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Sophomores to help Lake Shore in trying to improve

SEEING THE FIELD — Lake Shore quarterback Parker Addison readies to throw the ball in a game last year. He returns to a starting spot. Photo by Ron Larson.
A part of what helped Eden’s success over the last four seasons can be found at a neighboring school this season.

The double-wing, double-tight formation has been brought over to Lake Shore as Will Ramsey, Eden’s former offensive coordinator, joins first-year head coach Drew Takacs in leading the Eagles. The offense, which is based in deception and is heavy on the ground game, should help provide a boost to a Lake Shore team that experienced some difficulty scoring last season.

But Lake Shore and Takacs and his coaching staff didn’t stop there. They’ve also installed a spread package to go along with it, similar to what Sweet Home runs on offense, which should provide opportunities for junior Parker Addison and sophomore Colin Fiutko to show off their arms.

It’s all in en effort to get the program back on track after a few down seasons, including a 1-8 year in 2012. The thought of what’s ahead has Takacs enthusiastic and at the same time, a bit nervous.

“There’s a lot to do,” said Takacs, who’s running his first preseason camp. “I’m excited, sleepless — tossing and turning. There’s a lot of stuff going on in my mind. It’s fun, I mean, I did a lot of planning in the offseason and worked a lot with Coach Ramsey preparing for it and now, it’s all coming together.”

With limited numbers at the varsity level to start camp, Takacs will begin the year with six sophomores on a roster of 27. While they get exposure to this new system and playing up a level, he’s hoping his older players take the initiative to be leaders.

Among a group of 10 seniors, Takacs will look to Josh Mullet, a lineman and linebacker, to take on a leadership role. Mullet will also guide what should be a solid defensive unit.

“We’re a very young team,” Takacs noted. “We trying to encourage the seniors to step it up a little bit.”

The future looks bright, thanks to this sophomore group, which as eighth graders went undefeated at the modified level and last year, as freshman, helped the junior varsity finish 5-3.

“That sophomore class is talented,” Takacs said. “There are some real players there. A few more sophomores I’m keeping at JV because I don’t want to bring them up too soon.”

If anyone knows what it’s like to be a sophomore at the varsity level, it’s Addison, who started for much of the season as a 10th grade quarterback.

Takacs said the signal caller has become a much better leader and gotten stronger while really refining his game in the offseason at camps. At one of the camps — St. John Fisher, Addison led the offense on an impressive drive running the spread.

Colin Fiutko, one of those up-and-coming sophomores, will also compete for playing time at quarterback. His twin brother, Cory Fiutko, should see some time at receiver and cornerback.

Also strengthening that class is running back and linebacker Jake Bomberski, who’s father played at the University of Buffalo. Junior Phil Wigdor, who’s up from the junior varsity, and returning senior Jovanni Klimowicz will also get their chance at running back. Klimowicz is Lake Shore’s top rusher from last season with 332 yards on 60 carries with three TDs.

Takacs is looking to get stronger up front. He plans to start 6-foot-1, 240-pound sophomore Charles Guataloupe, who has exhibited his strength in early practices.

Also among the seniors are Jesse Colts at defensive end, Steve Fessel at receiver and defensive back, Trey Franey at tight end, Nick Miranda at running back and linebacker, Cody Smith at tight end and defensive end and linemen Luke Catalano, Josh Alberts and Dominik Palmer. The top tacklers back are Fessel with 43 stops and Nick Miranda (39 tackles). Smith had four sacks, good for second on the team last year.

Takacs appreciates what this small but feisty group has given him so far and he believes they can compete in a revamped South with Class A going to three divisions of six teams. He calls it a “fair” division with Iroquois, Hamburg, South Park, West Seneca East and Hutch Tech.

“They’re coming everyday on-time and listening. I haven’t yelled. I mean, I still have my voice,” said Takacs, who’s also being assisted by Joe Marvin, while Brian Kader and Sean Kunkel run the junior varsity and Brett Lyford and Dan Flick are also on the staff.

“I think we’ll compete. I’m looking forward to working with these kids to help them do that,” he added.

Lake Shore At a Glance

Head Coach

Drew Takacs (1st season)

2012 Overview

Overall: 1-8, Class A South: 0-6, finished eighth of eight teams in division; Postseason (missed playoffs).

League All-Stars Lost

Alex Haley (WR/DB), Bruce Friedenberg (OL/DL), Oshae Rodgers (WR/DB), Hunter Whitney (OL/DE).

The Skinny

With a team small in numbers and young in age, Lake Shore may continue to take some lumps but its future looks bright.

2012 Results

Aug. 31 vs Will East L 40-19

Sept. 7 at Lackawanna L 14-0

Sept. 14 vs Hamburg L 28-7

Sept. 21 at Iroquois L 35-7

Sept. 28 vs South Park L 38-14

Oct. 5 vs W. Seneca East L 34-6

Oct. 12 at Will. South L 47-6

Oct. 18 vs Niagara-Wheatfield W 14-6

Oct. 25 at N. Tonawanda L 33-6

2013 Schedule

Fri., Sept. 6 vs N. Tonawanda 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 13 at W.S. East 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 20 vs Hamburg 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 27 at South Park 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 4 vs Hutch Tech 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 11 vs Iroquois 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 18 at Riverside 7 p.m.

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