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Class B football preview

Last year's finalists have reloading to do

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Schalmont each have challenges ahead after playing each other in last year's Section II Class B football championship game. Here is a closer look at the two teams:

R-C-S Indians

Head coach: Gary VanDerzee

Key veterans: Conner Zeoli (WR/S), Cameron Grecco (RB/LB), Dylan Keyer (LB), Andrew Gudz (OL), Ale Soutiere (OL/DL), Aaron Stewart (WR/DB). Harland Hoose (P/K)

Key losses: Corey Watts (RB/LB), Daryl Ford (FB/LB), Devin Clark (OL/DL), R.J. Boomhower (C/DE), Anthony Byerwalters (OL), Matt McCauslin (DT), Sam Spence (WR/DB), Tyler Swart (QB)

Key newcomers: Desmond Williams (WR/DB), Luke Misuraca (OL/LB), Doug Mark (OL/DE), Brandon Williams (C), Tyler Gallgher (OL/DL), Nick Anderson (RB/DB)

Outlook: “The team lost a lot of talented players [including] junior quarterback Tyler Swart, who moved to Texas,” said VanDerzee. “The team returns several members from last year’s club, and with a talented group up from the JV team [we] should be right in the mix for the division title and the sectional title.”

Schalmont Sabres

Head coach: Joe Whipple

Key veterans: Michael Floccuzio (WR/LB), Alex Hildebrand (WR/SS), Jean Gomez (RB/LB), Jake Ayers (LB/RB), Niko Nicoletti i(QB/DB), Josh Warner (OL/DL), Devon Willis (RB/DB)

Key losses: Joe Paskevich (QB/DE), Jaren Ramundo (RB/DL), Alberto Beltran (WR/DB), Nick Reali (RB/DL), JJ MUrphy (OL/LB/K), Dalton LaTulipe (OL/DE)

Key newcomers: Caleb Ward (OL/DL), Nick Gallo (OLB), Pete Kalio (TE/CB), Marcus Ramundo (C)

Outlook: The two-time defending Section II champions know it won’t be easy to get back to the state playoffs this season with the level of competition they will face.

“I think there are a lot of good teams in Class B, and there are some great coaches out there,” said Whipple. “It’s going to be tough.”

Whipple said despite graduating several key offensive and defensive players, he feels good about the group he has. “We’re excited because the kids had a really great offseason,” he said. “The biggest questions are how well they will respond to adversity and our special teams, especially our kicking game.”

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