Tigers Face Challenging Schedule | News
DEPEW, N.Y.-Head coach Steve McDuffie and the Bennett Tigers are excited about the possibilities that the football season holds for them this fall. Coming off a season which saw the Tigers go 6-3 against some very tough opponents, the Tigers don't start off 2012 any easier.
Bennett will visit West Seneca East in week one and will then host St. Joe's and Williamsville South to start the season. "Once again we have a very, very tough schedule and overall we'll be a young team," McDuffie said. "All of those games will be a great challenge for us, but I just look forward to our kids lining up and playing tackle football."
A tough schedule is made a bit easier if your team has a few star players returning, and Bennett has just that. Lineman Kahlil Ross at 6'2, 270 lbs and Fred Ross at 6'3, 285 lbs should be effective at both stopping the run and getting to and protecting the quarterback. The big 6'6, 280 lbs Sean Wilson at tight end should make significant contributions as well. "We're looking at those guys to help us out as core players in the interior," McDuffie said.
McDuffie is also looking forward to coach two more very versatile players in Stevie Curry and Joel Dean. Both Curry and Dean play running back for the Tigers and also contribute to the defensive side of the ball. Dean, only a junior, averaged 25 tackles a game in the playoffs last season.
Are the Tigers a playoff team? McDuffie does not want to speculate and would rather see his players battle it out on the gridiron. "Right now we're a young team and the only thing I'm going to really speculate about is that I think we're going to line up and challenge each of our opponents," McDuffie said.
The Tigers first challenge will be at West Seneca East on August 31st at 7:00 p.m.