Boys’ Football Team Works Hard

By Ben Carlton ’16 and Nicholas Richards ’16

In the interest of full disclosure, Nicholas Richards ’16 is on the football team.

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Boys’ football plays against Wagner during Homecoming.

Positive energy fills the Hornet’s locker room as the football team is off to a strong start at 4-2. The team is currently tied for third in the division behind Erasmus Hall, Grand Street, South Shore, and Tottenville.

The offense has been firing on all cylinders so far, having exceeded 20 points in four of their six games. They exploded in their season opener, dropping 42 points against Thomas Jefferson.

Abdel Saleh ’16 was named a starter for the first time this year, and has found a mixture of success and struggles.

“It’s tough competing against a lot of teams with players who have previous varsity experience,” said Saleh. “But every game you learn something, and it makes you better overall. You also have to live up to standard as a starter, and help the younger guys get a feel of what to do when it’s their time to shine.”

 Carl Colas ’16 has been impressive this season, starting on both sides of the ball as the running back and corner back. He leads all of PSAL with 766 rushing yards and has ran for three touchdowns as well. Defensively, Colas has contributed two interceptions, even running one back for a touchdown.

Second string running back Matthew Boateng ’17 has been effective working in conjunction with Colas. Boateng has racked up 614 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns. In fact, he has more carries than Colas, 90 to 83. However, Colas has more receptions.

Casey Boston ’16 has been consistent in his first season as the starting quarterback. He is completing a tad over 50 percent of his passes, for 655 yards and six touchdowns. “I felt that I put on a great performance on defense against Jeff [Jefferson] and I felt that I could have fought harder against Wagner,” said Colas. That drive constantly improving is a common sentiment amongst the players this year.

Coach Anthony Odita has also been pushing a message of hard work and dedication to the team, with his mantra, “be the enemy within.” In other words, he wants each Hornet to be striving to compete against themselves to improve.

 

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