HOMER — With high school sports less than a month away, the Standard’s first fall preview takes us to the Homer Trojans football squad, which is preparing for its 74th season after going 3-0 and outscoring their opposition 135-12 in the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 fall II season.
Head coach Gary Podsiedlik enters his 32nd year at the helm of the Trojans with a record of 161-101. His senior class includes running back and defensive back Logan Peck, who was named an All-Central New York Small School First Team member last season; quarterback Jake Calabro, Zack Arnold, Will Dady, Carsen Johnson, Tavyn Malchak and David Morse.
He also returns junior running back Sam Sorenson, who also wrestles for the Trojans, and adds sophomore quarterback and linebacker Wyatt Wilbur.
They will have a tall task ahead of them to replace the contributions from last year’s graduates — Andrew VanPatten (All-Central New York Small School Player of the Year), Casey Moore (first team All- Central New York), Jake Atkins, Jakob Denenberger, Colin Perks, Brandon Shattuck and Jarrett Wilbur.
“With a final roster of 35 to 40 players we will have strength in numbers,” Podsiedlik said. “Our skill position depth and experience will be something we lean on. With our staff possessing over 200 years of football coaching experience at Homer, it will be our amazing assistant coaches that will be our ultimate strength as we teach our players.”
Podseidlik said his team’s play in the trenches “will be asked to improve at a racehorse pace. Many of our young players in the trenches will be called upon to get the job done at a high level right away.”
Podseidlik is proud of the work his players have put in during the offseason after an extended spring high school season and short summer.
“Our dedicated players have done an outstanding job of speed-,agility, strength and skill training during this summer,” he said. “We kicked off summer with three days of mini-camp that went very well. Like most teams, good health and sincere commitment to the work will be the key to our success this fall.”
The Trojans are seeking their first league title and Section III titles since 2017, and their second-ever NYSPHSAA championship, which they last won in 1986.
Fri., Sept. 10,, 7 p.m.: vs. Mexico
Fri., Sept. 17, 7 p.m.: @ Vernon-Verona-Sherrill
Fri., Sept. 24, 7 p.m.: vs. Institute of Technology, Syracuse
Fri., Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m.: @ Westhill
Fri., Oct. 8, 7 p.m.: @ Indian River
Fri., Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: vs. Cortland
Fri., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.: @ Marcellus