Patriots Breaking In New QB

By WBNG News

August 26, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 11:19 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Saturday is a big day for high school football teams.

For many of them, it's a chance to compete against other teams for the first time this season.

Several schools are getting together in different locations for a scrimmage.

One of those will be the Binghamton Patriots.

The Patriots return 6 players on offense and 8 on defense.

They'll be breaking in a new quarterback to replace Wayne Bonsell, who graduated.

But coaches say new signal caller Andre Yevcheniz brings a new dimension to the offense.

"What's going to be better this year is that we have a quarterback that can actually run the ball as well as he can throw the ball so he's not really good at one or the other, he's really good at both so that's going to bring a lot more balance," says head coach Mike Ramil.

"Andre's really fast. He's got a great arm. Very acurate too. I think he's going to be able to replace Wayne just fine," says senior wide receiver Kevin Rowe.

The Binghamton Patriots are in a division with Corning, Ithaca, and the newly merged Elmira team, which brought together Elmira Free Academy and Elmira Southside.

The Patriots open the season one week from today, when it takes on Newburgh.

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