Lions open tonight with Hillhouse
Foran High football coach Jeff Bevino is throwing everything his offensive system has in his playbook at the Lions.
“It’s a matter of getting the game wheels ready for the different speed of playing at the varsity level,” said Bevino, who guided his squad to a 3-7 record in 2011.
“This is a young team. I like them. They do great things and they do silly things. We’re not big, but faster than the past.”
Fast is how Hillhouse High, which visits Vito DeVito Field tonight at 7 in the Southern Connecticut Conference season opener, likes to play the game.
“They have a three-year starter back at quarterback,” Bevino said of the Academics, who finished 7-3 a year ago.
“I know Harold Cooper is a great player, but the other two backs are just as fast. They are a nice looking club and they are well coached by Tom Dyer. I’m impressed.”
Foran, led by captains James Monk, Ryan Klink, Nick Weissauer and Jesse Aldridge, will look to keep pace with Hillhouse.
“We’re playing a lot of juniors, some sophomores and have a great group of seniors,” Bevino said. “But we graduated 19 seniors, which is a major year for a school like ours.”
Jake Kasuba will get the start at quarterback, with Niko DeRosa and Andy Khon at fullback.
Chris Hoey and Connor Cadrin will be at halfback, or slot receiver in the Lions’ system. Joe Radecki can play either fullback or halfback.
“Our Y backs or tight ends will be Anthony Kopatch and Sean Deegan,” Bevino said.
“Nick Weissauer and Josh Mixie, will split out to one side, with Zach White, Michael Pitt and Tyler Kennedy at wide receiver.”
Foran is looking to get more from less from its roster.
Bevino said: “We have two kids playing a considerable amount of time both ways in Zach Huebler and Nick Weissauer.
“We’re spending a majority of practice on fixed positions, and then break away for what we call switch time to have each player learn something else to increase our depth.”
Ed Drapp will center the offense with Anthony DeTullio and John Carchia at guard and Monk and Huebler at tackle.
“They know our offense against both a zone and a man, but still have to run it at the varsity level [for the first time],” Bevino said.
Foran will present a 3-4 look on defense, with Andrew Melendez, Huebler, and Colin Lydiksen playing up front.
Jonathan Haray, Aniber Moras and Jeffrey Phelan will also see time in the three-man front.
Dan Rivera and Aldridge will be the inside linebackers, with Klink and Miceal Callahan on the outside.
Cadrin and Weissauer, along with Steve Longley, will man the corners, with Sam Olsson, Kennedy and Pitt at safety.
“We are young, but we have good athletes so don’t feel sorry for us,” Bevino said. “We’re asking them to get better every snap. We’ll concentrate on that and let the chips fall where they may.
“We had good scrimmages with New Canaan, St. Joseph, Woodland, Wilbur Cross and Platt and stepped up every time.”
Sept. 13 Hillhouse, 7
Sept. 21 at Shelton, 7
Sept. 28 at Sheehan, 7
Oct. 5 at E. Haven, 7
Oct. 12 Lyman Hall, 7
Oct. 19 Notre Dame, 7
Nov. 2, N. Haven, 7
Nov. 9 at Branford, 7
Nov. 14 at Guilford, 7
Nov. 22 Law, 10:30