Camping out: Bronxville
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Coach: Jeff Napolitano (sixth season)
Last year’s record: 12-0, Class C state champions
Conference: Section 1 Class C
Three names you know:
Christian Conway (5-10, 205), Sr., RB/LB
Jackson Conway (5-10, 205), Sr., FB/LB
Sean Callahan (5-10, 270), Sr., OL/DL
Three names to learn:
Max Boyd (5-11, 170), Sr., QB/DB
Jack Grass (5-10, 180), Jr., RB/DB
Sean Triandis (5-10, 230), Sr., OL/DL
First impressions: In the past two seasons, I’ve probably seen 12 Bronxville football games, and got to know the majority of the players very well. Almost all of those familiar faces are now gone; five starting linemen, two quarterbacks and a slew of veteran defensive players. The Broncos had 28 players in camp, and assistant coach Phil Kuczma noted that although they didn’t start, they all got major experience in the season-long string of blowouts. The learning curve won’t be nearly as steep as you think.
Talk of the camp: The Conways. Jackson and Christian Conway transferred back into the district before last season, and became stars on a state championship team; Christian as a running back/linebacker and Jackson as a fullback/linebacker. The duo, which both recently committed to play at Yale, put in an enormous amount of time in the offseason and have turned themselves into two of the most finely-tuned athletes in Section 1. Bronxville will be putting a lot on their shoulders this season as two of the lone holdovers. Those two are more than capable of carrying the expectations.
Position battle: Bronxville had one of the biggest, and best, offensive lines in the last two decades in Section 1 the last two seasons. They’ve all graduated. Yet Bronxville isn’t exactly a small team. Sean Callahan (270) gives the Broncos some girth, and Triandis is very smooth off the ball and can really move. Bronxville has six or seven players competing for starting jobs on the line. As Callahan noted, Bronxville won’t be as big as last year, but they’ll still be “the biggest team in the league.” That’s all that really matters.
Season outlook: Bronxville is the team to beat in Class C until somebody proves otherwise. That somebody could be Dobbs Ferry, and the two programs meet on opening day at Dobbs. But while the Broncos have lost most of their starters, they haven’t lost their swagger. The team is confident it can keep the dynasty going. A lot of the pressure will fall on Boyd, who takes over as the quarterback. But as long as he keeps feeding the Conways in the backfield and Bronxville keeps playing with that edge they’ve had for two years, a third title in definitely possible.
9/10 – at Dobbs Ferry
9/17 – Hastings
9/24 – Tuckahoe
10/1 – at Rye Neck
10/9 – at Albertus Magnus
10/15 – at Pawling
10/22 – Pearl River
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