Tonawanda News —
ANGOLA — After a half of football Friday night, the North Tonawanda football team was stunned.
The Lumberjacks trailed 20-13 and the Lake Shore seemed to hold all the momentum, scoring all their 20 of its points in the second quarter.
"I knew they had a threat with that pass. We were watching it in their scrimmage and they were beating everybody with it," said Lumberjacks coach Tony Truilizio. "We got beat up with that pass. The first half scared the heck out of me. We expected to come in early and dominate, so we were all in shock."
The second half was a different story.
The Jacks rallied after captain linebacker Taylor Mellott left the game due to a leg injury and outscored the Eagles 33-8, allowing only a late 74-yard touchdown run by Matt Webber with most of the starters out of the game to cruise to a 48-28 victory.
"We started off a little slow but then we really picked it up (in the second half)," said senior running back Jon Zellner. "Taylor went down, a big player on both sides of the ball, and we all saw that, and then a fire started up and we kicked into gear."
Zellner and junior QB Chris Woodard sparked the Jacks in the second half. On the second play of the third quarter, Woodard busted through the linen a QB keeper and outran the defense for a 64-yard touchdown.
The Eagles ran the ensuing kickoff back to the NT 40-yard line, but Zellner blew up Eagles QB Parker Addison on a keeper play to force a fumble. He recovered the fumble too, giving the Jacks the ball back in a tie game with the momentum back on their side.
Truilizio couldn't say enough about Zellner after the game, who scored two touchdowns in the second half, including a 40-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.