Football Camp Begins
August 21, 2013Cicero-North Syracuse High School
Camp report: Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars
First-year coach Joe Sindoni is installing a wide-open offense, a sense of fun and optimism with the Northstars football team. Donnie Webb | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars
Coach Joe Sindoni, first season at C-NS.
2012 record 1-7
Practice overview Nearly 100 players are participating in varsity and JV football. There are at least 20 more players with the varsity than a year ago. And that says everything about a renewed sense of hope and optimism that has arrived with new coach Joe Sindoni. After two consecutive 1-7 seasons and untold turmoil behind the scenes, a curtain of despair has been lifted and the Northstars are back to the business of trying to become a threat in Class AA.
Biggest shoes to fill Wide receiver Steve Mirizio.
Rising stars Wide receiver Vinnie Ianuzzo, center Jake McArdell.
Money players Linebacker and running back Mitch Dunay and quarterback Owen Dziados.
They're a bit like boat shoes, but senior Brian Demonte says these Nikes are great turf shoes and comfy.-(Donnie Webb | email@example.com)
Cool cleats Senior wide receiver Brian Demonte is wearing a pair of Nike solar-soft moccasins. "They're turf shoes. It works on this carpet great. They're very comfortable."
Biggest game of the season Baldwinsville.
Camp T-shirt Simple white T with a large green star on the chest and the word "Football" underneath.
A lineman jumped in a drill as part of a scout team working against the offense. His black practice jersey was gone. He was wearing a royal blue Northstars sleeveless T-shirt. Sindoni stopped the drill to ask what happened to the jersey? A player in the line shouted, "he sneezed on it, coach." "What?" asked Sindoni. "He sneezed on it," came the reply. After considering the possibilities, Sindoni announced, "That's disgusting." There was some laughter and the drill continued.
Offensive outlook Sindoni is confident he's unearthed his quarterback in Dziados, a senior who did not play football a year ago. That's the key piece in a system that has been prolific whether Sindoni was at Skaneateles or at CBA. Great-looking prospects in the line, though its unsettled with good competition. Ianuzzo has speed and hands to be a play-maker. And then Dunay, if he will just run lower, can be a beast in the backfield. Promising. It's all about how quickly the line gels and the skill set picks up the system.
Defensive outlook Sindoni says the defense is ahead of the offense, "by a lot." Dunay is the focal point at linebacker. Sindoni thinks Dunay has a chance to play at the Division I level. The Northstars have two other promising linebackers in Sean Fay and Jordan Shafer. Sindoni said he's been pleasantly pleased that his defense likes contact. "They're not afraid to stick their nose in there," Sindoni said. "They've got a little bit of chippiness to them. Now it's can we impart the technique and the scheme the way we want it in time the way it should look Sept. 6."
Vibe Hungry, fun, optimistic and a tad unpredictable. Couldn't have a better combination. There is hard work taking place but there's also constant reminders that the game of football is meant to be fun. On Tuesday night, the Northstars showed all the signs of having fun again. Lots of smiles to go along with all those mosquitoes that rolled in around 8:30 p.m.
Million Dollar Question Can the Northstars absorb and execute the new systems in time with a brutal schedule to start the season? Sindoni, who was hired in May, still has to get a handle on all of the new personnel.
Coming tomorrow West Genesee and Skaneateles. Camp postcard Dear CNY, there was an electronic metronome sending loud clicks across Bragman Stadium Tuesday night. The football coach was at first hopeful this was some type of high-tech bug repellent. Alas, it was a tempo device for the C-NS marching band, which was installing its own show on an adjacent field. Plenty of new-age type bells and xylophone tones provided a soothing soundtrack for football practice much of the night until the arrival of the harsh, chirping metronome. A beautiful moon framed the sky, providing plenty of light to swat all those mosquitoes that joined the party.