Tonawanda News — Tony Truilizio had a heart-to-heart talk with his entire Lumberjacks team Monday on the heels of a 35-21 loss to Grand Island.
The message was simple: the playoffs are still the goal for the North Tonawanda football team.
“We’re still in the mix for a playoff position. It’s not like we need any help, we still control our own destiny, so that’s positive. Things are moving in the right direction and we’re taking one game at a time. I’m happy with the direction we’ve turned this week — we didn’t take a step back.”
Truilizio said NT had a great week of practice, especially on Wednesday when the defense turned in its best effort so far this season.
Important defensive pieces have been missing for Truilizio in Leroy Goldsmith and Taylor Mellott, and neither will be ready to return on Saturday against Williamsville North.
NT hits the road to take on the Spartans Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and Truilizio’s main concern is the Spartan passing attack. Through two games the Jacks have allowed a combined 81 points and he is hoping his defense can contain North’s speedy receiving stable.
“We have to keep these guys in front of us and get alot more pressure on the quarterback than we’ve had in the past,” Truilizio said. “The biggest thing in the Grand Island game was that we had over 300 yards of offense but we kept turning the ball over. I’m very happy with the direction the offense is going.”
The Jacks will look to set running back Christian Mahoe and Josh Brosius loose on North, as both found running room last week. Truilizio is hoping his team can continue to build off what’s worked and limit mistakes going forward.