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2018-10-11 / Sports

Efficient attack lifts East football to 6-0

by JASON NADOLINSKI
Reporter

For the second time in three weeks, West Seneca East’s football team flirted with scoring 60 points as it dominated Western New York Maritime Charter, 56-8, in Friday’s Homecoming Game.

The Trojans converted for 18 first downs on 47 total offensive plays run on the night, which included picking five of them up on their seven third-down attempts. East put up nearly 200 yards more than Maritime Charter did offensively and held the Commodores to -6 yards through the air for the game.

“It’s great,” coach Jim Maurino said of how his team is playing heading into theWest Seneca East’s Shaun Dolac breaks free for a long touchdown run in the second quarter of the Trojans’ 56-8 Homecoming Game win over WNY Maritime/Health Sciences Friday. Photo by Dan NesselbushPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca East’s Shaun Dolac breaks free for a long touchdown run in the second quarter of the Trojans’ 56-8 Homecoming Game win over WNY Maritime/Health Sciences Friday. Photo by Dan NesselbushPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com final week of the regular season. “The kids just seem to be playing with a ton of confidence. They’re really picking up the game plans really well and executing out there, which allows us to then do a lot more as a coaching staff. They’re buying in and doing what we’re asking them to do, which is just awesome.”

East scored three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to leave no doubt as to which squad was going to emerge from the contest victoriously.

Shaun Dolac ran for four of those initial six touchdowns, closing out drives with scoring runs of 27, 5, 32 and 2 yards, respectively. He also hit Dylan Mc- Nulty on a 25-yard strike to close out the first half, with Devare Mathis opening East’s scoring barrage with his 15-yard run early in the first quarter.

“We knew with it being Homecoming that the kids were pretty amped up all week, and that they wanted to come out and play well in front of the crowd,” Maurino said. “We had almost 100 alumni come out to be recognized at halftime, and I think the guys were just really pumped to do well in front of them, too. It was just great to have guys from so far back all the way through last year who were sharing in the tradition of the program, and just about every one of the coaches who’ve been a part of it there, too. It went so well that we might look into doing something with our alumni every year now.”

East closed out its scoring with two additional touchdowns in the third quarter, with Mathis scoring from 10 yards out and Anthony Bullis capping another drive from 4 yards out.

Only a late touchdown run by Maritime Charter prevented the Trojans from securing a shutout.

“Defensively, our guys have been changing things up from week to week, and they’re taking pride in the fact that we can do a bunch of different things on that side of the ball,” Maurino said. “It just comes down to us tackling well, our back end playing good pass coverage and our defensive line playing well up front. All of those things coming together make it tough for teams to move the ball against us.”

Dolac gained nearly 250 of the Trojans’ 350 yards of offense by himself, finishing 5-of-6 for 100 yards through the air while adding 147 yards on 15 carries. Zach Arnone added 27 yards on six carries, while Mathis finished with 52 yards on 10 carries. Jesse Pfeiffer had one 44-yard long reception, while Arnone had 13 yards on two catches.

Defensively, McNulty finished with 10 total tackles (four solo), while Dolac finished with six total tackles (two solo). Both Pfeiffer (two total tackles) and Nick Hamme (three total tackles) had fumble recoveries for the Trojans, who were awarded the third seed for the Class A Federation playoffs due to the first tiebreaker of point differential in league games. Class A-1 champion West Seneca West and Class A-2 champion Grand Island both had higher differentials than East, which will host sixth-seeded Kenmore West at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, for a quarterfinal-round contest.

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