Purple Eagles roll past Panthers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 September 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Tom Mattison (22) follows the blocking of Dominic DiCureia during the Purple Eagles win at Newfane this afternoon.

Two long interception returns for touchdowns highlighted Albion’s 42-6 victory at Newfane this afternoon in a B North Division football game.

Des Blackmon and Manny Thompson had the big pick six plays for Albion which also got two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Kyle Smith and one each from Thompson and Tom Mattison. Dylan Moore was also a perfect 6 for 6 in extra point kicks.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Dylan Moore kicks one of his six straight extra points out of the hold of Trey Hart.

Albion jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on touchdown runs of 1 yard by Smith and 10 yards by Thompson.

Newfane cut the briefly cut the deficit to 14-6 on a touchdown run by Kyle Burdick but Albion got that one right back on an 40 yard interception return for a touchdown by Thompson.

Smith then upped the Purple Eagles lead to 28-6 at the half with a 44 yard touchdown run.

Mattison scored on a 4 yard TD run in the third quarter to make it 35-6 after the Purple Eagles regained possession on a fumble recovery by Blackmon.

Blackmon then rounded out Albion’s scoring with an 85 yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – DiCureia tries to escape tackle attempts by Newfane’s Trevor Noon and Ryan Empson.

Moore and Trey Hart also both had fumble recoveries for the Purple Eagles defense while on special teams Nate Trembly and Kory Reynolds teamed up to block a punt.

Reynolds had 10 tackles on the day and Aaron Burnside 11.

Albion improves to 2-1 while Newfane slips to 0-3.

Bennett 56, Barker/Roy-Hart 6

Rolling up over 500 yards in offense on the ground, Bennett defeated Barker/Roy-Hart 56-6 this afternoon at All High Stadium in Buffalo to improve to 2-0 in the B North Division and 3-0 overall.

Josh Mead scored the lone touchdown for Barker/Roy-Hart which slips to 0-3.