Excitement surrounds Scituate football team

Excitement surrounds Scituate football team

Scituate head coach Mark Reed, shown instructing two of his players during their practice last Friday afternoon, and his football team will open their season on Friday night with a non-league game against Davies’ first-year team at Pawtucket’s Pariseau Field. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)
New turf field, bigger turnout of players add spark to program

NORTH SCITUATE – There’s quite a few reasons why folks around town are excited about this year’s Scituate High football team.

For starters, the numbers are up in the program. After beginning last season with 30 players and ending it in the high teens, the Spartans have 37 on this year’s squad, which went 3-6 last year, but ended its season strong by going 2-2 down the stretch.

Preseason workouts also went very well, and there were positives to be found in the Spartans’ 14-0 defeat to the Juanita Sanchez/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team in last Thursday night’s two-quarter Injury Fund game at Classical High.

And, of course, there’s been the buzz around school and the community – the Spartans’ Caito Field will be open for business for the first time since 2016, with a state-of-the-art FieldTurf surface and a stadium layout that may be the finest in the state.

“There’s a lot of excitement for the new field,” Scituate head coach Mark Reed said late last Friday afternoon after his team’s practice. “I can’t wait to get the kids out there to play on it. We’re going to be playing our first home game in three years and it’s going to be pretty awesome.”

Unfortunately for Reed and his crew, while the school’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams took the turf for their respective home openers last week, the football team will have to wait until its game against Hope on Saturday, Oct. 5, before they kick off on their new surface.

But while that’s the bad news, there may be some good news on the way. With the school’s Homecoming weekend scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19, athletic director Sal Gelsomino is looking to rent portable tower lights so the Spartans can host first-year Davies Tech under the lights that Friday night.

“That will be a great event for the kids,” Reed added. “The last time we had a night game here was several years ago against Juanita Sanchez and it was awesome. It was really a big deal.”

Having nearly 40 players answer the call for this year’s squad has also been a big deal, and “we also have a strong freshman group with a lot of talented players that came out, so the future looks pretty bright,” added Reed.

Highlighing the roster are two seniors who are among the best players in Division IV. Logan Butkins, who is a quarterback and linebacker, is a two-time Second-Team All-Division pick, and Ryan Farias, who plays wide receiver and linebacker, also earned Second-Team All-Division honors last year.

Four other players to keep an eye on are seniors Trent Huff and Isaiah Gencarella, who are both running backs and defensive backs, senior lineman Mason Howard, and junior lineman Cian Couillard.

As for his team’s Injury Fund loss last week, “we have a lot of kinks to work out, and we have to toughen ourselves up a little bit,” admitted Reed. “But I’m really excited for this season and I’m really excited for these guys.”

On Friday at 6:30 p.m., the Spartans will take its first trip to Pawtucket in several years when they take the field for their non-league opener at Pariseau Field. It will be against Davies, which is expecting to draw a full house for the school’s inaugural football game.

Before facing Hope in their home opener, the Spartans will pay a visit to nearby Ponaganset on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. for their Division IV opener, and the following Friday, they will bus to faraway Wood River Junction to take on Chariho.