Tonawanda News


September 30, 2010

CRUNCH WEEKLY: High school football preview, week 5

— — After a laudable performance from junior quarterback Pat Angelhow last Friday, the possibility of Joe Montesanti sliding back to wing as a running back when he returned this week from a mild concussion was put into play.

In all likelihood, however, it will be Montesanti under center for North Tonawanda (2-2 overall, 2-2 AA North) when the Jacks visit the Spartans of Williamsville North (2-2, 1-2) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“He’s played well, but (Angelhow and Montesanti) are just two different kids in terms of his athletic ability and stuff,” coach Eric Jantzi said. “We may use him some in different situations, but we usually don’t have a kid lose a spot because he got injured.”

Jantzi still left open the slight chance of experimenting this weekend and in the final two weeks of the season.

“Maybe on a couple plays here and there we may start doing things a little more creatively as we get a little closer to the playoffs to make people think a little bit more about us defensively,” he said.

Going into the playoffs, Jantzi said he wants opposing teams to prepare for as much as possible.

“But at the same time, I don’t want to water down our play book so we’re the jack of all trades and the master of none,” he said. “We have to be good at our good stuff — our bread and butter stuff.”

Before the Jacks can start thinking about the playoffs, they’ll have to take on a tough Williamsville North squad — one that’s seeking to avenge a 54-22 route to the hands of Kenmore West last Saturday.

No matter who the opponent, Jantzi said NT has to be ready for anything.

“You’d think they’d probably play a little more angry,” Jantzi said of Will North. “I’m sure they weren’t happy with their performance. But we get everybody’s A-game because of the tradition we have and the fact that we won the state championship last year. I’m sure that’s all over their locker room.”

The Spartans have a potentially dangerous passing attack, led by receiver Glenn Gronkowski, whose brothers Rob, Chris  and Dan currently play in the NFL for New England, Dallas, and Denver, respectively.

Jantzi said Will North has a “couple nice receivers,” not just Gronkowski, while also adding a formidable rushing attack to the mix as well.

“We’re just going to take some of their big guns out and see what else they have,” he said. “If we have coverage on (their top players), we’ll see what else they can pull out of their hat.”

The Jacks are coming off a stout defensive performance against Riverside last week, relinquishing just 13 points to the Frontiers.

On offense, though, Jantzi pointed out some miscues in the trenches that slowed the Jacks down at times.

“Offensively, I think we took a step beck in terms of line play,” Jantzi said. “I wasn’t real happy with that. We have to get better.”

From this point on, every game is a must-win for the two-loss Jacks — as well as an opportunity to improve in advance of the postseason.

“It’s not so much playoffs, it’s getting seeded for playoffs and getting a decent spot,” Jantzi said. “Points become super critical, because it could very well be four teams with two losses in our division, and if it is, it comes down to points (as the tiebreaker).”


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