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Camp stop: Scarsdale

Posted Friday, August 20, 2010 by LoHud

You can hear the excitement in the voice of Scarsdale coach Andy Verboys. The excitement comes from the numbers in a program undergoing a renaissance in his fifth year. 

The varsity has 38 players. The JV—all made up of sophomores, and ateam he called “out of this world”—has 28. The freshman team has 33. There are four teams in the third-fourth grade program; three in the fifth-sixth grade program; one in seventh-eighth. There are 340 kids signed up to play football in the school system. Sixty kids alternately spent four hours a day in the weight room.

When he first arrived at Scarsdale for his second stint (he coached there from 1990-96), the freshman team had about 18 kids, and numbers were low across the board.

“We’re going to be very, very competitive,” Verboys said.

“We have some burners,” he added. “We have some kids who can move, and in our option offense … why I say we’re going to do pretty well is last year I had a quarterback who almost rushed for 1,000 yards and almost passed for 1,000 who wasn’t the best athlete on the team. I have a quarterback (Brian Bauersfeld) this year who’s stronger and faster. Every other position is up a notch. Brian’s the fastest quarterback I’ve had. My two halfbacks (Johan Drakes and Anthony Cugini) are the fastest halfbacks I’ve had here. And we’ve had a 1,000-yard rusher every year. Now I have two, who can go either way with just as much speed.”

He also mentioned backs Frank Frehill and Timmy Leone, and two wide receivers who go 6-2 and 6-3, “with just phenomenal hands” in Matt Wheeler and Will Hewitt. And going back to numbers, all of those seven mentioned run 4.9 or better 40s. “Our skills positions are the best we’ve had, and the best part is, this is the best and it gets better every year the next four years. So we’re excited. We’re going to continue to grow with speed. My JV has two fliers as well.”

Then there’s numbers in the weight room. In his first year, he said, he had two kids who could bench 200 pounds. Then three in his second year. This year, 10 of his 11 starters can bench over 200.

“With strength comes a little bit of a moxie, a little bit of an attitude.”

He noted that many of his losses the last four seasons were lost on A) an average of 4-5 turnovers per game and B) being worn down by stronger teams late (like the 28-0 halfitme lead over John Jay that got away).

Verboys and his seasoned staff of coaches ran a combine as the first practice session this morning. He runs a total option offense, a quick-hitting option from a spread formation and the QB under the center. 

Scarsdale will be in its fourth different league in Verboys’ five seasons, and this year escapes the New Rochelles and White Plains, and most of the northernmost opponents. It won’t be easy, though, with Mamaroneck and smaller AA foes Fox Lane, Ossining and Yorktown in AA-Central this year.

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