Notre Dame football doing what’s necessary

Notre Dame of Fairfield will open its season when New Fairfield visits McCarty Field on Saturday, Sept. 13. Lancer team captains (l-r) are Adam Dawe, Shea Olayos, Noah Cirisoli and Kevin Bortnick. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Notre Dame of Fairfield will open its season when New Fairfield visits McCarty Field on Saturday, Sept. 13. Lancer team captains (l-r) are Adam Dawe, Shea Olayos, Noah Cirisoli and Kevin Bortnick.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

The Notre Dame of Fairfield football program is in a transition period. No one knows this more than Lancer head coach Teddy Boynton.
“We have enough players to be competitive,” Boynton said of his team that is coming off a 1-10 season.
“Depth is a problem for now and we can’t afford to lose guys to injury. That said, we’re not going to sell out the future by playing kids at the varsity level.”
Notre Dame has 40-plus players, including freshmen, on its roster.
“We will run a varsity program and a freshman program,” Boynton said. “Our goal is to keep the freshman playing at one level and enjoy success. That way, if its 15 for 15 or 20 for 20, they’ll be together as a group moving forward.
“We’re looking to close the gap so we can get back to running three (add in junior varsity) programs.
“Next year, we’ll mix the top (varsity) players with the upcoming sophomores.”
That being said, the 2014 season holds promise.
“The players are buying in and will be giving it the good old college try,” Boynton said with tongue in cheek.
“Seriously, we open with New Fairfield (8-3), who clobbered us last year. They graduated some key players, but with 74 guys on the team, they can replenish. It’s going to be a tough opener.”
Six of Notre Dame’s loses a year ago came to opponents that finished the campaign with winning records.
Offensive line has been a team strength in the preseason.
“Senior Adam Dawe will be at left tackle, senior Lynn Nicholas at right tackle and Noah Cirisoli at center,” Boynton said.
“Noel Santaella, Matt Merced and Trendon Gardner are battling for the other guard spot. We have depth up front, which is a good thing.”
Shea Olayos, a transfer from St. Joseph of Trumbull, will be the quarterback.
“Shea missed his junior year at St. Joseph with a knee injury,” Boynton said. “What he brings with him in a winning mentality. St. Joseph is a very successful program because its players do what is needed from offseason work outs to how they approach each practice.”
Hakim Fleming, who ran for more than 900 yards as a sophomore, leads the running attack.
“Hakim is a big cat, a three-year starter and tough to bring down. Bill Kelly, a junior, and Brandon White, a sophomore, will also run the ball so we can give Hakim a break. They both get guys to miss.”
Kevin Bortnick, another transfer from St. Joseph, and Tyler McMillan from Brunswick School in Greenwich, will start as slot back and wide receiver, respectively.
Andrew Chimento, Tom Whalen and Tony Addorisio will all see time as receivers.
“Our linebackers are strong with Fleming and Bortnick in the middle and Kelly as an outside backer,” Boynton said. “Kendrick Boliere, Zack Stepkoski, who is out from the hockey team, and White will split time at the other linebacker position.”
McMillan, Addorisio and Brian Boyd are cornerbacks and Chimento, Whalen, Ryan Celini and Sal Emanuel at safety.

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