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Week Six Friday kicks off (with NT routing St. Joe's)

I'm live at North Tonawanda -- as the great sign in the interior walkway to the football field says, "Home of the Jacks" -- for the Lumberjacks' game against St. Joe's. I'll provide updates when I can and fill in any information that comes my way.

Remember to check our high school scoreboard at the high school home page.

6:50 p.m. The public address announcer is starting the pregame introductions here in the press box. Amazingly, I've got a seat -- Time Warner is doing the game, as are St. Joe's internet radio crew, which includes basketball coach Mark Simon.

7:10 p.m. After each team went three-and-out, St. Joe's next possession ended after two plays, when Aaron Davis intercepted a Matt Rosenhahn pass and returned it about 35 yards for a touchdown; Davis' extra point made it 7-0 North Tonawanda with 8:04 left in the first quarter.

7:19 p.m. Wow. St. Joe's junior Kevin Schwartz just kicked what I believe was a 47-yard field goal. On fourth-and-21 the Maurauders earned some oohs and aahs when they set up for the field goal, and fans from both teams cheered when the ball went end-over-end and dropped in over the left side of the uprights. NT leads, 7-3, with 3:58 left in the first quarter.

7:23 p.m. NT strikes back very quickly, scoring in four plays, ending with Davis' 11-yard touchdown run on a pitch to the left side. Davis' second extra point makes it 14-3 NT with 2:02 left in the first quarter.

7:29 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, St. Joe's has a first-and-10 at the NT 41.

7:46 p.m. North Tonawanda just made it 21-3 with 2:39 left in the second quarter. On fourth-and-5 at the St. Joe's 14, junior quarterback Mike Tuzzo rolled right under pressure and found a sliding Dan Brandel in the end zone.

Davis -- who seeminlgy has been everywhere tonight -- added his third extra point. At the end of the St. Joe's possession that spanned the first and second quarter, Davis blocked a St. Joe's field goal attempt. He also had a pass breakup during that series. NT's scoring drive was set up by a St. Joe's fumble, which was recovered at the St. Joe's 19.

8:01 p.m. North Tonawanda's lead is 21-3 at HALFTIME.

During the half I put together our story for The News' home page, headlined by McKinley winning its first game of the season in fine fashion -- 40-6 over Hutch-Tech. Quite a surprise, especially considerinng Hutch-Tech came into the game with a 4-1 record.

8:30 p.m. NT has scored on its first drive of the second half. A 21-yard run by Davis and a 35-yard run by Brandon McClinsey were the big chunks of a 67-yard drive that ended with McClinsey burrowing in the end zone on fourth-and-goal at the 1. NT's lead is 28-3 with 5:03 left in the third quarter.

8:41 p.m. NT's lead remains 28-3 at the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER. St. Joe's moved the ball well on a nine-play drive with Tunde Babarinsa at quarterback, but it ended at the NT 18. NT will start the fourth with a second-and-6 at its 33.

8:45 p.m. Make that 35-3, North Tonawanda, thanks to a 44-yard touchdown pass play from Mike Tuzzo to -- who else? -- Davis with 10:03 left in the game. NT in general, and Davis in particular, are putting on a very impressive performance.

8:51 p.m. The St. Joe's-NT game will be on Time Warner SportsNet on Saturday at 7 p.m., and make sure you watch the fourth quarter for a great hit by NT senior Kevin Miller after a nice first-down run by St. Joe's junior Jeff Bellanca. We have a timeout here with 6:58 to play.

8:55 p.m. One play after a North Tonawanda interception, St. Joe's Mark Emerson picked up a fumble inside the NT 10 and went in for an easy touchdown. NT's lead is 35-10 with 6:00 left.

9:02 p.m. Cory Stuff runs in from 8 yards out to give NT a 42-10 lead with 3:28 left in the game, prompting a big portion of the estimated crowd of 2,000 to head to the very full parking lot.

9:11 p.m. It's a FINAL: North Tonawanda 42, St. Joe's 10. I've got some interviews to do before racing back to the office.

If you've gone out to a game tonight, tell us what you see in the comments section below.

---Keith McShea

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