RHAM football kicks off the season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
Senior Jack Kuerbitz participates in a drill with the RHAM football team on Aug 29. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Senior Jack Kuerbitz participates in a drill with the RHAM football team on Aug 29. Photos by Melanie Savage.

What's the key to success for this year’s RHAM varsity football team? “We’re really fast,” said head coach Tom Hammon, at an early-season practice at the school on Aug. 29. He said that during summer league games, “We haven’t come across a team that is faster than us.”

That speed came in handy during the team’s first scrimmage of the season, on Aug. 26, against Rockville. “We did very well,” said Hammon. Defensively, said the coach, there were a few mistakes. “We’re still a little green in some positions,” said Hammon, “but the speed covers a multitude of sins.”

On the offensive line, “there’s not a lot of depth,” said Hammon. But skill positions are a different story. “We have a lot of depth in the skill positions,” said Hammon. 

This year’s team encompasses 41 players, with 19 seniors and a total of 23 freshmen coming out for this year’s squad. There are a number of seniors who are playing ball for the first time this year, but many of the older players have significant football experience. Hammon looked forward to an Aug. 31 scrimmage against Windham, which would give him a better indication of how the Sachems would fare against a stronger team. The first season game, against Ledyard on Sept. 12, will also give the players an opportunity to prove their mettle. “[Ledyard's] a very good football program,” said Hammon.

Last year, an administrative snafu contributed to a disappointing season, with RHAM being forced to forfeit some games and finishing up third in its division. But Hammon is hoping for a much better outcome for the 2013-14 season. “I think we’re strong, we’re fit,” he said. “I expect to win my division this year.” Regarding his players, “I don’t have a bum in the bunch,” said Hammon.

The captains for this year’s RHAM football team are: Joe Fetta, Spencer Browne, Austin Miller and Erik Eaton. The head coach is Tom Hammon, with Brad Dake assisting. Also coaching are Erik Shortell, Erich Buhagiar, Devin Dwyer, Joe Cunningham, Scott Eaton and Chris Riley.

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