Broncos and Stallions win playoff titles

Contributed Story Posted 27 October 2019 at 10:02 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina Broncos quarterback MacKoy Hall picks up yardage during Saturday’s JV Division playoff championship win over Newfane at Vets Park. The Medina Stallions also won the Varsity Division title with a win over Attica.

The Medina Broncos and Stallions both captured Niagara Orleans Football Association playoff championships with wins at Vets Park Saturday.

In the JV Division title game, the Medina Broncos edged the Newfane Lightning 6-0 in overtime in a classic defensive battle

The teams spend three quarters battling between the 30 yard lines and trading punt after punt. A  40 yard run from Spencer of  Newfane and a 19 yard ramble from Christian Moss of Medina were the biggest plays during that time.

Medina got close to the end zone twice in the fourth quarter but an interception by Newfane late sent the game to overtime.

Newfane had the ball first but went backwards on three plays and came up well short on fourth down to turn the ball over.

Medina took over and Moss powered for 6 yards followed by 4 yards up the middle by Elijah Doxey. On third down from the 10 Jerrell Nealy took the ball around the left end and with possibly the best blocking of the game walked into the end zone untouched for the game winning score and an 11-0 undefeated championship season for the Broncos.

In the Varsity Division title contest, the Medina Stallions then downed the Attica Blue 20-6.

This one was also a defensive battle in the first half with Medina scoring the only points on a halfback option pass from Amari Soule to Justin Pitts for a 6-0 lead.

Both teams had a bit more offense in this one but stiffened each time and the game was still up for grabs as the third quarter began.

The Medina offense got rolling a bit more and worked deep into Attica territory where Kaedon Cleveland found Pitts in the end zone but pass interference broke it up setting up the Stallions inside the 10. At this point  Medina went to their BEEF offense and got a TD run from Breydin McEwen Miller who followed it with the extra point run and a 13-0 lead.

The Medina defense continued to dominate and getting the ball back the offense again drove down close to the goal line. This time McEwen Miller tried the middle but had to bounce outside and ran it in from the five for a 20-0 lead.

Attica scored on a 19 yard run to break up the shutout and then tried an onside kick but it was recovered by McEwen Miller and Medina ran out the clock to finish off their 11-0 championship season.