TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – There are no two teams in the same exact place heading into training camp.
Every squad is unique with its own hurdles to clear and potential to realize. But they all do have one common understanding: that without hard work, they’ll never achieve success.
So on Monday, high school players put in work as preseason practices kicked off around the Capital Region.
At Troy, the Flying Horses are gearing up for an advanced level of competition this year as they move up into Class AA. They’re coming off a bittersweet season where they suffered their only loss of the year in the Class A Super Bowl.
An ankle injured plagued quarterback John Germinerio through the tail end of the season. But he said he’s healthy, he doesn’t anticipate any setbacks this season, and that’s good news for head coach Bob Burns.
“When you have a guy that’s the leader of one side of the ball that knows what’s going on, it’s almost like having an extra coach,” Burns said.
“Well, obviously, there are some JV players coming up that need to grow up a little bit and play some big roles this year, but the guys coming back, we got a lot of athletes on our field,” Germinerio said. “There’s a lot of guys to get the ball to. It’s just my job to make sure they all stay happy.”
Troy’s first AA test will come at home Week One against Shenendehowa High School.