In Mark Kantor’s second season as coach at Hudson, he is looking for some receivers to step up and bolster the offense. Adam Nichols (12 receptions, 112 yards) was the leading receiver for the Cobras in 2012, but has since graduated. Running back Noah Siegrist returns as the team’s top receiver, with five catches for 40 yards.
“I think a couple kids to watch out for are Zach Russell and Christian Thomas,” Kantor said. “They’re really stepping up for us at receiver and they should help out the offense tremendously. Our offensive line has also improved immensely.”
Joey Caruso returns for his third season under center, after missing most of last season due to injury. In 2012, Caruso completed 28-of-66 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-1 quarterback will be guiding Hudson’s spread offense, and Kantor believes his team is not too far from a postseason spot, after finishing 3-7 last season.
Fulmer happy with first day at Ridgewood
The Rams had their best first day of fall football in four seasons, according to senior offensive lineman Andrew Spirou, who spoke to the team at the end of practice. Ridgewood is heading into its second season under Jay Fulmer and the Rams coach feels like his team will be better in Year 2.
“The good thing about this team is we return three-fourths of last year’s squad,” Fulmer said. “We have a great group of seniors and a Steph offensive line. I have to say our first day was much better than last year’s. We’re looking good to start off.”
Ridgewood is coming off a 1-9 season and lost several offensive starters, including quarterback Will Fulmer and running backs Elton Grigley and Tyler Vito. Fulmer said the backfield can be equally as strong with Darnell Williams, Josh Sojka, Glass Wilson and Clarence Farria. The Rams will rely on a strong running game, with junior quarterback Nick Michaels heading into his first season as a starter.
Falcons will be leaning more on RB Sutton
Fivay senior running back Davion Sutton is one of the most explosive and experienced running backs in the Tampa Bay area. Sutton played nine out of 10 games for the Falcons in 2012 and rushed for 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns. A few tailbacks have transferred out of Fivay and left Sutton as the unquestioned go-to-guy in the backfield, as Zach Russell, JoJo Schumacher and Jason Erwin have all left the program.
The bulk of Fivay’s starting offensive line has graduated, but Taylor feels like his rebuilt line will be ready. Eric Vitale enters as the starting quarterback for the graduated Tyler Degen, as Fivay faces new challengesin the new Class 6A-District 6, with Land O’ Lakes, Mitchell, Spring Hill Springstead and Sunlake.