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.
Kirkwood added 11 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown in the win. Defensively, Kirkwood had 12 tackles and an interception, while Charlie Partridge added nine tackles and Vinnie D’Orazio had seven to go along with a fumble recovery.
Dean Bentley added a sack on defense in the win.
Medina 31, Tonawanda 14
Nick Joy ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Tyler Evans passed to Nick Peterson for another score as the host Mustangs overcame an early 14-0 lead by the visiting Warriors.
An interception by Joshua Lilly at the Warriors’ 39 set up a nine-play march capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run from Carson for Tonawanda’s first score, followed by an interception by Carson that set up a 1-yard TD run by Kirkwood. A big 35-yard run by Fasciano keyed the drive.
The Mustangs’ defense, though, rose to the occasion, blanking the Warriors over the final three quarters.
East Aurora 42, Tonawanda 22
Turnovers on their first three possessions dropped the Warriors into a 21-0 hole they were never able to emerge from at Clinton Small Stadium.
It was a game of highs and lows for Kirkwood, as he scored all three of his team’s touchdowns, on runs of 17, 4 and 19 yards, but was also involved in fumbles on the Warriors’ first two possessions and had a pass intercepted on the third.
The Blue Devils amassed 342 yards of total offense to 336 for THS.
Lackawanna 36, Tonawanda 20
For a third week in a row, miscues cost Tonawanda a shot at a victory. Visiting Lackawanna scored on a pair of THS fumbles in the second half to improve to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in Class B North. Tonawanda dropped to 2-5, 2-4.
“Maybe it’s a lack of concentration because we seem to play well overall, but then make a couple of mistakes that wind up costing us the game,” Tilley said after the game.
Michael Barry had a 10-yard touchdown run for the Warriors, while Carson scored two TDs and had 159 yards on 20 carries.