DEPEW, N.Y.-Returning six starters on offense and four on defense, Williamsville South is looking to have an even better season than last year. And they were outstanding last season going 9-1 before losing to Sweet Home at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Although the Billies graduated quality players including T.J. Scamurra, Cody Stumpf, Josh Jacobs, and Luke Falzone, Connelly Cup finalist QB Trent Ferguson, South Park transfer running back Shaquille Nettles and lineman Craig Crane will all contribute this season. "We have a lot of good, young players and we're ready to keep going and to take the next step," head coach Kraig Kurzanski said.
Many are pointing to Will South to be the favorite to win the division this year, but Kurzanski says his guys have to go out there and prove it. "I just think that when you've been successful in the past people think that you're going to continue to be successful," Kurzanski said. "Sometimes the kids nowadays think it's just going to happen."
A strong core of leaders is more often than not the backbone of any winning team, but Kurzanski is not sure who will lead the team this season in place of his graduated seniors. "I'm worried about the leadership void, I think we have the guys on our team that could be great leaders, it's just they have to do it now," Kurzanski said.
A possible off-the-field solution to the leadership void that Kurzanski is worried about will be the addition of former North Tonawanda head football coach Rick Tomm to the Will South coaching staff. "Him and I go back 25 years and he's a hell of a defensive coach. With Brian Swatland our defensive coordinator those guys are going to be great on that side of the ball," Kurzanski said about coach Tomm. Tomm was an assistant coach at North Tonawanda for 17 years and went 7-2 in his one year at the helm of the program.
Kurzanski says his team will play a very tough schedule and each week will be a tough test. The Billies will start the season at home on August 31st at 7 p.m. vs. Bishop Timon St. Jude. They will then go on the road for three weeks then will finish at home for their remaining three games.