New faces, same expectations for Royal Comets
Updated: Tuesday, September 3 2013, 07:49 PM EDT
At Rush Henrietta, they’ve built quite a tradition these past few years. A winning tradition.
"We're here to win games, especially at the varsity level, that's our deal," R-H head coach Joe Montesano said. "So right now, what our message is to the kids, we're trying to find 15, 18, 20 kids that we can go to Schroeder and compete with."
Normally, that’s not an issue for the Royal Comets. They know exactly who will be playing week one. But this is a young team that’s dealing with a lot of roster turnover.
"Last year they were in positions where they could come in, they didn’t have to be the face of the program," Montesano said. "But they are now. I think those kids are mature enough to handle that."
The face of the program the last few years has been the quarterback.
The last two to play the position, Ashton Broyld and Chauncey Scissum, now play for Syracuse University.
It’ll be up to the young Jared Gerbino, and possibly others, to try and replace them.
"We’re replacing good athletes, but our new team’s very good," the sophomore Gerbino said. "All the guys that came up, they’re good players, just have to get the first game out of the way, they’ll be fine."
"Those guys were great leaders," Montesano said of Broyld and Scissum. "The young guys are doing that now. It’s their turn now. Hopefully in two or three years, someone will be saying how you replace a Jared Gerbino or Daquan Wilson, and that’s part of having a good program."