Monday, September 19, 2016

Final Thoughts on Week One and a New Lion

Before we close the book on the week 1 loss to St. Francis, I wanted to add some more important thoughts:

1) I knew SFU would come out and test new starting safety Landon Baty. He was the only new starter in what everyone knew was a good secondary. I guess I didn't publish that because I didn't want the Red Flash to burn him and then get blamed for alerting the opponent to a potential weakness. As it turned out, St. Francis went right after Baty and he broke up two passes in the first series, the second of which saved a touchdown. Not only did SFU stop testing Baty after that, they pretty much abandoned the passing attack altogether.

2) Cameron Nizialek's 38-yard FG in the 3rd quarter looked like it would have been good from 50+ yards. The missed PAT later in the game is a concern.

3) Not only was the 13-9 score identical to final tally in the loss at Dartmouth last year, so was the fact that the Lions somehow found a way to lure St. Francis into a number of personal foul penalties just as they did against the Big Green. Two Red Flash players were even ejected. To be fair, it doesn't seem like Columbia really did anything to induce the fouls.

Alexander Filacouris

New Lion

As a Long Island resident myself, I am always about the quality level of high school football around here. While it does seem to have dropped off since the 1980's, you only have to take a look at Lions like Jared Katz to know that there's still plenty of top level talent over here.

With that in mind, Half Hollow Hills West HS RB Alexander Filacouris has committed to Columbia. He had offers from Navy and Holy Cross among others. MSG varsity listed him as one of the top 100 players on Long Island. 

Filacouris would be the first documented Half Hollow Hills West grad to come to Columbia.

Here is our unofficial commit list so far:

1) Josh Bean QB 6-2 200 lbs. Hinsdale HS Hinsdale, IL

2) Seth DeVary OL 6-4 275 lbs. Larue County HS Hodgenville, KY

3) Alexander Filacouris RB 6-1 200 lbs. Half Hollow Hills West HS Dix Hills, NY 

4) Tyson Hugee DB 6-0 170 lbs. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Philadelphia, PA

5) Josh Kaminsky DL 6-4 280 lbs. Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ

6) Cameron Lipton-Martinez TE/DE 6-5 225 lbs. Montclair HS Montclair, NJ

7) Jake McCurry WR/DB 6-0 180 lbs. Solon HS Solon, OH

8) Carson Powell DB 6-0 190 lbs. Cardinal Newman HS Palm Beach, FL

9) Bailey Rotsky DB/WR Mayfield Heights HS Mayfield Heights, OH

10) Jonathan Rowe OL 6-3 283 lbs. Audrey Kell HS Charlotte, NC

11) Drew Schmid P 6-0 205 lbs. La Jolla Country Day La Jolla, CA  

12) Hank White OL 6-6 250 lbs. Buford HS Buford, GA

13) Ashton Cooper Wilson DE/LB 6-3 230 lbs. Merritt Island HS Merritt Island, FL

14) Peter Wise OL 6-5 290 lbs. Brunswick School Greenwich, CT


Chen1982 said...

Ok....i am gonna set an expectation...

We should go in to Georgetown expecting to win. Our Defense is good enough to keep their scoring low~ish.

And we.simply must find some solutions to the already mentioned offensive gaps from the SFU game. At least Bagnoli et al have more athletes to choose from to make these adjustments.

Georgetown don't look anywhere as tough as SFU....narrowly beating an 0 and 3 Marist team.

No more coddling the CU players and coaches nor managing our own expectations down (personally guilty of this in the past)

We can and should beat Georgetown. I sense Bagnoli knows this is a winnable game. And we know he has the instincts and coaches to make week 1 to week 2 gains

Will be close...but...

Come on Lions. Don't think like underdogs anymore!

oldlion said...

Things we need to do: protect the ball (no more fumbles); seal the left side of the DL from the outside sweep; pressure the QB (we never got any pressure on the SFU QB); have SM roll out more (he throws better on the run); give more snaps to the first year LBs because it will be hot and humid in DC, and we will need to keep fresh bodies on the field; take more shots downfield at our young skill players.