Keyport: Q&A with coach Mike Ciccotelli

Keyport: Q&A with coach Mike Ciccotelli

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Keyport: Q&A with coach Mike Ciccotelli

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Mike Ciccotelli enters his 35th season as head coach of Keyport, looking to improve on a 5-5 record last season.

Q: Although a majority of this team consists of returning players, the Red Raiders will need to account for a substantial amount of players lost to graduation, especially at the running back position. Who will you look to fill the void left by Richie Smith’s departure?

A: Offensively we’ll look to Johnny Olsen, Angelo Miragliotta, and others, but it’s like we’re really not missing a beat. These guys have stepped up very well with their situation. We’ve gotten a little bit bigger, a little stronger because these guys have put in a lot of work in the weight room. Tyler Alvarez, who plays tight end for us, I believe he finished up last season at 185 pounds, he’s at 215 now. There’s been some progress made.

Q: What is it about this particular team, especially after coming off a down season in 2011, that made them continue with that work ethic?

A: I think it all comes down to Keyport tradition and everything we’ve tried to establish over the past 30-plus years. The kids want to be here. They want to play here. That all plays a big part.

Q: What are your expectations coming into this season?

A: There’s a few things you have to take into consideration. How good did the other teams get and what they lost? That’s what puts you in the mix of things. We have a lot of kids returning, we have a lot of maturity, a lot of older veterans that are going to be playing this year, and we just have to take it one game at a time.

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