Touchdown! Football dominates first league game

Ranya Sareen, Staff Writer

The Boys Varsity Football team defeated the Harvey School 36-0 in its first league game of the fall season, making the team’s record 3 and 1.

Due to hard work and constant coaching, there were many highlights throughout the league

game, Boys Varsity Football Coach Matthew Russo said.

“The first drive was really good and it was a four play drive, meaning that after each play we

gained 20 yards, capping it off with a touchdown,” Ben Metzner (12) said. This play set the tone

for the whole game, he said.

The interception made by Charlie Silberstein (12) and the prevention of a fumble by Kyle Bernardez (12) were both key points in the game, Joshua Taub (12) said.

“The team could not have won without the extraordinary work put in by each player and the

focus implemented on the line of scrimmage,” Ben Goodman (11) said.

The whole team trains hard to learn the defensive and individual position plays, which ultimately

paves the way towards more wins, Zachary Brooks (11) said.

Practices this year have been better than those in the past due to all the players bringing more intensity and devotion to the field, Metzner said.

This season, the coaches have been more focused on live play, a competitive tactic where players

compete against each other to better their skills, Metzner said.

Despite having over thirty players on Varsity, maintaining a strong bond between upper and underclassmen has not been difficult because the team is “just like one big family,” Brooks said.

Most interaction comes from individual drills where the upperclassmen step up and teach the younger players on the team, said co-Captain Nikhil Ostrander (12).

As for the future, the team wants to improve and brush up on their skills, Russo said. With

league games against Newark and Dalton coming up, the team hopes to collect more wins, he


“We are looking forward to the next two games and the chance to use the same skills we used

against Harvey to win,” Goodman said.

By focusing in practice, continuing to analyze films of other teams, and striving to improve, the next and final step is winning the league championship, Taub said.