2017 Season Preview: ESM hits practice field ready to pounce on competition
The East Syracuse Minoa Spartans are eager to start the 2017 football season. Junior Elijah Buck says that he is ready for the season to start and he knows that this upcoming season is going to be a breakout year for everyone. The key for ESM is the Spartans just have to strive for their best and look for a chance at the sectional and state championships.
On the other hand, David Agans who is going to be a senior this year is ready to lead the team to a championship. “I’m pretty excited to be back on the field with my boys. We’ve been grinding this offseason and now beginning of the season and as soon as we lost everyone was in the weight room grinding it out. Now with the new weight room coach is really helping us out with new weight training techniques and how to get stronger and faster" he says.
One thing that Agans is doing his senior season is just taking it one day at a time and being humble. “You never know what is expected so you have to expect the unexpected.”
Senior wide receiver Carter Smith agrees.
“I’m super excited. We had a good season last year. We didn’t get quite as far as we wanted to but we have all been grinding and we have a lot of returners so that brings a lot of excitement to our offense and defense this year. We want to go all the way and win that state championship. We’ve been to the dome a few times but have always come up short and were hungry and want that championship. Expect big things from the Spartans this year and hopefully come out with the W at the dome this year" Smith says.
ESM starts the season at the Carrier Dome in the kickoff classic, they'll square off with Brighton from Section V on Saturday September 2nd at 2pm.
Remember, in Section III Class A, there's only one league. So each team plays an eighth regular season game, ensuring a matchup with every other school in Class A.
Here's the Spartans' full schedule:
September 2nd- vs. Brighton (Carrier Dome)
September 8th- at Fulton
September 15th- vs. Jamesville-DeWitt
September 22nd- vs. Watertown
September 29th- at PSLA Fowler
October 6th- vs. Whitesboro
October 13th- at Oswego
October 20th- at Carthage