LeRoy Oatkan Knights are on a gridiron quest. 2009 saw the team
miss the Section 5 sectional football playoffs for the first time
in 17 years. The 2010 playoffs were also an early out for the
locals as they lost on the road to a rugged Holley squad. This
year's group of Knights is a blend of youth combined with some
very talented upperclassmen in the skill positions. Standing in
the way of the Knights' goal of an extended run into the playoffs
are some of the state's strongest and most talented small school
2011 opener is Friday, September 2nd as the Wayland-Cohocton Golden
Eagles travel up to Hartwood Park looking for a 3rd consecutive
win over the Knights. The Eagles, along with Holley, are considered
2 of the very best in Section 5 Class C this season.
Warsaw Tigers arrive at Hartwood Park for Game 2 on Friday, September
9th. The first road game for Brian Moran's squad will be a Week
3 trip over to Avon on Friday, September 16th as the Knights look
to avenge last year's loss to the host Braves. Game 4 sees a renewal
of the Batavia-LeRoy rivalry as an improved Blue Devils program
hits the LeRoy turf on Friday, September 23rd. The regular season
home stand concludes a week later on September 30th against a
hungry Perry Yellow Jackets squad.
final 2 games of the regular season could not be any tougher to
play on the road. The Knights take on the 2-time defending Section
5 champions Letchworth Indians, who are led by LeRoy alum and
head coach Tim "Sticks" McMullen on Friday, October
7th at Letchworth High. Letchworth looks to maintain their rugged
style of play that saw them shut out each of their 7 regular season
opponents during their 2010 campaign.
78th edition of The Game follows on Week 7 (October 14th) as the
Knights take on the very talented Red Raiders of Caledonia-Mumford
at Hamilton Field in Caledonia. The 2010 Red Raiders finished
last year as the #2 in the state in Class D, falling in the finals
to a super-quick Tuckahoe squad from Section 1. The Red Raiders
bring back much talent from last year's team and will again be
a New York small school power under new coach John Walther.
to guide the Oatkan Knights through this season are senior captains
Jake Risewick and Andy Lowe, along with juniors Marcus Mistersaro
(2010 LCAA all-star) and Archie Cappotelli.
Speedsters Tom McQuillen (Sr.) and Dylan Johnson (Jr.) will be
getting a lot of the touches as the two main running backs, while
junior Kylan Carter will look to make his mark rushing the ball
in his first varsity season. Seniors Gino Forte, and Jeremy Poles,
along with Mistersaro, lead the receiving crew for QB Lowe. Trent
Fenstermaker, Ethan Olsowski, Archie Cappotelli, Risewick, Jayce
Seeley, and Jared Resch all will be competing for spots along
the offensive line.
Steve Cappotelli and Eric Egeling will both be key contributors
defensively in their first varsity season. David Leach, Sean McMullen,
and the Gallucci brothers - Joe and Anthony - will all be counted
on to make an impact on defense and special teams.
Moran enters his 23rd season as head coach along with long time
assistants Andrew Paladino (defensive coordinator - 27 total season,
23 with Moran) and Jim Bonacquisti (special teams - 17 seasons).
Brian Herdlein enters his second season as the offensive coordinator
for the Oatkan Knights.
Jim Bonacquisti - LR Special Teams Coach
LeRoy football program has 566 total victories since its inception
in 1897. The team has won nearly 2 out of every 3 games it has
played for 113 years.
Moran has a career record of 174-53-2 for his 22-year tenure.
Winning percentage is 76%. His 13 sectional titles are the most
for one individual coach in Section 5 history. LeRoy's total of
14 sectional crowns is tied with neighbor Cal-Mum for the most
team titles in Section 5 history.
Oatkan Knights have won 73.3% of their 397 games played since
1970. I have personally witnessed 90-95% of those games.
RB Tom McQuillen was the all-purpose yards leader for the varsity
in 2010 with 1019 yards. He averaged 137.2 yards/game for an impressive
8.8 yards per carry. His 9 TDs were the most on the team.
RB Dylan Johnson averaged 6.8 yards per rush in 2010, scoring
6 TDs for the varsity.
tackler Marcus Mistersaro returns for his junior year. Last year
he was selected ALL-LCAA for his team leading 50 tackles including
6.5 for lost yardage by the opponent.
Junior Archie Cappotelli, the team's 5th leading tackler in 2010
with 34, returns for his junior season, and will be a force on
both sides of the ball. Brother Steve Cappotelli joins his older
brother on the varsity this season after just one JV season and
will be counted on for his defensive prowess.
newcomer Kylan Carter led last year's 5-3 JV team in all-purpose
yardage and averaged an amazing 21.8 yards per pass reception.
Tommy Kelso has been pulled up to the varsity this season for
his keen defensive skills and excellent wrap-up tackling technique.
Last season TK was the leading rusher on the JVs with 559 yards,
averaging 5.4 yards/carry.
Peter Privitera has moved up to varsity for his uncanny speed
which enabled him to average a whopping 10.5 yards/carry on the
2010 JV squad, while notching 8 TDs. His speed and strength combine
to make him a very effective defensive contributor.
Trent Fenstermaker led the JVs in tackles in 2010 and like his
older brothers Travis and Tyler before him, he can contribute
in all phases of the game = offense, defense, and special teams.
Seeley will be the team's punter this season after averaging 33.4
yards a boot on the JVs last year. His long punt of 52 yards allowed
the Jr. Knights the opportunity to hold on and defeat an unbeaten
Hornell Red Raider JV squad that visited Hartwood Park in the
2010 season finale.