Class A football: Cornwall High

Here are a few things that I learned in two stops at Cornwall High football camp:

1. The kids are well-spoken and humble. Coach Marcus Hughes feels fortunate to have kids who want to improve through hard work in the offseason, and who listen closely during practice. “These are great kids who work hard,” Hughes said. “The key for me is to try to not get them burned out. I try to make it fun.”

2. I still can’t believe quarterback Mike White was 14 years old for much of his sophomore season as a starter last year. I can’t imagine having that kind of responsibility at 14. Especially me. He threw 23 touchdown passes and yet is bugged by his 10 interceptions. That’s the sign of a great player.

3. The team doesn’t seem especially concerned with losing a ton of kids to graduation, including 10 of 11 starters on defense. These kids expect to win every year. They won’t settle for anything less than a sectional title. There are no excuses.

4. I’m always enamored by the undersized center. Cornwall’s Hunter Misuraca is 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds. He’s also the backup defensive tackle, and I’m guessing he feels about 250 pounds to opposing players getting hit by him.

5. Outside linebacker/running back Luke Zsido, from a military family, can fill a reporter’s notebook almost as well as fill a hole on defense. He’s what we call in our business, a go-to guy.

6. If Cornwall wins another Section 9 title, Mike Incantalupo should be in the team picture. He’s a retired NYPD detective and longtime powerlifter and strength and conditioning coach who has worked with several Cornwall players — about eight this offseason — the past few years. He utilizes several offbeat methods, some with Strongman roots, and has considerably strengthened every kid who has spent the time in his garage during thrice-weekly workouts for 5 1/2 months of the offseason. The kids rave about the workouts.

I know it works because I did a similar program at age 40 with Rick Scarpulla of Ultimate Advantage (http://myultimateadvantage.com/), based in Fair Oaks outside of Middletown. I had never seriously lifted despite playing sports, and wound up stronger than I’ve ever been. This stuff seriously works.

 

 

 

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