CORTLANDT MANOR – In many respects, Panas is starting over.
The numbers were good when camp opened Monday, with 36 players lining up for conditioning drills, but only eight of them played last season for the Panthers.
“We’re young,” head coach Dan Patronik said. “We’re very young, but I have a key linebacker coming back and a big offensive tackle coming back in Joe DeLuca and Stephen Kelley. … I’m looking for playmaker and leaders right now.”
There is one key addition that may fall into both categories.
Emeka Carranza moved into the district a month ago from White Plains with plenty of experience. He saw plenty of action in black and orange, and might be wind up quarterbacking Panas. Carranza has been taking part in camps and conditioning, so he’s not a new kid on the block anymore.
“It’s been real good,” he said of the transition. “I’ve been in the weight room. I’ve done the on-field workouts, everything. It’s the same goal, just to excel and do what I can to help. The guys here are treating me great.”
The Panthers spent the first session on Monday doing conditioning, and were planning to go back to work at 3:30 p.m.
“Football, you love the game,” DeLuca said. “When it comes to the hard conditioning, it feels great when you have that title.”
– Mike Dougherty