Strong Senior Core to Lead Wildcats

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Coming off of last season’s 4-4 record, which earned the team a first round playoff, this year’s Wildcat football team has been working harder to prepare for the upcoming season. “The kids have done an outstanding job in the offseason and this summer,” said Head Coach Robin Rosa. “Right now I think we have a club that can do better than 4-4 and get back to the playoffs. But like anything else, you've got to go and do it." 

“I really love the senior leadership on this team,” added Coach Rosa. “They are all outstanding young men.” The senior leadership Coach is referring to includes offensive center Kieran Elmore and quarterback Mitchell Bermeudez, who will lead the flex wishbone triple-option offense used by both Army and Navy. Seniors Rick Rizzo and Feroz Zedran will help teammate Kieran Elmore anchor the offensive line, with Joel Aleman running fullback. “If this core group stays healthy and makes great decisions, we could have an explosive offense” said Coach Rosa. On defense, senior leadership will be manning the middle as linebackers Mike Clarke, Elvin Flores, and Brian Villorio, all outstanding players, are counted on heavily. Charles Smith, a big guy with plenty of power, will be the starting nose guard. 

Junior standouts looking to make an impact this year are Kolawalu ‘KB” Bamgbelu, Terhon Legros, Berthin Lindor, Kendron Rivers, and Gerson Cruz. “We have a lot of depth on both offense and defense,” explained Coach Rosa. “If we can play smart and not turn over the ball, we should be successful.”

Assisting the head coach will be returning assistant Dave Pitman who will act as the defense coordinator and assist with the offensive line, linebackers, and special teams. Assistant Eric Micalizzi will be handling the defensive line and slotbacks. Two volunteers stepped up this year in Ralph Millazzo and Chris Johnson, and they will be joined by resident assistant Emerson Boozer. 

The Wildcats' first big test is against West Islip (6-2 last year), at home on Saturday September, 8, at 2 PM.