In just three days, the Greenwich High School football team will step onto the field for the first time under new head coach John Marinelli.
“Coach has brought a totally different culture to the program. We are faster, working hard in the offseason. With him here, I think Greenwich has a great future,” said Luke Bienstock.
“We have a drone to film practice. It’s been really helpful seeing our practices,” said Scooter Harrington.
The Cardinals season opener is against Trinity Catholic on the road, and this game has some hype around it. Former Greenwich head coach of 18 years Rich Albonizio is now the assistant coach at Trinity. But Marinelli and his players have one thing in mind.
“We’ll just take it one game at a time,” said Harrington.
“It’s just one week at a time,” said Marinelli.
“We have narrow vision right now, which is focusing on our assignment and what we are doing. We are not really looking at the bigger picture,” said Bienstock.
Coach says Big Red is treating it like any other game.
“We can’t afford to look forward. Football is not like any other sport. You have one game a week. Looking ahead and maybe ruining a game is not possible,” said Marinelli.
Marinielli says players to watch include linebacker Paul Wiilliams, running back Luke Bienstock, and tight end Scooter Harrington, who will be taking his talents to Boston College in the fall.
“We got a whole slew of characters that can contribute snd change the game in their own way,” said Marinelli.
“We have a great junior class this year which should be really fun to watch and develop as the year goes on. We are just really trying to prepare now for our first game,” said Harrington.
Cardinals against the Crusaders kicks off at 4:00 at Alumni Field in Stamford.