Tonawanda News — Stone scored the Jacks' winning touchdown in last season's T-NT game and knew he would have to take over again this year if the Jacks were going to win. He told his coach at halftime that he wanted the ball even more.
"In the locker room I said, 'Coach, I want the ball. Let's do this, let's score.' I knew the team was going to come together and I knew we were going to do it," he said. "That's exactly what we did. We knew we were better, nothing against them, we just work hard and good results showed."
But the game wasn't clinched at that point. The Warriors, having no success stopping the NT run attack, responded with a rushing touchdown of their own when Boling ran one in from 10 yards out. He then found his favorite target, tight end Connor Pumm, for the two-point conversion to bring the Warriors to within a field goal at 24-21.
"In the middle of the third quarter we're down a field goal and we're competing, and our guys are right there doing everything we ask them to do," said Tonawanda coach Rob Gross. "It's a three-point game in the middle of the third quarter and it got away from us."
The Jacks scored again on the next drive when Mahoe ran for his second of the day. In the fourth quarter the Jacks added two more touchdowns when Woodard found Stone and senior Jake Ferry, who finished with 80 yards receiving.
Gross said it was a complete offensive effort by NT down the stretch.
"I think the offensive line for NT controlled the line of scrimmage," he said. "Their scheme requires the back to be good blockers too, and they did their part. It was a situation where there offense dictated the tempo at the end of the third quarter and in the fourth quarter."