Fermi football building program around smash mouth play

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Aug. 31, 2012
Freshman tailback Tim Callahan makes a cut while running the ball in a preseason scrimmage. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Freshman tailback Tim Callahan makes a cut while running the ball in a preseason scrimmage. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enrico Fermi Falcons ended their 2011 campaign winless at 0-10 but expect to end the 2012 season with a less lopsided record after an offseason coaching change. Joseph Tata, Jr., is changing the pace of the program and is overhauling it with his no-nonsense, hard-nosed, disciplined style of football.

“It’s a bit of a culture shock for them, but they are conforming to understanding what football is all about,” said Tata. “It’s not something you go and have a good time with for a couple of hours and then call it a day; it's hard work, its discipline. They are learning the nature of what it takes to be a winner. I come from four state championship teams so they understand and have faith in me and I believe in them, I truly believe in my kids. Looking at the schedule, I think my heart says 7-3. What they are able to do I would like to be at least .500.”

The Fermi offense will have a new look this season as they play smash mouth football in the Power I formation. The offense will be led by a duo of fullbacks, senior captain Alex Violette and De’augh Gordon. Leading the fullbacks out of the backfield will be two senior captains, guard Tyler Timpone and tackle Jason Lecour. Tata also expects freshman tailback Tim Callahan to make significant contributions.

“This preseason has been really uplifting, we have got a lot of work done and we still have work to do, but we know our assignments and what it takes to win,” said Violette.

This year’s squad will not shy away from contact, according to Tata. He expects 11 players to the ball on each and every play. The imposing and physical play will start in the trenches with nose guard Tristan Dixon. Tata is pleased with his line backing core of Violette, Timpone, and juniors Bryan Ortiz and Tyler Carlson. The secondary will be bolstered down by a trio of senior captains, free safety Dustin Sroka, and corners Brian and Kyle McCarthy.

“I’m not worried about our record. I want to build a program for the upcoming freshman and sophomores,” Sroka said.


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