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September 7, 2013

Tonawanda 2013 football preview

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“We brought him up as a sophomore and we said ‘Learn it. Do it,’” Gross said. “He’s done a great job being a leader for the offense and the defense. He’s advanced to the point where his opening game will be his 19th varsity game. His feet have gotten better — his hand placement, technique and strength, he’s put it all together.”

Galley is ready to step into more of a leadership role this season for the Warriors.

“I think I was pretty prepared to step into that role,” Galley said. “We had great leaders last year and I looked up to them and I’m trying to follow in their ways. ... We continue the tradition of school spirit and try to get to the playoffs and go even further.”

Joining Galley on the line will be returning starter Larenz Jefferson, Brandon Geercken, Jared Wynkoop, Luke Bergman, Cody Hartmen, Sam Armenia and Clint Hylton.

On the defensive side, Boling and Frye and senior Chris Mara will make up the THS secondary. Barnard, Palladino, Guenot, Zach Robinson, Adams, Dylan Mayer and Armenia will share time at linebacker.

Pumm leads the defensive line, along with Wynkoop, Galley and Jefferson.

Gross has no illusions about the level of play in Class C, in fact he’s prepared his team for another gauntlet-type schedule. He said Tonawanda is used to playing tough opponents.

“We’re in a physical division,” Gross said. “I think we’re ready because we don’t know any other way. We open up with the division champs and they’re a real good team.”

So the wait in finally over and the new Clint Small stadium will host the first football game in Tonawanda next week. Gross had a hard time putting into words what it all meant, but he said the whole Tonawanda program is grateful to the community for making it happen.

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