Newfane 15, Tonawanda 0
Special teams doomed the visiting Warriors in the season opener, as Newfane’s Tony Clark blocked two punts, including one for a touchdown, in a 15-0 win.
Fullback Tom Fasciano suffered a knee injury in the first quarter. The injury seemed to slow Tonawanda’s offense, which had driven to the Newfane 1-yard line on the game’s opening drive, where the drive stalled.
“We didn’t play well offensively after that first drive,” Warriors coach Chuck Tilley said at the time.
Mike Carson led the Warriors with 68 yards on 13 carries.
Depew 28, Tonawanda 7
Even when things went right for the visiting Warriors, things went wrong.
Tonawanda lost running back Jose Arenas to a concussion during a Class B North loss at Tyrrell-Paliwodzinski Field. Arenas suffered his concussion on his 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Warriors’ first points of the season.
Even a position change couldn’t get Tonawanda’s offense going. Usual quarterback Rob Kirkwood spent most of the game at running back as Tilley attempted to get the ball in the hands of his best athlete more.
Turnovers, though, killed any such chances. A lost fumble and an interception both ended Tonawanda drives that had reached Depew territory.
Tonawanda 24, Akron 20
It took two days, but the host Warriors got their first win in a game that started Friday night and didn’t finish until Saturday afternoon.
Two lightning delays at Clinton Small Stadium forced the postponement.
Carson accounted for all 24 Tonawanda points, scoring three touchdowns, converting three extra points and hitting a 35-yard field goal. He rushed 22 times for 140 yards. Kirkwood rushed 23 times for 229 yards. Tilley said it was one of the most productive rushing performances he could recall in his time at THS.
Tonawanda 20, Alden 14
Arenas rushed seven times for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the fourth quarter, for the winners at Clinton Small Stadium in a Class B North game. He also had four tackles, two passes defended and an interception.