Class C, Division IV
LAST YEAR: 1-7
The one-year agreement in Trumansburg with football players from Newfield has not been renewed, and the Blue Raiders might be wishing they had a few extra players in reserve this season. Coach John Dunlap’s roster features 20 players, including eight sophomores and a freshman.
“We really would like to bounce back from a tough season last year,” Dunlap said, referring to the Blue Raiders’ 1-7 campaign, the lone victory coming on Homecoming Weekend against Watkins Glen, 41-6. Trumansburg, which lost its last four games, also picked up a midseason exhibition victory at Marcus Whitman, to replace the game with Edison that got canceled.
“But we’re really, really young,” Dunlap said. “I honestly think that with a lot of teams having lost their JV programs, and I can’t speak for everybody else, but we’re fighting it with kids who do not want to play (varsity) when they’re sophomores.”
Trumansburg has been without a junior varsity team for three seasons.
Dunlap’s senior leadership will come from quarterbacks Colin Fellows (6-1, 187) and Zachary Kenney (5-8, 162), who have been battling for the starter’s job. Running back/linebacker Dylan Mosher (5-9, 185) has had a good preseason, Dunlap said, although Mosher missed last weekend’s scrimmage at Dundee with both the Scots and Watkins Glen due to injury.
Senior Karl Lee Mount (6-0, 191) will play on both lines and will also line up at tight end, Dunlap said.
“Our seniors are dealing with a lot of kids around them who are playing positions for the first time, and they’re handling it really well,” Dunlap said.
— Tom Fleischman