CLINTON — Football fans can expect a more competitive team for the 2018 season, according to Clinton head coach Frank Williams.
“We are on an upswing with the program,” Williams said. “Hopefully it results in more wins this year. We believe we’ve got a chance at the playoffs.”
Last season the Warriors went 1-8 overall and placed fifth in the Class C East.
The Warriors kick off their season on Saturday when they play Holland Patent at 6:30 p.m. at Whitesboro HIgh School.
Clinton will carry 32 players on its roster.
Williams said there will be several players to watch during the 2018 season, including junior quarterback Tanner Deveans, who is returning in his third year as a starter.
Senior offensive and defensive lineman Gabe Callahan is also going on his third year as a starter, along with senior wide receiver-defensive back Preston Sperduto and senior fullback-linebacker Kody Groves.
Senior running back-linebacker Brandon Brown is a four-year starter on offense and defense, and Williams said that based on their performance history, the following seniors — offensive and defensive linemen Tjaart Kruger, Nick Kodsy, Tim Goff and Nate Thompson, tight end-defensive end Devon Firpo, running back-defensive end Reed Lennon and a trio of wide receivers-defensive backs in the form of Luckas Winn, John Cerio and Powers Lynch— also figure to be major contributors.
Newcomers to watch, according to Williams, include sophomore running back-linebacker Aiden Walters, sophomore running back-linebacker Carter Hinderling, sophomore tight end-defensive back Colin Hebbard and freshman running back-defensive back Emmanuel Brewer.
Juniors looking to make their presence felt include wide receiver-linebacker-defensive back Matthew Gadziala, wide receiver-defensive back Dustin Hopler, running back-defensive back Josh Wilcox, wide receiver-defensive back Killian Kulpa and tight end-defensive end Noah Bothelo.
Sophomores vying for playing time include offensive and defensive lineman Adam Schneider, wide receiver-defensive back Kole Davignon, offensive and defensive lineman Lucas Rivera, running back-linebacker Joe Abbott, offensive and defensive lineman Danny Martinelli, offensive and defensive lineman Garrett Hayden, offensive and defensive lineman Griffin Seymour and wide receiver-defensive back Anthony Mozloom.
Also looking to contribute is freshman running back-linebacker Damon Ransom.
Williams will be supported by assistant coaches Mike Deveans, Steve Morse and Trevor Simzer.
Clinton was originally scheduled to host Sherburne-Earlville on Sept. 15, but that game has been canceled as the result of Sherburne’s decision to move to eight-man football this season due to a shortage of players, leaving an open date on the Clinton schedule.
The Warriors are now scheduled to play their first home game on Saturday, Sept. 22, against Notre Dame High of Utica.