Saranac football coach Mark Burrell acknowledged that the 2012 season was “disappointing,” noting that the Chiefs were plagued by injuries that contributed to their 2-6 record.
This season, a number of those injured players are back, and with 36 on the roster, Burrell is excited about the team’s depth.
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“Having that amount of kids certainly makes things easier as a coach when you can put in any group of kids who can play multiple positions really with little drop-off,” Burrell said. “So I think that will help a lot.”
The Chiefs kick off the 2013 campaign today when they host AuSable Valley — a fellow Class C school. The Chiefs had been competing in Class B, but shifted down a class. Burrell said the change won’t really affect the regular season because they’ll still play all the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference teams, and every game will still count toward playoff seeding.
Two key players whose seasons were shortened by injury last year are quarterback Ethan Goslin and running back John Maye. Goslin, now a senior, completed 17-of-38 passes for 257 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions before being injured in the fifth game last season.
Goslin is good on his feet as well as with his arm.
“He’s a solid runner and he throws a good ball, so I think he can certainly be a dual threat if we need him to be,” Burrell said. “Obviously, I want to be sure I protect him as much as possible, but I’ve got to let the athletes make plays if they’re capable.
“I think he’s certainly progressed from last year to this year. I think he’s ready to play. He’s excited and ready to lead our offense, and he’ll see a lot of time as a safety as well.”