By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — Looking to keep the momentum generated by victories last weekend, Medina and Albion both face challenging Homecoming contests Friday night.
Medina, which made it three wins in the last four starts by thumping Buffalo East 34-18 last Friday to improve to 2-1, 3-2 overall, hosts undefeated (5-0) defending B East Division champion Alden at 7:30 p.m.
Albion, which snapped a season long four game winning streak with a 20-12 victory at Newfane on Saturday, will host Barker/Roy-Hart at 7 p.m.
Defense was the name of the game for Medina against East, an effort which was capped off by two victory clinching touchdowns off turnovers on a steal of the ball and 70 yard return by Ben Austin and a 15 yard interception return by Lonnie Taylor. Kyle Barna also had an interception for the Mustang defensive unit which on the night stopped no less than four other East drives inside the Medina 30 yard line.
"We hadn't really been forcing any turnovers so to get three and turn two of them into touchdowns was a huge lift for our defense," Medina head coach Eric Valley said. "Defensively we did a real nice job."
The Mustangs offense scored three touchdowns on runs by Barna and Danny Brown and on a halfback option pass play from Dan Barnes to Barna.
Alden is coming off a big 34-13 victory over Depew in a key battle of the unbeatens which vaulted the Bulldogs into sole possession of the B East Division lead. Running back Corey Barczykowski sparked the attack for coach Dick Diminuco's Bulldogs rushing for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Alden defeated Medina 33-7 last fall to take a 7-5 lead in the series.
Albion broke into the victory column as freshman quarterback Kyle Smith, who was seeing his first varsity action, completed two long second half touchdown pass plays of 58 yards to Trey Hart and of 93 yards to Jack Narburgh to highlight the Purple Eagles attack against Newfane which also included a 14 yard touchdown run by Ed Narburgh.
The meeting will be the first between Albion and Barker/Roy-Hart.
Barker/Roy-Hart comes into the game on a roll having won two in a row, 30-20 over Newfane and 32-31 over West Seneca West last week.
"That was a huge win for us," Barker/Roy-Hart head coach Bill Bruning said. "We showed a lot of character. Every time we got down we battled back."
An 11 yard touchdown run by Brett Cole and an extra point kick by quarterback Jacob Haight with just 1:32 remaining completed Barker/Roy-Hart's thrilling win. Cole ran for a total of three touchdowns on the night and also passed 63 yards to Haight for another score.
The win boosted Barker/Roy-Hart's record to 2-3.
The other B East game will have East (2-2, 2-3) at Depew (3-1, 4-1) on Friday while Newfane (0-4, 0-5) hosts rival Wilson in a non league contest at 2 p.m. Saturday.
In the Genesee Region League Holley will look to earn a third straight victory as the Hawks host Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Holley romped past Alexander 44-12 last week and outlasting York 43-40 the week before. Cadizsh Norford and Zach Hogle each scored two touchdowns to lead the Hawks past Alexander.