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What are realistic expectations for Fivay?
The Falcons enter their second year as a school after playing a split varsity/junior varsity schedule last fall. Fivay finished 1-4 in varsity competition, but gained experience under coach Chris Taylor. With one year under its belt, how will Fivay do in 2011?
What they’re saying
Taylor: “Realistically, we’re going to have to see how much better we’ve gotten from last year, obviously. We feel that after playing some 7-on-7 and stuff like that with teams in our county, we feel like we can compete with them. With such a young team, we’re going to have to learn how to play every Friday night, because obviously when you start talking about varsity football, it’s competitive every Friday night.
“Just like anybody else in the district, we’ve got to stay healthy. Then hopefully you can catch some breaks, and obviously our first two district games are going to set the tone for us. If we come out of those two games on a good note, then obviously we’ve set ourselves up for the rest of the season.”
What we’re saying
Matt Baker: As crazy as it sounds, Fivay has a legitimate shot at finishing second in the district in its second year in existence.
Anclote lost its top talent, Dondre Daley, after he transferred to Tarpon Springs. Wesley Chapel rising star at quarterback (Alex McGough) and best athlete (Davon Henry) transferred. Those two teams happen to be Fivay’s first two opponents in district play.
The Falcons have some playmakers, including two solid quarterbacks (Tyler Degen and Eric Vitale) who are battling for the starting position. Add in junior tight end Kevin Faulkner, who could be one of this fall’s breakout players, and Fivay has enough talent to compete with Anclote and Wesley Chapel. If Fivay can emerge with two victories, it will set itself up for a push toward the playoffs.
If not, Fivay can still have a productive season with winnable games against River Ridge (who lost to the Falcons in their spring game), Ridgewood, Hudson and Gulf. A four-win season in Year 2 would be a great building block for the Falcons’ future.
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