Tonawanda News


October 19, 2012

Ken West set for showdown with Orchard Park

Tonawanda News — Kenmore West (3-4) got into the Section VI Class AA playoffs and now they’ll find out how they stack up against traditionally-strong Orchard Park (6-1).

The Blue Devils young secondary is going to be tested by an Orchard Park offense that usually starts fast.

The Quakers have scored more than 30 points in all but one of their games this season — a 35-28 loss to Jamestown.

Orchard Park has scored 274 points on the season and allowed only 125 — both are good for tops in Class AA. If West is going to compete, they’ll need junior quarterback Adam Fron to have a huge game and limit his mistakes.

Tonawanda at Albion,

7:30 p.m.

The Warriors (1-6) may be coming off a heart-wrenching T-NT loss, but coach Rob Gross said he’s been so impressed with the way his team has responded this week.

He said guys are going hard and preparing for Albion like the season depended on it. He said a big reason why is senior quarterback Clayton Hess, who won T-NT most valuable player honors last Friday night.

“I was so impressed with his attitude on Saturday morning,” Gross said. “ He showed up ready to work. He’s had a great attitude and a great week of practice. Guys are upbeat and they’re working hard. They’ve taken all the pain and negatives and are turning it into good energy and focusing on what we did well.”

Gross is hoping the Warriors build on what they did against North Tonawanda. Hess threw for over 200 yards and two touchdown passes. Sophomore wide receiver Tristan Boling has really come on in the second half of the season and has become Hess’s most trusted target.

Gross is expecting a battle from Albion (1-6, 1-4 B East) in spite of their poor record.

“They’re a lot like us. They’re a tough team and better than their record,” Gross said. “They run very well and caught bad breaks this season. They’re also very well coached.”

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