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August 29, 2012

Spartans are ready to rumble

Al Cavagnaro's Starpoint football team features size & strength

PENDLETON —  

With formidable offensive and defensive lines, the 2012 Starpoint football Spartans aren't afraid to throw their weight around.
In fact, veteran head coach Al Cavagnaro didn't blink twice when his Class A school scrimmaged against Class AA (larger) schools Kenmore West and Clarence recently.
“I thought our line played very well in that scrimmage,” Cavagnaro said. “We like to scrimmage the bigger teams. It helps to better prepare us.”
The garnet and gray Spartans will open their Section VI football A season at home at 2 p.m. Saturday against Williamsville North. Saturday's contest, dubbed the “Battle of the Spartans,” is the first-ever grid meeting between the two schools.
Starpoint is coming off a 5-4 season in 2011 in which they lost each of their four contests by  touchdown or less. “We need to do a lot of the little things better,” Cavagnaro said. “When you lose by a touchdown or less, it isn't the big things that you didn't do, it's the little things that add up.”
Among Cavagnaro's losses to graduation include three-and-a-half-year Corey Regnet, who not only excelled on both sides of the ball, but could also kick it a country mile, as well as quarterback Brandon Wehrmeyer.
However, another loss was unexpected as one of the team's key defensive starters, senior linebacker R.J. Herrnandez suffered a season-ending head injury a few weeks back. Junior stalwart Matt Wetzel will move into the middle linebacker position to replace Hernandez.
But the positives definitely out-weigh the negatives in Spartansville, as Cavagnaro has several key starters back this year, including all-star offensive tackles Steve Wilde and Zach Penham. At guards are the Cox brothers, senior twins Jake and Zach. Anchoring the line at center is formidable 6-5, 240-pound junior Bryan Cheskiewicz.

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