Rome Free Academy features high octane attack in 2017
It's the first thing that comes to mind for many when they think about Rome Free Academy the last few seasons.
That offense is awesome to watch.
Couple that with decades of tradition, a high-end venue and a supportive community and suddenly the Black Knights have all the ingredients necessary to make the next step.
"They (the players) love being a part of the offense because they know at any time they can score. Our biggest thing is that we have to stop people this year, that's going to be our biggest thing" says Head Coach Ted Swavely.
It's easy to see what he's talking about.
The offense was solid if not sensational in losses to F-M (62-41), Liverpool (49-25), Utica-Proctor (35-32), Henninger (47-35), and Corcoran (38-28).
But that's exactly the problem, the Black Knights defense allowed staggering amounts of scoring and in a seven game regular season, five close losses (and one lopsided to CBA) spells doom for a season.
So how will RFA right the ship?
"Biggest thing we've worked on is we're trying to make kids go one-way. I think that's going to help us out a lot" Swavely adds.
It's a legit point.
With how fast the offense is, it's not just the opposing defense that fatigues, it's also the RFA players that are lining up ob both offense and defense.
Whether that ends up being how RFA makes its way back to the postseason remains to be seen. As you'll see below, another potential stumbling block is starting the season with four of its first five games on the road.
Here's a look at the Black Knights schedule:
September 1- at Central Square
September 9- at Utica-Proctor
September 15- vs. Corcoran
September 22- at Henninger
September 29- at West Genesee
October 6- vs. CBA
October 13- vs. F-M