CADETS EX­PE­RI­ENCED BUT LACK DEPTH EN­TER­ING WEEK ONE

La Salle In­sti­tute Foot­ball pre­pares for their week one match up with Ravena-Coey­mans-Selkirk

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By Joe Boyle jboyle@dig­i­tal­first­media.com @BoyleAlertTroy on Twitter

TROY » Fri­day night is week one for Sec­tion Two Foot­ball in the area, and La Salle In­sti­tute be­gins their cul­ture change sea­son with a trip to Class B power Ravena- Coey­mans-Selkirk.

“Ravena is go­ing to be awe­some,” said La Salle Head Foot­ball Coach John Audino. “Gary [ VanDerzee] is a great coach, he has a great staff, and they do great things, and they play re­ally hard, so we’re go­ing to have our hands full with­out a doubt.”

Ravena is com­ing off of a 4-5 sea­son in 2017 while La Salle tries to bounce back from a 1- 6 year.

“I’m ex­cited about it,” said Audino. “I think we have a good group of guys and I think we are try­ing to change the cul­ture still. It is a work in progress. I thought the kids did a re­ally good job in camp and made a lot of progress.”

The no­tice­able weapon for La Salle to­mor­row is go­ing to be quar­ter­back Chris­tian Luizzi.

Luizzi is a re­turn­ing se­nior who seems to have bought into Audino’s of­fense, which will be im­por­tant.

“He un­der­stands things very

well, he can spring, he can run, he can drop back, he can scram­ble. He’s a re­ally good player,” said Audino. “If I was a col­lege coach I’d be re­cruit­ing that kid I think he’s pretty good.”

Ob­vi­ously as a former col­lege coach at Union, that is high praise for the se­nior quar­ter­back.

Luizzi fits well into Audino’s of­fense, which will be run­ning mul­ti­ple sets on both of­fense and de­fense.

“We’re chal­leng­ing the guys with a lot of mul­ti­plic­ity on de­fense and its taken a while to get the new ter­mi­nol­ogy on their end,” said Audino. “So, I give the guys a lot of credit for get­ting their nose in the book

and do­ing what they have to do.”

Other re­turn­ers have proven to be bright spots in the lineup and will be good lead­ers as the sea­son pro­gresses.

All re­turn­ers will need to be suc­cess­ful Fri­day night against Ravena- Coey­mans-Selkirk.

“We have good skill. We have a good tight end we have four good re­ceivers our tall­back, [Al­ton] Ming is shifty, but we need to de­velop some depth there. We don’t have real depth at tight end, but VanRoy has done a great job,” said Audino. “The three re­ceivers, [Alex] Char­land, [Ed­die] Mcdonough, and [Cole] Gor­leski, are as good of a group that we can get at this level.”

The tal­ent the Cadets will be run­ning out Fri­day night is there, but the lack

of depth and num­bers, will be a cause for con­cern, es­pe­cially in the wan­ing min­utes of the fourth quar­ter.

“We have some spots where we are pretty ta­lented and other spots where we are fish­ing to see where we are go­ing to be,” said Aud­nio.

Aud­nio says that six or seven guys will be play­ing both sides of the ball in­clud­ing Char­land, Gor­leski, Ming, and Mcdonough.

Two sides of the ball is al­ready go­ing to be pretty drain­ing for a young team, add in the re­cent heat wave that has passed through, and that cre­ates a con­coc­tion that will prove the Cadets tough­ness come Fri­day night.

“It in­hib­ited us a lit­tle bit, not as much as you might think, but it’s good,” said Audino on the weeks prac­tice in the heat lead­ing up to week one. “The guys are go­ing to have to play in the heat and I think it is good. I think we are in shape, but you never know if you are in foot­ball shape un­til you get out there.”

Week one is tough to pre­dict an out­come. Coaches have a brief sam­ple size of what their team can do on the field in pads, and teams do not have tape on op­po­nents. It should be an in­ter­est­ing match up for La Salle against Ravena, and will be a good in­di­ca­tor on where La Salle will fall this sea­son.

“You don’t want to be too high, you don’t want to be too low,” said Audino on the teams ex­cite­ment en­ter­ing week one. “In the end I think we are go­ing to end up do­ing a pretty good job.”

PHOTO BY JOE BOYLE

La Salle In­sti­tute of­fense pre­par­ing for their week one match up with Ravena-Coey­mans-Selkirk on the brand new turf at La Salle In­sti­tute on Au­gust 30, 2018.

PHOTO BY JOE BOYLE

Head Coach John Audino dur­ing an of­fen­sive walk through with his team on Au­gust 30, 2018at La Salle In­sti­tute.

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