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Football Warriors to depend on many new faces

Liverpool replaces 32 seniors, return top back Jaydakis Scott

— At some point, all of the pieces will fit together and the Liverpool football program will reach a Section III Class AA final, ending a drought that dates back to its championship season of 1998 – but will that time come this fall?

Once again, the Warriors were good a season ago, going 5-2 and shutting out West Genesee 28-0 in the opening round of the sectional playoffs. And once again it fell one win short of getting to the Carrier Dome, as eventual champion CBA took them out in the semifinals.

Going into 2014, Liverpool head coach Dave Mancuso faced the challenge of replacing 32 seniors, a group that included quarterback Justin Capoto, wide receiver Caleb Taylor, lineman Geoffrey Bell and kicker Trevor Monk.

“We’ve got a lot of shoes to fill,” said Mancuso.

The battle to be Liverpool’s new starting quarterback symbolizes the questions on the rest of the roster. Capoto started since the middle of his sophomore season in 2011, and three players are trying to replace him.

Senior Ricky Sisto got plenty of snaps in pre-season practice, but so did junior Jordan Caviners, up from the JV team, and so did sophomore Matt Rioux, who could, with a strong finish to the pre-season, find himself as the same kind of long-term solution Capoto turned out to be.

Liverpool is far more settled at running back, where Jaydakis Scott nearly topped 1,000 yards despite missing several starts a year ago. Scott and Rashon Crenshaw give the Warriors two capable big-play backs, with newcomer Dietrick Roberson blocking for them at fullback.

Senior Matt Sala returns at wide receiver and will draw a lot of defensive attention now that Taylor is gone, which could open up routes for Austin Ludwig. Liverpool is deep at tight end, where defensive star Joe Scro and Michael Cutrone could split time.

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