Tonawanda News — The North Tonawanda Lumberjacks amassed 460 yards of total offense and dropped 48 points on Lake Shore in their 48-28 Week One victory.
The sledding appears to get tougher this week, as the Jacks return home to face the Grand Island Vikings, a team which dominated defensively in a 16-6 win over Hamburg to open the season. The Class A North battle begins at 7 p.m. Friday at George Vetter Stadium.
Against Lake Shore, NT fell behind 20-13, before going on a 35-8 run to close out the contest. NT coach Tony Truilizio was at first concerned with the way his team reacted to Lake Shore taking a 20-13 lead into halftime, including a 20-point second quarter, but was impressed at the way they came out in the second half.
“I told the kids at halftime there’s going to be big plays in a football game and you have to deal with it,” he said. “We didn’t do a good job of reacting in the first half to that, but in the second half we just came out and played like we knew we could play.”
Leading the Lumberjacks charge was dual-threat junior quarterback Chris Woodward. Woodward, who was nominated as a Week One top performer after posting 204 yards passing and 110 rushing, including three touchdowns on the ground. Truilizio thinks Woodward is just scratching the surface of his talents.
“He’s good, but we would like to get even more consistency out of him,” he said. “When that happens, we will truly be able to call him great.”
Truilizio, while recognizing Grand Island’s great defensive effort against Hamburg, feels his team can move the ball against them.
“They had a great effort against a great Hamburg team,” he said. “But we feel like we have a good offense too, and when we execute we can move the ball on anybody.”