Tonawanda News — “It’s always interesting to see how the freshman adjust — the kids who were eighth graders on modified last year,” Gross said. “Watching the seniors try to duplicate some of the things that we were doing in the offense. It’s enjoyable to watch them when that cliched lightbulb goes on, and see a freshman do something, that that’s the way it’s done and they realize it too. It’s exciting to see the young guys as they start to progress.”
Tonawanda lost a number of proven veterans and big-time contributors, including 2012 News’ Player of the Year and starting quarterback Clayton Hess, Steven Warthling and Tyler Hughes.
But Gross said the returning players began demonstrating leadership back in December and are already showing the new guys how to practice and work hard.
“(This group) leads by example. Weight room attendance was outstanding in the Winter and it was outstanding in the Spring,” Gross said. “We had most of our players show up to the winter passing league at Ralph Wilson Stadium. This is a great group of returning players. They’re dedicated, they work hard and they’re pulling the rest of the program by their example. Everyone else knows what’s expected.”
The Warriors kick off the season against rival J.F.K. on the road Sept. 7. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.