Niagara Gazette — SANBORN – Seniors Ryan Koch, Brennen Ferguson and Mitch Pittman scored six, four and two goals, respectively, as the Niagara Wheatfield Falcons defeated the Sweet Home Panthers 16-6 at Harvey Field on Wednesday.
The win ensures the Falcons (11-4) of the second seed in Class B heading into the Section VI playoffs.
“I think the boys came out real hard today and played very well,” coach Vince Schiffert said. “Our offense was really clicking today and our defense was very good too. We made it a point of emphasis to come out on fire today and we definitely did that today.”
The Falcons certainly did start the game on a strong note. The team had a three-goal lead less than six minutes into the opening quarter and didn't let up, eventually growing the lead to 8-0 by the end of the first quarter and increasing the lead to 10-0 by the middle of the second.
It was fitting that the majority of the team's goals were scored by seniors John Anderson, Joe Kelly, Koch, Ferguson and Pittman, as the Falcons honored their upperclassmen at halftime as part of the team's “Senior Day” festivities.
“Our seniors were fantastic today,” Schiffert said. “They all played great, and it was sorely needed for them to step up today after our loss to Orchard Park on Monday. Their leadership is something that our team leans on to succeed, and it came through today in a big way.”
That leadership is certainly a valued commodity for the Falcons. Since starting the season with a 2-2 record, the team has won nine of their last 11 games. That type of success can inflate anyone's ego, but the Falcons' seniors have kept the rest of the team even-keeled.
“Our seniors have a lot of experience in playing the game – especially a guy like Ferguson who has been on our roster since his freshman year – and they know how to keep everyone focused on the task at hand,” Schiffert said. “They've been through a lot, so they know when to get excited and when to concentrate on the next game. They've really done a lot to help show the rest of our team how to win.”