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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 — Truilizio said his team isn’t taking Ken-East lightly. He expects another tough, physical game against the Bulldogs.

”They have a lot of momentum going their way and we’re coming off a loss. We’ve yet to prove ourselves,” he said. “On paper they’re the better team and we’re going to treat them that way — respect them for being 2-0 right now. Hopefully we can come out with the win at the end of the week.”

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Tonawanda at Newfane, 2 p.m.

The Warriors (1-1, 1-1 C Division) may have split their first two games, but Tonawanda coach Rob Gross said his team has played great football for eight quarters this season. 

If not for a few mistakes against Lackawanna, THS might be undefeated. But the Warriors have moved on from last week’s loss and have put in a strong week of practice.

Gross said it’s about basic football when his team battles division foe Newfane (1-1, 1-1 C Division) this afternoon at 2 p.m. on the road.

”We have to take care of the football and win the turnover battle. It’s basic football,” he said. “It doesn’t sound glamourous but we need to take care of the ball and execute our assignments — block the guys we’re supposed to block and make good tackles like we did last week.”

The Tonawanda players remained positive this week and Gross said it’s because of the high character throughout the team. 

“They know we have goals to achieve and one setback doesn’t have to ruin our goals,” he said. “They’re very upbeat and still believe in themselves.”

For the Warriors to be successful today, Gross said they have to be prepared to be more physical than Newfane. 

”Newfane is a physical team. They had a very strong game against Lackawanna,” he said. “The final score was not indicative of how the game went. Newfane was right there. They have skill players, they’re big up front and we know they will play physical.”

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