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The Proctor Raiders football team has been on the turf at D’Allesandro Stadium for almost two weeks now. The preparations are in full swing for the 2013 season. The MHTS high school football camp tour pulled into the Utica this morning for a visit with head coach,Jerry Fiorini, and the team.
Gone are speed demons, Chris Simmons, and Lawrence Elliott, who were favorite targets of quarterback, Jordan Treen, who also graduated.
“This team has a different make up, and that’s not really a bad thing,” Coach Fiorini told MHTS, referring to the lack of twin deep threats and the emergence of a more balanced offense for 2013.
With a little over a week to go before the season opener at Corcoran, the Raiders haven’t narrowed the quarterback position down to one player.
Coach Fiorini said that decision likely won’t come before the second or third week. He added, “At this point there are three kids competing hard to be our quarterback. Pat Brady, Dominic Lumbrazo and Nico Dorsagno, are the three guys who will get snaps early and we will see who emerges for us.”
Evans, who is also a standout on the basketball court, told MHTS he is happy with the new attitude in camp this summer. “We’re working really hard here and the leadership is much better. I think if we keep working hard, good things will happen for us,” Evans said. Evans will play multiple positions for the Raiders on both side of the ball this fall.
Another key strength of the Raiders is the defensive line, which will be anchored by senior, Devon “Peanut” Rudolph, a 6’1″, 270 pounder.
The biggest question mark facing the Raiders at this juncture is the defensive backfield, as the club lost four starters from last year to graduation.
“We have a lot of youngsters in the defensive backfield who are going to have step up and play fast. They have done great in practice, so hopefully that translates into the first game,” Coach Fiorini said.
Proctor, who finished at (2-5) overall last year, will once again play in arguably, the most difficult league in New York State, the Section III, Class “AA” Division One, along with RFA, Baldwinsville, Liverpool, Fayetteville-Manlius and Auburn.
The Raiders open the season on September 6th at Corcoran, before returning home on 9/13 for a date with defending Section III Champion, CBA.
MHTS/ESPN U/R radio will, once again, be part of one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the country. We will be traveling to Rome Free Academy, on Friday September 20, as we broadcast the RFA/Proctor game as part of our Friday Night Lights series.