals for NJPE were Rocco Randazzo, who scored his team’s first goal, and Thomas Dworak, who added an empty netter in the final second of the game. Nolan Szczesniak made nine saves in the Niagara net.
The Eagles’ record then fell to 1-1 after losing, 4-1, to the Southtowns Stars. Justin Walker had the lone goal on an assist from Cameron McIntyre.