The dawn of a new varsity football season begins this month for five Syracuse high schools: Corcoran, Fowler, Henninger, Nottingham and the Institute of Technology at Central (ITC), which will make its debut this fall.
ITC established a program in 2008 and played two seasons at the JV level. The Eagles finished 3-4 their first JV season, then improved to 5-2 last year.
But this year's transition to the varsity level will be interesting as the Eagles, who do not have a home field or a middle school feeder program, will compete in a tough Class C West division.
Former Bishop Ludden coach John Cosgrove, who is a history teacher at ITC, is the head coach. Cosgrove built a winning program at Ludden during his 16-year tenure, which included six league titles and winning a Class C state championship in 2007. ITC physical education teacher Eric Bramoff coached the team for the first two years at the JV level.
Players to watch include quarterback Jebron Thomas, running back Saquan Dozier, back Kasheim Jones and receiver Jamel Mike-Fulton.
Despite having no players with varsity experience, the Eagles will field an athletic team that looks to challenge other Class C West teams, including Cosgrove's former team at Ludden, plus Tully and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown. The Eagles will play their three home games at Corcoran.
ITC makes its varsity debut Friday night at Tully at 7 p.m. Cosgrove, who is three wins away from the 100-win plateau, and ITC will play at Ludden Sept. 10.
Here is a capsule look at the other city teams:
Nottingham - A slight increase in enrollment (from 943 to 1,031 students) moved the Bulldogs from Class A into Class AA this year. The change in classification might be problematic for the Bulldogs, who struggled to a 3-6 record last year in the Class A American division.