Sopak Wins First With Golden Cougars

Cassadaga Valley/Falconer’s Robbie Penhollow finds some room to run during a Class C South game against Chautauqua Lake/Westfield on Friday night in Falconer. P-J photo by Lisa Monacelli

FALCONER — Robbie Penhollow rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns, caught a pass for another score, intercepted another pass and was credited with eight tackles to highlight Cassadaga Valley/Falconer’s 32-13 Class C South victory over Chautauqua Lake/Westfield on Friday night.

“He’s phenomenal. He had a heck of a game,” Golden Cougars coach Joel Sopak said after recording his first varsity win. “We ride him, and teams know it. He’s our horse. We’re doing to keep feeding him the ball and eventually he makes something happen.”

Connor Crabtree also had a fine game for the winners (1-1, 1-1), rushing for 132 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown and passing for 64 yards, including the 50-yard strike to Penhollow in the fourth quarter.

Cassadaga Valley trailed, 7-6, at halftime, but outscored the Thunderbirds, 26-6, after the break to win going away.

Chautauqua Lake/Westfield’s touchdowns came on Kyler Majka’s touchdown pass to Zach Fischer in the first quarter and another Majka TD pass in the third period.

In addition to Penhollow, defensive standouts for the Golden Cougars were Mack Mikula (nine tackles), Dillon Hokanson (five tackles) and Jon Kozlowski (five tackles).

No statistics were available for the Thunderbirds at presstime.



CL/W–Fischer 25 pass from Majka (kick good)

CV/F–Penhollow 7 run (kick failed)

CV/F–Penhollow 55 run (kick failed)

CL/W–Majka pass (run failed)

CV/F–Crabtree 6 run (run failed)

CV/F–Penhollow 3 run (run failed)

CV/F–Penhollow 50 pass from Crabtree (Crabtree run)


ELLICOTTVILLE — Franklinville/Ellicottville moved to 1-1 on the year after topping Salamanca, 27-12, in non-league action behind three rushing touchdowns from Jordan Grinols.

Grinols would score on runs of 3, 14 and 21 yards after entering the game to replace starting halfback Jacob Peters, who was sidelined during the Titans’ second drive of the night.

Peters would give Franklinville/Ellicottville a 7-0 lead after converting on a 12-yard run before leaving with an injury.

“We had a really nice start, very strong and physical on the defensive side of the ball,” Titans coach Chad Bartoszek said. “Then we lost Jacob, our starting running back and linebacker. Jordan Grinols stepped up and had a heck of a game running the ball for us. He broke a couple of tackles and had a really nice run from 20 yards out.’

After Lucas McKenna scampered 53 yards to paydirt in the third quarter to give Salamanca it’s first score of the night, the Warriors added another big play in the fourth when Zariah Armstrong tossed a 68-yard throw to Ira John, but it was too little too late.

Grinols finished his day with 106 yards on 17 attempts while Niklas Logel grabbed three sacks for the winners.

Tristen Gillette led Salamanca (1-1) with seven tackles while Logan Frank and Tyler Clear added six-and-a-half each for Franklinville/Ellicottville.

SALAMANCA 0 0 6 6 — 12


F/E–Peters 12 run (Finn kick)

F/E–Grinols 3 run (Finn kick)

Sal–McKenna 53 run (Kick fail)

F/E–Grinols 14 run (Finn kick)

F/E–Grinosl 21 run (Kick fail)

Sal–John 68 pass from Armstrong (Run fail)