SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. Sleepy Hollow football coach Steve Borys is in his 10th year with the Horsemen and has come to understand what it takes to have a successful program, beginning with off-season preparation and a good summer practice session.
"We don't always have the numbers some bigger schools might have, but it's more important to have committed players, and we have a good group this year," Borys said during a break from Monday's third official practice of the season. "We lost L.J. Garrant (running back) and Nick Vallo (quarterback), but I think we have 20-25 guys and some good talent."
The leading Horsemen include quarterback Devon Lopez; linemen Frank Curaja, Anthony Mulfari and Chris Hutter; and other two-way players like Dionel Infante, Edwin Jimenez and Julio Sosa, who provide speed on offense and toughness on defense.
"The running game looks good right now," Infante said. "We have team speed and we know we have the talent to play with the teams on our schedule. You have to play every team the same way all out."
Borys, who has just one losing season in his last eight years at Sleepy and was 5-4 last fall, had his players work through the summer on conditioning, and the Horsemen attended several skills and drills camps before coming in for summer practice last week.
"We are in very good shape right now," Sosa said. "There are a lot of guys here who are committed to do the hard work and to be ready for the opening game and every game we play."
Borys said the Horsemen are preparing for a tough schedule that includes perennial powers Rye, Harrison and John Jay and begins with Yonkers Riverside on Sept. 9.
"I'm always pleased with the team when it shows a good work ethic overall, and these kids are doing that," Borys said. "Now, it's a matter of applying what we are learning and making the sacrifices to be here and to work hard. That's the sign of a good team."
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