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September 29, 2012

Late drive lifts Vikings to 5-0

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Junior quarterback Quinn Corrao scored on a 1-yard run with 15 seconds remaining to give the Grand Island Vikings a 26-21 win over host Williamsville North in a Class A North showdown Saturday afternoon.

Corrao (15-of-30, 158 yards, two touchdowns) struggled early in the second half but came through on two important drives — one at the end of each half.

"It was a great character win," Grand Island coach Dean Santorio said. "We didn't play our best second half, but you have to give credit to Will. North for some of that.

"We worked on our no huddle for weeks and decided today was the day to use it. We needed to."

The Vikings (5-0, 4-0 A North) led 20-7 at half, thanks to two early touchdown passes from Corrao to senior tight end Chris Connors (eight catches, 81 yards, three touchdowns, six tackles, two sacks). Grand Island took over possession with just over 1:30 left in the second quarter, and Corrao led a no-huddle drive that was capped off Connors' third score of the half, a 3-yard pass from senior running back Danny Blocho out of the wildcat.

But the Spartans (1-4, 1-3 A North) came out firing in the second half, and junior quarterback Ryan Majewski hit two long passes that led to scores. A 75-yard catch and run led to a 1-yard run by Majewski, and an 85-yarder to receiver Kolbe Hughes on the next Spartan possession wound up in the end zone, giving Will. North a 21-20 lead.

The teams struggled to move the ball from there, but not for lack of effort. Grand Island's Mitch Fachko took a fake punt 41 yards from his team's 40, but the threat was ended when Corrao was picked off in the end zone to start the fourth quarter.

The Spartans took over at their 20 and attempted to burn out the clock with a 14-play drive that pushed as far as the GI 44. The Vikings made their stand there, stuffing a run for a 2-yard loss and a quarterback sneak for no gain. After a false start penalty pushed them back five more yards, Connors sacked Majewski for a 7-yard loss, forcing a punt with just under four minutes left in the game.

Corrao took over from the Vikings 37. He hit 4-of-6 passes for 46 yards on the winning drive, including two crucial throws on third down. 

"We practiced the no huddle all week because we thought it might come in handy today," Corrao added. "The offensive line was great, especially late, and my receivers made a lot of plays."

O'Hara 49, University Prep 30

The Hawks (1-4) rolled up 467 rushing yards in picking up their first win of the season. Anthony DiFrancesco had 214 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Khari Wright ran the ball just four times, but found the end zone twice and gained 107 yards. Zach Flowacki had 120 yards on 11 carries. Keenan Newman ran for a 33-yard touchdown, kicked three extra points, and threw for a two-point conversion. Wright led the defense with nine tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble that was recovered in the end zone by freshman Curtis Johnson. DiFrancesco made seven tackles. Glowacki and Jerick Hal, another freshman, had interceptions. Keith Carter made six tackles and anchored the offensive line.