Tonawanda News — Nothing went right for the Lumberjacks in Week 5, and they never could recover from an early first-quarter, 14-0 deficit against Starpoint.
North Tonawanda’s three turnovers against the Spartans led to three touchdowns and Jacks coach Tony Truilizio said his team has to take care of the ball if they want to win this week against McKinley.
“Between the turnovers and short fields, our defense couldn’t hold (Starpoint) to anything,” he said. “It was also the first time we struggled on offense. In all phases we just didn’t come out to play.”
This Friday the road gets even tougher for NT when the Bulldogs bring their athletic and fast bunch to the NT Sports Complex for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Jacks.
Truilizio said the key to the game will be getting back to what the Jacks do well: executing on offense and sustaining drives.
“We’re going to try and keep them in front of us,” he said. “When you pack the box they throw a pass. It could be three yards but they run after the catch ... We’re going to try to manage the clock and keep their speed in front of us.”
Tonawanda at Burgard,
7 p.m. Friday
The Warriors have that winning feeling after notching No. 1 last week against Amherst.
Tonawanda coach Rob Gross said it was a great win and the success his team had was because of the way it controlled the ball and moved the line of scrimmage.
Gross said that the win was a nice reward for a Tonawanda squad that has been improving every week.
“We played well in most of our games and we have been tied in the second and third quarter of games,” he said. “It was just putting together a fourth quarter performance. We needed to dominate the line of scrimmage and we did that.”