Westhill football determined to shine again in 2013
Updated 10:17 pm, Saturday, June 15, 2013
STAMFORD -- The message and the mission is crystal clear for the Westhill High School football program.
We CAN do it again!
The Vikings got a sense of where Westhill football 2013 is Saturday with their Spring Game. The contest capped 10 days of practice as the White Team posted a dramatic 22-20 triumph over Team Purple.
"We're 86 days away from our first game (Sept 12 at Norwalk)," Westhill second-year head coach Frank Marcucio told his squad. "The mission starts now."
Westhill will have a target on its back after posting a wonderful 6-4 record in 2012. The Vikings did have to forfeit four victories due to the use of an ineligible player.
"The whole idea of spring football is to have fun. And for the coaching staff to evaluate talent," Marcucio said. "The kids were excited about spring practice. They did everything the coaching staff deemed necessary."
Saturday's contest saw 24 Vikings on each side. There were 19 other Vikings out due to injuries or previous commitments.
Ryan Coppola played quarterback for both the Purple and White Teams due to injuries. But the extra workload was helpful as Coppola interacted with a deep core of wide receivers and running backs.
While life will be a bit different in 2013 without standout running back Davell Cotterell, Marcucio is keeping many of the same organizational building blocks in place this off-season.
Westhill players will once again work with trainers from Bluestreak Sports Training starting in July.
Offensive and defensive players will participate in the twice-a-week Passing League at St. Joseph's High. There will be a week at one of the college football camps in the state.
Coppola has been working at Five Star Quarterback Training with coach Travis Meyer.
"Ryan has worked so hard this offseason," Marcucio said. "He was at Five Star from January to March, took some time off and went back in May. Ryan really knows our offense. He understand the mental side of quarterbacking. We're both on the same page. He's motivated to prove to people he can be a college QB."
It was clear Saturday that both Dante Fargnoli and Evan Skorporantzos can be important targets for Coppola's passes.
Fargnoli had a pair of touchdown receptions and a long catch to set up Team Purple's other score. Skorporantzos finished with one TD grab and a long reception to set up a second Team White touchdown.
On Saturday, Tyreece Mitchell and Josh Extansus were the featured running backs.
Graduation did appear to take a toll on Westhill's offensive and defensive lines. But candidates abound working toward making an impact.
"We've retained our overall numbers in the program from year to year by being proactive. The administration has been super supportive," Marcucio said. "All in all the kids have bought into the program and the system we're selling. We have the football program in a positive direction. These kids want to take the next step."