Schalmont Sabres preview

League: Class B West Division

Head coach: Mike DiCocco

Key players: Trevor Gaughan (senior WR/LB), Kyle McKelvey (senior QB/DB), Madison DeCerce (senior RB/LB), Mark Waite (senior OL/DL), Dan Bonitatibus (senior WR/DB), Billy Chandler (senior WR/DB)

Outlook: The Sabres have two things going for them entering the 2008 season: they have several veterans back from last year's team, and perennial Class B power Fonda-Fultonville dropped to Class C this year.

Still, DiCocco cautions that Schalmont has to play consistently well in order to move out of the West Division basement. If we play without mistakes, I think we can be competitive, said DiCocco. "But, the league is tough."

The five-team West Division is tough. Defending Class B champion Cobleskill-Richmondville has tailback Ryan Adams and quarterback Spencer LaMountain back, while Hudson Falls, Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown all have key veterans returning.

"I think we'll have to wait and see," said DiCocco. "We have to play our first two non-league games and see how it goes."

Schamont visits Albany Academy Saturday. ""

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