Six seconds. That’s all you need to see from the video above to realize this: Ossining has itself a new quarterback.
His name is Brian Connolly, and he is a junior transfer from Stepinac. Connolly played on the Stepinac varsity as a sophomore last season but decided to come home to Ossining — the town he lives in and the school his parents call their alma mater — rather than sit on the sideline another year behind Tyrell Goodman.
As you can probably tell, Connolly strikes an imposing figure and has a strong left arm. He is 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, and Dan Ricci did not hide today that his team will open up its offense with Connolly under center. He certainly has the arm strength to stretch the field.
Ossining will be awfully young in several key spots, although it returns several guys who can protect the new QB. Jordan Archible (RG/DT), Tyler Brown (C), Jose Chica (OT) and Peter Hoffman (TE/LB) were all front 7 mainstays as juniors. Chica filled in admirably after Dakota Degree went down for the year.
They will form the core and provide some experience up front, but the skill positions are where Ossining felt the biggest crush from graduation. Main ball carriers Matt Laccetti and Lemar Johnson are gone, so is top target Jamel Lucky. Seniors Donqutae Washington and Darrick Espinal-Ridenhour would’ve filled in but left the school, transferring to Brunswick.
Two seniors will earn carries: Louis Rodriguez and Alex Anthony, the latter of who has been the team’s kicker. They’ll be joined by a pair of sophomores with talent: Steve Candeleria and Kevin Gemboa. Candeleria already has the size the carry the ball on varsity.
With the team moving to Class AA and an entirely new group of players on the ball, Ossining remains a complete unknown. As promising as Connolly and his backs look, we won’t know where they stand for a while. If you’re looking for good chance to learn more, try September 2. Ossining will host an seven-way scrimmage with Greeley, Fox Lane, Suffern, Yonkers and Lincoln Hall.
Ossining worked down on the soccer field as a change or two are made to its turf. When it returns, fans will notice a tribute to Christian Federico, the former Ossining star who died suddenly this spring at 20. His number 23 was painted onto the padding near one end zone. You can see it below. Ricci also said his team will wear Federico’s No. 23 on its helmets.