Tonawanda News — For the Warriors, their calling card this season has been a tough and physical defensive unit that has been hard to figure out by almost every opponent they faced. Against defending Class C North champion JFK in Week One, Tonawanda shut down the Bears offense and kept them off the scoreboard entirely, posting a 27-0 victory.
The Warriors’ defense against the Jacks’ high octane offense could be the pivotal matchup to watch on Friday night.
Gross said he expects another extremely competitive game, and said the most important thing for his team is to continue what’s been working all season — limiting mistakes.
”They’re a very good football team and mistake-free football is the key. You can’t make mistakes against a good football team,” Gross said. “So we have to take care of the football and not give up the big plays. They’re very good and they can run and throw the ball very well. They have a physical defense and mistake-free football is the key.”
Gross said that to win his team must execute and not give up the big play. Truilizio said it’s been tough to treat the game like any other, but the most important thing for his players is that they are focused on the task at hand and respect Tonawanda.
”We’re not walking into this game thinking we’re going to walk all over them or beat them up,” Truilizio said. “They’ve come a long way in their program and I hope there is a mutual respect there. These kids and this community know all about the T-NT game. There is some tradition and all bets are off this week.”
Truilizio said that Warriors QB Tristan Boling, RB Tim Barnard and TE Connor Pumm have his full attention. He said all three are capable of big plays and his defensive unit must make things difficult on the talented Warrior trio.