September 01, 2014

Senior-heavy jacks ready for new sports season

North Tonawanda quarterback Chris Woodard. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.

When Chris Woodard stepped onto the practice field for the first time this past Monday he, and all of the other North Tonawanda seniors knew it wasn’t just a run of the mill practice.

It was the first day of their last season of high school football. And they were going to make everyday count.

“Basically your whole life you really look forward to your senior year of high school,” Woodard said. “We’re very a senior heavy team this year so I think everybody is kinda getting the message that we’ve got to put in all the extra work this year and it’s our last chance so we’ve got to go hard.”

The North Tonawanda Lumberjacks, like every other team in Western New York, officially kicked off the 2014 fall sports season when they reported for the first day of training camp on Aug.18.

The Jacks, now in their third season under head varsity coach Tony Truilizio, are trying to build off the momentum of last season when they closed out the year by winning the Chuck Funke Bowl Class A title.

Though the Jacks lost several key players such as Ryan Osborn, Jake Ferry and Jon Zellner, they return plenty of talent like lineman Alex Molik, Taylor Mellott (LB/OL) and Ryan McDonough (S/WR/RB) who were apart of that bowl win but more importantly have experience playing for Truilizio. So that first day was easier and more business as usual approach for everyone.

“I feel comfortable with the kids now,” Truilizio said. “They know who I am, obviously. I know who they are. We’ve been together a lot during the off... Read the rest of this article in Sports


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