Tonawanda News —
SANBORN — North Tonawanda QB Chris Woodard wanted to keep the momentum going from his four-touchdown performance against Starpoint last week. So the sophomore did it again.
He threw for three touchdowns and ran for the fourth to lead the Lumberjacks to a 34-12 win over Niagara-Wheatfield on Saturday afternoon.
Woodard was named the Cross Trainer Football Player of the Game for the Jacks (3-3, 2-3 A North), but was quick to give his teammates the credit for his success.
"We knew coming into the game that their corners play real far off the line, and I think our line did an absolute phenomenal job," Woodard said. "I think I may have been hit on one play and it was a screen. They did great and I give all the credit to them."
NT coach Tony Truilizio said the back-to-back strong performances by Woodard are a testament to his talent and potential.
"To score four touchdowns is huge, and that's his capabilities," Truilizio said. "He should be very proud of himself. The way he played on the field shows you what kind of guy he is."
The Jacks got on the board early when Woodard found senior Jake Ferry on a 52-yard touchdown pass for the only scoring of the first quarter.
Ferry caught his second pass on the next drive and took that one the distance for a 41-yard score. He finished with 93 yards receiving and both his catches went for scores.
Woodard said he and his receivers are starting to develop chemistry and the results are showing on the field.
"In the beginning of the season we were a little shaky and didn't have a lot of chemistry, but as we've practiced every day everybody gets better and better," Woodard said. "We have a lot more chemistry at this point of the season."
The Falcons hung around, scoring two touchdowns of their own in the second quarter on a Jason Vranic 83-yard run and a touchdown pass from Andrew Doricko to Corey Gatto from five yards out.
Christian Mahoe caught Woodard's third touchdown of the day to give the jacks a 20-12 lead at halftime.
NT entered the game focused on figuring out the Falcons tough run defense. Truilizio said the plan was to attack through the air and open up holes for the run game.
"We knew they were a good defense and a strong offense," he said. "At the end of the day we knew running was going to be tough, although we got a couple rushing touchdowns, which I was very pleased about against that defense. We knew we had to go to the air to beat this team."
Senior Jon Zellner broke off the big rushing TD on the day for the Jacks when he went 41 yards to put NT up 27-12 in the third quarter. Woodard added a 25-yard rushing TD in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
"We're coming together as a team really well and it's a good thing for us that are coming back," he said. "But for the seniors we have to shift the focus to T-NT and look to win."North Tonawanda 34, Nia.-Wheatfield 12 Nia.-Wheatfield 0 12 0 0 -- 12 North Tonawanda 6 14 7 7 -- 34 First Quarter NT: Ferry 52 pass from Woodard (kick blocked) Second Quarter NT: Ferry 41 pass from Woodard (run failed) NW: Vranic 83 run (kick blocked) NT: Mahoe 69 pass from Woodard (McNeall pass from Woodard) NW: Grotto 5 pass from Dorizko (run failed) Third Quarter NT: Zellner 41 run (Woodard kick) Fourth Quarter NT: Woodard 25 run (Woodard kick) Follow @tonanewssports and sports editor @MattParrino on Twitter for complete high school sports coverage.