CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Cheektowaga Warriors shutout the Lew-Port Lancers 42-0 during the team’s 2017-2018 home opener Saturday night but they were plagued by questionable officiating throughout the first half.
“We worked really hard for eight months to get here to our actual season and they put in a lot of time which a lot of kids these days can’t do. I’m really proud of their effort as a team. They play together and that’s what I’m most proud of,” said Head Coach Mike Fatta.
Quarterback Keshone Beal did not hold back in the first quarter. He first threw the ball for 30-yards to Tamell Bass to give Cheektowaga their first touchdown of the night. He followed it up with a 51-yard pass to Tommy Zolnowski which gave the Warriors their second touchdown.
“I thought Keshone Beal threw the ball well, he executed early on especially when we were able to throw. It’s hard to throw when you’re up,” added Mr. Fatta.
Mr. Beal continued to dominate in the second quarter with a 4-yard QB sneak for the TD, and a 36-yard pass to Mr. Zolnowski.
Keon White ran 15-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Michael Gray ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Throughout the first half of the game, there was questionable officiating. Lew-Port got away with at least two facemask penalties – both times the Cheektowaga player emerged from the tackle without his helmet.
Cheektowaga incurred a game total of 13 penalties at a cost of 135 yards to Lew-Port’s 5 penalties. Mr. Fatta discussed his concerns with the officials numerous times throughout the night.
“Ya, it happens sometimes, but I’m not going to complain publicly about that. It is what it is,” said Mr. Fatta.
Sweet Home comes to Cheektowaga on Friday at 7 pm.
“We’re a B school, they’re an A school. They’re very talented. We saw them (Friday night) so they’re going to be tough to beat,” said Mr. Fatta.
“We prepare the same every week regardless of who we play. We’re going to put ourselves in the best position to play and hopefully, we can play a little better,” added Mr. Fatta.
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