In back-to-back weekends, the Shenendehowa football program scored 7-on-7 tournament titles, including winning a championship at West Point’s Michie Stadium.
At Michie Stadium, Shenendehowa topped Wayne Valley 49-21 in a June 15 championship game. Prior to that, the Plainsmen defeated strong teams such as Wayne Valley, Seton Hall Prep and Averill Park.
Shenendehowa’s 28-14 win against Averill Park came in the semifinals, but its 26-22 quarterfinal win against Seton Hall was the Plainsmen’s most dramatic win as it took a game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Decker to wide receiver Duncan Hill to seal the win.
Decker, Shenendehowa head coach Brian Clawson said, is one of three quarterbacks competing for the starting spot in 2019, along with Evan Bean and Brody Vincenzi.
A week after winning at West Point, Shenendehowa won a June 22 7-on-7 championship at St. John Fisher. Shenendehowa went 8-1 at that competition, and won the large-school title with a 30-8 win against Starpoint.
From those 7-on-7 competitions, Clawson said the Plainsmen are able to grow in many areas.
“I think that, offensively, spreading the ball around, staying consistent, and throwing for a high completion percentage with minimal interceptions [is important],” Clawson said, “and, defensively, you always got to shut down the opponent’s best player and play sound team coverage and defense.”
Clawson also noted that the team’s offseason program is going well as a whole, including events such as the Section II Football Camp, which Clawson views as even more beneficial than the 7-on-7 tournaments.
“That really means more to us than a 7-on-7 tournement because we believe in the team, and we have all of our team there, and we have every level of our program there,” Clawson said.
Some of the top performers Clawson named to this point in the offseason have been Kevin Fobare, William Marchewka, Billy Beach, Joshua Szwarcberg, Patrick McCane and Dyvante Terrelonge.
Clawson said he’s optimistic about the upcoming season and the team’s development as it blends together its returning players and members from its undefeated JV team.
“The development of the offensive line is always critical,” Clawson said. “We want to be able to run the football and control the line of scrimmage and . . . the same thing on defense; we want to be able to stop the run if we want to be successful.”