Football Grooves Into Homecoming Matchup Against Hamilton

Samuel Laxamana, Sports Editor

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Before the Homecoming Dance tomorrow, football, 5-2, is grooving into its match-up against 3-3 Hamilton tonight. 

The Gondoliers are on a four game winning streak and are currently 2-0 in the Western League.
Senior Romeo Signore, a captain, said that the team has historically had a good offense, but as of recently they have had a really good defense.

“I think we’ve had a couple of big blowouts, so I think that the defense has definitely stepped up.”
Coach Angelo Gasca praised the defensive players, too, including three-year starters Signore and senior Robert Lamar.
“Robert and Romeo kind of spearhead the defense,” he said. “The whole defense has done really well.”
Signore said that their improvement in defense is due to the guidance of Iggy Porchia, the defensive coach, as well as Gasca.

“Iggy has been a big component,” he said. “He’s really kept us in line and kept us in shape.”
In last week’s game against Westchester, the Gondoliers did not get as many offsides and penalties due to them being more disciplined, leading to a 26-0 blowout.
“We were more connected in our offense, defense and special teams,” Gasca said. “We just shut them down completely.

“Defensively, we had great performance and offense did their part, but the defense was dominant. This is our second shut out within the last three weeks.”
Friday, October 28, the Gondoliers will be going against Palisades in their last game before the postseason.

The Dolphins beat the Gondoliers last year 33-13 in their first league game last year, perhaps because the Gondoliers were missing a lot of players due to COVID, Signore said.
“Pali has always been our rival. We’re all really excited about that game,” Signore said. “We’re all really excited to get that revenge game.”
Despite Signore’s excitement about going against Palisades in two weeks, Gasca said that he wants the team to just focus on their upcoming opponent.
“Right now, we’re just focused on Hamilton. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We’re just going to focus on tonight’s game, and worry about next week’s opponent next week.”