At one point, the Williamsville East football team was beating the top-ranked large school in Western New York. Late in the first half, fired-up Flames fans were even calling people from cell phones. "We're beating Sweet Home," one said. "You better get here."
But all any late-arriving fans would see was late-arriving Sweet Home. The unbeaten Panthers scored 42 straight points, including a 35-0 third quarter, as they rolled over their rival, 49-16, in a Section VI Class A North contest before 500 at East Stadium.
"We were playing some pretty sloppy ball early," said Sweet Home coach John Faller. "We're just the kind of team that if we stay with what we're good at, we're going to make some plays and make some yardage. We just took control and they couldn't stay with us."
Williamsville East (2-1, 1-1) took an 8-7 lead with 4:25 left in the first half, thanks to a strong 65-yard sweep down the right sideline by junior Adam Kausch and a two-point conversion run by quarterback David Convertini, who snuck across the line after two Sweet Home penalties on kick attempts.
After that, the Panthers ran right through East (340 rushing yards) behind junior running backs Emanuel Williams-Walton (10 carries, 138 yards) and Allen Douglas (13 for 128) as well as senior quarterback Quentin Hudson (nine for 91). Hudson also provided the timely pass, going 4 for 10 for 72 yards and two TDs.
Senior Dominic Durno not only caught a TD, but was a major part of a dominating defensive lockdown. Durno had two sacks as he and several teammates spent the afternoon in the Flames' backfield.
The Panthers took a 14-8 lead before halftime when Hudson remained in the pocket to deliver a 25-yard scoring pass to Durno despite a huge hit from onrushing East senior 272-pound lineman Mike Farraca. The quarter was marked by TD runs from Williams-Walton (40 and 6 yards) and Douglas (16) in which they banged away from several would-be tacklers on their way to the end zone. Williams-Walton scored his third TD when he returned his second interception of the game an easy 24 yards for a 49-8 lead with 2:44 left in the third.
Sweet Home is 3-0, and all are divisional wins. Starpoint (2-1, 1-0) is the only other Class A North team without a league loss.
"We came out to play for the whole game. We don't stop," said Walton. "We're 3-0. We want to go all the way, to Ralph Wilson Stadium and hopefully to states."