Tigers work on consistency, first downs

The Newtonite

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Senior T.J. Quinn blocks for junior Andrew Kinsella Saturday Sept. 17. The Tigers defeated Milton 21-0 at home for their first win of the season.

by Jacob Schwartz
If football works hard enough, a winning season is within reach for the Tigers, according to senior Brendan Fagan, a captain with seniors Mike Bradley, Pat Bryson and Swardiq Mayanja.
“We have a strong team this year, and I think that makes it easier to achieve that goal,” Fagan said.
“We have a lot of heart and a lot of character.”
Today, the Tigers, 2-1, play a well-rounded Natick team, according to Fagan.
“They are just one of those teams that no matter how many seniors graduate, they always have talented kids who can fill the spot.”
However, Fagan noted that this season, unlike other seasons, the Tigers have a chance to beat every team they will face.
“We have a lot of returning kids making an impact, but we also have a lot of young kids who are stepping it up big time,” he said.
Coach Peter Capodilupo said he hopes “we can become more consistent. To do this, everyone will need to be strong in their position.” The team is also working hard to gain more first downs, he said.
The three major goals for the season, according to Capodilupo, are to beat Brookline in the annual Thanksgiving game, to have a winning season and “to win our next game.”
The Tigers have watched a game film of Weymouth playing to learn how they function, Fagan said. Fagan said he hoped the game film would allow them to prevail when they face the Wildcats on the road Thursday. “We can’t predict everything, but we’ll be as ready as we can and play to their weaknesses.”
Capodilupo said the team will have to be careful when defending against Weymouth, as it tends to spread its offense.
“By spreading their plays out, they make it very difficult to cover. They also have quarterbacks who can run, which can be very dangerous.”
Fagan said, “We’re a well balanced team. A lot of the weaknesses from last year were evened out, and a lot of the younger kids are stepping up.”