Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls coach Don Bass said the Red Raiders will be a great test for opening weekend.
“They have some skill guys, but we can match skills with anybody,” Bass said. “It’s up front where the game will be won and it’s where they’ll have the size advantage.
“Naturally, if they have a size advantage, we’re going to have to push to the edges a little bit more to get them moving.”
Defensively, Bass said his unit has been exceptional in its ability to swarm to the ball, something that can help against any perceived size advantage.
“Our speed matches anybody, and we’ve been attacking more this year,” he said. “I like where we’re heading.”
The Wolverines lost last year’s meeting after a flooded Sal Maglie Stadium caused the game to be moved to Jamestown.
Wilson at Akron, 7 p.m. tonight
Like Niagara Falls, the Lakemen will open with a league game when they face their longtime Class C North foe.
Wilson coach Bill Atlas said the teams are a lot alike, which should lead to a tight game.
“Our programs are very, very similar, and it seems like we always have good games,” Atlas said. “We beat them by one score last year, and they won the (junior varsity) game 6-0.”
Atlas said he’ll look to maintain balance on offense early on, while his defense will be forced to focus on speedy running back Austin Lauricella.
“He’s one of their best athletes, so they’re going to try to get him the ball as much as possible,” Atlas said. “They’re always well coached and tough to beat.”
Grand Island at Hamburg, 7 p.m. tonight
Coach Dean Santorio’s Vikings will face their first test of the season in a non-league game against a physical team that likes to control the line of scrimmage.