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Quakers Defeat Falcons, Win Big

Coming into their non-league contest against Niagara Wheatfield with a 2-0 record, the Orchard Park Quakers knew that they needed to take care of business.

That they did. With a 64-20 win over the Falcons, the Quakers set a season-high in points scored and are clearly on a roll.

“I’m always pleased when our guys play well and everyone gets to play in the game,” Quakers coach Craig Dana said. “We’ll look at the film and see if there’s anything that we need to fix, but I’m really pleased with our guys’ effort, their composure and their attitude.”

Orchard Park kicked things off on a touchdown pass from Jack Sharp to Charlie Bartolotti early in the first quarter, but the Falcons immediately answered back on a 90-yard kick return for a score by Matt Lysiak.

On the Quakers’ next drive Sharp threaded a pass to Jonathan Lander over the middle for a 65-yard touchdown, and then a little more than two minutes later Sharp connected with Peter Liberatore from 22 yards out to make the score 22-6. Sharp then found Kegan Mancabelli for a 45-yard touchdown with 5.5 seconds left in the first quarter – his fourth of the quarter – and the rout was on.

Orchard Park continued to add to their lead as Bartolotti intercepted an errant pass and took it 33 yards to the end zone – his second straight game with a pick-six – and then got his third score of the day (and Sharp’s fifth) on a 10-yard pass to make the score going into halftime 43-6.

“Jack and our receivers have been clicking really well in the passing game,” Dana said. “They’re having a great start to the season and he’s been throwing to receivers who have been getting open. He’s also getting time from his offensive line, so we’ve really had some success on offense from all 11 guys.”

Backup quarterback Brad Bauer relieved Sharp going into the second half and found the end zone himself on a one-yard run midway through the third quarter. The Falcons got on the board again via a 29-yard pass from Chris Gordon to Lysiak, but Dan Rush returned the ensuing kickoff for a long touchdown.

Gordon scored again on an eight-yard run to close the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Up next for the Quakers is Bennett, and Dana said that his team won’t let their recent success go to their head as they try to improve their record to 4-0.

“We’ve got to handle our business against a league opponent, and including them, we’ve got four tough ones right in a row,” Dana said. “We’ll be ready for those guys.”

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