St. Francis 42, NT 13
The Lumberjacks got out of the gates slowly, as visiting St. Francis cruised to an easy win in a much-anticipated matchup between public and private schools.
Red Raiders quarterback Delano Fabor had four touchdowns (one rushing, three passing) as St. Francis scored 35 points in the second quarter to take control.
Quarterback Keith Bogdan threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Davis and running back Adam Kibat scored on a rush from 17 yards out to account for NT’s points.
Clarence 23, NT 20
The Lumberjacks started a season 0-2 for the first time since 1998 with the loss to the host Red Devils. Clarence scored the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, as quarterback Joshua James hit Greg Stevens with a 26-yard strike.
Davis opened the scoring for the Lumberjacks on a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown, while Bogdan crossed the goal line on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and running back Ryan Hawkins added a 52-yard touchdown run.
NT 55, Niagara-Wheatfield 21
Things got headed in the right direction with the start of play in Class AA North. The host Lumberjacks avenged a 2006 home loss to the Falcons by putting up a ridiculous 627 yards rushing in a dominant performance.
Fullback Jeff Zellner finished with more than 230 yards on only 18 carries. He also scored three touchdowns. Hawkins also added three touchdowns, while reserve running back Mark Christopher rushed for more than 130 yards on just five carries and got his first touchdown of the season.
NT 24, Niagara Falls 6
At Sal Maglie Stadium, Bogdan opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run before Zellner continued his hot streak, scoring two more touchdowns. Bogdan also added a 32-yard field goal as NT evened its record on the season and stayed unbeaten in league play.
“They were big up front and we thought their defensive line was their strength and that held to be true, but we stuck together and did a good job,” NT coach Eric Jantzi said after the win.