Niagara Gazette — Terrazino will throw to a pair of juniors in returning starter Mike Chase and transfer Ricky Golsby, who moved to the district from Alabama. Third-year player Matt Wetzel, who had played mostly defense, will take over at tight end for his senior season.
The biggest offensive loss may have been of lineman Steve Wilde, who helped pave the way for Majewski over the past two years. Junior Richard Duermeyer will start for his second season up front, where he’ll be joined by juniors Jason Prue, Wayne LeBlanc, Blake Whittall and senior Bryan Cheskiewicz.
Defensively, the Spartans will be led by a trio of linebackers in Wetzel, Majewski and second-year starter Julian Mott. Duermeyer will also start on the defensive line, where he’ll be joined by defensive end Gage Bliven and sophomore defensive tackle Sam Wray. Eric Yaeger will start at safety and serve as backup quarterback behind Terrazino.
“Early in the year, guys playing both ways is kind of the norm for us,” Cavagnaro said. “Most of our offensive line other than Richard are only playing one way, but our skill guys will probably end up playing both sides.
“We’re talented, just a little thin at the skill spots.”
The Spartans start their season with a 2 p.m. kick off Saturday in a budding rivalry against Lockport.
Follow Gazette reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.Head Coach: Al Cavagnaro 2012 Record: 3-5 Key Returnees: RB/LB Evan Majewski, QB Sam Terrazino, WR/CB Mike Chase, TE/LB Matt Wetzel, OL/DL Richard Duermeyer, LB Julian Mott Key Losses: Andrew Rankie, John Rudes, Steve Wilde Schedule 9/7: at Lockport, 2 p.m. 9/14: at Kenmore East, 2 p.m. 9/21: at Sweet Home, 2 p.m. 9/28: vs. Niagara-Wheatfield (Homecoming), 2 p.m. 10/4: at North Tonawanda, 7 p.m. 10/12: vs. Grand Island, 2 p.m. 10/19: vs. Iroquois, 2 p.m. Follow Gazette reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.