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Garrant, Sleepy Hollow Football Plan to Rebound

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Once the 2010 varsity football season concluded, L.J. Garrant and his teammates began preparing for 2011. Sleepy Hollow was not at all pleased with its 1-7 record.

This was a team that played for the Section 1 Class B title against a loaded Nanuet team in 2009. However, Sleepy Hollow was reclassified a Class A school so the Headless Horsemen had to adjust to the bigger competition.

“Because we didn’t do that well last year, we all knew we had to work a lot harder, especially in the offseason,” said Garrant, a captain along with classmates Darien Jones, Nick Vallo and Tyler O’Donnell. “In Class A, we learned that everyone was bigger, faster and stronger, so we started off by going to speed camps and being in the weight room every day.”

What bothers Garrant and his classmates was the one-win season.

“Even though we lost a good group of seniors, we had a lot of talent last year,” Garrant said. “This might not show in the record, but most of those games were close. It showed in the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter is the most important part of the game.”

As a result of the returnees determination, Sleepy Hollow opened preseason last Friday ready to go. Sleepy Hollow wants to show that last year’s record was an aberration.

“Coach said that we are way ahead of where we were last year,” said Garrant of ninth-year coach Steve Borys. “The group up from JV has been working hard and doing what they need to do.”

The seniors set the example, beginning last year, and the new players have followed their lead.

“Coach wants us, as captains, to lead by example so if we work hard then everyone will work hard and that’s what has happened,” Garrant said. “We’ve been doing extra conditioning and nobody has been slacking off. We just keep going hard.”

The optimism in camp has Sleepy Hollow anxiously awaiting the new season, especially the seniors.

“I am glad I have the opportunity to come back this year and have the opportunity to try and win a sectional title,” Garrant said.

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