South Park hasn’t lost too many regular-season division football games in recent years.
When the Sparks do stumble, it’s a good bet they were tripped up by their old friend West Seneca East.
The unbeaten Trojans did it again.
They grinded out a 15-6 victory over previously unbeaten South Park on Friday night at All High Stadium in Class A-3.
Shaun Dolac had another solid all-around game for West Seneca East (5-0, 4-0), rushing for a touchdown and a two-point conversion and also leading a hard-hitting defensive effort for the News’ fourth-ranked large school.
Niam Booner’s 4-yard run midway through the second quarter broke a 0-0 knot and gave the Trojans the lead for good. No. 3 South Park pulled within 7-6 with 20.6 seconds left in the first half on Jayon Renfro’s 3-yard TD catch. The Sparks (4-1, 3-1) missed the two-point conversion.
That’s as close as they got in a hard-hitting affair in which West Seneca East handed South Park its first division loss since 2016. That year the Sparks lost to the Trojans and Iroquois.
“The kids did a great job,” WSE coach Jim Maurino said. “It was a battle. It had intensity. It had everything. I’m just proud of my kids persevering and pulling through at the end.”
Dolac rushed 27 times for a tough 105 yards, completed 6-of-15 passes for 30 yards and made 16 tackles on defense. Dylan McNulty recorded two of East’s five sacks as the Trojans limited South Park to 140 yards. Jesse Pfeiffer broke up four passes and made four tackles in the win.
"I thought we played well defensively, offesnively we did not," Sparks coach Tim Delaney said.
WSE can clinch the division title with a win over WNY Maritime/Health Sciences next week. The Trojans face rival and defending state Class A champion West Seneca West in Week Seven in a nonleaguer.