Middle and high school football teams are excited to be back on the pitch
TOWNSHIP, New York (WWNY) – On Saturday night, the Saint-Laurent football team hosted their annual red-white intra-team scrimmage under the lights of Leckonby Stadium. This is the first time players have seen the live action in a game-like situation since November 2019.
St. Lawrence is hoping for big things this season, with a roster returning a number of talented veterans and underclasses.
For the first time since the spring of 2020, the Saint-Laurent football team hit the training ground last week in preparation for the upcoming 2021 season.
The feeling of returning to the field after more than a year of absence due to COVID-19 was a feeling that Saints coach Dan Puckhaber said was overwhelming for him and his players.
“Not having it for a year and then coming back to it, that was really cool just because it’s – I work 365 days a year for those 10 Saturdays and for those three and a half months of football. There was a big smile on my face from the start of camp until now. I’m pretty excited to be back doing what I love to do, ”said Puckhaber.
The Saints have just wrapped up a 2019 season that saw them set an overall record of 5-5, 3-3 in the Liberty League, and expectations are high with the return of a number of key players including the quarterback. Tyler Grochot, who set 4 records in a single season and 1 game record leading the Saints’ offense.
“The expectations for the team, you know, they’re high. We are still working. We have kept in close contact with a lot of the guys on the team because we were out this season. We just talked about being able to come back and play. So I would definitely say the expectations are high. Our only goal was obviously to win a conference championship and that’s kind of the expectation that has been set for this season for sure, ”said Grochot.
“We got a lot of good guys back. We’ve had a lot of great guys who came in over the last year and we have a lot of great freshmen. We are all working very hard and it should be a good year, ”said defensive lineman Caleb Null.
As for freshmen and sophomores who haven’t attended a fall camp with the Saints, Puckhaber says they’re making the most of their first week on the pads at college. and expect a few of those players to contribute this season.
“They do their best to try to keep their heads above water and not look silly out there and they do a good job. A few of them, a lot of sophomores, just because we got to do a lot with them last year, not in notebooks, showed things that we’re probably going to lean on. Some of those sophomores are from Endicott, ”Puckhaber says.
The Saints open their season on Saturday, September 4 with a non-conference competition at Endicott College.
Staying on the grid, the fall 2021 high school sports season kicks off Monday with the start of training in all sports, including football.
It’s a short turnaround for the region’s football teams, who played a condensed schedule in the spring.
Sports presenter Rob Krone had the chance to catch up with a few local coaches to get their thoughts on getting back to a normal routine and getting the chance to play for the Section and State Championships, which they didn’t. could not do last season due to COVID.
“Yeah, I told everyone in July that if they wanted to start training I would have jumped on it because we’ve been missing it for a while. We had a spring season that allowed us to train a bit, but it wasn’t like the regular fall season. So yeah, we’re very excited to start, ”said Lowville coach Josh Coffman.
“You know, it’s nice to come back to some kind of normalcy. To be able to have double sessions, to be able to start in August as we are used to doing. It’s funny to say “We used to do this” when it was only a few years ago, but it’s going to be really good to bring the kids back there and have double sessions, ” Carthage coach Jason Coffman said.
On Saturday night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown, some of the best athletes to ever don a uniform at Carthage High School gathered for the first annual Carthage Varsity Club reunion.
It was an opportunity to tell stories and make up for lost time, keeping alive the tradition and history of Carthage athletics.
Although it was a fun time, the meeting also aimed to help the local community.
“Well, you know, with what’s going on with COVID and the pandemic, we’ve had an idea to do it. But to do this, we also wanted to help the region. We have decided to donate food to the local pantry and I hope we will give them a check for nearly a thousand dollars after tonight, ”Carthage Varsity Club spokesperson Tom Miller said.
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