RYE BROOK, N.Y. The Blind Brook varsity football team is coming off of its most successful season in program history, going 6-2 last year.
The Trojans are preparing to show that they were not a one-year wonder. Even with the graduation of many seniors, Blind Brook captains Steven Doria and Brennan Schaenman still consider the Trojans a good football team.
Their optimism stems from the off-season workouts to which the returning players dedicated themselves.
We hit the weight room and we had the most people weve ever had in the weight room while I have been here, said the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Schaenman, who will start at left tackle and defensive tackle. Everyone was in the room working hard, especially the younger guys, who stepped it up.
Doria who, along with Schaenman, is a four-year varsity player also witnessed the turnout.
It made me proud to see everyone in the weight room, said Doria, who will start at running back and cornerback. Everyone understands that you just dont step on the field and win. You have to put in as much effort off the field as well.
Along with the weight-room work, which continued from November through the end of school, Schaenman noted that numerous players attended various football camps. This has helped the new players in their first week of varsity practice.
With only four returning starters, including senior Zach Lowenstein (guard/linebacker) and junior David Oppizzi (running back/cornerback), the underclassmen will have an impact on Blind Brooks season.
Even though it is only one week into practice, Doria said the team is working hard and coming together. Doria and Schaenman are also taking a more active role in tutoring the new players.
I want to be a good role model so when they see me working hard they will do it also, Schaenman said. I am working with the linemen to get their technique down. Once they get it down, they are going to continuing progressing.
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