Hills West Colts Football
hhhwest_600x300How do you follow a 12-0 season that was capped off with a Class III Long Island Championship? Through preparation and the willingness to win. The expectations are high this year and those expectations come from the Hills West program itself.
“We had many key players graduate," said Head Coach Kyle Madden. But my expectations are to win. We want to have a program at Hills West that is expected to challenge for a LIC every year.” Although the goal is the same, two things are different this year, including a new cast of players composed of many underclassmen and the move up to a tougher division II.

Pressure is not a factor for this group because of the preparation they go through all year long. Coach Madden says, “Pressure only comes when you are not prepared. If you can’t handle the fact that we are going to prepare to win a LIC every season, you should not come to Hills West.” Coach Madden describes preparing his players as taming a young colt. The fact that they will play against tough division II teams like North Babylon, East Islip and Bellport coupled with the fact that they are mostly an underclassman team is no excuse.

“Having an average year is out of the question,” said the coach. The Colts pride themselves in playing fundamentally-sound football. “Every game is game-plan specific. But overall, we want to be great with our base offense, and for defense the approach is to control what you can and football will take care of itself.” Preparation for the season starts way before the first practice with weight training which starts in January. Madden adds, “Our players are expected to be in the best possible shape for the start of the season.”

Team chemistry is also a factor in a championship-winning team. According to Coach Madden, the teams chemistry starts with the seniors. “Seniors are the most experienced and have gone through the battles. They know what to expect and must show the underclassmen the way.” One of the players who is looking to step up and guide the younger players is senior quarterback Chris Busuttil, who has been eagerly waiting his turn since he first joined the varsity his sophomore year. He says he has benefitted from watching Hansen Award winner Jevahn Cruz. Busuttil says expectations are always high. They are expected to do what they did last year, and they will get to the Long Island championship only if everyone buys into what the coaches are saying.

Even though the team is young it does not mean they lack experienced players. Madden has been known to use underclassmen on his team, one of those such players is junior running back Devante McFarlane who played on both defense and offense last year. McFarlane wants to repeat and lead the team by example saying, “We have to work harder than last year because we had a lot of seniors that left but what guides this team is will and dedication to work hard.” One of the younger players that buys into the goals set fourth by coaches is sophomore Randy Davis, who Madden describes as, "An unselfish team player, always willing to get better in practice."

The Hills West Colts look to be in good shape to compete in Division II this year, and with the philosophy of the program that transition should be an easy one. Make sure to look for the Hills West Colts to mix it up with the perennial powerhouses and to make their games in Division II exciting.


Key players:

Devante McFarlane (Jr). Running back  6'1" 180lbs. Started last year at RB and LB- expected to contribute on both sides of the ball

Chris Busuttil(Sr.) QB 6’1”  190 lbs. Accurate passer, great knowledge of the offense. 

Randy Davis (Soph)  6’ 1”   196  TE/ LB    Unselfish, team player, always willing to get better in practice. "Other players on the team should care about football as much as he does," said Coach Madden.



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