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NT rolls over St. Joe's, 42-10 Davis scores three touchdowns

North Tonawanda was all over St. Joe's Friday night. And NT's Aaron Davis was all over the field.

Davis scored three touchdowns in different ways, blocked a field goal attempt and was perfect in kicking six extra points as the Lumberjacks, ranked second among large schools, kept rolling with a 42-10 defeat of the Marauders.

In the season's only game between large schools from the Monsignor Martin Association and Section VI, NT (6-0) jumped on top of St. Joe's (2-3) the same way it jumped on its five Class AA North opponents (in which NT had an average winning margin of 29 points).

The Lumberjacks did so with Davis, who started things with a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second St. Joe's possession 3:56 into the game. He picked off a pass on the left side, then evaded several tacklers to start a great night.

"All of a sudden the ball was in my hands and my defense was blocking for me," said Davis, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior. "The offensive line has been doing excellent, really getting a push on and making it easy for the backfield. Our defense was dominant today. We really stopped anything they wanted to throw at us."

Davis would rush eight times for 86 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown that made it 14-3 after the first quarter. He charged through the line to block a field goal attempt in the second quarter. St. Joe's had scored on a booming 47-yard field goal by junior Kevin Schwartz.

NT is a dominant running team but it showed some passing efficiency when junior quarterback Mike Tuzzo rolled right under pressure on fourth-and-5 at the St. Joe's 13 and found a sliding Dan Brandel in the end zone for a 21-3 halftime lead.

Brandon McClinsey, who had 99 yards on 12 carries, made it 28-3 with a 1-yard run in the third. On NT's first drive of the fourth, Davis caught a pass over the middle from Tuzzo and sped away for a 44-yard touchdown.

Matt Potalivo had 11 tackles and two sacks while Kevin Miller had eight tackles and a sack.

Next week is the 99th edition of the T-NT game against rival Tonawanda, followed by a home quarterfinal game

"I'm proud of the kids and the way the executed," said NT coach Eric Jantzi. "I think we can play with anyone in Western New York when we play the way we did tonight."

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