Tonawanda News — A historic and memorable Tonawanda football season continues tonight when the Warriors (2-2, 2-2 Class C North) look for their third win of the year in the second game at the new Clinton Small Stadium in its inaugural season against new league rival Wilson.
Before tonight’s game the Warriors will honor the 1963 Tonawanda team that went undefeated, and coach Rob Gross said his players are excited to be a part of the event and to meet players from the 50th anniversary team.
“They’re excited to have a home game and meet some of the players from the ‘63 team,” Gross said. “We can’t put any extra pressure on ourselves, but they’re excited to do their part.”
The Warriors are coming off a tough 33-22 loss against Akron last week, but the final score wasn’t really a great indicator of how well Gross felt his team played. If not for a few big plays by the Tigers the Warriors would have been in position to win in the fourth quarter.
Gross said his team must take care of the football and execute to beat Wilson.
“We can’t give Wilson opportunities with mistakes and we’ve done a great job with football security. One or two big plays have really been the issue in our losses,” Gross said. “We’ve made big plays in every game, but we’ve given up big ones in two. We have to make sure we are the team making big plays and take care of the basics.”
The Lakemen have struggled this season, but Gross said Wilson is always a formidable opponent. He expects a tough game tonight.
“Wilson likes to try and spread it out and put you into situations defensively where they can outnumber you. Their quarterback is a very good athlete and they have good receivers and running backs,” Gross said. “Our division is tough and physical. Wilson is well-coached and coach (William) Atlas does a great job. He has a tradition and a history of success.