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October 4, 2013

Warriors to host winless Wilson in Class C North matchup

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Tonawanda News — “They are a good football team and I told our guys on Monday this team is much better than their record. They’ve been right there in a couple games. We need to play like we would against any other team. It helps that we came from a very tough division, so we don’t know any other way.”

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Starpoint at North Tonawanda, Friday 7 p.m.

After their opening-week victory over Lake Shore, the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks have gone into a slump.

Three straight losses to Grand Island, Kenmore East and Sweet Home would be enough to send any team into a tailspin that it can’t get out of. But that won’t happen to the Jacks, according to coach Tony Truilizio.

“To be honest with you, after losses you have to be able to move onto the next challenge immediately,” Truilizio said. “Yes, we didn’t play well, but that’s it. You’ve got to move on. You can’t dwell on the past, you have to be able to focus on the present and the future.”

No one on the roster would like to move on more than junior quarterback Chris Woodard. The QB, who was responsible for four interceptions in the Jacks’ loss to Sweet Home last Saturday, has been working hard to improve his game going forward.

“We decided go back to the basics this week in order to clean our play up,” Truilizio said. “Woodard is a tremendous quarterback, in my mind. I think he’s one of the top five signal-callers in Western New York. He’s very intelligent, so he’ll definitely learn from any miscues that he has and get better as time goes on.”

The first opportunity for the Lumberjacks to change their fortunes will come on Friday night against Starpoint — a team that Truilizio has high regard for.

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