by Kevin Brown
Sleepy Hollow High School kicks off its varsity season on Saturday, September 2 at home against Pearl River High School. Pearl River is coming off a turbulent off-season that saw Coach Mike Oliva unexpectedly dismissed but then re-instated after public protests and petitions throughout the community called for his reinstatement. Despite a challenged record in 2016, players for Pearl River will bring it on in the opener.
“We haven’t played Pearl River in a while so everyone is fired up. Our offensive line has great size and potential, and we are going to continue our no huddle, fast-paced offense but mix it up to keep the other team off balance,” starting QB Sean McCarthy said.
The game will mark the beginning of a new era under new Athletic Director Denise Kiernan and Coach Jorge Veintimillla. “It is a challenge to adjust to a new style of playing here, but we pick each other up and are ready to resume our culture of a winning football program,” McCarthy shared.
Luis Espinal and Jared Carey return to bring fire power on both sides of the ball. Young budding stars Daniel Williams, Julian Stoll and Charles Velasquez bring great height and athleticism to the receiving corps which will expand on the vertical passing game.
Senior Travis Cowles will play a key role at several positions on both sides of the ball. “We lost some key players from last year but our offense looks strong. It’s a talented group of guys and we are looking to creating some excitement on the field,” Cowles said.
There are only six games in the season with three scheduled home games (9/2 vs Pearl River 1:30, 9/15 vs OLL 7:30 and 10/1 vs Hendrick Hudson 1:30). After a summer of 7-on-7s, linemen camps, and long summer days of practice, the Horsemen are strapped and ready to gallop.