ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.- Chris McDuffie’s squad ended 2012 with a 4-4 record. This year, he’s expecting Williamsville East to feed off of its younger players to lead the charge in 2013.
“We’re young, we have a younger team but at the same time we do have a lot of experience with us. We’re pulling a lot of those sophomores who will be juniors up so we’re hoping we can start to pull everything together. We’ve had a very productive off season, we did a team camp, the weight room numbers have been great so we’re just hoping once August gets here we get some time to gel, put things together and transform that over to the football field,” Chris McDuffie told Two on Your Side’s Jonah Javad at the Lions Ad-Pro All Star Game.
Williamsville East returns seven starters; three on offense and four on defense. And right now, Coach McDuffie is giving the edge to his defense. “It’s hard to tell right now you can never really tell because it’s the preseason you know you find those things as the season comes. Naturally the defensive progression seems to come before the offense that’s just something that’s naturally with the game of football. I can’t say right now but I would presume that defensively they’re a little bit more ahead of the curve,” Coach McDuffie said.
Even with only three starters returning on offense, Coach McDuffie seems confident in his offensive line. He points out what those guys bring to the table in 2013.
“Up front, our offensive line we have very good size. Up front we have a guy a guy starting left tackle 6’2″, 300 pounds. Our left guard, he’s probably the run of the crew but he’s our senior captain who’s very strong, very tough and he’s going to be the leader and anchor the line. He’s about 6’0″, 225 pounds. Our center, 6’0″, 275 pounds, our right guard he’s about 6’1″, 270 pounds, and our right tackle is about 6’4″, 285 pounds. So there’s good size up front we’re hoping to hang our hat up there. We really want to get some production from those guys up front with our quarterback returning,” Coach McDuffie explained.
This season, Coach McDuffie’s squad will face some new teams. That’s because of the division mix ups and now, Williamsville East will experience it with its schedule
“Our schedule, it’s a tough schedule. It’s a new division, it’s the A-Central with all three Williamsville schools, East High School Buffalo, Riverside and McKinley, are all very good football teams. It’s going to be a tough schedule like always and Class A football is good football all the way around. You never really can say one game is going to be easier than the other because it’s a grind every week,” Coach McDuffie said.
“We open up the season against Riverside at home. I know they have a very well coached team and they have a lot of athletes and good players so we’re just looking to take it one week at a time. I know it’s cliché and everyone says it but that’s our approach to get out there week one and just give it our all, see what we can do,” Coach McDuffie explained.
As Coach McDuffie mentioned, all three Williamsville schools will be in the same division. So naturally, the intensity will be at its highest those games. “Our rivalry games are the two Williamsville schools. It’s always a rivalry with us all being in the same league this year, it’ll make it a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to every game on the schedule,” Coach McDuffie explained.
The Flames open the season against Riverside at home on September 7th.