WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The White Plains varsity football team hosted two summer camps, one in June and July, and, following each, senior captain and two-way starting lineman Elijah Young came away impressed,
“We went against a lot of good teams, played well and learned a lot of different things,” said the 6-foot-1, 265-pound two-way tackle after the team's Saturday morning practice session. “The new guys came in and got the concepts real fast.”
This has carried over into the first days of football practice for the Tigers, who will open the regular season at Harrison on Sept. 8. This will be the first meeting between the schools in football.
The new players will have an opportunity to earn playing time following the heavy graduation losses, including Odaine Franklin and Michael Scotman. Young said his rookie teammates are displaying a varsity work ethic.
“The new guys love being part of the team and we treat them like they are family,” Young said. “They are showing that they can get the work done. If they have any questions, they know we are here to help them out.”
Young is one of five senior captains who will lead White Plains this season. Joining Young are guard/defensive tackle Robby Lorden, fullback/linebacker Timmy Hodges, talback/defensive end Ari Shamery and wide receiver/strong safety Luke Puff.
With a solid group of returning players and promising first-year varsity players, Young said White Plains had an excellent first day of practice Friday, and another productive showing Saturday morning.
“We were able to get a lot of things done on the first day of practice because everyone was on point with everything,” Young said. “You could see everybody was focused. It felt great to get back to doing what we do best.”
The two summer camps White Plains hosted also enabled the Tigers to come together as a team. Add that to the performances of the new varsity players and the veterans’ talent and it give White Plains confidence.
“I have a good feeling about this season,” Young said. “Everybody is focused and the drive is incredible. We are going to strive the do the best we can and play to the best of out ability.”