Tonawanda News —
"He's a tremendous leader on our team. We expect a lot out of him this season from his defensive end position and running the ball," Truilizio said. "He's a very strong, hard runner for our program. We call him John Deere. I'm very proud of how he played."
Woodard performed well through the air and on the ground, amassing 204 yards passing and another 110 on the ground and three rushing touchdowns.
The junior captain gave all the credit to his lineman after the game, who made holes all game for whomever had the ball. He said he was proud of the way his team fought back after going down in the first half.
"Everybody was a little slow when we were down in the second quarter, so I had to go into the huddle and pick everyone up," Woodard said. "I told them we were going to be all right."
The Jacks were in sync early, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Lake Shore opened with three straight running plays that were stuffed at the line of scrimmage by NT.
After an Eagles punt, NT junior Tyjier Brandy took a handoff from Woodard for a 26-yard gain to put the Jacks in Lake Shore territory. Woodard then connected with his top target on the day, wide receiver Jake Ferry for a large gain down the right sideline. Ferry finished with five catches for 120 yards, respectably filling the shoes of the departed Ian Gilhousen.
Senior back Christian Mahoe finished off the drive with a six-yard touchdown run to put the Jacks up 6-0.
After a Lake Score touchdown on the following drive, NT struck again in the second quarter on a two-yard QB keeper by Woodard.
The Jacks amassed 460 total yards of offense and Truilizio was happy with the way his team executed on offense all game.
Next up for NT is its home open on Sept. 13 against Grand Island. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at George Vetter Stadium.Find the sports desk @tonanewssports and the sports editor @MattParrino on Twitter for all your high school sports coverage.