Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Football's back this weekend!

Queensbury High School, WMML-AM Photo
High School Football starts a football weekend on 1230 FOX Sports Radio and 1410 CBS Sports Radio.

First, we look at the local talent as the Queensbury Spartans welcome the Troy Flying Horses to its campus this Saturday.  Both teams made it to the Class A Sectional Semifinals, with Queensbury bowing out to Burnt Hills and Troy losing to Amsterdam.

In both games, the losing team had the lead at one point in the contest.  But for both teams, it's a fresh new start in a class that could be very competitive.

I met with Queensbury head coach John Irion, now in his 17th year at the helm, yesterday.  In a short interview, he mentioned that he has a wide range of options when it comes to running backs, and also a few returning players that could help push the Spartans to the top of the Class A Northwest.

Phil Wettersten returns as a back option, and should get the main nod for the game this Saturday.  Alston Moses also could provide Irion with a lot of options, both with the run and pass game.

Edit Note: I misheard Irion during our interview, thinking he was mentioning Alston Moses.  Special thanks to Don Lehman of The Post-Star for the correction.

If there's a spot where the Spartans could look rugged, it will be on the line.  Despite returning senior Marc Lambert, the line will be filled with many new faces, which could give Wettersten some trouble if not prepared.

For Troy, last year's loss to the Amsterdam Rugged Rams left a bitter taste after leading 14-0.  But 34 straight points brought the Amsterdam Rugged Rams to the Class A Super Bowl, and gave the Flying Horses their 2nd straight semifinal exit after making it to the Carrier Dome in 2010.

The start of our High School Football coverage kicks off at 1:15PM this Saturday on 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

Then on Sunday, it is the start of the 2013 National Football League schedule as the Buffalo Bills welcome Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to the Ralph.

It appears that EJ Manuel will get the starting nod, which is a huge weight off the Bills shoulders, as the Bills looked to be a much improved team when he was playing in the preseason.  Without him, the Bills offense looked sketchy, especially against the Redskins and the Lions.

But the task remains tough - trying to figure out how to beat Tom Brady.  You can't just take a lead and expect him to fold.  This was seen in great detail in Week 4 last year when the Buffalo Bills jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the 3rd Quarter, but then hit a brick wall as Tom Brady and the Patriots rattled off 5 straight touchdowns to turn the tables on the Bills, as the Patriots would go on to win 52-28.

Bills coverage this Sunday will be on 1410 CBS Sports Radio as the Mets finish their series against the Cleveland Indians on 1230 FOX Sports Radio.  Pregame for the season-opener for the Buffalo Bills kicks off at 11AM, with the first kick at 1PM.

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