CLARENCE, N.Y.-Clarence hopes to improve on its 5-3 record from a last season. Head coach Mark Layer has nine returning starters, 5 on offense and 4 on defense to help get the job done this season.
Layer believes senior strong armed quarterback Mark Armstrong will be a big key to the Red Devils success. He told Two On Your Side’s Stu Boyar Monday “Mark brings just about everything to the table. He has a tremendous arm and he’s an outstanding athlete who could probably play different positions. I think he’d be a terrific tight end as well and he could probably play some other positions as well. Obviously he’s a great baseball player having thrown the ball at 93, 94 miles an hour. His arm strength has carried over really well to the football field. He has the ability to throw the ball with velocity and accuracy all over the field. With his size and strength we’re counting on his leadership from the quarterback position.”
Armstrong told Stu what he expects from his team this season. “I think we bond together pretty well and I expect for us to have a winning record. I expect us to do good with playoffs and we’ll see hopefully the final goal is go to to the Ralph but we have some tough teams this year so hopefully we just work hard as a team.”
Another senior, Alec Dietsch who plays tight end and outside linebacker told Stu what he thinks the keys will be for Clarence this season. “We had a good year last year and I’d like to step up from that. I like the camaraderie on the team and the teamwork that we got. We’ve been working a lot in the off season and I think it should be a good year. Everyone on our defense loves to play defense. We love reacting to the other team. We got Vince Taverna out there playing linebacker with me. Anthony Principale at defensive end. We love playing defense and we love to hit people so it should be a fun year.”
Clarence opens its season at West Genesee on Sunday September second and is home to the defending state champions, Orchard Park the following week.