Ludlowe lineman on mission to clear the way

The Fairfield Ludlowe football team went 6-5 a year ago and head coach Vin Camera is looking for his Falcons to continue to turn the corner.
“We have a lot of quality football players and they’ve come back this season with the desire to get better,” he said.
Alex Zeko, Tanner Hibbert, Cole Gottlieb and George Harris are team captains. Each took time to speak about the preparation put in for the season, which kicks off when Lyman Hall of Wallingford visits Taft Field in an SCC-FCIAC Football Challenge game tonight at 7.
“Things have been going well,” said Zeko, who will play middle linebacker and center. “We’re using scrimmages to tune things up on offense and defense.
“We have three returning lineman on offense. The key is that the new starters are working hard and because we use the same system (junior varsity) they can hop right in.”
Hibbert will line up next to Zeko at left guard.
“We have a lot of team chemistry, which is important moving forward,” said Hibbert, who will also play inside linebacker. “We’re installing a new defense with a new staff and now have to apply what we’ve learned onto the field.”
Gottlieb is returning to his post as outside linebacker.
“We did a good job getting guys into the weight room, so we’re stronger and we have more numbers (depth),” he said. “I’ve really liked how our secondary has improved, both in the 7-on-7 leagues and in scrimmages.”
Harris understands the task at hand.
“We have to be a well-oiled machine up front,” said the offensive tackle, who has earned double duty as a defensive end.
“If one part is missing, the play will fall apart. It is the best feeling when everyone does his job, you’ve executed your blocks, and you can celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown.”
Toward that end, Camera, who graduated some talented players from his first year at the helm, including dual-threat Matt White at quarterback, is optimistic.
“Our scrimmages have went well, and our captains will be the key for us,” he said.
“Alex Zeko was our offensive lineman of the year and has moved from left tackle to center.
Linebacking was an Achilles’ heel for us last year because of injuries, so Alex is moving from defensive end to linebacker, where he is drawing attention from (college) scouts.
“Cole Gottlieb was our best defensive player a year ago and is coming off a hamstring injury. He is tough to stop and led us in quarterback sacks.
“Tanner Hibbert and George Harris are very good up front, Both have the physical makeup and the football smarts to have great seasons for us.”
Lyman Hall (2-9) is somewhat of an unknown opponent.
“They transferred out their quarterback, so game-planning is a challenge,” Camera said. “We’ll be ready. The players have done what we’ve asked since Thanksgiving through the summer.”

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