CBA Football looks to overcome adversity with injuries to stars
The undefeated Redhawks from Central Square face off in this week’s Toyota High School Game of the Week against Section III powerhouse CBA. The Brothers come into this week’s contest with a 3-1 record after being upset by neighbor rival , Fayetteville-Manlius.
The Brothers and Hornets were neck and neck going into halftime until CBA’s quarterback and future Division I hopeful SirVocea Dennis left the game with an injury. The Brothers were already suffering from injury as their starting running back and Rutgers commit Stevie Scott was sidelined due to an injury sustained against Section IV’s Elmira.
Losing your starting Quarterback and running back would leave most schools frantic but CBA coach Casey Brown isn’t, “ Charlie, Mike, we continue the mission it’s something we picked up from the Navy Seals, just because one man goes down doesn’t make the team. Yeah, we feel bad a couple of guys have gotten injured, but one door closes another one opens up for somebody else, and everyone on this team needs to be ready to go’" Brown says.
Dennis’s availability for Friday night may be in question but Central Square doesn’t seem to be concerned, “it’s a team full of athletes, not just two players to worry about, we’ve just got to study our film and keys and I think it’s going to be like any other game” said Central Square running back Jamie Battaglia.
“Well just moving forward here we have a lot of guys that can play football and were just always next man up, that’s our motto, but we’ve got some people that will fill those spots just the way we need them too" says Alex Poindexter of CBA.
Ironically, Poindexter is from Central Square, set to square off against his hometown team for CBA's homecoming Friday.
Central Square’s story has a unique twist of its own. At this time last year the Redhawks were not in Class AA, the team was facing a shortage of players and Coach Matt DiCarlo made the decision to drop down to Class A.
“You know what, I’m just proud of the group of kids we have, they’ve endured a lot, we’ve been through a lot together and it just got to a point for us to get that culture of success, something needed to change and it’s not that we couldn’t of played in that condition last year but we wouldn’t of been able to grow, those young kids wouldn’t of been able to grow and in reality we did what we thought was in the best interest of the program” says DiCarlo.
The Game of the Week will kick-off at 6:30 at Alibrandi Stadium, as the Brothers try to extinguish the Redhawks on Homecoming Night.