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Flyers Improve To 4-0 After Beating Tonawanda

With a godly backfield that the Flyers Head Coach named the ‘Four-Headed-Monster’ at running back, the Maryvale Flyers football team defeated divisional opponent Tonawanda by a score of 42-6 Friday night. Once again, Dylan Casey, Brian Sullivan, Rashad Law and Austin Reamsnyder overloaded the opponent’s defense and pushed forward, combining for five of the team’s six touchdowns on the game, two of them with the help of freshman quarterback Connor Desiderio.

The scoring was underway after an extremely long first drive from Maryvale that killed 5:20 off the clock over 13 plays. Before Sullivan cashed in on a 5-yard TD run, three of the four Flyers running backs had touched the ball. When asked about no one being the ‘starting’ running back, the four-headed-monster responded almost in unison. “If [Casey] is hungry and wants the ball, feed him,” said Rashad Law, “and if [Law] is eating, we’re gonna feed him right back,” said Casey, who also doesn’t care who touches the ball the most.

Three minutes after Maryvale went up 6-0 in the game, Law ran five yards to add six more to the Flyers’ total. That run came two plays after Joey Cartonia blocked a Tonawanda punt and recovered it on the THS 2-yard line. Maryvale went up 14-0 here, after a successful 2-point conversion, and they added onto this total less than a minute later.

Nick Costanzo, eventual Sportsmanship Award winner of the game from Maryvale, recovered a fumble on the Tonawanda 39 yard line, leading to a 39 yard TD run from Sullivan to put the Flyers up 21-0 with two minutes left in the first quarter.

Sullivan says that it’s all about the team, though, no matter how much fame he gets for the big plays. “It’s all for the boys. I’m just doing what I can to help the team,” Sullivan states, truly representing the ‘team first’ mentality.

Prior to the end of the first half, Desiderio threw 2 TD passes, one to Casey for 47 yards, the other to Law for a 55 yard TD. Also, Jay Henley punched in a one-yard TD run to put the nail in the Warriors’ coffin with 5:59 left in the first half alone, though, this would be the Flyers last score of the game. In the fourth quarter, Tonawanda QB Noah Ray ran 37 yards to break up the shutout for the Flyers.

Does blowing out opponents in back to back games hurt a team? Maryvale Head Coach Jeff Buccieri says no. “Definitely not. It gives these guys a good feeling of winning, but they know we can’t walk into any game not ready to play.”

Maryvale heads to Burgard/MST next week Saturday to take on the Sectional Runner-ups at 4pm. Coach Buccieri believes his team can compete. “We are going into this game as the underdogs, regardless of our record, but we’ve put a lot of work in so far and we just need to keep that going.”

The Four-Headed-Monster is also ready for the challenge that Burgard/MST presents, but they all agree on how to prepare. “Work hard in practice,” they all said. “We just need to come in prepared to play hard, ” said Austin Reamsnyder.

Tonawanda comes home to host Lew-Port next Friday night in a Class B West divisional game that should be a close one.

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