Last year, the Severna Park Falcons went 3-0 on the strength of a high-octane offense and senior leadership. This year, coach Mike Wright has some outstanding returning offensive lineman, quarterback Seamus Patenaude and kicker/punter Trey Smack to lead the Falcons.
“We changed our offense last year and we averaged about 30 points per game,” Wright said. “We lost a talented group of seniors, so this year we’re young in some places.”
Wright has one weapon that few teams in the region can boast about: Smack. A nationally recognized specialist, Smack recently committed to Florida and competed in the Kohl’s kicking academy this summer. He was rated the No. 3 kicker in the competition and the No. 5 punter in the group.
“He was a soccer player as a freshman and his friends kept sending me videos of Trey punting and kicking,” Wright said. “I kept pursuing him to come out and he finally did as a sophomore. He’s really developed and has done exceedingly well in the kicking camps he’s attended.”
New Falcons athletic director Dave Kauffman has been to numerous practices this summer and is impressed with Smack’s skill level.
“He’s a gamechanger,” Kauffman said. “Not many teams in the region can put points on the board with field goals from the 30- or 40-yard lines as well as pin your opponent inside the 10-yard line from midfield or longer. He’s a great weapon to have.”
Offensively, the Falcons will have a strong and experienced front line led by seniors Nathan Brand, Keon Glick and Harry Lentz. They will protect the athletic, strong-armed junior quarterback, Patenaude, who also has the ability to scramble out of the pocket and run for daylight.
On defense, the Falcons are led by senior defensive back James Henson III, junior defensive end Tatan Livingston and senior outside linebacker Caleb Sartalamacchia.
“Defensively, we are young and enthusiastic,” Wright said. “We will greatly improve as the season goes on.”
Wright has been impressed by the work ethic of his young squad.
“We’re coming together and we don’t have that deer in the headlights anymore,” he said.
Wright added that both scrimmages that the Falcons wanted to have were rained out, so they will go into the season without any game-situation scrimmages, which would have helped his young team.
The Falcons will have another tough schedule this year and Wright mentions Broadneck as one of the key games and also looks forward to playing the new high school in Crofton as well.
Severna Park is scheduled to play Meade on September 4 at 6:30pm.