Pope Accounts For Three TDs As T’Birds Roll

Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of Friday’s Section VI Class D quarterfinal against Salamanca in Mayville. P-J photo by Lisa Monacelli

MAYVILLE — No. 4 Chautauqua Lake is moving on in the Section VI Class D postseason after a dominant 40-0 win over visiting No. 5 Salamanca on Friday night, a win that was catalyzed by six interceptions from the Thunderbirds, including three by Dustin McCaslin

“That’s not bad for a guy who doesn’t start on defense,” Chautauqua Lake coach Rich Morton said.

Boosting the Thunderbirds to victory were three first-quarter touchdowns, the first of which was an 8-yard pass by Devin Pope to Josh Walsh, which was followed by a 2-yard run by Walsh and a 6-yard scamper from Pope to make it 21-0 in the opening period.

The third quarter saw Pope find the end zone on an 8-yard run and Trey Sauerland scamper for a 6-yard score while Collin Wood finished the night off with a 50-yard bomb from Pope for the 40-0 final.

The Thunderbirds quarterback would end his night 5 of 11 for 95 yards with 15 yards on the ground. Sauerland totaled 46 yards on seven carries while Wood grabbed two receptions for 62 yards.

Pope also finished with 3¢ tackles and a sack, and returned an interception 70 yards.

Chautauqua Lake will now travel to face No. 1 Franklinville/Ellicottville, which posted a 54-13 win over No. 8 Portville. The Titans ran roughshod over the Thunderbirds two weeks prior in a 46-4 victory.

“We have to finish drives,” Morton said of his team’s next matchup “We worked on that a lot over the last couple of weeks in practice. Devin has got to make good decisions, we did some film study this week with just me and him together. They’re a tough opponent for sure, but we feel like we can clean up a lot of things from the last game.

Salamanca 0 0 0 0 — 0

Chautauqua Lake 21 0 13 6 — 40

CL–Walsh 8 pass from Pope (McCaslin kick)

CL–Walsh 2 run (McCaslin kick)

CL–Pope 6 run (McCaslin kick)

CL–Pope 8 run (McCaslin kick)

CL–Sauerland 6 run (kick fail)

CL–Wood pass 50 from Pope (kick fail)



FRANKLINVILLE — No. 1 Franklinville/Ellicottville scored 41 points in the first quarter and eased to a 54-13 victory over No. 8 Portville in the Class D quarterfinals.

Brock Blecha was 5 of 5 for 102 yards and three touchdowns for the Titans.

Blecha ran 11 yards for a touchdown before throwing touchdown passes of 11 yards to Austin Grinols, 29 yards to Deric Leiper and 32 yards to Sam Erickson.

Jacob Peters rushed for 123 yards on four attempts and Steve Rowland made five tackles, including two sacks and a tackle for a loss in the win.

Franklinville/Ellicottville will host No. 4 Chautauqua Lake next weekend.

Portville 0 13 0 0 — 13

Franklinville/Ellicottville 41 7 6 0 — 54

F/E–Blecha 11 run (run failed)

F/E–Grinols 11 pass from Blecha (Blecha run)

F/E–Chudy 55 run (kick failed)

F/E–Leiper 29 pass from Blecha (Blecha kick)

F/E–Erickson 32 pass from Blecha (Blecha kick)

Por–Hlasnick 5 run (Lisek kick).

Por–Fumble in end zone (kick failed)

F/E–Peters 40 run (Blecha kick)

F/E–Palmatier 3 run (Peters kick)

F/E–Clear 1 run (run failed)


WILSON — Class C North No. 2 Wilson beat South No. 3 Cassadaga Valley/Falconer, 57-43, in the Section VI quarterfinals Friday night.

No further information was available at press time.