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September 5, 2013

Kenmore West 2013 football preview

Senior-heavy Ken West team prepared for potential playoff run


Tonawanda News — “We’re looking to be competitive in this division because it’s just going to be a barbaric division. There are no let downs; it’s going to be a tough game every week,” Harris said. “You just look out there — you got Orchard Park and Jamestown, and now they’re talking up Frontier and Lockport played well in their scrimmage — it’s going to be a tough season.”

The Blue Devils return five senior linemen on offense, led by center John Bortz, guard Steve Kulik and tackle James Stewart. Gary Halt, Joe Taylor and James Hangle will also log a ton of game time for Ken West.

Defensively, the Blue Devils are changing to a 3-4 defense to throw different looks at opponents. Harris said he wants to blitz more and should be able to with an experienced unit with a ton of speed in the secondary.

Sophomore Jayson Taylor has made an impact in camp at inside linebacker, and Harris believes he is ready to explode for the Blue Devils this season. 

“Taylor at inside linebacker is just an animal,” Harris said. “He’s put on so much muscle and is at about 210 pounds. Jason loves football and he brings it.”

Ford earned a spot on the News’ All-Area team last season as a freshman, and the basketball standout will start on both sides of the ball for Ken West.

Harris expects a lot of of Ford and said the sophomore’s athleticism is unbelievable.

“He’s smooth as glass out there, catching footballs and running with them,” Harris said. “He’s a great wide runner and we can run that sweep with him. It gives teams a lot more to prepare for. They have to watch us on the outside, we have a great counter on the inside — we can trap and we can counter with Alex, who is a great lateral runner inside.”

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