Loxident and Ulcena Leading The Young Cougars



Coach Marc Cinamon is no stranger to PSAL football. Many Cougars may not realize their Defensive Coordinator, is a South Shore High School running back legend.  The New Dealer was honored to get Coach Cinamon’s take on the current season.

This year’s team, like every year, has strengths and weaknesses. One of the Cougar’s strengths has been the play of their skilled positions. QB Juan Gonzaga leads the way as the Cougar signal caller this year. It is a major strength to have a junior starting under center. The experience he receives this year will only help the Cougars next season. In addition, Coach Cinamon has been impressed by the play of TE, Ian Bran, also a junior.  On Defense, Fritz Loxident and Jason Ulcena, both seniors, are the defensive core for the Cougars. They set the tone with their play and dedication.

If the team has a weakness, it is their overall age and experience. According to Cinamon, they have many juniors and seniors playing major roles this year. However, he is optimistic about their future, because they are getting incredible game reps, which will help them throughout this year and next. The Cougars have many up and coming players. Tyreke Gordon (DL), Charlie Gil (OL), and Ronaldo Collado (DL) are all only sophomores. The juniors are led by Jamel Outley (RB), Eugene Feggins (WR), and Allen Mardakhayev (LB).

The highlight of the season so far was the Cougars’ win over Flushing High School on September 21st. The Cougars dominated the game on both sides of the ball, winning 27-6. Overall, the year has been challenging. More experienced teams have been able to run multiple offensive and defensive formations at the Cougars. Identifying difficult plays and formations always present problems for young teams. Coach Cinamon is optimistic, that as the year continues, the team will improve in these areas.

A special thanks to Coach Cinamon, for taking time out of his busy schedule. Everyone in Cougar Country looks forward to watching this team grow and improve.