Tonawanda News —
McMahon has the added benefit of now playing with several members of a junior varsity squad that posted a winning record last season. He played with many of them previously as a freshman on the JV squad before making the jump last season.
An extra year of maturity and work in the weight room hasn’t hurt, either.
“Physically, I’m way stronger than I was last year,” McMahon said. “I’ve got my timing down, and I was ready to go on day one. I didn’t have to figure out what was expected of me – I knew right off the bat. The team is what’s important, not just you.”
The Bulldogs are pleased with the improvement they’ve already seen over last season, but all of the players and coaches understand that much work remains to be done.
And it starts with the young man under center.
“He needs to be more consistent throwing the ball, but that’s getting better with experience. His leadership on the field is good, but we need him to take this team over,” Chimera said. “He’s confident, and we want him to be ever more so.”
As students of history among other things, the players know that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
The Bulldogs understand that they’re not world-beaters – at least not yet – but they feel they’re heading in the right direction.
“For this to be a successful season, I want to be able to say that we gave it all we had,” McMahon said. “Not just in the games, but also on the practice field and in the classrooms. Hard work pays off – it’s as simple as that.”