DEPEW, N.Y. – For Clarence High School football, the main focus heading into 2014 is improvement. Last season only saw two wins for the Red Devils. Now head coach Mark Layer has the task of replacing some key players from last season.
“Last year we had a challenging year we were 2-7 so we’re looking to bounce back and show some improvement for sure. We lost some seniors but every school loses some good seniors,” Mark Layer said at the Ad Pro Kensington Lions Club All Star Game.
Even with the loss of some important seniors, Coach Layer seems confident in his squad.
“We have some players up from JV that are going to have to contribute for us to be successful. I’ve got some returning players that I think have got some experience the last couple years so we’re looking to make that next step in our improvement,” Coach Layer explained.
Clarence returns four starters from last season on offense and three on defense. Even with more returning starters on offense, Coach Layer explains both sides of the ball seem relatively even right now.
“I think that’s hard to say right now. We’re playing so many new kids in so many new positions. Offensively I think we’re a little bit more consistent in that we really have run the offense that we’re running consistently at the at the freshman, JV and varsity level. Maybe in terms of familiarity offense a little bit but I’m fine with where we are defensively,” Coach Layer said.
Looking at the schedule, there’s usually a big rivalry game most teams can’t wait to get to. For Clarence, it’s a little different.
“Clarence doesn’t really have a natural rival but last year we didn’t get to play Lancaster so I would say getting the opportunity to play Lancaster again is a big game for us. That’s the closest natural rivalry we have they’re right down the road so I would say them and we’re looking forward to it,” Coach Layer pointed out.
Clarence opens up the season on the road at West Seneca West on Friday, September 5th. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm.