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Football Weekly: Bartoszek Honored for 3-0 Start

Salamanca coach Chad Bartoszek was named the ADPRO Sports/Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week after leading the Warriors to a 41-12 win over Allegany-Limestone.

Salamanca is now 3-0 on the season - the first time the Warriors have won their opening three games in at least 20 years.

“It’s been a while,” Bartoszek said. “It’s been a long while since we’ve been able to get a good start.”

Bartoszek is in his third season with the Warriors.

The win over Allegany was played in front of a huge crowd in the community’s new Vet’s Park, complete with turf, new lights and a video scoreboard.

“With the new facility,” Bartoszek said, “some of the game experiences have really increased fans, attendance, and community interest.”

The last two weeks have also helped.

Salamanca’s unexpected win over perennial power-house Southwestern ignited a spark in the community that hasn’t been seen since the Warriors were competing for NYS titles in the early 2000s.

“That win against Southwestern brought everyone to their feet,” Bartoszek said. “My wife said it was an amazing night. I was a nervous wreck, though.”

Southwestern led 6-0 after three quarters.

“Our defense kept us in the game,” Bartoszek said. “We controlled the first half because of field position. Our

defense wasn’t allowing any drives.”

The fourth quarter exploded in fireworks.

First, Salamanca QB Hayden Hoag was injured and had to leave the game. “We didn’t have a back-up QB because of the quarantine rules,” Bartoszek said. “So we moved Jesse Stahlman from RB to QB and ran a wildcat offense.”

Stahlman actually drove the Warriors down field and threw a TD pass to tie the game, 6-6.

“Jesse did everything for us on defense and offense,”Bartoszek said. “He’s a RB and he even threw a TD pass.”

Southwestern scored to take a 13-6 lead as the clock began to run out in the fourth quarter .

Unfortunately, having a RB play QB meant there was hardly any passing threat.

“We could only run the ball,” Bartoszek said. “They stacked the box