By ANTHONY FIORELLO
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News —
TONAWANDA — The T-NT rivalry week got underway on Wednesday night at Clinton H. Small Stadium, as the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks' junior varsity team defeated the Tonawanda Warriors' JV team by a score of 39-0.
The Lumberjacks, who finished their season with a record of 4-3, were happy with the outcome of beating their cross-town rival, according to head coach Joe Kelly.
“Tonawanda's a tough team to play against,” Kelly said. “They had a good running game this year and we were looking to shut that down in order to win tonight. We came to play and the majority of the bounces ended up going our way tonight.”
Conversely, Warriors head coach Jim Guido wasn't thrilled about the end result, but was encouraged by his squad's effort throughout the game.
“I think North Tonawanda played very well tonight,” Guido said. “They got their offense rolling early in the game and we had a hard time slowing them down.
The contest got underway with a one-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Zack Woodard — the first of two on the day for the younger brother of Lumberjacks varsity quarterback Chris Woodard. A safety made the score 9-0 in favor of the Lumberjacks and then they pulled away from the Warriors with a 95-yard touchdown run by Cody Sykora.
Woodard also completed a touchdown pass to freshman wideout Patrick Milbrand and freshman running back Joe Dotterweich ran for a touchdown to seal the deal for the Lumberjacks.
Kelly said that the experience of playing against Tonawanda will give his players a good taste of the rivalry between the Lumberjacks and the Warriors.
“I've been involved in other rivalries like Ken West-Ken East before, but being a part of the T-NT rivalry is like nothing else,” Kelly said. “Everything that goes on between the two varsity teams is crazy. It's an awesome sight, and it's everything that high school football should be about. Tonight was a great learning experience for our guys, because the intensity between the two teams will ratchet up once they get to varsity.”
“I think if you ask the kids, (the T-NT game) is the most important game on our schedule, no matter how well each team has been playing during the season,” Guido said. “It's a tradition that has been going on for a long time, and I hope it never ends, because when these two teams get together, something special always happens.”Scoring summary NT 16 16 7 0 39 T 0 0 0 0 0 Box score First quarter NT: Woodard 1 run (Dotterweich kick) NT: Safety NT: Sykora 95 run (Dotterweich kick) Second quarter NT: Woodard 1 run (two-point run) NT: Milbrand 20 pass from Woodard (two-point run) Third quarter NT: Dotterweich 20 run (Dotterweich kick) Fourth quarter None