Chris Doody is very proud of Corinth’s identity: strong and physical. Those two words pepper his discussion of the Tomahawks, describing exactly what he wants to see out of his team.
“Corinth has been known as a strong, physical football team for as long as they’ve been playing,” the Tomahawks’ head coach said. “We’re doing the same thing.”
The Tomahawks have six returning starters on offense and five on defense, a good middle number. But the program in place in Corinth does a good job of easing the transition from JV to varsity, so Doody isn’t worried about the newcomers not fitting in.
“We have a lot of tough players (in the school),” he said. “As long as they are coachable, we’re going to find a spot for them.”
Corinth is coming off a 5-4 season last year, but all of the losses were to teams that went on to sectional finals, including two to Hoosick Falls, who went on to the state final.
Doody believes the key to a better chance at teams like those comes down to attitude.
“It’s not X’s and O’s, it’s the mentality and the effort we ask for an the attitude we expect as coaches,” he said. “We can preach having a positive attitude, but it means a lot more when our kids see it from (teammates).”
To set that example, the coach turns to Chantz Baudoux and Alex Jenkins. Both are third-year starters who do everything Doody asks of them. He said they’re the type of players who make life easier for a coach.
Quarterback: Baudoux has been Doody’s starter for each of his three years as coach.
“It’s a comfortable feeling to be set at quarterback,” Doody said. “He has an excellent understanding and control of the flexbone offense that we run.”
Last year, Baudoux threw for 569 yards and seven touchdowns.
Backs and receivers: Jenkins leads the way at running back. He was named an all-state honorable mention as an all-purpose player and Doody praised his “excellent vision and speed.”
Last year, Jenkins rushed for 662 yards and seven touchdowns on 84 carries. He also racked up 132 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
The Tomahawks will miss Anthony Abare in the slot receiver role; he scored seven touchdowns rushing and receiving combined. Matt Jensen and Wyatt Mayer, both juniors, will look to fill the hole.
Wide receiver Kory Bennett will step into a larger role this year.
“Our seniors have been around a little bit,” Doody said. “They’re excellent leaders and have taken on helping some other kids.”
Offensive line: Corinth has two key returning starters on offensive line. Sam Kramer and Ashton Flavin were both named to the Class C North first-team offense last year. Kramer is only a junior but is still a third-year starter.
Adrian Peris is also a returning starter, giving the Tomahawks a solid core. A few juniors battled for the other two spots in training camp, with Alec Blanchard and Hunter Lescault earning those positions.
“We’re fortunate that we were able to get them quite a bit of time last year,” Doody said. “Those guys have been around the last two years and we’re not changing anything.”
Defense: This is where the strong and physical play really comes in. That’s what Doody wants to see from his defense, especially knowing the level of competition they will face.
Bennett was named to the Class C North second team at defensive back and Doody expects to rely on him heavily.
Losing Noah Morgan and Tyler McCarty at linebacker is a big hit for the Tomahawks. One player Doody hopes will be able to fill that role is Steve Ackerman.
“We lost a couple of kids known for strong and physical play in Noah and Tyler, and Steve fits that character,” Doody said. “He’s going to find a spot on the field just because of his level of play.”
Outlook: Many of Corinth’s newcomers have at least some experience at varsity, so Doody feels good about how they will fit in.
“We have a handful of returning starters that we’re very confident in and some guys who will be playing some bigger roles,” he said.
It also helps, Doody said, that his team has experience against top teams, referring to those losses to Fonda, Schuylerville and Hoosick Falls.
“In order to compete in a very competitive Class C North division this year,” he said, “we must continue playing fast, physical football and put our athletes in a position to make plays.”
2014 IN REVIEW
LAKE GEORGE/H-L W 43-0
SCHUYLERVILLE L 12-43
at Granville W 46-14
GREENWICH W 37-14
at Hoosick Falls L 7-30
SCHOBURG W, forfeit
FONDA L 33-34
COXSACKIE-ATHENS* W 27-0
vs. Hoosick Falls** L 14-45
League 3-1 Overall 5-4
* Class C first round
** Class C semifinal
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Player Att. Yds. Avg. TDs
Alex Jenkins 84 662 7.9 7
Tyler McCarty 70 472 6.7 4
Chantz Baudoux 95 471 5.0 3
Anthony Abare 46 417 9.1 7
Kory Bennett 21 121 5.8 1
Taylor Lozier 2 8 4.0 0
Alec Blanchard 2 5 2.5 0
Matt Jensen 3 4 1.3 0
Ryan Matuszak 1 -2 -2.0 0
Player Comp. Att. Pct. Yds. TDs
Chantz Baudoux 34 70 48.6 569 7
Anthony Abare 0 2 0.0 0 0
Player No. Yds. Avg. TDs
Anthony Abare 14 239 17.1 2
Alex Jenkins 8 132 16.5 4
Brandon Drollette 4 101 25.3 1
Kory Bennett 3 83 27.7 0
Tyler McCarty 2 17 8.5 0
Cam Nichols 2 8 4.0 0
Ryan Matuszak 1 12 12.0 0
Player TDs Cnv. FG PAT Pts.
Alex Jenkins 12 6 0 0 78
Anthony Abare 7 1 0 2 46
Chantz Baudoux 7 0 0 0 42
Tyler McCarty 5 2 0 0 34
Kory Bennett 1 1 0 0 8
Brandon Drollette 1 0 0 0 6
Cam Nichols 0 1 0 0 2
Musco 0 0 0 2 2
Anthony Villano 0 0 0 1 1
Sept. 4 LK. GEORGE/H.-LUZERNE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Hoosic Valley, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Whitehall, 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 GRANVILLE, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 HOOSICK FALLS, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 CHATHAM, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23-24 Playoffs/crossovers
Oct. 30-31 Playoffs/crossovers
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