Tonawanda News — Sweet Home’s visit to George Vetter Stadium to battle North Tonawanda has been circled on calendars throughout the area all summer. The wait is over; today the Jacks and Panthers collide.
Jacks first-year coach Tony Truilizio is expecting a war against Sweet Home. He characterized the Panthers as a “quick scoring, very fast team” that likes to use its athleticism to get out to early leads.
Truilizio is hoping NT can weather an early storm.
“I think the earliest part of the game is probably going to be more important than anything,” Truilizio said. “As long as we have a lot of new people coming onto the field we’ll be OK. If they can ride the first quarter and not make any mental errors, I think the evening will go our way.”
Panthers coach John Faller, in his 26th season, said the games are more exciting when his team is able to face another team with a strong tradition.
Faller has his players prepared for a difficult game.
“I expect to win and that’s what these kids expect,” Faller said. “I dont know what’s going to happen, that’s why we play the game. We have to make sure we don’t commit any turnovers and that we have no mistakes.”
The Jacks’ defense has been conservative in practices and it’s recently given Truilizio a headache or two. He’s hoping the unit will play agressive against the Panthers and try and create some turnovers for his offense.
”I can’t make them the players think anything, they have to believe in what they’re doing,” Truilzio said “If they stop thinking and start reacting, we’re going to be fine.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Cheektowaga at Tonawanda, 7 p.m.
Last season Tonawanda fell to Cheektowaga, 43-6 in Week Four and the Warriors are looking for retribution tonight at Clint Small Stadium.