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October 5, 2012

NT and Tonawanda looking for second win this weekend

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Tonawanda News — Next up for the Warriors, Burgard boasts an athletic team and Gross said his team will have to come ready to play to knock off the Bulldogs.

“They’re well coached and ranked fifth in Western New York for good reason,” Gross said. “They’re a very good and athletic team. We can’t give up the big play.”

Ken West at Niagara Falls, 2 p.m. Saturday

The Blue Devils seemed to carry over all momentum from a Week 5, 30-6 win over Riverside when they jumped out to a 15-0 lead on Lockport last Saturday. 

It turned out, however, that Lockport was too tough to stop, handing Kenmore West its first AA loss and snatching a third consecutive North Division crown from coach Rich Harris and the Blue Devils.

“We played very well and I think we held up admirably against a senior-laden team,” Harris said. “We gave them a game and we put a scare into them. As far as (our) team it’s been getting better every week. I mean we’re 2-3 but I think we’re the best 2-3 team I’ve coached.”

Now Ken West has Niagara Falls — a team that, Harris said, has always given the Blue Devils trouble — and needs a win to clinch second place in the division and a home playoff game. Harris said the key for his team is to defend the pass. 

Both squads are 2-3 and have beaten the same two opponents.

Harris likes his team’s chances but knows it’s going to be a fight.

“This game will set things right. I think it’s going to be a real measuring stick,” Harris said. “Niagara Falls shows up every year and they play their best game against us. They don’t turn the ball over against us. We got into a track meet last year and we sacored more, but they gave us everything we could handle.”

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