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September 7, 2013

Tonawanda 2013 football preview

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“He is ready to go, extremely athletic, makes good decisions and is a very good leader,” Gross said. “He’s excited to be the new leader of the offense and the guys are stepping up and rallying with him.”

Gross said Boling leads by example.

“He leads with his performance. Guys know he’s a playmaker and that he’ll help his team win,” Gross said. “When he does say something it’s usually thought out and has meaning. He doesn’t have to always scream at guys in the huddle, he just has to say a few words and they respond.”

Brandon Frye will take over in the No. 1 receiver spot as a junior. Also lining up at receiver will be a group of seniors in Shane Guenot, Corbin Snyder, Paul Palladino and Jordan Cifarelli.

Senior tight end Connor Pumm was a force for the Warriors in the passing game last year. Gross plans to utilize his size, pass-catching ability and blocking skills in all areas of the game this season.

“Connor is a third-year starter on varsity. We’re going to ask him to put his hand on the ground as a tight end and play some receiver too,” Gross said. “He’s the type of athlete where he’s versatile enough to do both and that’s a huge advantage for us.”

Jake Logan will also see time at tight end. 

Senior Tim Barnard got a number of carries last year and he steps into the featured back role this season. Also fighting for carries are juniors Austin Henderson and Tyler Smith, as well as senior Cory Adams.

The Warriors lost the entirety of their interior offensive line from last season — Steven Warthling, Nick Pullo and Jeff Noworyta. Senior left tackle Will Galley is back, and at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds he should be a force for THS.

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