2010 version of the LeRoy Oatkan Knights football team looks to
rebound from a disappointing 2009 season in which the squad posted
a 3-6 record on the year, the program's first losing season in
19 years. Many players from last year's squad gained valuable
experience and hope to parlay that experience into victories this
season. The Knights are playing in Division 2 this season and
the schedule is not an easy one as D2 includes 2009 Class C sectional
champion Letchworth, Class DD sectional champion Avon, as well
as Class DD runner-up Cal-Mum. The Knights open with Class B sectional
finalist Livonia and end the regular season against a very good
squad from Wayland-Cohocton.
LeRoy head coach Brian Moran enters his 22nd season at the helm
with an impressive career coaching record of 171-48-2 (.765 career
win percentage), as well as a Section 5 record 13 sectional titles
as a coach. The Oatkan Knights posted an incredible 88-19 record
in the decade of the 2000's, an 82% win percentage, the finest
among all Section 5 small school gridiron programs. The LeRoy
football program has never posted a sub .500 win percentage for
any full decade in their storied 113 years of existence. The team
has won 3 out of every 4 games they have played since 1970.
Senior quarterback Tyler Fenstermaker will lead this year's offense.
Tyler took over the LeRoy QB duties the final 2 games of the 2009
season and led the Knights to victory in each contest, a common
theme for Fenstermaker-led LR teams in the 2000's. Senior RB Rick
Henry returns to the backfield after an outstanding '09 campaign
in which he ran for 896 yards against some very good LCAA D1 competition
(5.7 yards/carry). Joining Henry in the backfield is a trio of
fast talent, sophomores Dylan Johnson and Zach Hogle, and junior
Tommy McQuillen. Johnson posted a 116-yd effort in his varsity
debut in Game 8 of the '09 season, and Hogle's timely running
was key to LeRoy's final '09 season game win over Dansville. The
speedy McQuillen led the 2009 LeRoy JVs in scoring and averaged
an amazing 11.6 yards/carry, despite being injured for a good
portion of the year. The O-Line returns seniors Cal Whiting, Austin
Steinbrenner and Mike Bennetti, along with fellow seniors Ryan
Frank and Brad Morgan. Junior Jake Risewick will add punch at
TE. Do-it-all senior Mark Kelso will be making the transition
from RB/QB to add muscle and hard-nose play on the line.
Defensively, newcomers Joe Simeone, Matt Lyon, Marcus Mistersaro,
and Risewick will help booster that side of the ball along with
top returning tackler Whiting, and the rugged Steinbrenner. Look
for senior strongman Jake Harvey to deliver on defense while Jerry
Green, Tim Wortman, and Zach Plath make contributions to the special
teams. Fenstermaker and Johnson will use their athletic skills
to aptly lead the defensive secondary.
Joining coach Moran on his staff are long time assistants, defensive
coordinator Andrew Paladino and special teams coach Jim Bonacquisti.
Brian Herdlein, last year's head JV coach, will make his debut
on varsity as the offensive coordinator. The implementation of
a bona fide weight training program, camps at Brighton and LeRoy
High, and an inspiring scrimmage performance against Class AA
Franklin, Class A Victor, and Class B Livonia should all pay dividends
to witnessing a much improved football team that should not be
taken lightly. Come on out and support the team at both Hartwood
Park and on the road.