The offensive and defensive lines lost some key players. On offense, the team will lose Class of ’10 grads Dan Glockler, Nicassio Arroyo, and Steven Arcamone who were essential parts to the line. Fortunately, Kunze and senior Justin Coley started at the offensive guard positions last year. Senior Jack Newton is expected to fill in the hole at center, as well as junior Brett O'Donnell and senior Mason Barron at the tackle position.
On defense, the Blue Wave lost Class of ’10 nose tackle Drew Davis who anchored the defensive line. Junior Curry Harmon and seniors Shanley, and senior Zack Sherwood will all be fighting for the position. Although Kunze and senior Tucker Morehouse will be returning on the defensive line, Davis will be a tough player to follow. The entire Blue Wave secondary is returning with seniors McDonough, Maybell Justin Shaw and Jarrett Gatling. This experience should result in a strong pass defense.
Kunze said. Although there is a lot of experience coming back, there are also three Class of ’10 grads who impact will be missed. Quarterback George Benitez; running back/linebacker Mike Wohlberg; and running back/linebacker Bobby Nolan are definitely a presence this new squad must learn to adjust without on the field.
Year of the Wave?
Top Row (Left to Right): Jake Weil, Peter McDonough, and Charlie Kunze
Bottom Row: Graham Maybell and Will Weinstock
Dan Pidgeon- 10/09
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This year’s Blue Wave varsity football is on strong ground with most starters coming back to play their senior season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Most of the offensive running game is returning with senior Graham Maybell on the backfield. senior captain Peter “Swiss” McDonough said.
One major change is the defensive coordinator for the Blue Wave. Last year’s defensive coordinator, AJ Albano, left to become head coach of the Brien McMahon football team. This left a major void, which will be filled by Idris Price. Price is an ex NFL linebacker and won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. Since then, Price has been bounced around in the Arena football league. Price brings a lot of real time experience to the Blue Wave’s defense, and was also coached by head coach Rob Trifone when he attended Brien McMahon in his high school days. Hopefully this chemistry and experience can help the Blue Wave reach its goal.
“Idris has a lot of experience and knowledge to bring to the program, which should help out the defense a lot,” senior captain Charlie Kunze said.
As with last year, the plan is to take it all the way. “Our goal is to win a state championship,” McDonough said. With senior captains McDonough, Maybell, Kunze, Will Weinstock, and Jake Weil, the Blue Wave looks to make some noise. For the most part, the four captains started on both sides of the ball last year, and look to bring the experience to the younger players that will be stepping up.
junior Brett O’Donnell said.