The Warriors May Not Be Quite As Big This Season ?
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Whitesboro Warriors head football coach Tom Schoen never concerns himself with last season and he and his staff never expect their current players to try to be the players that have proceeded them in Whitesboro.
The 2013 version of the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew” is just finishing a week of two-a- day practices and Coach Schoen, along with assistants Joe Nassif, Jack Silvestri, Dave Hathaway, Curtis Schmidt, Curt Herthum and newcomer Joe DiMaggio are very pleased with the way the team is coming along.
“We’re impressed with the way this team is progressing as one unit so far,” Coach Schoen, who is entering his 40th consecutive season at the Warriors helm, stated, adding, “They’re ahead of schedule, at this point, as a team and that’s good. Now we can use the upcoming week as a review period to prepare for the scrimmage (8/31 vs. ESM)”.
The Warriors will likely rely on, senior signal caller, Bodhi Forbes at quarterback, for the second consecutive season.
Forbes started every game for the Warriors in 2012, leading the team to a (5-2) record, including a heartbreaking 7-6 playoff loss to, eventual Section III champion, Jamesville-DeWitt.
Twin brothers Andy and Mike DiViccaro, both seniors, will see time in the backfield on offense and defense, giving the Warriors a pair of speed burners for opponents to deal with.
If there is one area that the Warriors coaching staff believes will be a source of strength, that is in the speed department.
“We’re going to be quick,” Coach Schoen said, adding, “We aren’t the biggest team, but we think we make up for that with our quickness”.
Make no mistake, Whitesboro isn’t small by any means, just not as big as usual.
Speaking of size, 6’4″, 230 lb. senior two way lineman Liam Murphy, is a force to be reckoned with, and begins his third year as a starter for Whitesboro.
Murphy will be called upon to be one of the leaders of this year’s club.
The linebacking corps will be led by middle man Cody Stewart, a 5’10” 205 lb. senior who packs a wallop.
The Warriors compete in the Section III, Class “A” National Division with arch rival New Hartford, as well as Indian River, Carthage, Oswego and Watertown.
Whitesboro has qualified for the Section III playoffs every year since 1991 (22 straight seasons).
Whitesboro opens the season with a non-league home contest against Class “AA” Rome Free Academy on Friday, September 6th.
Many thanks to Coach Schoen and his staff for opening up camp to MHTS and best of luck for a successful season!
The Warriors game against the rival New Hartford Spartans on October 11th will be broadcast by My Hometown Sports/ESPN Radio 99.1FM as part of our “Friday Night Lights“ High School football broadcast schedule.