ORCHARD PARK – The Maryvale Flyers hoped to get their revenge on the Cheektowaga Warriors after being defeated back in week 7 of the season, but Cheektowaga said no and won the Championship game in overtime.
After a handful of rushes by the Warriors to start off the game, QB KeShone Beal’s first pass was intercepted by the Flyers RB Dylan Casey. That led Maryvale to strike first a few plays later. FB Jay Henley ran the ball into the end zone for 12-yards. The extra point try was good.
Maryvale shut down Cheektowaga’s series and started at Cheektowaga’s 41-yard line, but they just couldn’t put up any additional points. They led Cheektowaga 7 to 0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Warriors came alive at the start of the second quarter. They moved into the red zone because of a few critical plays by KeShone Beal, and RB Jaquan Bush put the Warriors on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run. The extra point try was good.
Maryvale made a huge defensive play after a few unproductive series on both sides. Jay Henley intercepted what was supposed to be a 37-yard touchdown pass for Cheektowaga.
The touchback brought the ball out to Maryvale’s 20-yard line, and after a few plays Cheektowaga’s DB Alekzander Bryant picked off a pass, but the Warriors couldn’t produce. Both teams were tied at seven going into halftime.
Cheektowaga’s KeShone Beal was first to score in the second half with a quarterback keeper. The extra point try was good.
Maryvale was quick to answer though with a 31-yard pass from QB Connor Desiderio to WR Ray Blackwell. The extra point try was good and the game was tied at 14.
With about a minute to play in the third quarter, KeShone Beal found WR Tommy Zolnowski who set the Warriors up for yet another score. Beal with another keeper slammed it into the end zone paving the way for another seven points.
Cheektowaga led Maryvale 21 to 14 at the end of the third quarter, but the back and forth continued into the fourth. The Flyers Conner Desidero made a 27-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Casey, tying it up at 21.
After both teams traded punts in their next series, Cheektowaga’s KeShone Beal fumbled the ball during a quarterback keeper, and Maryvale’s Nick Castanzo recovered the ball. The Warrior’s defense shut down Maryvale and forced a turnover on downs near Cheektowaga’s 20-yard line.
Both teams couldn’t convert on the next few series, and the championship game went into overtime tied at 21.
Maryvale won the coin toss and chose to go on the defense starting on their 20-yard line.
KeShone Beal rushed on the next three plays finding the end zone. The extra point was good and brought Cheektowaga to 28.
Maryvale also started on the 20-yard line, and despite and an illegal shift penalty, Connor Desiderio successfully ran a 25-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown. The Flyers attempted a two-point conversion to win the game, but the Warriors DL Caleb Graves stuffed the run giving Cheektowaga the win.
The final score was 28 to 27 and Cheektowaga is once again Section VI Class B Champions. They move on to the far-west regionals in Brockport next Saturday.
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