New head coach optimistic about filling in big gaps

After long days spent at summer workouts and early morning workouts, the football players gear up for what they’ve been waiting for. The team started their season off well with a 27-0 win against Holy Innocents, on Friday Aug. 16.

Head coach Scott Jackson believes this game will be useful preparation because “they get tired of hitting themselves and playing against each other,” Jackson said. Jackson hopes that this will be a good indication of what’s to come in their first game against Grady on Friday Aug. 30.

Meet the captains

(Left to right) Nick Bentley, Noah Fisher, Vito Antinozzi, Kyle Kitchens.
(Left to right) Nick Bentley, Noah Fisher, Vito Antinozzi, Kyle Kitchens.
(Left to Right) Kyle Kitchens, Noah Fisher, Nick Bentley, Vito Antinozzi
(Left to Right) Kyle Kitchens, Noah Fisher, Nick Bentley, Vito Antinozzi

Antinozzi started as quarterback his freshmen year and threw 1100 yards and 15 touchdowns. Showing improvement, he threw 2200 yards, and 24 touchdowns his sophomore year. He did not play his junior year due to a shoulder injury that cost him surgery, but Antinozzi is back and started off the year by throwing one touchdown in the scrimmage against Holy Innocence.

Standing at 6’5”, Fisher holds the defensive line strong as left tackle. The left tackle position is known to have good footwork and agility, and is responsible for protecting the “blind side.” Fisher has verbally committed to Southern Alabama for this position.

A talented lacrosse and football player, Kitchens has been dedicated for three years on varsity.

Bentley, a linebacker, currently benches 400 pounds and squats 515. For comparison, these stats meet and even exceed the average that NFL linebackers can lift.

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Sophomore’s season ends prematurely

Before the season even started, the football team took a hit they weren’t expecting. On Aug. 8, sophomore Dominic Antinozzi broke his right leg after a teammate rolled over on it during practice.

Antinozzi knew immediately that something was wrong when he heard a “popping and crackling” sound. Antinozzi yelled in pain as the coaches propped his leg up on his pads.

They called an ambulance and the team waited as their teammate struggled with his shattered bone. The X-ray showed that Antinozzi broke his fibula, tibia, and several other bones in his right leg, in total, adding up to nine breaks.

The doctor popped the bone back in place so they could put a cast his leg. The pain was unlike anything else this football player had experienced, but with medicine, the pain subsided after the first couple of days.

Before the accident, Antinozzi wore a splint on the same leg. Now, he hobbles around with crutches and a bright blue cast. Antinozzi, who plays offensive line and defensive line for the team, is out for the season.

This setback hasn’t deterred Antinozzi for his junior year as a Bulldog. “I want to come back, so I’m going to do as much upper body stuff as I can, and work hard for next season,” Antinozzi said.

Sophomore Dominic Antinozzi shows his dedication by coming to every practice and game despite his injury.
Sophomore Dominic Antinozzi shows his dedication by coming to every practice and game despite his injury.