Hornets football season begins at EHHS

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Sun., Aug. 28, 2011
(L-r) Anthony Federico, Bryon Atsavinh, DeMarcus Murphy, Jahmal Mitchell and Rikki Soumpholphaky are returning players on the EHHS Hornets football team. Photos by Frances Taylor.
(L-r) Anthony Federico, Bryon Atsavinh, DeMarcus Murphy, Jahmal Mitchell and Rikki Soumpholphaky are returning players on the EHHS Hornets football team. Photos by Frances Taylor.

A new school year brings a new start for Hornets football at East Hartford High School. On a recent afternoon, the players put on pads for the first time, and prepared for an upcoming scrimmage against Enfield.

Coach Dan Lawrence said the chance to start practice a bit earlier this year will definitely help the team. With 45 players on the Hornets’ squad this year, at least 25 are new to the team. “They are not all freshman, we just have a number of people who did not turn out before, which means we definitely need the practice,” the coach said.

Lawrence is being joined this year by assistant coaches Frank Cippola and Frank Leone. “We've been working them pretty hard – football is a tough sport to play and it’s a lot easier to do if you're in shape,” Lawrence said.

Toward that end, players and those interested in joining the team have had the opportunity to prepare by working on conditioning during the summer, Lawrence said. “We've had about 35 kids during the summer who have been working out and conditioning, so we'll see how that goes.”

Returning players include DeMarcus Murphy, who will be a quarterback this year; Bryon Atsavinh, right guard and nose guard; Jahmal Mitchell, wing back and fullback; Anthony Federico, left guard and defensive end.

Federico acknowledges that the team had a disappointing season last year. “Last year was a disappointment, but this year will be different,” he said. “We’re getting better every day, hitting harder. The talent level that we have didn't really show last year. But with the talent we have this year, we will put East Hartford High football on the map.”


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