Tonawanda News — The Topolski interception was one of Tonawanda quarterback Clayton Hess's only mistakes in a gutsy performance. The senior threw for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns in an exciting first half.
Tonawanda (1-5, 1-5 Class B) coach Rob Gross knew Hess was "on" from the Warriors' first drive.
"I wanted to get him to keep throwing the ball," Gross said. "We were having great success and our receivers did a great job, especially Tristan (Boling) and Conner (Pumm). (NT) brought a lot of pressure and Hess still did a good job of delivering the ball. He played extremely well."
Neither team showed any signs of intimidation playing in front of thousands in attendance at what was the final T-NT game played at the historic Clint Small Stadium on Main Street in Tonawanda. After Topolski's field goal on the Jacks' opening drive, the Warriors didn't waste any time trying to test the NT defense. Hess found Boling on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
The play was immediately called a touchdown, but Boling looked to bobble the ball before dropping it out of bounds on what appeared to be a missed call.
The Jacks came right back to go ahead on Stone's first score. Then late in the second quarter, Hess gave his team the lead with his second touchdown pass, this time to senior tight end Connor Pumm — who set up the scoring play with a 42-yard catch earlier in the drive. The 6-yard score put the Warriors up 14-10 at the half.
The Jacks seemed to be on the ropes, but Truilzio was confident in his guys.
"I told them in the locker room to relax and that we were fine," Truilizio said. "I'm just generally proud of how the guys are. They kept composure throughout the entire game."