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Port Chester Football Enjoying Winning Season

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Port Chester varsity football team had two major goals for the 2012 season - and it has exceeded both.

“After last season, we wanted to be competitive in every game and try to at least double our win total,” Port Chester coach Greg Domestico said.

The Rams, who won two games in 2011, have raised their collective level of play this season and are currently 4-1 with two games remaining on the regular schedule. Port Chester added its fourth win with a 48-0 defeat of Lincoln in week five as Jason Ippolito had a 70-yard touchdown run and 80-yard kick-off return for a score. It was Ippolito’s second kick-off return for a touchdown.

“I know that it was a tough year last year and we were all disappointed,” Ippolito said. “Everybody came back this year ready to change it and do whatever we needed to do.” Domestico said he saw the change begin in March.

“This is the first year that I have seen a major commitment in the weight room by a majority of players. I had a feeling that this was a different group of kids." Domestico said. “The players are thinking football all year now and are doing something outside of the season to improve themselves. We had a lot of players run track this spring and lift hard and that carried over to the summer.”

Ippolito agreed with his coach. The off-season workouts had the team ready for the first day of preseason.

“We were better prepared,” Ippolito said. “We felt we came in stronger and faster. We wanted to get back on track and start doing the things and playing like we know we can play.”

Port Chester opened the season with consecutive wins over Spring Valley and Byram Hills, which gave the team confidence. The Byram Hills win, 21-20, was especially gratifying as the Rams only ran three offensive plays in the second half.

“Our coaching staff agreed that if we were 2-1 after three games we would be able to have a very good season,” Domestico said. “The players believed they could be good when they came back twice in the second half of games to win.”

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