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Licata passes to WNY mark

Joe Licata had no idea he was having a record-setting night until the Williamsville South junior's feat was announced to the more than 1,500 fans at Williamsville's District Field.

If it didn't sink in then, the fans chanting his name provided further proof he had one heck of a game.

Licata broke the Western New York record for passing yards in a game in helping the Billies earn a 62-32 win over Williamsville North on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback threw for 522 yards, breaking the 29-year-old Western New York mark previously set by Cheektowaga's Jerry Hickson (455 yards). It is also the third-best single-game passing total in state history. Licata threw for seven touchdowns during his 26-of-37 performance.

"I could hear my family yelling, I have three really loud sisters and my mom is loud . . . it felt really good," said Licata, who set the record on a 60-yard pass to Mark Coppola (four catches, 143 yards) on South's first drive of the third quarter.

"He was just awesome," South coach Kraig Kurzanski said. "He's a just a very special player."

South's Phil Stasiak had 184 yards receiving on nine catches.

For expanded coverage of Licata's record, including video highlights, go to and the Prep Talk blog.

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