Tonawanda News — Kenmore East at North Tonawanda, 7 p.m. today
The Lumberjacks (0-3, 0-3 A North) have been searching for answers ever since their week one, 46-19 blowout loss against Sweet Home.
Last Saturday coach Tony Truilizio watched his team make adjustments and come within a few breaks of knocking off Williamsville North on the road.
"We solidified a lot of our defensive problems this week and it showed on the field," Truilizio said after the game. "We had a lot of great plays on the defensive side of the ball."
The Jacks' defensive effort was impressive at each level. Players made plays in the secondary and in the run game, but it was the improved play of the defensive line — providing pressure in the backfield on runs and passes throughout the game — that was most apparent.
Truilizio said he's unsure of what team will show up when NT hosts Kenmore East tonight.
"The short week sort of hurts us a little bit," he said. "They know what's going to go on in the game. I think we're the more talented team but we have to execute — not taking anything away from them. East is a much improved team. We watched film and have a lot of respect (for them)."
Key defensive players Leroy Goldsmith and Taylor Mellott — who were injured in week one — will miss one more game as they continue to recover. Players like senior linebacker Ian Gilhousen have stepped up in their absence and it will need to continue.
Gilhousen had a monster game for the Jacks last Saturday, recovering a fumble and intercepting North quarterback Ryan Majewski deep in NT territory.
Truilizio called Gilhousen an unstoppable force on the football field when he's locked in and focused on his assignments. But the coach also noted some parts of the senior's game that have to improve.