Schuylerville entering 2016 season with young team

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Schuylerville High School football team is going into the 2016 season with a young squad.

The team that won the Class B Section II title and advanced to the Carrier Dome last season was stacked with seniors. The 2016 team has just three starters on either side of the ball.

But don’t call it a rebuilding year – at least not to head coach John Bowen.

He admits his squad isn’t quite as far ahead as it was at the same point last year, but the progress he’s already seen in a short amount of time is impressive. Though his guys are young, many have seen game experience already. Plus, the internal competition is fierce.

“Everything’s a battle,” Darius Abron said. “Everyone’s just battling it out. We don’t know who’s gonna play where. It’s a surprise to all of us. We’re gonna start finding people are gonna start standing up and becoming captains and leaders.”

“Last year, there were a few more spots that were kind of already set in stone, and it was a little more difficult for some of the younger guys to stay motivated,” Bowen said. “This year, every guy on that field behind us has gotta have a level of motivation because they know that there’s a spot out there for them to take.”

The Black Horses open with one of the toughest games on their slate when they host Schalmont in Week One.

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