All about trust for coach Camera and Falcons

Vin Camera goes over blocking technique with his Fairfield Ludlowe linemen at practice at Taft Field on Sept. 16. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Vin Camera goes over blocking technique with his Fairfield Ludlowe linemen at practice at Taft Field on Sept. 16.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

First-year Fairfield Ludlowe football coach Vin Camera is no stranger to coming into a locker room and telling a team what he thinks.
“My thoughts to my players was to trust their technique, trust their coaches, trust themselves, and most of all trust each other,” Camera said of his marching orders to his team prior to its season-opening game at Lyman Hall in Wallingford.
Because of a lightning storm, the Falcons’ 24-21 victory took from Thursday night when it started until Sunday afternoon when it ended.
“In the short term we did well,” he said. “In the long term we have work to do. It was good enough for game one of an 11-game stretch.”
Camera began the program at Platt Tech in Milford in 2007 and finished his stay with a 6-4 record in 2012.
“Honestly, coming here there are a lot of the same challenges,” he said. “At Tech the first year, we had six players who had every worn pads before, Here, we’re trying to instill a new mindset.
“You always set the standards to let the kids know where you stand and what is achievable.
“It was an easy fit finding the leaders on this team. Because of my early hire in April, we were able to get our weight program going and then the passing league.
“It was easy to see who was taking the bull by the horns and who the other players were gravitating to.”
Camera knew who he wanted to in charge of the locker room, but decided to allow his players to choose their captains.
“Matt White, Warren Davis, David Harris and Jake Garrell were named by the team, and I was four-for-four on my selections,” Camera said. “They are outstanding leaders.”
Camera’s coaching staff is a blend of old and new, with the one constant a vision on what it takes for a team to succeed.
“The majority of the guys I worked with, not only at Platt Tech, but over the years,” he said.
“They are guys I respect, who share the same approach. We are upbeat guys, and we’ll let you know if you’re not living up to expectations.
“I was able to hold on to a couple from Matt’s (McCloskey) staff, who wanted to stay and were a good fit.
“I was also able to bring in guys with leadership and experience.”
Ludlowe had a 24-7 lead over Lyman Hall in the SCC/FCIAC Challenge when the game was suspended with 2:41 left to play in the third quarter on Sept. 12.
Patrick O’Leary opened the scoring in the first quarter when he caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from White, who completed 11-of-16 passes for 132 yards.
Michael Arman made it 12-0 in the second period with an eight-yard touchdown reception.
Lyman Hall’s Koby Mensah bucked in from a yard out, before Davis, who rushed for 148 yards on 25 carries, brought the score to 18-7 at the half with a five-yard run.
White’s one-yard run gave Ludlowe its 24-7 lead. Mensah scored twice after play resumed on Sept. 15.
“We are unbeat, we are diligent and we will hold to the standards we’ve set,” Camera said.
“Our kids have to believe they can compete. They can’t look at the big five — Greenwich, Staples, New Canaan etc. — and worry that we’re not in that echelon.
“To get to that level you must focus on personal techniques and get better today than yesterday.
“My goal was to win one game, and now that we’ve done that, I want to win a second game. Whenever it comes, that’s the goal. Then we’ll look to win a third game.”
Ludlowe will visit Ridgefield High at 7 on Friday. The Tigers are coming off a 17-14 win over Cheshire.

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