Chatham Football: A New Legacy

Cougars Look to Build Upon Success
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

It all started with 8 seconds left in the 4th quarter, away at Randolph. Starting quarterback Alex Sands had gotten injured, so Junior Timmy Adams stepped up to take his place. The unforgettable scramble and pass to wide receiver Robbie Moskowitz sealed the deal on Chatham’s first win of the season. From that moment on, the Chatham Football team has had insane momentum.

Chatham Football 2015

You may think people are blowing the team’s success out of the proportion, but this year has been truly remarkable for many reasons. First, the Chatham football team hasn’t been this good since 2011. That was the last time Chatham won their first game of the season and later, made the playoffs. However, this was before any current student was in the high school. The seniors had only seen 3 wins before this current season. Thus, being only one game away from the playoffs is a huge accomplishment, especially for the players who have been working toward this goal.

Coach Izsa attributes the seniors to being one of the main catalysts this season, “We have 20 seniors with a lot of playing experience and who have bought into the program.” Many of them have been starting since sophomore year, so over time they have been able to build their team chemistry. On and off the field, the players’ drive to work hard and play hard has led them to the success they see today. Captain and Senior Alex Sands agree with the experience factor and also adds that they conditioned harder this year, which allows them to outlast other teams, “We had a pretty intense off season conditioning with a few of us starting in the spring and all of us going through doubles during the summer.” To add, their offensive strategy hasn’t changed much from the previous year. They run a mix of passing and running, but slightly more focused toward running considering the strength on the offensive line. “We hit the ground running this summer, and because we already knew the system, we were able to add a few new tricks to the mix,” Sands regards about the offense.

Some injuries have occurred this season to players such as quarterback Alex Sands, wide receivers Chris Bredahl, and running back Luke Sukiennik. However, many of them were not very serious and more towards the beginning of the year, so they have not left a lasting impact on the team. The team did not slow down without the injured players, and called on underclassmen to step up.

No matter the opponent, the team always prepares the same way. “We still break down the same amount of film and spend the same amount of time scouting our opponents. With the teams we play, we can never take anyone lightly,” Izsa says about their mentality for different games. For the players, it is never a question of preparation, but more of execution during the actual game. This preparation was no different for the game against Parsippany Hills (said to be the most important game of the last 5 seasons). The boys are now 4-0 on the road, and took care of business in their do-or-die game last week.

Show your support for the Chatham football team that will leave a strong legacy in the mind of the players, students, and school as a whole. The Cougars will be making their first playoff appearance since 2011 this year!