HUDSON — The Fivay High football team struggled to find its offensive identity last fall.
With top running back Davion Sutton in and out of the lineup every other week, the Falcons had to disguise their run-first attack by throwing the football much more, which ended up giving quarterback Eric Vitale more than 1,000 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. In doing so, though Fivay got away from coach Chris Taylor's rushing attack and found a couple of sure-handed receivers: Trenton Soto and Christian Coleman.
“They're both athletes, obviously,” Taylor said. “They're going to play a lot of different positions all over the field for us, so it's going to be exciting to see what they can do. Cyler Doran will probably end up being the starting quarterback for us, but he's still growing. The game changes dramatically from junior varsity to the varsity level. It'll be huge for him to throw to a couple veteran receivers like Trenton (Soto) and Christian (Coleman).”
No doubt a change in offense is in store for Fivay, as the team not only returns Soto and Coleman, but also Dylan Hartley and Jacob Hindman will solidify the passing game.
The graduation of Fivay's top two running backs from last season — Sutton and Vik Taylor — has the team thinking more of an air attack, but also getting tougher on the offensive line.
Fivay, which finished 4-6 in 2013, was, for the first time, unable to consistently run the the ball, which brought change in work ethic among the offensive lineman during the winter and spring workouts.
“There are some weapons that Cyler (Doran) can take advantage of and get us an identity on the offensive side of the ball,” Taylor said. “One of our pleasant surprises of the spring is the physicality of our offensive line. Teams that played us last season pushed us around and they took that as a chip on their shoulder. Another thing I'm really excited about this spring is the attitude of the kids. They seem really excited about being out there.”
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