Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Sports

NT football topples Kenmore East, 35-22


The North Tonawanda football team was able to get its second win of the season on Friday night when they edged out Kenmore East on the road, 35-22.

“Obviously, it’s a great feeling for these kids,” North Tonawanda coach Dan Troy said. “We’ve made a lot of mistakes this year; we’re inexperienced in some of the key areas of any football team, but they’ve gotten better every week. Being snake-bitten over the course of some of this season, I was delighted to see these guys come out with a win.”

The Lumberjacks scored the first points of the game when senior Sean Ferry rushed for a 13-yard touchdown on the team’s first possession.

Senior Marcellus Overton extended the Lumberjacks’ lead with a one-yard rushing touchdown nearing the end of the second quarter.

On the very next drive, junior quarterback Nathan Murdie hit senior Brandon Baker for a 53-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs their first score of the day with 5.8 seconds left on the clock.

However, the Bulldogs’ momentum didn’t carry over into the start of the second half. Senior running back Nate Brown gave the momentum right back to the Lumberjacks when he scored a one-yard touchdown to extend his team’s lead to 20-14.

The Bulldogs then answered back on the next drive when Murdie rushed for a 67-yard touchdown run to put the score at 20-14 with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter.

On the following drive, senior quarterback Rhett Stauffer rushed for a nine-yard touchdown of his own. He was also able to convert the two-point attempt with a pass to Ferry, giving his team a 28-14 lead.

Then, the Lumberjacks essentially put the game out of reach when Brown rushed for a four-yard touchdown with 2:40 remaining in the game. The score was setup with Ferry intercepting Murdie on the previous drive.

The Bulldogs were able to get another touchdown before the end of the game when Murdie rushed for a 35-yard touchdown.

A key reason why the Lumberjacks were able to put the game away in the second half was because of a strong rushing attack that helped eat up the clock in the crucial quarters.

“With our kind of offense, obviously, if we don’t eat up the clock, we’re in trouble because our defense has struggled at times,” Troy said.

The loss puts the Bulldogs’ record at 1-5 on the season. Despite the loss, there were some things that the Bulldogs can smile about. They showed more life offensively in the second half, as they scored 15 in that half compared to only seven in the first.

“It was a disappointing first half,” Kenmore East Coach Pat Veltri said. “If we played a first half like we played in the second half, it would’ve been a much closer game.”

Also, Stauffer put together a stellar performance for his team by scoring three total touchdowns (one passing, two rushing).

“He’s a guy that is a leader and he always makes big plays for us, so his performance tonight was not surprising,” Veltri said.

Kenmore East will return to action when they travel to play cross-town rival Kenmore West at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s an East-West rivalry game so it’s anybody’s game,” Veltri said.

North Tonawanda will host cross-town rival Tonawanda in the annual TNT rivalry game Friday at 6 p.m.

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