Football: Falcons hope skill players will take them far

September 9, 2016 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Trevor Leung

Coaches: Tim Lugo

2015-2016 record: 2-4

2015-2016 recap: The Falcons did not qualify for CCS after finishing their season 2-4.

Key additions: quarterback Niko Rositano, wide receiver Harrison Fong, defensive tackle Allie Liddle, wide receiver Will Turpin. All are juniors.

Key opponents: Milpitas, Wilcox, Los Gatos

Star athletes: seniors wide receiver Kian Ghelichkhani, quarterback Will Liddle, running back Nolan Chao, defensive tackle Aaron Vogel, lineman Jesse Chung, juniors quarterback Niko Rositano, wide receiver Harrison Fong, defensive tackle Allie Liddle, wide receiver Will Turpin

Key losses (graduated athletes): Adam Camp,   Vinny Faylor, Vincent Kung, Michael Kazmierczak

League: Santa Clara Valley Athletics League, De Anza League

Prognosis: “We are expecting to make it to the playoffs,” senior Rajat Vora said. “Anything less is a failure.”

 

Although the Falcons lost many important players to graduation, including Adam Camp and Michael Kazmierczak, they come into the league season with a skilled group. They hope to rebound from last season’s subpar performance and earn a CCS bid.

Their improvement did not wait until their season started, as they trained hard all summer long.

“In the summer, we practiced a lot on our individual skills along with trying to get better as a team,” Vora said.

Their diligence has continued during the season, as they prepare for upcoming games.

“We are trying our best to stay healthy and focused throughout the season,” Vora said. “We will prepare by practicing hard and staying motivated.”

With this dedication instilled in every athlete, the team seems to be on the path to improve on their last season.

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