Class C football previews: Corinth, Granville, Helderberg Valley, Mechanicville and Watervliet

Corinth
Head coach: Justin Culligan
Last year’s record: 2-7
Playoff result: N/A

Returning starters: Nate Warrington (offensive line/linebacker), Shawn Tedesco (running back/defensive end), Gabe Allen (running back/linebacker), Nick Davis (offensive line/linebacker), John Rose III (wide receiver/defensive back)

Graduated: Garrett Wold (wide receiver/defensive back), Nick Moses (offensive line/defensive line), Noah Weatherby (offensive line/defensive line), Shane Tedesco (offensive line/defensive line), Colt Guilder (quarterback), Jake Yanke (kicker/punter), Dillon Guilder (offensive line/defensive line), Dillon Brooks (running back/linebacker), Zach Bovee (wide receiver/defensive back), Josh Nolet (running back/defensive back), Brandon Decker (wide receiver/linebacker)

Newcomers: Dan Tracy (offensive line/defensive line), Nate Earls (offensive line/defensive line), Damien Meade (running back/defensive back), Colin Watkins (quarterback/defensive back), Kyle Millis (offensive line/defensive line), Sam Tremblee (linebacker/running back), Ryan Ackerman (running back/linebacker)

Outlook for season: A lack of numbers on the varsity team could lead to some issues if the Tomahawks don’t stay healthy.

“Our starters are skilled, but depth is a problem,” said Culligan. “We return a 1,000-yard rusher (Shawn Tedesco) and a 100-plus tackler (Nate Warrington). We have several underclassmen starting this season, so it will be a rebuilding [year], but the future is bright.”

Granville
Head coach: John Irion
Last year’s record: 2-7
Playoff result: N/A

Returning players: David Regimbald (offensive tackle/defensive tackle), Cody Rice (tight end/defensive end), Nick Andrus (quarterback/defensive back), Alix Prouty (offensive line/defensive line), Logan Swain (fullback/defensive line), Josh Oakman (defensive back), Tommy Roberts (linebacker), Richie Holland (defensive end), Ben Chilkott (linebacker)

Graduated: Dustin Evans (running back/linebacker), Will Duffy (running back/defensive back), Justin Heibler (offensive line/defensive line)

Newcomers: Taylor Bourn (running back/defensive back), TJ Wilson (running back/defensive back), Jon Hermance (offensive line/defensive line), Logan Beebe (linebacker/tight end)

Outlook for season: Irion said the Golden Horde will be stronger and more athletic in 2018, but assignments must be shored up. “As soon as that happens, we should be pretty good,” said Irion.

Helderberg Valley
Head coach: Gary Morin
Last year’s record: 4-4
Playoff result: did not qualify

Returning starters: Xander Monroe (quarterback), Kyle Waddell (running back/linebacker), Jesse Waddell (safety/wide receiver), Jakob Stahl (cornerback/wide receiver), Joe Boni (running back/linebacker)

Graduated: Michael Flower (wide receiver), Ben Lenehan (wide receiver), Tyler Lombardoni (tackle), Greg Cornelius (defensive end), Ryan Haller (linebacker)

Newcomers: Daniel Hupe (offensive tackle), Patrick Fazzone (wide receiver), Jake Evans (offensive line), Charlie Grygas (linebacker/running back)

Outlook for season: With a number of seniors on the team, Morin said he is very excited about Helderberg Valley’s prospects as it returns to Class C competition.

“If our offensive line can step up and we stay healthy, we hope to try and make a run [at the playoffs] this year,” said Morin.

Mechanicville
Head coach: Craig Cavotta
Last year’s record: 7-2
Playoff result: lost to Chatham in Class C quarterfinals

Returning starters: Daniel Motta (quarterback), Shawn Farrell (offensive line/linebacker), Nick Billert (offensive line/defensive end), Jacob Gonzalez (offensive line/defensive line), Kyle Scott (wide receiver/defensive back), Ryan Robbins (wide receiver), Evan Chapman (running back), Luciano D’Ambro (defensive back)

Outlook for season: Cavotta said the Red Raiders are looking to make it back to the Class C playoffs in a crowded field of contenders.

“Players are working hard, trying to improve every day,” said Cavotta.

new vliet crestWatervliet
Head coach: Brian Hoefer
Last year’s record: 6-3
Playoff result: lost to Hoosick Falls in Section 2 Class C quarterfinals

Returning starters: Tyler Beauregard (quarterback), Carlos Maldonado (offensive guard/defensive tackle), Owen Lyons (center/linebacker), Sterling Spoon (offensive tackle/linebacker)

Graduated: Hunter Weaver, Matt Rouse

Newcomers: Nagee McQueen, TJ Halpin

Outlook for season: With low numbers on varsity this season, Hoefer said staying healthy is his team’s top priority.

“We have to make sure our guys are in great condition, but that tires our guys out, and our practice reps diminish based on quantity and quality,” said Hoefer.

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