Niagara Gazette — On Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. Niagara Falls head coach Don Bass learned that starter Daveon Cook would be unable to go for the team’s game on Friday night against Frontier.
Captain Jaylin Smith replaced Cook, who was reportedly injured in practice, and performed admirably. The Falls, however, came up short against their hosts, losing 24-6 in Hamburg.
Smith finished with 75 yards passing and 53 yards rushing. Bass told the Gazette he was pleased with the offense’s ability to move the ball but attributed the loss to turnovers and special teams play.
The Wolverines (0-2) coughed up a couple of fumbles and had a punt travel just three yards from their own 8-yard line to their 11-yard line.
Bass said the team “grew a lot last night” despite the loss. In poor conditions, the special teams unit continued to put the defense in bad field position.
Cornerback Deonte Paige had 11 tackles.
Up next for the Wolverines is their home opener against Lancaster, next Saturday at 3 p.m. at Sal Maglie Stadium. The game, originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff, was pushed back an hour to allow Lancaster players to take scheduled ACT tests that morning and then have adequate time for travel to Niagara Falls.