HAMBURG, N.Y.-Frontier made its first playoff appearance since 1984 last year. This year’s Falcons have their sights set even higher this year.
Frontier is hoping to be at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Section 6 championship game in November. Senior A.J. Licata told Two On Your Side’s Stu Boyar “we have big expectations this year, coming together as a team, getting through camp, our expectation overall is to make it to the Ralph and win our first game against Clarence.”
The Falcons were 6-3 last season. They beat Jamestown in the regular season but lost to the Red Raiders in the Section 6 semifinals with a trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium on the line. That loss to Jamestown hasn’t been forgotten. Senior Adrian Cannon told Stu “We’d like to get a chance at Jamestown again probably too because we didn’t do as well as we could last year in the playoffs but we don’t get to play them during the season so it would have to be in the playoffs.”
It appears that Frontier caught a break in the schedule this year but that’s not necessarily the case says head coach Tim Myslinski. “I wouldn’t call it a break because we picked up Lockport, and we picked up Niagara Falls and we picked up West Seneca. I don’t know if you can call that a break. Those are three great teams. Now granted if we’d win we’re going to have to play them anyways so I wouldn’t consider it a break. I’m not going to lie I was a little disappointed. I do want to play want to play those teams because if you want to be the best you gotta beat the best and traditionally the past couple of years those have been the best teams in our league. ” About not playing Orchard Park Cannon told Stu “if we get a chance in the playoffs we definitely won’t screw up that chance, put it that way.”
The Falcons believe one huge key to their success is that they are a tight knit group. Senior Ricky Fitzgerald told Stu “I’ve been playing with pretty all these guys since seventh grade so I mean this is our year you know. We gotta do whatever we can.” Cannon added “I think that’s where the exepecation comes is that each year we’re getting better so we want to make this one better than last year.” Licata told Stu “last year we had the goal of making it to the playoffs and we eventually made it. We got knocked out in the second round, the semis. This year we have higher expectations now that we’ve made it to the playoffs. It was our first time since 1984 so that was a pretty big goal so we just have the goal of winning our first game and then making it to the Ralph.”
The Falcons open the season at home against the Clarence Red Devils Friday September 6th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7-pm.