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September 21, 2013

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

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Tonawanda News — ”They have McMahon and Smith who are two huge players for them. They’re the real deal,” Truilizio said. “They are two very respectable playmakers. They have a couple other ‘role players’ but they are coming up big and making some big plays. They don’t have just two or three players.”

Both teams have been solid on defense so far. The Bulldogs have only surrendered seven points in two games, and the Jacks held Grand Island to 20 points in a close six-point defeat in Week Two.

Despite the close final score, Truilizio said neither he nor his team were happy with the way it played against the Vikings, and he’s looking for the Jacks to put together a more complete full-game effort today.

”We’re becoming a second half program, and we won one game and loss one because of that. We have to play the whole game,” Truilizio said. “If these guys come out from beginning to end and play a full game, we’ll be a very strong team. But we’re not there yet. 

”It’s all in their heads; they’re nervous. For two years they haven’t had a successful program, and until they believe they can win every game that’s what it’s going to be.”

Chimera said his team made progress last week in its 22-0 shutout of Starpoint, but he still is looking for more improvement.

“(Starpoint) got more yards than they should have on certain plays because of a couple of missed tackles, so we’ve got to get better at that,” he said. “We turned the ball over a couple of times, we’ve got to eliminate those, and just execute offensively. For this time of year, that’s probably where you need the biggest improvement is in execution. It’s getting better day by day, but we need to keep working hard at it.”

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