One of the most important traits a football player can have is toughness. New Falmouth High School football coach Joe Morency believes that he doesn’t have just a few tough players for his first year at the helm; he feels he’s got a tough team.
“Overall, that’s what they are. They’re a group of tough kids and they’re working their butts off and working well together as a team. We don’t have a lot of individual stars, but we have some good football players that get after it,” the coach said.
The captains on the team are good examples of that toughness. Sam Cavossa, Julian Hendricks and Cam Govoni all are veteran players who have been through the wars for several years. All three are multisport athletes who love competition, and they’re all very good football players.
Taking over for Derek Almeida, who left to coach at his hometown and alma mater of Fairhaven High School, Morency said he has taken a lot of what he learned as an assistant coach and put it into play for his own team. Falmouth will still run a triple option offense, but it will also run some new wrinkles. Center Nolan Murphy laughed when talking about the changes, saying he is excited about snapping shotgun snaps for the first time.
“We definitely want to throw the ball some more, and I think we will. Right now we want to get to game one and make sure that we move the ball,” Morency said.
Simplifying things overall has been a point of emphasis for the new coach. With everyone having to transition to a new staff and approach, Morency said that he has tried to keep things as uncomplicated as possible in order to put the players in a position to succeed. As the weeks advance and the players become more comfortable with how things are done, he said, more will be added. For now the Clippers want to take what they do and do it well.
“Overall, the kids are just pumped to be out there and playing,” the coach said. “This has been a weird year, and everything has been (difficult) because of the protocols. We’re just trying to do everything the right way, stay safe, and have fun playing football.”
The Clippers hope to lean on a strong offensive line that has some experienced players who are capable of making plays. The tackles will be seniors Aiden Levangie and Dylan Pine, and the guards are junior John Vincent and sophomore Brady Garcia. Murphy is the center. Backing them up will be Dominic Rose, John Alves and Milteer Hendricks.
Falmouth’s running backs have a chance to be playmakers. Julian Hendricks is a veteran who can make plays with his feet, and Dre Cain Williams has made his share of big plays, both in the running and passing games. Cavossa will see time all over the place, lining up in the backfield, in the slot and outside. Aiden Perry will also see time at running back.
Aiden LeBlanc, a junior, and senior Michael Rose are the top fullbacks. Both are strong runners and tough kids. Cooper Young, a sophomore, will see time at fullback as well. Rose, along with Cavossa, will play the position that Morency calls the “Jack,” which is a receiver/tight end hybrid. With their athletic abilities, the duo are the types of players that FHS will want to get the ball to.
Outside at receiver, FHS has a nice group of talent. Gerald Mahoney, Taylor Frye and Govoni are all excellent seniors who should be involved in the game plan. Nathan Gabourie, Eric Zalinski and Dabney Peters are also in the mix at the position.
Doug Rose will be the man responsible for getting all of the playmakers the ball. The senior quarterback tore his ACL as a sophomore and did not play last year. He hopes to make up for lost time with a big senior season. A tough and quick player, Rose has a big arm and will make some big plays for FHS. Backing him up are Jared Lopes and Aiden North.
Defensively, the Clippers will run a 4-2-5 defensive look similar to what they have had in the past. The alignment allows FHS to match up with teams that like to spread the ball around, with some of the defensive backs able to sneak up to support against the run when needed.
On the defensive line the interior will be manned by Harry Bourgoin, Cavossa and Levangie primarily. John Vincent and Dom Rose will be the top defensive tackles on the outside.
LeBlanc, Cooper Young and Murphy will handle the inside linebacker positions. On the corners, Hendricks and Frye will line up, with Gabourie getting reps as well. Mahoney, Kane Williams, Govoni, Rose and Lopes will play safety spots.
As for special teams, Mahoney will kick off. Pine will punt and both will contend for the placekicking duties. Aiden Perry, Aiden North, Bourgoin and Young will all be key on special teams units, as well.
The Clippers will begin the season on Saturday, March 20, with a game at home against Dennis-Yarmouth. The first three games of the year will all be at home, with the final three all slated for the road.