Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda football coach Tony Truilizio’s first year as head Lumberjack was a bit bumpy, as NT finished the season 2-5 and 1-5 in A North.
But after the recent unveiling of the 2013 Section VI football schedule, Truilizio is looking ahead to the upcoming season with excitement and hope.
“We’ve got a year under our belt, and we’re one year older; one year stronger,” he said.
The Jacks only play three home games for the second-straight season. Six of NT’s seven opponents this season will look a bit familiar, as the Jacks battled each one at some point last season. The only new team on the docket is Niagara-Wheatfield on the road in Week 6.
“It’ll be nice because we know what they do a little bit more now,” Truilizio said of the teams on NT’s schedule.
In Week 1 the Jacks open up on the road against Lake Shore, a team NT defeated last season in a consolation playoff game, 33-6.
Then NT hosts Grand Island in Week 2 for its home opener, followed by a trip across town to play Kenmore East in Week 3. The Jacks and Bulldogs played a classic last season that went down to the wire before NT pulled out a late-game comeback victory, 31-28, in front of its home crowd.
The schedule gets tougher as the season progresses, as NT hosts Starpoint in Week 5 (Jacks lost 48-7 to the Spartans last season) and goes on the road to face perennial Class A power Sweet Home in Week 6.
The Jacks finish off their regular season with the 104th annual T-NT game against Tonawanda — this year being played at North Tonawanda.
Truilizio is still adjusting to life on the NT sideline, but he said the biggest adjustments took place last season and now the players know what to expect from the coaching staff.