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Gross said his defense played amazing and if Tonawanda could have limited the mistakes and turnovers it would have had a better chance to win.
"We played very well defensively. The game really came down to three plays, and some turnovers. Lackawanna is a good team and we can't make the mistakes we made tonight. The defense was amazing tonight, just one or two bad breaks and they get 12 points that we handed them."
Lackawanna's Chad Wrazin went down in the third quarter and stayed down for almost 30 minutes until he was carted off the field and into an ambulance. After the game Tardif said he was suffering from severe back spasms and was waiting on the results of CT scan.
Tardif said the physical nature of the game reminded him of the old days of the Tonawanda-Lackawanna rivalry.
"They have a tough football team. We had guys coming out in ambulances, carted off the field — Tonawanda is a tough team and they have some big kids," Tardif said. "It reminded me of the late 90s when Lackawanna and Tonawanda would play at (Ralph Wilson Stadium) every year."
Four Warriors finished with double-digit tackles. Tim Barnard led the way with 13 tackles, and he finished with 99 yards rushing on 18 carries. Paul Palladino and Will Galley each had 12 tackles and Christopher Mara chipped in with 10.
Before the game former Athletic Director Brad Halgash and City of Tonawanda Superintendent Dr. James Newton honored the first four members inducted into the THS Wall of Fame.
Gross said the whole night meant a lot to the program, the school and the community.
"The community celebrated the tradition of this football program and the people who put us here. It was a very fitting and meaningful ceremony," Gross said.Find @tonanewssports and sports editor @MattParrino on Twitter for complete high school sports coverage.