In just about two weeks the Post University sprint football team will take the field to start the 2014 season. Expectations are high for the program’s fifth season, after clinching two consecutive winning seasons since beginning play at LaMoy Field in 2012.
The Eagles will find out exactly what they are made of in the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 20 as the Army Black Knights visit Waterbury for the first time. Army has earned the league crown in each of the past two seasons, posting a 7-0 record each year. Post has never defeated Army, falling 38-6 in West Point last season.
“Opening up against Army is tough, but it will be a good barometer to see where we are as a team. That game will be a sign of how our season will go,” said head coach Michael Mannetti.
Last season, Post was tough on both sides of the ball, finishing third in both offensive (376) and defensive (296) yards per game. The Eagles also landed 17 student-athletes on the All-Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) team, the second-most in school history. Out of those, eight return for Post this season.
A CSFL second-team selection a year ago, junior quarterback Greg Volpe looks to continue the success he had last season when he led the conference with 249.6 passing yards per game and was third with 12 touchdown passes. Volpe earned CSFL Offensive Player of the Week honors in week 6, when he accounted for four of the Eagles’ touchdowns in a 43-12 victory over University of Pennsylvania.
“It’s great that we have Greg back this year. He is a smart kid who knows how to run the offense,” added Mannetti.
Defensively, linebacker Anthony Jamele is the lone returning All-CSFL first teamer. The junior led the team with 47 tackles and a school-record 9.5 sacks. In the season opener against Cornell, Jamele broke another record with 4.5 sacks in the game.
This year the Eagles have three games at LaMoy Field, where they were 3-1 last year: the opener against Army, Homecoming Day on Oct. 4 against Mansfield and Senior Day and the CSFL Talon Cup against Franklin Pierce on Nov. 1. Post is on the road against Princeton (Sept. 26), Navy (Oct. 10), Penn (Oct. 17), and Cornell (Oct. 24).