The McMahon football team is working harder than ever to improve their team. They have been practicing since the summer, when they traveled to Pennsylvania for a football camp. The team practices six days a week, lifts weights, and watches film to prepare for their games. Practices alone can last up to three hours. Coach Q, the head coach of the team, brought in a strength and conditioning coach for the first time last year, and a speed coach that trained the team over the summer.
On Thursday nights before their Friday night games, the team has a family dinner together followed up by a guest speaker who talks to the players and tells them their story and what football means to them. On the field, Coach Q has “reinstalled the offense that won us a state championship back in 1994," he says. McMahon is the only team that runs this offense which causes it to be confusing for other teams to defend against.
The football camp that the team went to over the summer was “specifically for the offense," Coach Q explained. Jermaine Daniels, the starting fullback, and Patrick Coulter, the starting quarterback, are two captains who are both two-way starters. Luis Tejada, Lucky, and Jeff Cocchia are also very talented starters. Coach Q says the team is “excited about their younger talent," such as Matt Claps, another two-way starter who transferred from Trinity Catholic and is only a sophomore. On defense, seven of the team's starters are underclassmen, which is very exciting.
Off the field, Coach Q and the football team have been big on community involvement. In September, they dedicate a game to pediatric cancer and raise money that they donate to the National Pediatric Cancer Society. That game is followed up in October with McMahons yearly
Pink Out game where the team makes a donation to the Cancer wing in the Norwalk Hospital. In November they hold a Salute to Service game where they honor Norwalk residents and people who have served.
McMahon Football hopes to keep improving as they come off a bye week and play Amity in New Haven on Friday 10/18.