By Jack Mariano
Octorara Varsity Football head coach Jedd King embarks on his tenth year at the helm of the relatively new sport for the school. He is excited about the new football stadium and new assistant coaches.
Coach King’s staff includes Mike Trainor, Defensive Coordinator; Scott Conaghan, Offensive Coordinator; John Terchia, J. V. Coach; Matt Livingood, Defensive Line; Jason Ralston and Scott Gee, volunteer coaches.
Jedd feels he has a small team with little depth. So players must stay off of the injury list.
There are some positives. Junior quarterback Alex Gooden had an awesome running game last year. Gooden is developing his passing skills and should pose as a threat to opposing defenses. All twenty-five players spent the winter and spring in the gym to get fit.
The Braves still have much experience at skill positions lead by captains Jury Hill, Nick Conforti and Gooden. Nate Cooper, WR will be Gooden’s relief pitcher. Running back Corey Cooper, a fine athlete, can back up the signal caller. Last year, the Braves lost to Fleetwood in an early game and coach hopes to be ready to avenge that loss.
“My goal is to have the team one hundred per cent ready for the first game,” says King.
Teams in the AAAA school laden Ches Mont National Division have gotten stronger. Kennett is an example of a good team that might be about the same as last year. If all bring their A game, this could be a W on the schedule along with Sun Valley/Northley.
Octorara also gets to host the Battle of the Braves game vs. Pequea Valley, which should be exciting.
Coach King thanks the School District and sports booster clubs that have worked tirelessly to make a stadium for all teams. He said this field will help the football program thrive and zoom into the future.