AMHERST, N.Y.- Sweet Home has been one of the top programs in Western New York most of the decade. John Faller’s teams have won 49 straight games against Section 6 opponents.
As practice begins this week John told Two On Your Side’s Stu Boyar about this year’s team. “It’s like pieces of the puzzle. You get pieces together to get the whole puzzle, and right now we’re working piece by piece,” Faller said.
With the winning streak intact against Section opponents John Faller its a subject that can’t be avoided. “As long as we step our team on the field we have a chance to keep it [the streak] going. It’s something we don’t talk about too much we let the press take care of that for us,” Faller said. “We’re looking to continue it, take one game at a time, it’s a clichÃ© but that’s the only way you can do it.”
One obstacle that the Panthers will have to overcome in their quest of keeping the streak alive is the loss of star QB Jordan Johnson who will play at UB this fall. Senior QB Mike Torrillo is looking to step in and lead the team he has grown up watching.
“To finally step on the field and run my team, it’s a dream come true,” Torrillo said. Torrillo said Johnson was a freak and someone who could change the game with his athletic ability. Johnson was more of a runner than Torrillo. Torrillo describes himself as a pocket passer and says he will try to move the ball around to his receivers as much as possible.
Torrillo also described himself as a student of the game, and his coach agrees. “Mike is smart and knows the offense. I think he’s ready to go. He’s been waiting and he’s going to do a great job for us,” Faller said.
What will help the first year QB is his familiarity with his receivers and the offensive line. Torrillo and WR Carter Mann are life-long friends. “I’ve known mike my whole life, since 1st grade I’ve known him so that actually helps on the field, we know where each other are going so it’s nice like that,” Mann said.
The offensive line also returns four starters, three of whom are seniors. Coach Faller knows they are capable of getting the job done. “They know what they’re doing it’s just going to be a matter of execution.”
Senior running back Kahlil Humphrey knows he needs to take of that group opening the holes for him. Humphrey told Stu “I love it because they’re all experienced. They all know what they’re doing. They all take care of me so I love ’em. Promised ’em I’d buy ’em ice cream after every game.” As for the winning streak Humphrey said “It’s [the streak] a top priority to me, I honestly hate losing,” Humphrey said. “Coming here with the win streak, we have to carry that on.”
The Panthers will look to keep the streak going as they visit North Tonawanda on August 31st at 7 p.m.