BRASHER FALLS The combination of strong numbers and good attitudes has St. Lawrence Central football coach Bill Scharf looking forward to the Northern Athletic Conference season.
We lost a few seniors but our numbers are good again and were happy with that. Were also seeing a lot of enthusiasm and the kids all worked really hard during the offseason, which is something else that were really happy about, said Scharf as the Larries get set to open at Tupper Lake on Friday.
Of the 30 players on the SLC roster, nearly 20 are back from last years squad that posted a 1-7 record.
Senior Mike Burns, who shared quarterbacking duties last season, is slated to take over the starting job this year with classmate Brad Francis serving as his back-up.
The Larries boast some outstanding depth at running back led by seniors David Plante and Chris Tabor, who is making the transition from lineman. First-year sophomores Mark Crump, Brandon LaBarge and Noah Felix are also showing potential as ball-carriers along with first-year freshman Mike Plante.
We have quite a few guys that can run the ball this year and were hoping to take advantage of that, Scharf said. Were hoping to be more of a running team with three guys out of the backfield.
The Larries also feature solid experience at tight end with the return of seniors Devon Agen, Jon Rubado Lavare, Nathan John, Taylor Richard and Tyler Losey.
Leading candidates to handle line duties include; seniors Gavin Chase (G), Hunter Ramsdell (T), Lee LaFleur (T) and Kyle LaShomb (T) along with junior returnees Chris Gray (C), Josh Goodreau (T), Caleb Gomes (G) and Joel Truax (C).
Weve moved some guys around on the line from last year but so far, we like what weve seen from this year group in practice, Scharf said.
Newcomers looking to earn playing time include senior Adam Dishaw (TE) and Austin Thompson (TE) along with junior John Cherniak (T), sophomores Garrette Clark (G), Connor Francis (T), Colton Krise (TE), Leroy Gotham (RB), Dennis Powell (TE) and Hunter Storrin, and freshman Dylan McCarthy (C).
The Larries are one of four Class C school competing for Section 10 honors this fall. After closing out the regular season Oct. 19 at home against Malone, the are slated to be in the sectional semifinals along with Class C rivals Potsdam, OFA, Canton and Malone.