Lakeland opened camp on Monday is a little bigger, a little stronger, a little more experienced.
And maybe a little overlooked.
That is an issue that came up a couple of times on Monday as the Hornets opened camp following a 5-4 season that included a big win over John Jay and close losses to Eastchester, Panas and Brewster.
“We’re expecting big things,” senior tight end and defensive end Ryan Thomas said. “We’ve been together a long time. The team last year was young, so we’ve matured. … People are going to sleep on us, and they’re going to see big things from us this year.”
Lakeland opens Sept. 5 against Rye.
Anthony Capozzi will be the starting quarterback after spending the last couple of seasons taking hand-offs and catching passes from Brian Prunty. The senior is a well-established running threat, and has more size up front this season.
The preparation for this move actually began a year ago.
“My freshman year I played quarterback in a similar offense,” Capozzi said. “Last year, every morning I’d go into coach’s room and we’d scheme for an hour, draw up plays and figure out what we were going to do (this season).”
Hornets coach Rob Cappelli had 30 varsity players in camp, with 15 of them coming back from last season’s team.
– Mike Dougherty