BINGHAMTON -- After a winless season in the spring, the Binghamton Patriots changed up their program a bit. They've got a new head coach who has some experience with the team. Doug Stento has coached the Patriots in the past, and he's changed the way Binghamton approaches the offense.
"You can't put a square peg in a round hole. If you don't have a quarterback who can throw it all over to receivers who can catch it. Then you better have a plan B, and that's what we try to do," said Stento. "We try to take advantage of the kids we have, and I think our offensive and defensive lines are our strength. So naturally, we're gonna try and run the football."
Xymier Thomas SR QB/LB
"Going from last year where it was a more spread style, now we're going more under center and a lot more handoffs," said senior QB Xymier Thomas. "I think it works better because it opens up opportunities all over the field not just passing a lot and rarely running."
A simpler, more compact offense plays into that strong offensive line. Plus, Binghamton has some senior ball carriers to run behind that unit.
"It starts with our QB [Thomas] and our fullback [Bryce Felder]," Stento said. "They're both seniors, they've been with the program for a while, and [Felder] is one of those bruising runners."
But offensive success comes down to execution, which is something the Patriots have really focused on in the lead-up to the season.
"Pumping each other up and having conversations off the field, just asking what went wrong, what went well, where we can improve. Just being on the same page throughout the season," Thomas said. "After practice, we have meetings. Before practice we have meetings. Outside of practice, we have meetings. It's important that we're on the same page all the time."
At the end of the day, the Patriots just want to improve.
"We're just going to strive to cut down on mistakes. Everything is pretty simple that we're doing so it's just repetition of the things we have and the things we have to do," said Stento.
Binghamton gets their season going this Saturday, September 11, at 1:30 on the road against Elmira.