Dolac, Day, defense drive East past Woodard, NT in Section VI quarters
Amid all the playoff success the West Seneca East football team has had in recent seasons, coach Jim Maurino still wanted to reassure his team what time of year it is.
He left a message on the team’s locker-room white board leading up to the Trojans’ Section VI Class A quarterfinal game against North Tonawanda.
“The first thing our white board says is, ‘This is not going to be easy,’” Maurino said.
Maurino was right, with the Friday night (Oct. 24) contest at East being a physically taxing one. There was a hefty influx of runs by both sides. But it was John Dolac and the Trojans, Class A South’s second seed, who made more of them count on the way to a 25-14 victory over NT, the No. 3 seed from A North.
It propelled East into the semifinals for a third straight year.
Dolac finished with 25 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns, including 62-yard scoring burst to seal the game with 5:12 left. And that was after the junior ran into the end zone from 3 yards out early in the fourth to regain a lead East lost late in the third.
Maurino said the Trojans (7-1, 5-1 Class A South) stuck to the game plan when they went down for the first time in four games, and earned everything. Just like the white board read.
“The kids really took that to heart and realized it,” Maurino said. “We battled and overcame a lot of adversity. That’s all I can say. They played their guts out.”
Brandon Day contributed 140 yards on 14 carries to East’s 370-yard rushing performance. The Trojans only had nine pass attempts while running... Read the rest of this article in Sports