Tonawanda News — “I think the biggest part of this is that guys know what to expect from us now in terms of work ethic and what needs to be done,” he said. “They have been working hard this offseason. We have been in the gym every other day since the season was over.”
Because of budget restrictions NT doesn’t employ a strength and conditioning coach, so Truilizio has advised most of his players to get personal trainers to help prepare each one of them for the physical grind of the season. He said that with all the injuries the team suffered last season, he realized that the kids need to be stronger so they are safe on the field.
Running back Christian Mahoe has put on roughly 20 pounds of muscle, which Truilizio said should be huge for the Jacks. Mahoe is slated to split carries with sophomore sensation Nehemiah Stone next season, and the extra muscle should help him stay healthy.
With the departure of wide receiver Ian Gilhousen, Truilizio is hoping a pass catcher or two emerges to help make up for the lost production. He was happy with the way the offense played last season.
“Our system worked great offensively last year,” Truilizio said. “We’ve been doing a lot of offseason training with catching and throwing. I told the guys back in December, two guys have to come out and learn how to catch the ball or we are going to be a Power-I team and option, and that’s going to be horrible because there will be 10 or 11 guys in the box.
“We have a nice guy (quarterback Chris Woodard) delivering the football, but we need guys to catch it; otherwise, we have a Lamborghini with no gas.”North Tonawanda 2013 Football Schedule Week 1 -- at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m. Week 2 -- Grand Island, 7 p.m. Week 3 -- at Ken East, 7 p.m. Week 4 -- at Sweet Home, 7 p.m. Week 5 -- Starpoint, 7 p.m. Week 6 -- at Nia.-Wheatfield, 7 p.m. Week 7 -- Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.