Defense dominates, Trojans take down Tech
Unless you’re a fan of defense then Thursday night’s game wasn’t a very entertaining.
But for the West Seneca East Trojans it didn’t matter as they defeated the Hutch Tech Engineers 8-0 in non-league Section VI football action.
It was West Seneca East’s fourth win of the season in which they have done it all. After losing their first game, the Trojans have won two games by 40-point margins and two games by one possession.
“It’s been the story of the season for us,” West Seneca East head coach Jim Maurino said. “One game we’ll score 58 and this game we only score eight.”
As the first quarter was coming to an end, the first play of over 25 yards in the game finally happened as Trojans’ quarterback Shaun Dolac connected with Jacob Maurino for 30 yards to get East into the red zone. But the Hutch Tech defense stood up and stopped the Trojans on 4th and 2 from inside the 10 yard line.
On the opening drive of the second half, Maurino made a heads-up play recovering the loose ball on the carpet after a bad Engineers snap. A few plays later, Dolac found Maurino for a big play once again, setting up East first and goal from the seven yard line.
This time the Trojans took advantage of the great field position and scored as Andrew Woltz ran for a touchdown from 3 yards out and Dolac took in the two-point conversion, for the game’s only score.
Besides being the only two players who put points on the board, coach Maurino was even more proud of Dolac’s and Woltz’s play on the defense.
“Our two inside linebackers, Dolac and Woltz did a great job,” Maurino said. “The defensive line did a great job keeping blockers off of them and they’ve been scrapping and making plays.”
Hutch Tech had the ball with about 3:30 left in the game and some bounces began to go their way.
Otis Houston grabbed a ball that was tipped by an East defender for a pick up of 30 yards. Then on fourth down, Tech QB Kris Massey found Khyree Jeader for 13 yards bring the Engineers into Trojan territory.
However, Hutch Tech’s luck ran out when Massey threw to a wide open Nassir Tarver on 4th and 1, who would’ve walked into the end zone, and the ball fell through his hands with 2:42 left in the game.
The Engineers fall to 2-3 on the season, but remain at .500 in Class AA. They get back into league-play as they host Orchard Park, next Friday. West Seneca East moves to 4-1 and 3-1 in the Class A South, the Trojans will take on South Park.