DEPEW, N.Y. – Starpoint High School football has had one main problem over the past few years, injuries. The Spartans were hit with the injury bug once again in 2013 which ended with a 4-5 record. Heading into 2014, it’s no surprise what the focus is.
“What we need to do is stay healthy. The last two years we’ve lost our best player each year. Our kids have worked hard, our weight room has been open since the Monday after Thanksgiving,” Starpoint head coach Al Cavagnano said at the Ad Pro Kensington Lions Club All Star Game.
“Our numbers have been great they’ve worked real hard. Our expectations are high but we’re in quite a division. It’s tough, A North is for real,” said Coach Cavagnano.
The Spartans return six starters on offense and five on defense from last season. The scale is tipped towards the offense as far as experience. Coach Cavagnano assesses how the offense is shaping up.
“I think offensively we’re pretty skilled. I think we’ve got some speed, really good speed that we haven’t had in the last few years. We’ve got some guys that can really move now. I think that will help our passing game as well as our offense,” Coach Cavagnano explained.
Looking at the schedule, there’s a recent rivalry game Starpoint has played in and this season, the Spartans will face it again.
“We started playing Lockport about five years ago, we get them in week five,” Coach Cavagnano said.
This year’s game against Lockport has special meaning for Al Cavagnano besides just playing for bragging rights.
“My son who is going to be a senior at Lockport has never been able to play because of a heart condition, he’s going to be able to play as a senior so I guess that’s going to be a real rival this year. I get to coach against my son who’s been on my sidelines for you know, he’s 17 now and he’s been there since he was four so it will be a little different playing against him,” Coach Cavagnano explained.