School football: Schenectady notes
Schenectady football standout Felix Rodriguez often thought about last year’s 28-21 Section II Class AA semifinal loss at Shaker while preparing for the upcoming season.
Rodriguez caught two touchdown passes in the semifinal contest. The game ended in controversy when Patriots’ quarterback Kwame Jarvis dove for the corner of the end zone and hit the pylon with the football, but was called down short of the line.
“That game hurt. In the offseason I had that game in mind every time I worked out,” Rodriguez said after Schenectady’s first practice session Monday afternoon. “It was bad, but in a way it was good as far as motivation.”
Rodriguez is among Section II’s top returning players. As a junior he caught 39 passes for 537 yards and eight touchdowns, and ran 70 times for 423 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns. Rodriguez is an excellent linebacker and safety, as well.
Schenectady’s returning cast includes rushing leader Hassan Rainey and two-way tackle Justin Richards, both seniors.
“We’re thinking Super Bowl. Not anything less,” said Richards.
Brandon Gwinner has earned the starting quarterback spot in place of Jarvis, who has moved on to Milford Academy. Gwinner split time between the junior varsity and varsity last season as a sophomore.
“He’s looking good. He’s a tall, athletic kid, and he’s learning at a good pace,” first-year Schenectady coach Mark Cerrone said of Gwinner