Bainbridge, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The start of the high school football season is in just 2 weeks. And one team with some holes to fill is the Bainbridge-Guilford Bobcats.
After losing in the Class D quarterfinals last season, the Bobcats lost several of their key players to graduation including quarterback Corbin Palmer, running back Jack Mazzarella and tight end Austin Bauerle.
Coach Tim Mattingly admits that this year's team is very young, with 14 new players, but is coming along early in the preseason.
They have some experience on the offensive line and new quarterback Cole Webb played the position a little bit last season.
The biggest key is for players to play within themselves and not try to fill the shoes of those who have graduated.
"We've talked to the kids and what we told them is it's a great opportunity for these younger kids to step up and step in now that we've graduated so many seniors so you know, Austin and Corbin were a big part of our program but I think these kids are excited about the fact they can come in and they can step in possibly and contribute," Mattingly says.
"We just kind of tell them what we learned throughout the years. We've been playing, this is my third year on varsity so really I have a lot of experience so I can let my experience help them and help them out anyway I can," says quarterback Cole Webb.
The start of the season isn't an easy one for Bainbridge as they open at home with Greene and last year's Class D runner up, Groton.