Albany Academy prepares for season, first game

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Updated: 9/03 9:32 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The countdown to high school football is down to just two days, and for most of the Class B teams, there’s no room for error.

Albany Academy is one of the teams kicking off with a divisional game on Friday. The Cadets’ Week One test will be against Ravena.

Academy is coming off a disappointing 3-5 season where they just missed the playoffs despite averaging more than 30 points per game. Their defense also gave up 30 or more points in five of their eight games.

Head coach Tony Fruscio expects that side of the ball to be much improved with seven returning starters. It’s the offense, with a sophomore starting quarterback that might be suspect.

“Yeah, I mean that’s the big question,” senior Jimmy Diorio said. “He is young, but I also think he has a lot of talent. I think, I think he’ll be good.”

“He’s very experienced despite his youth,” senior William Pausley said. “He’s been around this team for a while. He’s got a lot of work in on the offseason. He expects to have a very good year, and I think we all expect to have a very good year with him.”

“I think we have enough skill players that we’ll be fine. We’ll be able to look at the carries and passing game and mix it in, so we still have a productive offense.”

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