As part of a newly-aligned Suburban One League Continental Conference, Central Bucks West knows it has some unfamiliar opponents ahead as the Bucks aim to make it back to the District 1-AAAA Playoffs.
But first up, West will be catching up with some old friends.
“It's always fun playing CB South,” said the Bucks' senior wide receiver and linebacker, Matt Kilkenny. “It's gonna be different now that we're not playing it as a conference game, but it's just as important. The non-conference games lead you into the season — you build momentum.”
“There's gonna be a lot of intensity given that we border each other,” Hensel said. “It will be a whole lot of fun because a lot of the kids have grown up with each other, played in community programs together in the same leagues, so all of the faces know each other.
“I'm sure there's some smack talking going on,” Hensel said with a smile, “but the bottom line is that it should be a great opportunity to start the season off.”
War Memorial Field will be abuzz on Opening Night, as the Bucks host the Titans next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Week One of the 2014 Regular Season.
Following are two more non-conference games against former Continental foes Souderton Area and Pennridge, both of which now reside in the new National.
Week Four, however, will be the beginning of a new era, as West takes on Norristown in its conference opener.
“It's gonna be fresh,” said the Bucks' senior lineman, Brian Miller. “We've never played any of these guys, so it's gonna be a new, interesting experience.”
“We have both Council Rock's, who we've never played before, Norristown, Truman...,” said Kilkenny. “We've played William Tennent, Quakertown, CB East, but some of these other teams, it's gonna be different because we don't know what they have.”
A little bit of mystery lies ahead, but ultimately West is focused on battling to its third playoff berth in five seasons.
“The realignment is a nice situation. We're fortunate that we're gonna be able to maintain some of the traditional rivalries through either scrimmages or non-conference games,” said Hensel, whose team has a scrimmage at North Penn on Friday. “But moving into the new conference and being aligned with schools of similar size, I think it presents a great opportunity for new teams to step up and be part of that spotlight.”
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