Saturday, 12 August 2017 23:21

Husson football opens up camp, expectations high for 2017 season

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BANGOR - Husson Football is officially back after the Eagles opened up training camp on Saturday. The Eagles finished 2016 7-0 in conference en route to a Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title. Husson fell in the first round of the playoffs to Western New England, 44-27. Eagles head coach Gabby Price is excited to kick off the 2017 season.

"This is the part we love the most obviously, being on the field with the guys," Price said.

Price has a skilled and experienced core returning and as a result, is setting the bar high.

"We have a lot of veterans. We have high expectations for them. Looks like a great young crew that we've recruited that have come here. So really we're looking for some depth and we're excited for the expectations," Price said.

Three of those veterans are crucial. John Smith, Luke Washburn and DJ Allen have all been named captains. Smith and Washburn are defending ECFC Offensive and Defensive Players of Year respectively. Allen was a member of the ECFC first team.

"It's great knowing that all these guys have the confidence in me to lead the team on the field. You know they're going to be looking to me on the field for questions and what not. I think that's something that I really take pride," Allen said.

The Eagles had a tremendous 2016 campaign and they believe they can play just as well in 2017. They just have to do two things, stick to the basics and play their brand of football.

"I think we should just keep it the same, running the ball hard. We've always done that here at Husson. I think that's a tradition thing is you know we've always had good backs here. I think power running, establishing the run first and looking to the pass second. I think that's what we need to do and that's what we've done so far,"  Allen said.

Regular season kicks off Sept. 2 vs. Union.

Andrew Badillo

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Andrew Badillo joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in August 2017.

Before ABC 7 and FOX 22, Andrew graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in broadcast journalism. At Quinnipiac, Andrew was a member of the school's student-run television station, Q30 Television, where he served as its general manager, vice president, sports anchor and reporter. He gained experience covering Quinnipiac Athletics and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and College Media Association for his work.

In addition to his experience at Q30, Andrew also gained professional experience at MLB Network and News 12 Connecticut.

Originally from Orangeburg, New York, Andrew is excited to get his career started in Bangor. He is especially eager to get to know the great local sports community in the North Region.

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