Niagara Gazette

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September 5, 2013

Starpoint football seeks improvement in tough Class A North

Niagara Gazette — The 2012 season wasn’t kind to Starpoint football.

The Spartans dealt with multiple injuries at quarterback and across the offensive line, limping to a 3-5 record and the fourth seed in the Class A playoffs, where they lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to top-seeded McKinley.

This year, the Spartans are back, healthy and ready to take on one of Western New York’s toughest divisions in the Class A North.

Leading the way for Starpoint will be star running back Evan Majewski, who returns for his senior season after rushing for over 1,000 yards the previous two years. Majewski tallied 1,425 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and Cavagnaro said he looks primed for a big 2013.

“Evan is looking good,” Cavagnaro said. “He’s done a great job of taking the bull by the horns and has been in the weight room all winter long. He did the smart thing and ran track, which he did for football.”

While Majewski played the role of workhorse last year, Cavagnaro said he didn’t expect to have to rely on him as much this season thanks to the emergence of running back Austin Bratek and quarterback Sam Terrazino.

Bratek, a junior and younger brother of former Starpoint RB Brandon Bratek, will take some of the load off Majewski’s shoulders, while Terrazino, a senior, returns after losing six games to a concussion in 2012.

Cavagnaro said he hopes a more balanced attack will lead to better results offensively.

“Hopefully, it will make us better,” he said. “Sam worked hard in the offseason and has done all the right things. I’m confident he’ll be able to take the load off Evan and air out some passes.

“It’s always nice to have a senior quarterback. Even though (Terrazino) missed six games, he made it all up over the offseason. He’s worked hard.”

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