Williamsville South coach Kraig Kurzanski figured his team would play with great intensity against its rival and he was right.
After allowing the game’s first touchdown, Will South scored 32 unanswered points and cruised to a 32-6 victory over Williamsville North in a home game Thursday. Kam Varner scored four touchdowns – three on receptions and one on a rush – in the victory.
South came off an 16-8 win over East High last week, a game marked by turnovers.
“I think we played well on every snap,” Kurzanski said of his team’s play Thursday. “I think we grew up a little bit after last week and with the rivalry we came back and played well.”
Varner played a huge role Thursday, with TD receptions covering 17, 78 and 10 yards and adding a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Sam Castronova completed 11-of-20 passes for 214 yards and three TDs, and Kevin Mason had six catches for 78 yards.
Jeremy Spitzberg added an interception and Alex Hidalgo had two sacks for South.
Williamsville East 34, Amherst 9: Williamsville East overcame some early penalties to roll to a 20-3 halftime lead and the victory.
Demetrius Mack rushed for 107 yards and two TDs, and Isaiah Perrin added four receptions for 108 yards and two scores. The Williamsville East defense, which held Amherst without a touchown until the fourth quarter, was led by Matt Zygaj and Brian Morreale. They each had 10 tackles.
“They played through some adversity with the penalties and mental mistakes and managed to win,” said Will East coach Chris McDuffie.