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Tuckahoe Opens Football Camp With One Goal In Mind

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - After enduring an exhausting conditioning program for the last several months, the Tuckahoe varsity football team was finally able to strap on its pads and get on the field to open summer camp.

After a disappointing 6-3 season a year ago, the 2010 state champions took no time to bemoan their misfortune – and instead got right to work, starting the offseason program the day after Thanksgiving.

Longtime head coach John D’Arco said his team is a year older, stronger and hungrier after enduring the tough season.

“The coaches weren’t satisfied, and the guys weren’t satisfied with last year. They’ve worked hard and we’re a lot bigger and stronger already,” he said. “We have a veteran team. Besides lifting and conditioning, we’ve been able to install the basics of our offense and defense. We have a nice head start.”

Outside of the weight room, the Tigers have attended various camps this summer, including a 7-on-7 program in July and the Challenge Camp in New Rochelle a few weeks ago. Since camp opened on Friday, players been taking part in two-a-day practices each day and on Thursday they will be shipping off for a four-day program in Copiague, where they will have triple sessions before tapering next week.

“With a younger team, it can be a challenge to keep their focus at times during the summer camps, but this is a veteran group with one goal in mind,” D’Arco said. “A lot of the kids are looking forward to school starting so they can get some rest.”

Tuckahoe has a tough challenge ahead if it hopes to return to its 2010 glory. It faces a tough schedule and has a smaller enrollment than most schools in its class. Despite these hurdles, D’Arco said the team has come together to bring the top trophy back to Tuckahoe.

“With so many returning players, we’ve been able to implement our offense and our defense already,” he said. “Most schools would consider a 6-3 record pretty successful, but we lost in the sectionals and we want to get back. These guys have a score to settle.”

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