Young Guns – Nick Commisso, Ryan Enos and Bryant Josephs are all part of the youth movement that will help propel Oriskany this Fall.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
The My Hometown Sports Tour of Central New York High School Football Camps continued this morning with a short ride to Cider Street, for a visit with Head Coach, Jerry Tine, and the Oriskany Redskins.
When we last spoke with Coach Tine and several key players at the Section III Media Day a week ago, it was pretty obvious that the Redskins were excited to be a part of the newly designated Section III National Football Federation – West Conference.
Seeing and hearing the Redskins on the field in Oriskany this morning, it’s pretty easy to understand why.
The Redskins will join Section III’s pilot program this season, where eleven of the section’s smallest schools have been split into two divisions, the NFF West and NFF East. This was done in order to provide a level playing field of competition for each school involved, with a chance to play for a championship in the Carrier Dome at the end of the season.
“I think this is an absolutely great idea. Our team can’t wait to get going with it,” said Oriskany’s Bryson Joseph, a 6′ 2″ sophomore lineman.
Joseph went on to say, “The new league evens things out. We’re playing schools that are smaller like ours. It definitely gives us confidence to know that we can possibly win every game on our schedule.”
Joseph is one of several big guys up front for Oriskany this season, which may just give the Redskins one of the biggest corps of linemen in the NFF-West.
Three and a half days into the preseason practices, Coach Tine’s enthusiasm has not dropped off one bit. He is fairly satisfied with where his club is at.
“We’re getting there. This is an outstanding group of kids. They are picking things up rather quickly. There’s a lot to learn in a short period of time before the first scrimmage next week.”
Aside from a heavy duty batch of linemen to choose from up front, Oriskany will feature a solid group of skill players, fully capable of putting some points on the board in 2014.
Oriskany returns two viable candidates at quarterback, junior, Ethan Juarez, and sophomore, Ryan Enos.
Juarez took the majority of snaps at quarterback in 2013, but Enos, who will also get a ton of plays at slot back, can also run the offense when called upon.
Enos, a sure handed speedster who will likely play a role in much of the Redskins offensive schemes, believes the team has matured significantly from last season.
Enos added, “We have so many solid athletes back this season that are bigger, stronger and faster than we were last year. We know it’s going to help us right away. Teams are going to have to deal with a lot from us this season.”
A player sure to turn some heads in “O” town this Fall will be Devin Bryant, a junior wide receiver who had a solid 2013 season and is poised for an even bigger 2014 campaign.
The Redskins defense will be anchored by senior, Nick Cooper, a veteran leader who has a nose for the football and is a proven run stopper.
Another one of the guys who will be called upon to be a run blocker, as well as a run stopper for Oriskany, is Nick Commisso, a sophomore center on offense, who will also play nose guard on defense.
Commisso believes that Oriskany’s team work will go a long way toward a great first season in the NFF-West. “We’ve all been playing together since modified and we all get along really well,” Commisso told MHTS. He added, “Practicing and working together, as much as we have, helps us a lot I think.”
Oriskany is aligned in the NFF- West, with neighbor, Clinton, as well as Bishop Grimes, Hannibal, Lafayette-Pompey and Altmar Parrish – Williamstown.
The Redskins seasons opens on September 6th with a non-league game against South Lewis, followed by rivalry games against New York Mills and Westmoreland.
Head Coach, Jerry Tine, will be assisted this season by Ed Flemma, John Wickman, Eric Enos, Eric Rothdeiner and Jason Passault.
Thanks again to our friends in Oriskany for the hospitality and grand tour of the campground! Good luck this season on your quest for the Dome!