Saratoga Central Catholic Saints preview

League: Class D

Head coach: Phonsey Lambert

Key players: Dylan Anderson (sophomore QB/S), Danny O'Rourke (senior WR/FS), Kevin O'Rourke (senior FL/CB), David Mulcahy (junior FB/LB), Logan Valenty (senior TB/DT), Jordan Stubblebine (sophomore FL/LB), Brennan Haley (junior TE/DE), Jeremy Furey (junior C/LB), Ryan Kramer (junior OT/DT), Jack Keller (sophomore OG/LB), Connor Mehan (junior OG/DE)

Outlook: After two decades of not fielding a varsity football team, the Saratoga Central Catholic Saints march back into a Class D field loaded with talented teams.

I expect that we will play hard, said Lambert. "There will be no easy games for us."

One of the reasons why Saratoga Central Catholic ended its football program in 1988 was because of flagging interest from the students. So, the fact that Lambert is carrying a large roster for a Class D team is enough to satisfy him.

"Right now, we're a success because we have 32 players," he said. "The rest will come in time."

Trying to reverse the Saints' fortunes on the field will be more difficult. Before the hiatus, Saratoga Central Catholic won only 18 games during a 14-year stretch from 1975 to 1988. Now that the Saints are back, they face a schedule that includes Salem, Warrensburg, Fort Edward and Canajoharie " all teams that have a shot at winning the Class D title.

Saratoga Central Catholic's first varsity game in 20 years is Friday at Canajoharie.""

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