Class A football: Wallkill High

Three things that jumped out at me during a recent visit to preseason camp:

1. The Panthers have two good quarterbacks. At last check, coach Brian Vegliando was mulling whether to go with junior Joe Pillitteri or senior Kevin Presutti. Vegliando wanted to make a decision at Camp of Champions in June, but it was too close to call. “Both looked great,” he said. Vegliando has no plans to rotate the two. “I think it’s good for the kid (to choose one) so he’s not looking over his shoulder if he makes a bad play,” Vegliando said.

I got the feeling that Pillitteri, whose brother was the Wallkill quarterback in 2002-03, was going to get the call. Joe has been running the spread since he was 10 years old. Asked his best attribute, he says, “My arm.”

2. Josh Villafane, a 1,000-yard back from last season, is going to play a little defense from time to time, perhaps in passing situations as a rushing linebacker or defensive end. “I want to go to the Dome,” Villafane says. “That’s my goal.”

He isn’t referring to the Hudson Valley Sports Dome, but the Syracuse Carrier Dome, host of the state championship games. Villafane has the talent to run for 1,500 yards behind his uber-experienced O-line.

3. I like Wallkill’s idea of a Leadership Council, which includes a select number of players — 13 this season — who act as buffers between the coaching staff and teammates. It expands the team’s leadership base and gives players a chance to share their feelings with teammates, which negates any discomfort players might have in taking up issues with coaches. Members of the council can then bring those issues to coaches in a healthy manner. Past coach Dave Der Cola started the council a few years ago.

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