Niagara Gazette —
After two quarters of play Friday night at Clinton Small Stadium, Tonawanda football coach Rob Gross knew his big playmaker wasn't getting enough touches.
So he told quarterback Tristan Boling that he needed to take over in the second half, and the junior dual threat QB listened.
"When we met at halftime we knew Tristan didn't have enough touches to that point. We needed him to take over the game and he did that in the second half," Gross said. "He's done a great job of maintaining his composure when things aren't going well and being a leader in the locker room and on the field. When it's time to make a play he does that."
Boling finished with 127 yards passing, two touchdowns and made a number of big plays en route to a 28-14 win over Wilson, arguably none more impressive than a 75-yard touchdown pass to Corbin Snyder in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
"We knew our reads and Corbin just beat the defensive back, and I just made the throw," Boling said about the long TD pass. "I'm feeling real good. We put in a lot of work and we got the win."
The victory moves the Warriors one step closer to their first playoff berth since 2004. Unofficially, a JFK loss today clinches a THS playoff spot.
The win also came on a very special night for the entire Tonawanda football program. The 1963 undefeated team was on hand and was honored before the game with a short ceremony.
Gross said the Warriors wanted to make the '63 squad proud.
"We had some of the legends that played football at this school watching us tonight, including coach Chuck Ramsey who coached my father and myself," Gross said. "The guys wanted to make them proud and show them what we're about."