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Camp Stop-Somers

Posted Sunday, August 22, 2010 by Robert Lombardo

With two sessions done, Tony DeMatteo was smiling, which is pretty impressive given that he’s only got one starter coming back from last season’s 8-1 team. And that player, Victor Prato, is currently sidelined with a meniscus tear. What impressed the dean of Section 1 coaches is the readiness his Tuskers are displaying on the first day of practice.

They hit the ground running.

DeMatteo had 20 kids commit to year-round training so they would be ready for today, and even more have been up early lifting and running over the summer.

“That is probably the most I’ve had at Somers,” he said. “That excites me.”

With so many holes to fill, it’s unlikely this team will be more than a small blip on the radar until it begins to prove itself. The players, though, do not feel like they are starting over.

“I love that,” senior center and defensive tackle Michael Cleary said. “I thrive on that. If we come out and shock people, that’s going to be the best feeling.”

And the biggest question in camp is who’s going to be running with the ball now that Matt Deiana is gone? It’s going to be some kind of chore replacing the 1,227 yards and 17 touchdowns the speedy back accounted for last season.

“It’s going to be running back by committee,” DeMatteo said. “I’ve got four right halfbacks and three left halfbacks. We’re going to play a lot of people so they know they can go 100 percent and we can get more out of them.”

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