Niagara Gazette — Ezra Scott, a former standout athlete at both Niagara Catholic High School and Niagara County Community College, knocked off 2011 Golden Gloves super heavyweight champion Drew Graziadei as part of Friday Night Fights at LUX Night Club in Buffalo this past weekend. The lighter Scott, who trains at Stacy Robinson’s Inspire Boxing Club in Niagara Falls, used his speed to out-point Graziadei in the opening round and held off a hard charge from the champ late in the bout.
“Drew almost stopped him on several occasions, but the points were hard to recover from,” Graziadei ‘s trainer Ray Casal said. “But take nothing away from his opponent. (Scott) was well-schooled and fought a smart fight. We will tango again someday soon.”
Mike Vega (130 pounds) won his second fight in three weeks against Mike Hajtaj and has “a great future in boxing,” according to Casal. Light heavyweight Nick Bayer returned to the ring and put on “a very impressive show of boxing skills,” in a win, Casal said.
Shevah Sheppard, who has great strength but limited experience, lost his bout at 155 pounds. Robert Finn lost his debut at 140 pounds, but got better each round, Casal said. K-Shawn Agee’s opponent dropped out due to illness.
• Mikey Cirrito had 11 tackles, including two for a loss, Jonathan Litten had nine tackles and Deonte Mathews had seven tackles and two tackles for loss as the Niagara Falls Jr. Football Club shut down the Tonawanda Buffalos, 20-6. Mathews scored two touchdowns and an extra point to lead the offense. Josiah Harris (90 yards, TD) and Jaden Turner (80 yards) moved the ball on the ground in the win.
• Brandon Higgins and Donovan Brusino combined for three sacks and six tackles for loss as the Niagara-Wheatfield Athletic Association Tomcats moved to 4-0 by beating the Lew-Port Chargers, 34-12. Jamel Oliver added an interception for the defense, while Jordan Parks led the offense, scoring three rushing TDs and adding a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jacob DeWolf. The Lew-Port offense was led by Ian Evans, who threw a touchdown pass to Zachary Clayborne, and Gino Fontanarosa, who ran for a 45-yard touchdown.
Drew Martin had 135 yards rushing and scored on runs of 24 and 60 yards to lead the Lew-Port Rams over the NWAA Bobcats, 25-6. Jalen Duff added a score on a 60-yard run. Drew Martin, Zac Medecigo and Frank Previte each had five tackles and Medecigo and Nick DiCarlo each had interceptions to lead the defense. Zach Grosskopf scored the lone touchdown for the Bobcats.
Ian Ivancic scored two goals and added an assist and Will Smith, Jack Beecher, Kurt Magers and Cal Moretti each had a goal and an assist as the Coyotes beat Canandaigua, 7-1. Chris Carrigan earned the victory in net.
• Sam Belisto had a goal and an assist, Bill Dykstra, Tim Ball and Steve Ortman scored and Mike Smith and Chris McCune each had two assists as Mister B's-Q beat Marin's Construction, 4-2. Jim Kuryak had a goal and an assist, Gregg Marin scored and Ed Rogers had two helpers in the loss.
• George Woodley Jr. had two goals and three assists and Pete Ranieri had two goals and two helpers for Grinder's Skatepark in its 7-1 win over Mister B's-BA. Cary O'Donohue had two goals and an assist, Dave Kozlowski scored and Brian Schiavi and Dave Clark each had two helpers in the win. Paul Labonte scored for Mister B's.
• Bill Vivian had two goals and two assists, Steve Scalise had two goals and a helper, Chris Rechin and John McCune each scored and Kevin Campbell had two assists as Judi's Lounge #1 shutout AAA Timberline, 6-0.
• Bucky Burleigh scored a hat trick and added two assists, Mike Evans had a goal and three assists, and Howie Davis and Gerald Frazier each had a goal and an assist for Judi's Lounge #2, which beat Niagara National Inc., 6-1. Dave SanLorenzo had three assists in the win, while Jim Berrigan scored the lone goal in the loss.
• STANDINGS: Mister B's-Q, 4 points; Judi's #2, 3 points; Marin's, 2 points; Judi's #1, 2 points; Grinder's, 2 points; Niagara National, 2 points; Mister B's-BA, 1 point; AAA Timberline, 0 points.