Notre Dame football coach Ted Boynton all in

A long-time assistant coach at Notre Dame, Ted Boynton welcomes the opportunity to help the Lancers turn around their football program.�� (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

A long-time assistant coach at Notre Dame, Ted Boynton welcomes the opportunity to help the Lancers turn around their football program.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Notre Dame of Fairfield football coach Ted Boynton has a wealth of experience, and most of all, is dedicated to the players and program he took change of this season.
“We believe in the system we’re putting in place and we believe in our kids,” said Boynton whose Lancers opened their season with a 36-13 loss to Stratford High before falling 55-6 to No. 8 ranked Masuk of Monroe in week two.
“It will be a rebuilding process, as we are going over the basics and working from there. We’re setting short team goals and going over fundamentals on a daily basis.”
Notre Dame Athletic Director Rob Bleggi said in a statement when Boynton was hired: “Ted has played a big part as an assistant football coach at Notre Dame for the last ten years.
“His knowledge and understanding of the game of football is undeniable. I am very excited to have Ted as our head coach as we move towards the future of our program.”
Despite the opening week loss, all indications are that the plan in place is working.
Stratford returned a veteran team, primed to make a move in the South-West Conference, as it showed during a 27-point second quarter.
Notre Dame, meanwhile, boasts four seniors, and the roster is dominated by sophomore and freshmen.
“A lot of our sophomores played as freshman, but that was in a lot of different schemes,” Boynton said. “Now we have one system in place and it is really a first year for every one.”
Notre Dame is being led by seniors Marcus Fulton, Tyler Owen, Trent Hudson, Austin Camacho and Tyler Stimpson.
“They are providing the leadership,” Boynton said. “Every one on the team plays an important part.”
Junior Lynn Nicholas and junior Adam Dawe are the offensive tackles, with center and junior Noah Cirisoli flanked by sophomore Noel Santaella and junior Andre Rosales at guard.
Freshman Nick Granata got the start at quarterback, and after getting his timing down, completed an 84-yard touchdown pass up the seam to Fulton to dip into a 28-0 deficit with 2:04 remaining in the first half versus Stratford. Camacho booted the conversion out of Kyle Aldrich’s hold.
Stratford looked to answer here, but Fulton chased down the Red Devils’ Bryan Lesperance and knocked him out of bounds on the Lancers’ nine-yard line.
Fulton’s hustle play proved  worth it, as he followed it up with an intercepted pass on the goal line.
William Kelly was a force all game from his linebacking position, and fellow sophomore Hakim Fleming was the Lancers’ top ground gainer.
Fulton got free on a couple of jet sweeps, gaining 17 yards on the first and 26 on another, with Santaella and Fulton getting the blocks on the edge.
Aldrich, a junior, threw a 19-yard pass to freshman Bryce Bennett to close out the scoring in the fourth quarter.
To put a program in place, coaches must reach their players on a physical, emotional and psychological level.
“To go (last year) from August to November and have only one win (over Immaculate-Danbury) to show for it is difficult,” Boynton said.
“Football is a working-man’s game and always will be. When they don’t reap the benefits immediately, we have to reenforce that the day-to-day stuff matters.
“When it isn’t working, you can’t just say we’ll work harder. That’s not fair to the kids; that’s not the answer. As coaches, we get together, evaluate, and then go out to the players and fix it.”

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