Tonawanda News — After the final whistle blew Thursday night at George Vetter Stadium, North Tonawanda wide receiver Jake Ferry took a look around the field and then up at the lights to take the moment in.
It was the senior’s last game at home in a Lumberjacks uniform, and his 90 yards receiving and interception on defense helped his team to a 30-7 win over Williamsville East in the opening round of the Chuck Funke Bowl Classic.
“Looking at these lights right now — I’m never going to forget this night,” Ferry said. “We turned it into a game (in the second half), and showed them what NT football was really about.”
The Flames controlled play in the first half and dominated the time of possession battle. They took a 7-6 lead into halftime, but Will. East could have been up a bit more if not for a few big stands by the NT defense, stifling two long drives by the Flames.
NT coach Tony Truilizio said he was pleased with the way the defense played, especially in the first half.
“The defense really did an incredible job. Williamsville East had some real threats and they were real strong on the offensive line,” he said. “In the halftime talk I told them, ‘You’re not serious and that’s the problem.’ They realized it and I put it on the seniors as well. The second half was the team I knew we had. Everything was clicking the way it should.”
Sophomore RB Cody Sikora, playing in place of injured senior Christian Mahoe, got the Jacks on the board late in the first half with his first career rushing touchdown. In the second half the NT offensive line took over and opened up big holes for every ball carrier. QB Chris Woodard ran for 66 yards, senior FB Jon Zellner finished his career with 71 yards and two touchdowns. Nehemiah Stone chipped in with 57 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.