ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.- A new era for Hamburg football starts this fall. When Mike McFadden stepped down at the end of last season, athletic director Pat Cauley took the reins for the Bulldogs.
After just two wins in the regular season, the Bulldogs finished 2-7 overall. Hamburg hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, when the purple and white lost only two games and made it to the sectional semifinals.
Now a different staff takes over for Hamburg. Pat Cauley explained how he’s approaching his new position with the Bulldogs. “This is my first year, I’ve been on the staff not as the head coach so we’re approaching it as no returning starters but we have some boys with experience and some young men from our JV that we’re looking to see if they can contribute,” Cauley told Two on Your Side’s Jonah Javad at the Lions Ad-Pro All Star Game.
Cauley says he’s excited about the off season he’s seen from the Bulldogs and there’s players who have impressed him so far. “We have a young man Jeremiah Bill who’s a 6’3″, 245 pound lineman has been a starter for three years and he’s improving each and every day and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do,” Cauley said. “We’ve got a couple young running backs that are young juniors. Then a quarterback named Colin Daly and we’ve got some young players but we’ve got an outstanding staff. I think we’ll get better and better as time goes on.”
Hamburg has five returning starters both on offense and defense. Despite having an equal number of starters on both sides of the ball, Coach Cauley gives the slight edge to his offense. “I would say maybe the offense is just a little ahead of the defense at this point. I think the offense has a little bit more continuity based on what we’re doing. But I think the defense will catch up, we put a heavy emphasis on special teams and we’re hoping that can make a difference for us,” Cauley pointed out.
With the season right around the corner, everyone always circles that one rivalry game. For Hamburg, it’s the cross town matchup with Frontier. But Coach Cauley isn’t too concerned with that game just yet. “Well the rivalry matchup at the end of the year with Frontier is a big game for us. That’s way down the road but it’s always something that’s in the back of our minds. All we’re looking to is September 6th, we’ve got a very difficult challenge in an outstanding program with Grand Island and we’re looking to meet that challenge,” Cauley said.