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Football Mustangs look for playoff return

Marcellus faces crucial season opener in Dome against Solvay

— Playing football at Marcellus means a lot of things, and in recent years that had come to include regular visits to the Section III Class B playoffs.

But in 2012, all of that changed. Head coach Joe Fiacchi said his Mustangs were just fine in between the 20-yard lines, but just could not finish off drives or execute when it had a chance to win in the fourth quarter.

All of that translated into a 2-6 mark, a fifth-place finish in the Class B West division and no post-season, something Marcellus badly wants to atone for when the season kicks off in the Carrier Dome this Sunday against Solvay.

“If we can make those plays in the red zone, we can turn our whole season around,” said Fiacchi. “And we’re capable of it.”

Certainly the players are hungry and eager to start again, as evidenced by the high amount of participation (more than 30 of them) during summer camps at Syracuse University and Christian Brothers Academy.

Fiacchi said the value of those camps was that he got a chance to install both the offense and defense for the players, so that when practices started in mid-August, they were getting a second look at them and could quickly pick things up.

Senior Tom Keegan, the starting quarterback, took over under center late last season, throwing for more than 400 yards in a crossover game against Oswego.

At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Keegan is a departure from the bigger, more physical Mustangs quarterbacks of seasons past. As a result, said Fiacchi, Keegan is more capable of moving out of the pass pocket and making plays with his feet as well as his arm.

Ian McGloon takes over for the departed Brad Kermes at tailback. McGloon ran for more than 400 yards a season ago, but he doesn’t have to handle all the duties, since junior Aaron Cusick and sophomore Ross Filtch give the Mustangs some backfield depth.

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