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Moran Leads First Dobbs Ferry Football Camp

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Jim Moran coached his first summer football practice at Dobbs Ferry High School Friday when local schools ran their first practices of the season, and the first-year varsity coach looked comfortable on the Eagles’ artificial turf practice field.

“We have a good group of kids who worked very hard, three days a week in the offseason,” said Moran, who grew up in neighboring Hastings-on-Hudson and graduated Stepinac High School where he played football. “We have a smart team and we have good speed.”

Local varsity football teams practice 11 days before taking part in scrimmages with other schools. The local high school regular season begins on Friday, Sept. 9 with a dozen games. Most of the remaining teams open on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Moran, who played the University of Albany, previously coached at Rye Country Day School and has coached at Steinbach and Horace Mann, brings a modified Wing-T offense that emphasizes strong technique in the running game with passing nuances. Among his assistant coaches are Dobbs Ferry alumnus Kevin Kearns, who coached with Moran at Rye Country Day, and Vinny Garofalo. The third member of the staff is Bobby Ward.

Sophomore running back Tim Soave looked fit and ready for the summer practice sessions as players sported blue jerseys’ with the slogan , “One Team, One Dream” on the back.

“Repping (repetitions) the plays out is the important thing,” Soave said. “We want to make the plays perfect so we can execute in the game. We’re in good shape, but they’re making us run hard though. It’s how you get ready.”

Junior quarterback Grant Giglio described the Eagles’ run conditioning and speed drill preparation. “We’ve been training really hard, 100 -yard sprints -- guys have been running hard all the way,” Giglio said. “The turf is great for that because even if it rains it drains fast. The practices are going well so far. We look forward to playing.”

Dobbs Ferry went 4-4 last season and will be tested early when it hosts Class C state champion Bronxville, Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the season opener for both teams. Are you an Eagles football fan? Will you be at Dobbs Ferry's opening day on Sept. 10.

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