Returning talent gives Patriots high expectations

By Travis Eldridge

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For many teams a run to the state playoffs is seen as a successful season, for the Binghamton Patriots though, it's a little bit of a disappointment.

Binghamton lost in the state quarterfinals last year to Syracuse's Christian Brother's Academy, but return a core of key pieces from last year's team. Despite losing starting quarterback Andre Yevchinecz, the Patriots return plenty of experience.

In the backfield, Amman Weaver believes he can break the 1,000 yard rushing barrier this season, and power back Dan Sellepack helps provide a one-two punch next to new quarterback Dan Jeffrey.

That combination give the Pats plenty of confidence as training camp begins.

"With our program running this offense for like six years now, we've realized that the offense stays the same, it's the little nuances that you do with different players that makes a difference," said coach Mike Ramil. "We're right now learned about Dan Jeffrey as he's learning about himself at quarterback and what he does well, we'll make sure he has the opportunity to do it in a game."

"We have a lot of returners and they know what they're doing," said Weaver. "We have a lot of seniors this year, so hopefully the experience can help us win a lot of games."

The Patriots will have to once again deal with perennial contender Corning in Class AA, along with Elmira. The Express made a surprise run last year to the Section IV title game before falling to Binghamton.