Sunday, August 6, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
Losing fifteen seniors from their 2016 Section V Championship team, the Alexander Trojans enter 2017 as a team in transition. Not only will head coach Tim Sawyer have to navigate his way through a new quarterback, a new starting running back, several new faces on the offensive line, and many first-year starters on defense, but the expectation of living up to the standard set by last year’s Trojans also hangs over this program’s head – making matters even more pressure-packed for Alexander this preseason.
“I think this team is excited rather than feeling pressure,” remarked Alexander head coach Tim Sawyer. “We have had a very good summer, conditioning as a team.”
“Next guy up, that’s our philosophy” said the Trojans head coach. “Scharlau, J. Smith, Gordon, Jasen, McClinic, Busch, Woods, T. Smith, Coote, Lang-Smith, Bigsby, Steavens, and Cox have all stepped up (during the offseason).”
Sawyer’s comments must come as a breath of fresh air for Alexander fans, who must be wondering what to expect from their team in 2017. That being said, with what is seemingly a sound core group of players returning to the field, along with a few fresh faces, the Trojans faithful has less to worry about than one may think.
Among their matchups with the other five Divsion IV opponents on their schedule (Attica, Holley, Notre Dame, Oakfield/Elba, Pembroke), Alexander is also set to face Bolivar-Richburg and Canisteo-Greenwood in their two crossover contests – both of which feature the Trojans as the away team, but not as a clear underdog. Meaning, this year’s Alexander team has another seven winnable games on their schedule – making way for another Section V playoff run in 2017.
Now, I’m not saying the Trojans are favorites to win yet another GR League, nor a Section V Title, but don’t be surprised if they make things interesting for whoever rises to the top within Class D this year. This program has developed into a solid one from the top to the bottom, which should allow Alexander to put their best foot forward toward furthering their success into the future.
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