WESTFIELD – A muddy, rain-soaked pitch played a huge role in the strengths of the Salamanca football team:
A big offensive line and a bruised running back.
Junior fullback Jesse Stahlman continued his streak of 100 yards, scoring one in all seven games this year, totaling 121 yards and three touchdowns in 22 carries in a 32-0 Class C South win over Chautauqua Lake / Westfield / Brocton Saturday.
“The game slowed down a bit, but we were able to control the line of scrimmage and do some really good things on both sides of the ball,” Salamanca coach Chad Bartoszek said of the wet conditions. “Our defense played very well, allowing just one long point.”
Bartoszek said that after a victory Tuesday at Falconer / Cassadaga Valley / Maple Grove, his team’s offense had to “evolve” a bit to fight the opponents who were in charge of stopping the race. But the Warriors didn’t need to spend much on Saturday.
âWe are built for this time,â Bartoszek said. âThe size of our team is beneficial when we have to go through things like that.
âBut coming back to the last game, we have to evolve a bit, we have to work on different facets, but today just wasn’t that day, so we kind of kept things on the pitch. We were able to throw a bit, but it was very windy.
Starting senior quarterback Hayden Hoag injured his ankle in the game’s first practice, pushing rookie Maddox Isaac into play for most of the afternoon. Isaac had 5 of 11 passes for 93 yards and also had a touchdown. Harley Hoag had two catches for 49 yards.
â(Maddox) stepped in and did well for us,â Bartoszek said. “We were able to throw it a bit, but the wind picked up here and there and it got a bit sloppy.”
Shawn Pierce grabbed an interception to set up a Salamanca touchdown before halftime, returning the 14-yard pick to the 13-yard CL / W / B line. Stahlman scored in the race for a three-goal lead, 24-0, at halftime.
Grant Gustafson led CL / W / B with 45 rushing yards on eight carries.
Salamanca finished a three-game streak in eight days, due to a rescheduled game Tuesday at Falconer, 3-0. The Warriors found the energy to complete another win on a short rest.
” It was hard. Even today we had a lot of energy at the start, âBartoszek said. âThe kids seemed to be all-in and you could just feel them around the second halfâ¦ they still looked a bit tired. It’s a difficult turnaround. But having a change of weather sometimes gets kids excited, it’s more fun to play in the mud and the rain. It’s going to be something we’ll look back on, three games in eight days, it’s quick, so we’re already in the last game of the season, which is hard to believe.
At 6-1 (League 4-1), the Warriors will look to seal a high seed in the playoffs on a Week 8 trip to Gowanda / Pine Valley. The Section 6, Class C qualifiers will draw eight teams from three divisions, with division winners and finalists guaranteed a spot, but only two of the three third-place teams doing the support using a ranking criterion based on league results.
âGowanda is healthier and we need to finish our season to qualify for the playoffs and build that momentum in the playoffs,â Bartoszek said. âSo it’s gonna be a big week. “
Portville 50, Silver Creek / Forestville 0
PORTVILLE – Portville had six rushing touchdowns and dominated defensively passing Silver Creek.
Kaedon Holcomb 13 times for 63 yards, Luke Petryszak had 37 yards on 10 carries and each ran for a pair of touchdowns to touch the Panthers. Petryszak also completed his three passes for 52 yards and one other score.
Zander Keim also scored two touchdowns, nabbing Petryszak for 18 yards (and finishing with two receptions for 45 yards) and running seven times for 43 yards and one more touchdown.
Aiden DeFazio delivered a 1-yard TD late in the game for Portville, who took a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and had a 42-0 halftime advantage before tacking DeFazio’s scoreline in the fourth.
Portville totaled 224 rushing yards on 50 carries while limiting the Knights to 14 rushing yards on 19 carries. He limited SC / Forestville to just 27 yards for the game (for a total of 276) and won the turnover battle, 4-0.
Caiden Zollinger had the team’s top nine tackles (4 solo) while Keim had 1Â½ sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception for the Panthers.
Portville has now had back-to-back wins, both convincingly, coming back above 0.500 to 4-3 and breaking out of a three-game midseason slip. The Panthers will face Franklinville / Ellicottville with the third seed of the playoffs in play next weekend.