Tonawanda News

High Schools

August 31, 2012

Coach expects young K-W team to compete

KENMORE — Kenmore West coach Rich Harris has virtually a brand new team — three first-team all-Western New York selections graduated in June. Though his team is young and inexperienced, he expects his players to compete with every team they line up against.

“We lost quite a crew,” Harris said. “(But) we’ve had a great deal of success of late winning AA North regular season the last two seasons and making playoffs four of the last five years. There’s a lot of depth, interest and excitement about the football program at Ken West. We have a lot of great players in the wings.”

Harris was able to watch his team in game action for the first time in scrimmages last weekend, and he was happy with what he saw. Juniors Alex Price and Adam Fron performed well against several teams, including Clarence. Fron will quarterback a West team that plans to be diverse in its game plan. The option-heavy attack includes several spread, one-back and shotgun formations in an effort to keep defenses off balance.

Kenmore West is an inexperienced squad, which is a concern for Harris but he’s excited at the possibilities that accompany building a team, especially with a group that will be in place for two or three years. It’s become his recipe for success.

“It’s a very young team and actually a team I’m probably going to have together for the next two years,” Harris said. “There’s not a lot of experience. You better believe it helps (to have a group together for a few years). It’s almost like we’re rebuilding again like we had to with the team that just graduated. They all played for me as sophomores and were with the program for three years.”

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