By Harold Raker
For The Daily Item
NEW BLOOMFIELD — Obviously, Carson Long Military Institute will be a huge underdog in its non-league game with visiting Milton on Saturday afternoon.
But there is some positive news for coach Pete Lasavage’s Warriors. The team won its first game since the 2011 season when it topped Red Lion Christian 21-0 last Thursday. Unfortunately for the Warriors (1-3) had to play just two days later, and took a 47-9 loss to Hancock, Md. The insanity continues for Carson Long as the Warriors will play Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Md.) tonight, then host Milton two days later.
“Hopefully, this is a good tune-up and preps us for Saturday,” Lasavage said.
“Yes, it was a nice win for the boys in our program, especially Sydney Brown who has been here six years (two as a manager and four as a player),” said Lasavage of his 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior two-way lineman.
“Our school community was very happy. We understand that Milton is a good team that has some real nice athletes. We must not make mistakes, penalties or turnovers to give them any extra time with the ball,” Lasavage said.
Lasavage is also positive about the type of team he has this year.
“This group is the most athletic we’ve had in about four or five years, but we struggle up front on the line,” he said.
That does not bode well as Milton has a big, physical and veteran front line, led by 6-4, 285 junior tackle Travis Krall.
Milton coach George Goodwin said that, in the limited film he saw of the Warriors, they appear to have a good wide receiver in 6-foot-7, 200-pound junior Anfernee Brice.
“It looks like they want to get the ball in his hands and the quarterback (junior Josh Kingsborough) throws a nice ball,” Goodwin said.
He also said the Warriors have a kicker (senior Brian Brennan) who kicked a 42-yard field goal and the Black Panthers have to take that into account.
Otherwise, Goodwin said his team’s concern is more about improving for the second half of the season, and repping the things that they do well and trying to stay on track, and stay healthy.
He said that when they hosted Carson Long last year, the players had no idea of what kind of team they faced. This year, they know about the Warriors and they just need to guard against a letdown.
Lasavage said, “We look forward to playing good teams like Milton and respect what they are. This adds a lot to our program in letting our boys see what it takes to play at this level.”
The Carson Long coach agreed that his quarterback has some talent, as, he said, does Brown, who is a three-year starter at center.
“Our receivers are not bad and we try to use a lot of no-huddle,” he said, referring to the offense as “NASCAR,” a la the no-huddle offense employed by Penn State coach Bill O’Brien.