DEPEW, N.Y. – Lockport High School football didn’t have the season it expected in 2013 after a win over a tough opponent in week two. But despite ending last year with a 3-6 record, head coach Greg Bronson explains there are positives to take into 2014 from 2013.
“Well we’re hoping to be more competitive than we were last year. We didn’t finish quite as strongly after we beat Orchard Park in the second week of the season. We’re hoping to build upon some of the successes we had there,” Greg Bronson said at the Ad Pro Kensington Lions Club All Star Game.
“We’ve got a number of guys coming and we just want to be competitive in every game and if we can do that then when the season is over we’ll see how close we are to the playoffs,” Coach Bronson said.
In order to have the type of season Lockport hopes for, the Lions need certain players to step up and have a big year. Coach Bronson assesses who those players are on both sides of the ball.
“I think we’ve got the potential to be pretty dynamic on offense. Nick Hamilton our tailback is coming back and he’s the type of kid with the speed who can take it to the end zone on any play,” Coach Bronson explained.
“I think defensively we’re returning probably more starters there including three kids who played last year as sophomores. So those guys we’re looking for them to improve their performances, De’Andre Jenkins, my son Andrew Bronson and Dante Mount. They’ll be juniors this year with a year of experience so we’re really looking for those guys to take a significant step forward and our defense should have more experienced players,” Coach Bronson pointed out.
Looking at the schedule, Coach Bronson breaks down Lockport’s rivalry game in 2014.
“We’ve been developing quite a rivalry with Starpoint over the last few years. That one is going to be in the middle of the season. We’re used to playing that in week one and that’s something we’re starting to look forward to,” Coach Bronson said.
Lockport will have a tough challenge to close out the regular season. The Lions will be tested right before heading into the playoffs.
“We close at Williamsville North who after their performance in Class A last year going to the state championship game, they’re the team to beat in AA North. We get them week seen and hopefully if we stay competitive and stay healthy that game will have some significance to it,” Coach Bronson explained.