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Quick Start Propels West Seneca West Past Jamestown For 20th Straight Win

The West Seneca West High School football team knows things are going to keep on getting tougher as the season rolls along. The first big test of the season was passed with flying colors.

The Indians jumped out to a quick start and posted a 40-14 win over Jamestown on Friday night, the program’s 20th straight victory dating back to 2016.

“We just give every team our best,” West running back John Speyer said. “We practice to our limits and we don’t give up. We don’t think about (the winning streak) because any day that could be over. If you’re thinking about that and not what you need to do, you’re going to lose.”

Speyer ran the ball 15 times for 169 yards and his 69-yard touchdown run late in the first half gave the Indians a 28-0 lead.

Jamestown responded with a touchdown connection from Drew Boggs to Jeffrey Seager to cut it to 28-7 at half and thanks to some special teams success had some red zone chances to get closer early in the third. But as they’ve been able to do, the Indians came up clutch when it mattered most.

“Against this team, you have to capitalize on your chances,” Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy said. “Hats off to West Seneca West, they’re well-coached, they have great athletes and they’re a real good team.”

Indeed, West Seneca West’s many talented athletes showed up to play.

Quarterback Maurice Robertson ran eight times for 65 yards and also threw for three TDs. Kyle Haettich caught three passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Bryan Ball ran three times for 67 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and also added an interception and fumble recovery on defense and a blocked field goal on special teams. Mike Glinski led WSW on defense with 16 tackles and George Newcomb added six stops for the Indians.

So many weapons and that makes life way easier for coach Mike Vastola.

“It’s fun to have a lot of toys to play with,” he said. “If they want to take somebody away we like to think we have an answer. It was nice keeping everybody happy today.”

West moved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in Class A-1. But big challenges remain, including a matchup next week with a talented Niagara Wheatfield squad before what could be a classic crosstown showdown against West Seneca East, which remained undefeated with an impressive win over South Park on Friday.

This is the hardest part of our schedule,” Vastola said. “Wheatfield is having a great season and is always dangerous and then we have West Seneca East, who’s having a great season and we always have respect for them. We wanted to be playing our best football in October and we’re going to need to be at our best to beat those teams.”

Peyton Olson ran for 131 yards for the Red Raiders (2-3, 2-2) and Drew Boggs threw for 51 yards and a TD toss to Jeffrey Seager. Francisco Rodriguez added a 78-yard kickoff return for another Jamestown score.

“They were up 21-0  after the first so the game was much closer in the second and third,” Langworthy said. “But the first quarter counts. So we have to make sure we come out playing fast and acclimate to the speed of the game and not have to give up a couple scores for that to happen.”

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