Alex Neutz still shined, scoring twice on a kickoff return and a reception. Joe Oliverio still had a touchdown pass, and Eddie Weiser was the leading rusher and found the end zone.
But just as prominent in Grand Island's 22-6 win over Cheektowaga was junior Andy Lalonde. He had 11 tackles on defense and became the primary ball carrier as the game went on, rushing 20 times for 55 yards on a sloppy day at Gene Masters Field.
The wet weather limited Grand Island's dangerous throwing game to eight passes, and Weiser has been nursing a deep, Charley Horse-type of bruise. Once GI took its 22-0 lead on Nuetz's 78-yard kickoff return, the Vikings' offense became: handoff to Lalonde for 3 yards and a splatter of mud.
"We have no problem give Andy that many carries," said GI coach Dean Santorio. "He's played great at safety for us, and with Eddie banged up and us with the lead we gave him the ball. He's been great all year as second back.
"All week we knew it would be this type of game, so we weren't surprised. I'm just proud of our guys and the way we played. We love to throw as much as we can, but we played real physical football today."