by Kyle Unger
For the 2012 season, the Clarkstown HS North Rams have ended the regular season in up tempo. With a well deserved record of 5-2, the Rams hope to be participants in the playoffs. The only losses the Rams had suffered were both at home against Ramapo and across-town rival Clarkstown HS South.
Clarkstown North players have had some casualties along the way: for instance, senior Center Mike Lembo with a high-ankle sprain, senior Wide Receiver and Cornerback Connor Coppola with a season-ending back injury, senior Running Back and Safety Ricky Straniere with a separated shoulder, sophomore Linebacker James Valle with a shin injury, and senior Defensive End and Tight End Anthony Termine with a serious back injury. With new senior Kicker Andrew Seid, coach Joe Trongone was a little skeptical about the amount of reps Seid would get in games. For a first season off of soccer and assuming the role as kicker for the Rams, he stepped up big some tight situations.
Senior Quarterback Frankie Regalbuto has had a very productive season both passing and rushing during crucial plays of the game. Seniors Billy DeLay, Eddie Ruckel, Ricky Straniere, and Anthony Termine, along with standout junior Matt McMullin have been the backbone for the Rams’ offense. DeLay, Termine, Ruckel, and Straniere have been huge contributors on defense as well. Seniors Guido Porcelli, Jeremy Job, Josh Sharan, Michael Barkachy have been the help on defense to make big plays. Juniors Josh Dinkins, Christian Lugo, and sophomore James Valle have made the Rams’ defense a competitive one this year.
Clarkstown North’s Special Teams has been the only aspect of their team that has been criticized and in need of improvement. North’s Special Teams was tested against Ramapo for their first loss of the season. With severe editing, coach Trongone brought out a better team. The Rams won the next week against the undefeated Carmel, who wound up losing their next couple of games to end the season. It was a huge turnaround for the Rams’ season.
The hardest part for the coaches is to see their star seniors graduate. The big question for the 2013 season is, “Who will be the quarterback?” The Rams are losing an enormous portion of their starters and an even bigger loss in passion. There are just some players that you can’t replace as far as effort, enthusiasm, and pride. That’s what makes Trongone a great coach. He’s capable of finding the right players to replace graduating seniors…and make it work. Coach Amparo, Ferreri, Benvenuto and Rubino help to that effect by pushing these student-athletes in practice to increase performance in games.
Clarkstown North believes in its football program as much as the coaches and players do. From double and triple sessions in the long-brutal summer to the cold winter days of the last couple of minutes in the final game, the North pride never ceases.
The Rams will be playing two more games and the next is on Saturday, October 27th at Mahopac. Yes, the Rams did not officially make the playoffs this year because of a couple more teams with better records, but that doesn’t mean the spirit here is dead! Come and support your Rams and your seniors as they play for their last year few high school football games. There’s no reason to lower the North pride!