Grand Island's dynamic passing duo of quarterback Alex Nuetz and returning All-Western New York first-team wide reciever Alex Neutz keep putting up great numbers -- which is due to a combination of their talent as well as their teammates'.
"Sure, we have a great wide receiver, but Oliverio has been really good too," said Grand Island coach Dean Santorio. "And we have Lance Robinson on the other side and Eddie Weiser in the backfield. The good thing is that we can spread it out, and that makes Joe and Alex that much better."
Just check the numbers: Eddie Weiser ran for 245 yards and two scores on 31 carries as the Vikings racked up 546 total yards in the Vikings' 47-27 win at Williamsville South. Lance Robinson had five catches for 72 yards and a score.
Those numbers begat even better ones for Oliverio (16 of 20, 263 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions) and Nuetz (nine catches, 169 yards, four touchdowns).
"They are both three-year starters with a ton of experience and they're really gamer-type players," said Santorio. "They don't let pressure get to them much."
Performances like that helped the Vikings (4-1, 3-1) turn back a fiesty South squad (3-2, 2-2) which cut the Grand Island lead to six in the third quarter.
"We knew they had some dangerous kids and we were worried about them being able to score quickly, and they were able to do that," said Santorio. "We're just happy that when they scored, we were able to battle back offensively and put up some points up on the board. Our offensive kids really went after it."
Brett Dlugosz had six tackles for Grand Island.
Marc Coppola had three catches for 81 yards, Daeshaune Clark had three for 69 yards and two touchdowns while Phil Stasiak had four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.
An amazing stat from a game described as a "slugfest" by Santorio: there were 50 passes thrown between Oliverio and South's Joe Licata, but no interceptions.
All those passes sure to take a while. South has aired it out against Sweet Home and Grand Island the last two weeks, and both times the games have taken so long that they've been among the last called into us in the office.