ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.- For Niagara Falls head coach Don Bass this promises to be an interesting season. Bass’s Wolverines have their work cut out for them this season. Looking ahead to the 2013 schedule, Niagara Falls has one of the toughest schedules in the area. Coach Bass broke down the schedule with Two on Your Side’s Stu Boyar at the Lions Ad-Pro All Star Game.
“They said they picked our schedule out of a hat, but the only thing the left out was the Bills and UB, we’ve got everybody else, Jamestown, Lancaster, Clarence, Orchard Park, we’ve got everything else,” Coach Bass joked.
With the opponents Niagara Falls will face in 2013, Coach Bass has the task of getting his team ready not only mentally but physically as well. And that’s because of even more division realignment. “With the elimination of the North and now just being one AA division we’re going to have to get big and get big fast. The South has been perennial powers and they play with more power than we do in the North. So we have to kind of change our game plan a little bit to compete with them,” Coach Bass explained.
Other than getting his squad bigger and stronger to face these tough opponents, Coach Bass has some other ways up his sleeve to play with these teams. “We’re loaded with skills always but we’re never that big so going to have to come up with some trickery and some different things to be able to compete with them but I’m excited, I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Donald Bass pointed out.
Even with the clever ways the team can come up with to compete, Coach Bass says there’s one thing he’s always going to emphasize. “Always defense, always. We can score with anybody but we also have to be able to stop them too. I don’t want any 40-39 shootouts, I’d like a 12-0 shutout that would be great,” Coach Bass said.
Niagara Falls opens up the 2013 season on the road at Jamestown on Friday September 6th.