PLATTSBURGH — Mike Bordeau is no stranger to Plattsburgh High’s football program.
Bordeau is back for his second stint as the Hornets’ head coach after spending 10 seasons at the helm from 1999 to 2008.
He spent part of the last decade as an assistant coach with Beekmantown and the Empire Football League’s Plattsburgh North Stars before taking over as Plattsburgh’s JV coach last year.
“I feel like it was a really beneficial journey,” Bordeau said. “Although, if you had asked me 10 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have realized it, but it definitely was for the best to get the opportunity to work with different head coaches.”
Plattsburgh, which went 4-4 last year, has 25 players listed on its roster.
The team is comprised of 11 seniors, nine juniors and five sophomores.
Bordeau said the coaching staff isn’t quite sure of the Hornets’ identity just yet, but they’re getting closer every day.
“We’ve had the good fortune of being able to line up with good guys on both sides of the ball and compete in the first two weeks, and it’s helped us,” Bordeau said. “The kids that are competing for positions are going up against other really good football players. It’s a real advantage to have 25 quality young men in the program right now at the varsity level.”
Ian DeTulleo will move to receiver after throwing for 838 yards and nine touchdowns last year, and junior Liam Perkins will take the reins under center.
Perkins attempted passes in two games last year, and he accounted for a rushing touchdown against Moriah in Week 4.
“Liam and Ian have been great, and they’ve worked out a real good chemistry,” Bordeau said. “Liam was on varsity last year as the backup quarterback, and he has done a great job in preparing. He’s come out and worked hard.”
Bordeau said depth at the wide receiver and running back positions is pretty good.
DeTulleo will line up next to seniors Dylan Garrant, Kyle LaValley and Hayden Dandrow, who can play tight end.
Jayvon Carpenter returns to the backfield after rushing for 125 yards as a sophomore, and Bordeau said Seton Catholic student Foster Ovios gives Plattsburgh some versatility in the backfield.
Sophomore Ethan Walters could get some touches as the season progresses.
One of the Hornets’ strengths might be their offensive line.
“We return two third-year starters in Alex and Andy Brown,” Bordeau said. “Dylan Loveless got some good playing time last year on the offensive line. Kaden LaDuke is a returning offensive lineman.”
Sophomores Colin Golden, Landon Coon and Walters could see time at linebacker.
Plattsburgh has plenty of depth in the secondary, which features DeTulleo, Garrant, Ovios, juniors Myles King and Jaylen Gonzalez and sophomore Ben Bordeau.
The Hornets have lost their last two playoff games in agonizing fashion, 7-6 and 8-7, and they’re well aware that their road to a sectional championship goes through Beekmantown and Peru.
“We have our goals,” Bordeau said. “We know that the Class B championship game is an important date on the calendar. We know that our road to getting there is gonna go through Peru and Beekmantown, and they’re some of the better programs in the state.
“As far as the CVAC, I’m not 100 percent sure of the entire landscape. I’m just trying to make sure our guys come out and have a good practice each day.
“We know kind of where the road ends. How we get there is still to be determined.”
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