DEPEW, N.Y. – Every football high school team deals with replacing key, graduated seniors. This is the case for Lackawanna High School football in 2014. But head coach Adam Tardif seems confident about his group stepping up to the challenge.
“This year is going to be a rebuilding year for us, we have a ton of junior talent, we graduated a lot of kids last year so as far as talent goes we’re pretty good at all the skill positions and offensive line. We’re going to need some, just some experience is where we’re lacking,” Adam Tardif said at the Ad Pro Kensington Lions Club All Star Game.
Lackawanna has an even number of returning starters for 2014; four on each side of the ball. Even with the same number of starters on both offense and defense, Coach Tardif can see which side looks stronger.
“I would say it’s always easier to put a defense together as far as timing and offensive line play. Offense always takes a little bit more time to get gelling, so I would say off the get-go we should be a little bit stronger defensively,” Coach Tardif said.
Coach Tardif’s squad went 5-4 last year. Two of those losses came from tough division opponents. Heading into this year, Lackawanna already has those matchups circled on the schedule.
“Last year we lost to Akron and Cleveland Hill in our division and they’re both solid programs. Akron’s got a great head coach and Cleve-Hill’s got a great storied tradition. Those would be the two teams that stick out in my mind in our division,” Coach Tardif explained.
“We also have Silver Creek, Forestville who merged and moved to our division and they’re a tough program. One of my friends coached there for a number of years and they’re going to be a tough team to beat as well. I don’t want to discredit anyone else in our division but Cleve-Hill seems to be the team to beat along with Akron,” Coach Tardif pointed out.