With the start of fall comes the start of football and the Belmont Hill Varsity Football team is back. First year Head Coach Bryson Rosser takes over the reins from Coach Butler, who maintains his role as Defensive Coordinator. The team is led by captains quarterback Chris Milmoe ‘23 and defensive tackle Dave Lograsso ‘23. As of now, the team has played two successful scrimmages against Middlesex and Thayer and lost a tough away game against Lawrence Academy.
In regards to the start of the season, there seems to be an optimistic outlook for the future. Both Lograsso and Milmoe stated that they appreciated the work that the team did this summer, including captain’s practices, team lifts and the Bay State training camp. Milmoe commented that he “hasn’t seen the team work as hard as they have, and believes that an atmosphere has been created that “does a good job of supporting winners.” Rosser shared the same view: “We are working hard, taking advantage of every day and rep we get and are preparing for the season in every way possible.” It is also important to him, however, that the team should “never be satisfied” and to continue the hard work even when it seems easy.
While the accomplishments of the players so far are noteworthy, there’s still a big season ahead. Lograsso commented on the bonds that the team has formed already in comparison to last year and wants to “continue growing that bond.” Milmoe wants to build on the trust that has been formed and take the year “game by game,” ensuring that the team stays focused and ready for each weekend. Rosser agreed and added that he looks forward to “watching our team grow on and off the field,” and maintaining the relationships that they have formed. Additionally, he has learned from the scrimmages and games that “we have a team that works well together and refuses to quit” and values their ability to keep fighting until the clock hits 0:00. He knows that if “use what they learn from their coaches and each other” it will “help them be successful.”
Coach Rosser isn’t the only new addition to the coaching staff, however, with running back and JV Coach Zellner moving up from the third football team and OL/DL Coach Fulham also joining the team. Rosser commented that “they have been amazing. They bring great insight, good energy and add value to our staff in a multitude of ways.” Coach Zellner has been with Belmont Hill for five years now and Coach Fulham has experience playing at Middlebury College.
The team has seven more games this season. Up next is Roxbury Latin during the home opener and St. Sebastians on October 8th. Further down the line will be the Thayer Under-The-Lights night game on October 22nd at 7pm. The Panel wishes good luck to the coaches and captains as well as the rest of the varsity football team as they push forward into the season!