The Newington Indians are looking to change the pace of their game and they believe their new full-time starting quarterback may be the answer.
With a winning season in sight, the Indians hope Robert Sanchez can pave the way.
Sanchez is just stepping into the quarterback role. In previous years Sanchez played safety, linebacker and wide receiver. But halfway through the 2016 season, Sanchez got his shot at quarterback.
It was a big responsibility. Sanchez threw for 443 yards with three touchdowns and only three interceptions. Now, being a senior, Sanchez is leading the team.
“It’s a lot of stress,” Sanchez said, “but being a full time quarterback now, it’s a lot of pressure knowing that all the players are looking toward you to lead by example and coaches are going to be on my back all the time.”
The Indians have no hesitation when it comes to Sanchez filling the quarterback role, though.
“I have tremendous confidence in Rob,” senior Aveontae Frazier said. “Most of us have been playing for a long time and we all know what we’re capable of, so I have a lot of confidence in not just Rob, but everyone, our whole cast.”
“I have a lot of faith in Robert,” wide receiver Luke Pappalardo said. “He’s looking good, he’s making smart decisions and he’s a good player. I’m proud of him.”
Sanchez is ready to take on the challenge.
“Hopefully I can lead this team, and coach Pace can lead this team, and all the seniors can lead this team to a good season,” he said.
One challenge Sanchez and the rest of the Indians will have to face is Wethersfield. Last season the Eagles hit the game-winning field goal and recovered an onside kick with just seconds to go and the game ended in a brawl.
“We’re all dying for it,” Sanchez said. “It’s a no-brainer, it’s a rivalry. Everybody wants to come out and watch Newington vs. Wethersfield. That’s going to be a good game.”
As for the season as a whole, Sanchez is ready to take the reins.
“We’re looking forward to just winning every game that we possibly can,” he said.
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