Cleveland Hill hosts crosstown rival Maryvale

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The non-conference matchup between crosstown rivals Cleveland Hill and Maryvale kept fans on the edge of their seats up until the very end.  Maryvale beat Cleveland Hill 30-24.

Both teams kept each other at bay until the second quarter when Cleveland Hill struck first in an impressive defensive play.

Ryan Majerowski intercepts the ball during the rivalry game between Cleveland Hill and Maryvale on September 2nd. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Ryan Majerowski intercepts the ball during the rivalry game between Cleveland Hill and Maryvale on September 2nd. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle) Purchase this photo.

Senior Ryan Majerowski intercepted the ball deep in Cleveland Hill territory and ran 95-yards to give the Golden Eagles their first touchdown.  Junior Aaron Wahler followed up on the momentum with a 30-yard touchdown run.

Flyers Head Coach Jeffrey Buccieri says his team was playing horrible, slow, and made mistakes but got their stuff together in the end.  At halftime, he said to his team, “Stop making mistakes.  We’re killing ourselves I said.  If we don’t make these mistakes, we’re in the lead or its a tie,” said Mr. Buccieri.

Maryvale got their composure back in the third quarter, and senior Ray Blackwell received an 11-yard pass from QB Connor Desiderio to give the Flyers their first touchdown of the game. 

The momentum picked up for Maryvale after senior Dylan Casey returned a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  He followed it up with an 18-yard run into the end zone.  Mr. Blackwell sealed the game with a 5-yard reception from Mr. Desiderio.

Maryvale's Ray Blackwell runs for a touchdown during the rivalry game between Cleveland Hill and Maryvale on September 2nd. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Maryvale’s Ray Blackwell runs for a touchdown during the rivalry game between Cleveland Hill and Maryvale on September 2nd. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle) Purchase this photo.

Cleveland Hill’s Brett Kochanski tried to keep his team afloat with a QB sneak touchdown, but the second half was full of mistakes, and the Goldes Eagals could only manage eight points.

“We made mistakes that you can’t make. This was a rivalry game, they’re going to be a very good football team, we’re hoping to be a good team.  We told the guys at halftime that they were going to push and come back and that’s what they did,” said Head Coach Glen Graham.

“That’s what makes this game fun.  It’s not fun to lose to your crosstown rival Week 1, but this is a non-league game for us, and it’s a situation where we can teach off of what we didn’t do this week and be better when we get into the league schedule,” added Mr. Graham.

Just goes to show that you can’t count Maryvale out until the game is over.

“They had guts to come back, and they didn’t quit.  That’s huge.  We’ve been down before, and we didn’t quit, and this time they didn’t quit again,” said Mr. Buccieri.

Cleveland Hill in on the road at Wilson Saturday, while Maryvale hosts Pioneer.  Both games start at 2 pm.

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