Tonawanda News


September 21, 2013

NT and Ken-East set for important early season A North matchup

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda and Kenmore East played one of the most entertaining A North divisional games of the 2012 season and both teams are looking to duplicate that effort this afternoon.

This time, the Lumberjacks (1-1, 0-1 A Division) travel to Parker Field to play the Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 A Division) in a critical early season league matchup. Both coaches know what’s on the line, and for the Jacks their playoff hopes may be in jeopardy if they can’t pull out a win.

”We’re still trying to learn how to win. We have to start winning the close games,” said NT coach Tony Truilizio. “It could go either way this week. We could be right there in the playoff mix or we can be right out of it. I truly feel that the third game of the season determines what type of team you’re going to have.”

NT will again be without junior standouts Nehemiah Stone and Taylor Mellott, as both players continue to rehab injuries. With Stone out again, NT quarterback Chris Woodard will have to pick up the slack, along with seniors Jon Zellner (RB) and Jake Ferry (WR). 

Bulldogs coach Matt Chimera said Woodard is very talented and has his defense’s full attention.

”They’ve got a very good quarterback. That’s a guy we’re really going to have to focus on,” he said. “They have some other weapons too, but you’ve got to take away their biggest gun first. We’ll focus on that, and make them beat us in other ways.”

On the Ken-East side, senior QB Connor McMahon is having another outstanding season. Truilizio said the Jacks will have to contain McMahon and senior RB Preston Smith, who ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns against Starpoint last week, if they hope to be successful.

Text Only
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success