PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Indian River Warriors are once again expected to make plenty of noise in Section 3 Class A.
The Warriors were perfect in Class A play in 2018 and beat Carthage 33-21 in the Section 3 Class A championship game at the Carrier Dome.
Indian River then beat Vestal in the opening round of the states before falling to West Seneca 50-42 in the state Class A semifinals.
The Warriors have a number of holes heading into the 2019 season and coach Cory Marsell feels the key to the Warriors being successful begins up front.
"Our up-fronts gotta be good, you know we play in a really tough league with a really tough schedule," he said, "so it's just gonna be how hard we're gonna and how much time we're gonna put in from now until then and you know everybody buying in to what we do."
"We lost a lot of guys, but we're pretty confident coming up," player Garrett Decker said. "We got a lot of young talent and we got a lot of good guys coming back, so we're looking forward to it."
"It's a young team, I feel like we have a chance to be really good," player Iniko Bryant said. "All we have to do is just keep putting in the work in and off season and keep training."
The Warriors will be playing in a Class A division that has shrunk in size to just six teams, which will make Indian River's schedule a whole lot tougher in 2019.
"There's a couple of teams that left to go to an independent league and Watertown went to Section 10," coach Marsell said. "It leaves us with a very tough schedule with two Double A teams in there and then a crossover with a Section 4 team -- we have our work cut out for us."
The Warriors open their 2019 season at the Carrier Dome, where they will meet Norwich in the kickoff classic.