CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.-- After a tumultuous 2012 season, Horace Greeley High School Football is looking for a bounce-back 2013 season.
Last year, Greeley went 1-7 after longtime coach Bill Tribou left the team under controversial circumstances and was replaced by assistant coach Tim Sullivan.
This year, Greeley is already off to a winning start, defeating Riverside 56-0.
Sullivan said he has high expectations for his team, but you never know until they take the field.
"Our kids have been working hard since January," Sullivan said. "We have a new program and our moving forward."
Sullivan accepted the head coaching job in August 2012, because he said he wanted to take care of the kids and the community. He is in his 18th year of coaching.
"It was a very contentious season," Greeley said. "I owed it to the community, I owed it to the parents, I owed it to Greeley football."
Sullivan said he wants to get the community back involved with the football team, noting the stands are not as full as they used to be.
"When the teams are winning and successful, they come out," Sullivan said. "Hopefully we can change that mindset."
Sullivan singled out his three captains, Billy Marino, William Rothchild and Vinny Hriskonich as being the players to watch. All three are linemen.
"They work hard and they deserve it," Sullivan said.
Greeley football is a cause close to Sullivan's heart, growing up in Chappaqua and playing football for the Quakers. He is a guidance counselor at Yorktown High School and has three boys, 3, 7 and 9.
He is also co-owner of Quaker Hill Tavern on North Bedford Road in Chappaqua.
"I see young men in so many different lights," Sullivan said. "It's very important to me. I see the character and commitment of this team. These are very fine, polite young men."
Sullivan teaches them to be polite and to carry themselves in a respectful manner.
"It's more than just football," Sullivan said.
Many of his former players come and visit, having gone on to be doctors, lawyers and gone to service academies.
"Academics are important in this town and football is a part of that," Sullivan said. "Academics plus athletics equals success. That's how I view things."
Sullivan said the three week stretch where Greeley faces Harrison, Yorktown and John Jay will define Greeley's season.
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