For Irondequoit football, sport crossovers are a plus

(WHAM photo)

Brockport, N.Y. – When Irondequoit takes on Brockport Friday night, they’ll do so as the lone unbeaten team left in Section V Class A. Obviously, they work hard at football during the off-season, but it’s the work some of them did for a team six months ago that’s really paying dividends early this fall.

The last time we talked to Gerald Drumgoole, he wasn’t practicing in Irondequoit. He was celebrating in Binghamton.

“Every day we walk in the halls, people still congratulate us to this day,” he said.

Drumgoole was an integral part of the Eagles run to a state title. He and four of his Eagles basketball teammates have the Eagles football team off to a 4-0 start.

“I think basketball players in our sport of football, I think there’s a huge crossover, and their skill set helps our team,” said Irondequoit Head Coach Dan Fichter.

“It carries a lot of weight,” said Drumgoole. “We give our teammates tips on what to listen for, how to win, and it just motivates all of us, makes all of us strive to do better.”

But you didn’t have to play basketball to feel the effects of being a state champion.

“That was huge,” said senior lineman Jonathan Dugan. “I think those guys found out what it meant to be a winner, and they brought that over to our practice. I think that’s great. It’s huge for us.”

These Eagles would, of course, love to follow in the footsteps of the basketball team. But step one? Emulating the 2014 football team, Irondequoit’s last Section V football champ.

“This group reminds me a lot of the 2014 group,” said Fichter. “Lots of juniors and good senior leadership.”

“Everybody has to be a leader on this team,” said senior wide receiver Robert Diaz-Judson. “Doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman on this team to a senior on this team. We actually have two junior captains that are leaders on this team. And one played basketball.”

There are a lot of guys on the field who will be back on the basketball court in a couple of months to defend their state title. But there’s a lot of business to take care of on the football field – starting with Friday’s game against a very good Brockport team – that could very well be a preview of the Class A championship.

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