Tonawanda News —
CHEEKTOWAGA — The Tonawanda football team's move to Class C became official Saturday afternoon when it took on the North division's reigning regular season champion JFK Bears.
But it was Tonawanda that looked like title contender after the final whistle blew on a rain-soaked JFK field.
Senior running back Tim Barnard ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns in only two quarters of play, leading the Warriors to a blowout 27-0 victory over the Bears.
Tonawanda put up all 27 of its points on the board in the first half and used ball control in the second to secure the shutout.
Warriors coach Rob Gross said after the game that the victory was a complete team effort, and the outcome is a special reward for his players that have put in so much work in the offseason.
"The defense swarmed the football, the offensive line got a ton of movement and guys made the right reads," Gross said. "It was just a great day for our program."
Junior Tristan Boling looked the part in his first game as starting quarterback. He completed only one pass, a 32-yard laser to tight end Connor Pumm down the left sideline, but his 65 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns helped the Warriors to victory.
Gross was impressed with the way Boling handled himself in his first game under center.
"Even though he has a full year of varsity experience as a two-way starter, it's always different for someone's first game starting at quarterback. He showed good poise and leadership," Gross said. "We know he's a guy we're going to count on in the offense this year."
Boling made a number of quality plays throughout the afternoon, but the most memorable may have been his 22-yard TD run in the second quarter on a fourth down play. The run was a designed quarterback keeper and Boling made his way through traffic like a Ferrari, making several JFK defenders miss on his way to the end zone, to give the Warriors a 20-0 advantage.