Storm Football 2011/2012 Preview

The St. Luke’s Storm is finally getting the recognition it deserves as a premier football program. After capping their 6-2 season off with a league title, the team is looking to build off of last year’s success while setting their ambitious sights even higher.

The most notable challenge the team faces is the graduation of Zaire Reiph, who contributed for 1080 yards in rushing last year (for a remarkable average of 135 yards per game). Reiph is now starting at Stonehill College (Division II). Coach Brown is hoping to fill the void left by Reiph with a dynamic duo consisting of Senior Blake Overlander and Junior Noel Thomas. Both of these players are returning starters, which will add depth and experience to the backfield unit.

Another significant replacement is required at the quarterback position, with Mac Pivirotto graduating this past year. Pivirotto will be replaced by Junior Charlie Nelson, brother of former starting linebacker Henry Nelson (now playing at Colby).

Even with these notable graduations, the team is looking better than ever. This can be attributed to new talent brought to the team by two former Fairfield Prep players, Myles Gaines & Eli Langston. Both players are expected to make huge contributions to the Storm in their inaugural season.

In the preseason scrimmages against Fieldston and Nazareth the Storm looked great, winning both games. The team then traveled to Suffield Academy for a scrimmage/practice in which they held their own against a very talented squad. This test displayed not only our players’ extreme commitment, but also their potential for the upcoming season. After the game, the team came back hungry for the season opener against Hopkins, this Saturday, Sept. 24that 1 pm at Watson Field at Pedrick Stadium.

Team Captains: (from left) Joe Bonaddio, Sam Fuller, Greg Sellhausen, and Adam Connolly

The Sentinel was able to talk to Senior Co-Captain Sam Fuller about the team’s season so far.

Sentinel: What would be the theme of your season up to this point?

Mr. Fuller: “I’d say the theme of the season is demanding perfection. While we may not be perfect every day, we as a team are taking steps to get there and achieve our goal of going undefeated this season.”

Sentinel: How has the team been preparing for the game this coming Saturday?  Are there any special steps being taken?

Mr. Fuller: “As far as the Hopkins game is concerned we’re treating it as we would any other game. Nearly every player has gone in and watched their film. We have been pushing the guys extra hard this week in practice and we’re really focusing on our physical intensity. “Hop” is obviously a pretty big game but in the end the only people we are going to lose to is ourselves Saturday.”

As you can tell, the team realizes what they must do in order to succeed this year, and they plan on doing just that. Come out this Saturday to root the Storm Football team onto what they hope will be the first W of the season!

-Mack Dowling, Sports Editor

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