ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.- Last season, Cheektowaga only saw one loss in all of 2012. The Warriors ended last year with a 9-1 overall record under Head Coach Mike Fatta. He’s back for another season with Cheektowaga and spoke with Two on Your Side’s Jonah Javad at the Lions Ad-Pro All Star Game.
“We’re returning a lot of starters from last year, we were pretty young last year. I think we can be pretty competitive the divisions are realigned so we’re playing some new teams that we haven’t in the past so in that respect we don’t know what to expect from some of them but we’re optimistic,” said Coach Fatta.
Cheektowaga has six offensive and defensive starters returning for 2013. Even though Coach Fatta can’t tell if the offense or the defense is stronger, he is expecting big things from both sides of the ball. “We’re pretty balanced we put a lot of effort into both. We try to emphasize defense like we always do but we should be able to score some points,” Fatta explains.
With teams jumping over to different divisions, it makes it hard for coaches to scout the teams they haven’t seen before. But then there are those games the team plays every year that form into a rivalry game. For Cheektowaga, its rival is right across town.
“The divisions are mixed up a little bit this year. Typically Maryvale is our big rival, it’s the game the kids want to win Burgard has been a big one for us but as always there’s schools coming in. Right away we’re playing Bennett down from an A school, it’s our first division game so that one will be tough, we’re looking at that one,” Coach Fatta explained.
That Maryvale matchup is Friday, October 18th. But the Warriors head east for their season opener. Coach Fatta’s squad takes on Jamesville-DeWitt in the Carrier Dome on the Syracuse University campus on September 7th.