‘We had something to prove’: Hilton wraps up Week 8 loss
Kyle Sarrow, Robert Lowry and Luke Lockhart talk about ending their two-game losing streak after Hilton’s 24-7 win over previously undefeated UPrep.
HILTON — Robert Lowry and his Hilton staff ended their two-game losing streak the best way they knew how.
Coach Rich Lipani’s Cadets let his offensive line lead Lowry’s 200-yard game to beat previously undefeated University Prep 24-7 in a Week 8 Section V Class AA contest Friday night at LeBeau Field in Hilton.
Lowry again rushed over 30 times, but scored his first touchdown on a 67-yard catch on the opening kickoff. The senior also rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as offensive linemen like Kyle Sarrow and Giovanni Mattioli owned the line of scrimmage. At cornerback, Lowry primarily guarded Tyrell Simmons and helped limit Section V’s top receiver to 30 yards.
It was a friendly rivalry for Lowry, who attended UPrep as a middle schooler.
“I came from this school. I went there from seventh to ninth grade, so I know them all. It felt great playing against my guys,” Lowry said.
Hilton cornerback Luke Lockhart had two interceptions. His first blocked UPrep’s possession in the red zone. Tyler Reger’s field goal gave the Cadets their biggest lead at 17-0 in the third.
UPrep coach Isiah Young’s Griffins fell to 7-1 after winning their first seven games by at least 20 points. On their second drive, quarterback Tavion Byrd appeared to be in bounds for a 17-yard touchdown to potentially tie the game at 7, but the officials called him out of bounds inside the 10.
Instead, UPrep’s first score didn’t come until the second half when Byrd found Juelz Russell for a 35-yard touchdown to pull within 17-7 of Hilton. C.J. Robinson caught an interception on defense but was blocked on a run.
While Hilton won without two-way studs Conner Bellanca and Anthony Letta, UPrep struggled without Isaiah Moonschein. As one of Section V’s top players, Moonschein’s absence was evident on both sides of the ball.
Gates Chili 36, Webster Thomas 30
Joseph Garcia’s 10-yard touchdown run with 4:59 left and a defensive stop in the final seconds kept the Spartans’ playoff hopes alive.
Gates Chili’s six-point lead was threatened in the final minute after Webster Thomas moved the Titans from midfield to the Spartans’ 20-yard line. The Titans got to the Gates Chili 10 before time ran out.
Gates Chili’s Jonathan Vance had more than 250 yards and three total touchdowns in the win, while opposing quarterback Levi Kulik rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Coach Jason Benham has led the Gates Chiles to 5-3 with wins in five of their last six games.
“I’m sitting here wondering if we’re in,” Benham said. “I don’t even know who to call. Right now, we’re just going to enjoy this win.
“We were 1-8 last year, to get to 5-3 is an accomplishment. These kids deserve to play another game.”
The Spartans and Churchville-Chili (5-3) are tied for the eighth seed in Section V Class A with 42 sectional points each. The final postseason slot will come down to a tiebreaker scenario.
Brighton 42, Irondequoit 22
The Brighton Bruins coaches were among those who tried to map out what-if scenarios should their team’s hopes advance to the sectional playoffs.
An effective running game at Irondequoit settled much of the concern.
Brighton (5-3) was No. 7 in the 15-team Section V Class A rankings entering the game. Irondequoit (6-2) was the No. 5 seed, comfortable for the Eagles to stay in the top eight advancing.
“We shouldn’t have won (yet could have gone on) if different scenarios had happened which actually played out,” Brighton coach Stephane Liane said. “The only way to guarantee we would get in was to win.”
Gavin Parks carried the ball into the end zone three times, from seven and 13 yards in the first half. Bruins quarterback Tyler Martinovich had field goals of three and two yards in the first half.
The Bruins led 28-8 at halftime.
“If we can’t win, it means leaving our fate to other people,” Lian said. “This is not good.”
Brighton sophomore Amari Snowden started at linebacker in place of Gavin Parks, the team’s leading rusher.
“I think it really made a big difference,” Leanne said.
Liane also believes there is a chance Brighton and Irondequoit will play again next week, during the first round of the Class A tournament.
Victor 33, Spencerport 22
Adam Ruffalo’s two touchdown night led the Blue Devils to a perfect 8-0 regular season record.
Victor coach Jeff Mandill watched as Dre Yomas rushed for two touchdowns. James Ricciliano also scored, while quarterback Jake Loughlin threw a pair of scores in the win to lock up the No. 1 seed in Class A, ahead of unbeaten East High/World of Inquiry (8-0) in sectional points.
East High/WOIS 52, Wilson/Early College 0
Quarterback Zimmer Jackson led the Eagles (8-0) to another undefeated regular season with three total touchdowns against the Wildcats.
Anthony Diaz and Perion Williams each scored for the win.
“There are so many scenarios it’s hard to know (advance), you can’t do them all.” Eagles co-coach Steve Flagler said, “You get points based on the teams you beat.”
Co-coach James Vann and Flagler’s Eagles will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed in Class A.
Jackson and Diaz connected on about a 35-yard touchdown pass within the first three plays of the game against Wilson/Early College. The Eagles led 24-0 at halftime.
LeRoy 49, Penn Yan/Dundee 6
The Oatkan Knights finished the regular season 8-0 behind the performance of dual-threat quarterback Tommy Condidorio, who accounted for three touchdowns.
LeRoy coach Brian Herdlein will lead his team to the Class C playoffs as the top seed. Jackson Fix caught both of Condidorio’s touchdown passes, Jack Eggeling had six picks in Friday’s win and Drew Strollo and Tony Piazza each scored in the Week 8 win.
York/Pavilion 28, Geneseo/Mount Morris 0
Carl Szczech led a handful of clutch performances to lock up the No. 1 seed in Class D.
Coach Kurt Schneider’s Golden Knights (7-1) saw Szczech score twice and Joe Bauer catch a touchdown pass from Parker Bonefede. York/Pavilion is riding a six-game winning streak and avenged its only loss to Oakfield-Alabama/Elba last week.
Pembroke 43, Holley/Lyndonville 14
Tyson Totten surpassed 2,000 rushing yards on the season to help the Dragons finish the regular season 8-0.
Totten rushed for two touchdowns in the win, which will give coach Brandon Ritchie Pembroke No. 1 in the 8-man scheme. Caleb Felski rushed twice but scored on both carries and reeled in a touchdown reception for the Dragons.
Top Section V performances on Friday: Brighton running back has 225 yards, 3 TDs