Buzzing from the emotional victory over Christian Brothers Academy last week, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team is looking to extend their three-game winning streak this week at Indian River.
With one less day to prepare for the northerners, F-M has had to spend the week just getting tougher and imposing its will. The team is trying to fight off the final heat wave of the year, the temptation to allow the CBA win to convince it that the season is already a successful one, and the idea that this game isn’t important because it’s a non-leaguer.
F-M’s head coach, Paul Muench, is looking forward to this matchup and is trying to motivate his team and let people know that this game is exciting in a different way. “Any time you play an out-of-league opponent, it is exciting. Indian River and F-M and two area ranked teams with excellent running games.”
While the Hornets rely on Mitchell Seabury to carry the offense for the most part, Indian River’s running game tends to be diverse. The Warriors have two players hovering around the 550 mark for rushing yards and another at 424 for the year.
But Seabury will do what he can to keep that trio off of the field. Nevertheless, if he finds an opportunity to show us the back of his jersey, there’s no question that he will do so, which has been his plan throughout the season.
The junior recently spoke to Nolan Weidner of Syracuse.com about the success that the Hornets have had since the season-opening loss to Corcoran and said that he isn’t shocked by the way that the season is going.
Seabury said, “I knew we were going to have a very tough team this year, and the linemen were going to help me push — me, Zack Page, Trevor Fallon and Ben Welling … all of our backs — through some big gaps,” per Weidner.
And that’s going to be very important throughout the Indian River game. Because Indian River also has a dynamic running game, every possession is going to count and each touchdown could be the difference between winning and losing.