DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. The Dobbs Ferry Eagles begin their 2011 high school football season Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Gould Field with a new coach, Jim Moran, and an old problem Bronxville.
A former Stepinac High and University of Albany standout player and most recently Rye County Day School coach, Moran takes the sideline for the first time with a rejuvenated Eagles squad the has some speed and a big back to carry the load in sophomore Tim Soave. The Eagles will go with John Yozzo-Scaperrotta and Eddie Ritch in the backfield behind quarterback Spencer Avalos. Darien Bica, Dennis DeLeon, Riley Nieman and Muhammad Hashami fill the offensive and defensive lines and Matt Fata will bolster the linebacking and play tight end.
A good omen; the Eagles 4-4 were unbeaten at home in 2010, losing all four road games, including a 32-14 setback to Bronxville. The defending Class C state champion Broncos lost the entire starting line on both sides of the ball that led them to a two-year record of 23-1 and quarterback Dillon Mitchell, his favorite receiver Jack Near. But twin senior backs Christian and Jackson Conway return with a power game that is very tough to handle.
Moran is the real deal as a leader and football mind, so look for the Eagles to be better and more determined. The opener will test the Eagles mettle.
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