Teams such as Yorktown and John Jay provide plenty of strong competition for Somers in New York’s Section 1 Class B.
But that hasn’t stopped the Tuskers from scheduling plenty of other tests outside the section.
It all starts with Somers’ annual preseason Red-Gray Tournament, which will mark its sixth season in March. Then comes the regular season, which includes the addition of perennial New Jersey power Bridgewater-Raritan.
That’s one of the topics senior midfielder Erik Carnazza tackles.
Carnazza is coming off a fall in which he had plenty of tackles period. Fifty nine to be exact. The linebacker helped Somers’ football team win its second straight Class A sectional title. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Carnazza also scored six touchdowns as a running back.
Now, here are Erik’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
We’ve just been working out and playing winter ball together
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule (like always) is one of the toughest but I think we have what it takes to win many of our games. I’m looking forward to playing John Jay, Yorktown and Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) because all three are strong teams and we can really show what we have against them. We also have our Red and Gray scrimmage with Niskayuna, Don Bosco and Lakeland/Panas.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think that Luke Roediger and Sean Wagner are two defensemen that will surprise a lot of people with their stick skills and strength
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
The strength of our team is probably our midfield because we have the best FOGO in the section with Justin Corpolongo and also Manny Mendoza coming back, along with Lucas Andriano and Marc Fiocco. I think our midfield is one of the most intimidating in the section.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race should be good this year. We think we have a really good shot at winning the section but we will have to get through Yorktown, John Jay and Rye first.
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