West Shore Conference
By Ryan Kaczmarski
When Bay High School went looking for someone new to head the football program in the summer, the powers that be didn’t have to look too far. In comes Ronald Rutt, who not only was the Rockets’ team captain in his senior year of 2000, but was already the current varsity boys track and field coach and spent the last 10 years as an assistant on the football coaching staff.
Rutt has the job of turning around the Rockets which went 1-9 overall, and 1-5 in the West Shore Conference, last year. He will do it by utilizing a slew of returning letter winners, who have another year of experience under their belts, including quarterback John Koz (6-1, 185), running back Nick Best (5-11, 185), full back Chris Francati (5-11, 200), tight end Kyle Thompson (6-1, 200), lineman Matt Beniard (5-10, 225), lineman Sam Notarberardino (5-9, 200), lineman Peter Sullivan (6-1, 225), lineman Keenan Accorti (6-5, 260), wide receiver Rex Sunahara (6-6, 190), wide receiver Danny Heideloff (5-9, 170) and full back Dan Hoke (6-1, 190).
All but Koz also play defensive positions also.
This year’s captains are Hoke, Heideloff, Beniard and Best.
“These four bring experience and toughness to our team,” Rutt said. “We have a strong senior class. Our players have earned the right to win.”
A key newcomer to varsity this year is Joe Debarr.
“We have a lot of talent in our starting lineup,” Rutt explained. “We are hoping to surprise some teams this year.
“We will need to execute our assignments to the best of our ability, eliminate mental mistakes and be more physical than our opponent.”