Mustangs, Purple Eagles face road tests

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 September 2017 at 7:33 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Quarterback Izaiah Rhim, who threw five touchdown passes in last weekend’s season opener, will lead Medina/Lyndonville into Friday’s game at Tonawanda.

Looking to keep the momentum from a strong second half in last week’s season opening win, Medina/Lyndonville will visit Tonawanda at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mustangs first B-3 Division contest.

Albion will likewise be looking to maintain the momentum from a strong finish in the season opening win as the Purple Eagles travel to Depew at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a B-2 Division game.

Holley will look to rebound from an opening week loss as the Hawks host Attica at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

However, the weekend’s football action gets underway this evening as Roy-Hart/Barker travels to Alden at 6 p.m. for a B-3 Division game.

Medina/Lyndonville came up big both offensively and defensively in the second half of last week’s 52-30 victory over Burgard.  Trailing 30-24 at the half, the Mustangs defense blanked the Bulldogs over the final two quarters while the offense rang up 28 points.

Quarterback Izaiah Rhim led the Mustangs attack with five touchdown passes including two each to Mason Lewis and Brendan Luthart and one to Jalin Cooper.  William Braswell added a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead the Mustangs ground attack.

Tonawanda , which will be looking to bounce back from a 46-20 loss to Alden, holds a 9-6 lead in the series with the Mustangs.  However, the Mustangs took the last meeting 36-14 in 2015 and have won five of the last six encounters with the Warriors.

Albion scored two touchdowns in the final two and a half minutes on a 13 yard run by Ugene Harrison and a 50 yard punt return by JaQuess Harrison to claim a wild 40-34 victory over visiting Springville in the opener. The Purple Eagles offense also featured a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Bryce Pritchard to Nate Moore.

Albion holds a 10-8 lead in the series with Depew but the Wildcats have won the last five meetings including a 28-13 victory in the oat recent encounter in 2015.

When Holley hosts Attica on Saturday the Hawks will be seeking a win over the only Genesee Region team they haven’t defeated on the gridiron.

Attica, which holds a 15-0 lead in the series with Holley, is looking to bounce back from a 34-6 season opening loss to Hornell. The Hawks are likewise looking to reboud from a 16-6 loss to Geneseo.

Also looking to get onto the winning track is Roy-Hart/Barker which dropped a 23-8 decision to Akron in there opener.

Alden holds a 3-0 lead in the series with Roy-Hart/Barker.