Bellport Clippers Football
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Attention all Long Island High School varsity football teams: The 2010 Bellport High School “Junkyard Dogs” have finally been unleashed and they’re looking to kick your butts! Head Coach Joe Cipp, Jr. and his veteran laden squad still have a bitter taste in their mouths from last season’s playoff defeat to North Babylon HS and they are determined to “Rise Again in 2010” as they seek their first Long Island Championship since 2005. Their stated goal is to out-work, out-hit, and out-hustle their opponents and The Dogs are determined to keep coming at you in all phases of the game.
“Our goal is always to win a Long Island Championship,” stated the venerable head coach. “The fans expect us to win, and we want to win.” Coach Cipp and his hard working staff (Jeff Cipp, Joe Cipp III, Chris Bauman, Kyle Moodt, Jon Elsalam, and Gino Cruz) are no-nonsense, unrelenting workaholics that expect nothing but excellence in every drill, every snap, and every down. “We make no excuses; we work hard all year. We’re aware of our reputation; we all know what it takes to win!” exclaimed the head dog, who is know considered to be the dean of Suffolk County HS football coaches.
Playing with pride, spirit, and heart are three of the most common elements that contribute to the successful traditions that have been established within the Bellport HS football program. These qualities are passed down from season to season and each generation of “Junkyard Dogs” recognizes the importance of the football program on and off the field. The championship banners and trophies are prominently displayed throughout the campus and the community pride is tangible. From the head coach right down to the student volunteers that help the team, one thing is evident: These guys mean business. Newly appointed Bellport High School Athletic Director Robert McIntyre is excited to be on board with this top-notch crew. “I love being part of this,” he said. “There is no cutting of corners; Coach Cipp makes everyone around him work harder, work smarter, and be at their best. He is always challenging the kids.”
Between the lines, The Bellport Clippers are renowned for their ferocious, smash-‘em-up defense, and their ground and pound, wear you down offense. The roster is chock full of solid, veteran two way players that are looking to take on all comers for the full 48 minutes of every game. Junior Quarterback Justin Honce leads the offense again this season after taking the team to the Suffolk County Division II semi finals last year as a sophomore.
“He’s a good, smart athlete,” stated Coach Cipp. “We’ll be adding more plays, a bit more passing this season,” said the coach as the team looks to grow along with the young QB. Honce has plenty of help in the likes of a huge, hard hitting offensive line, and some quick footed tailbacks as well. Running Backs Travis Houpe, Eddie Carson, and Armand Correa are all strong, fast, and unafraid to “hit the holes.” Receiver Mike Burton and Tight Ends Rob and Kevin Schwicke are also hard working contributors as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Joe Cipp III (aka “Coach Sonny”) looks to open things up with some added shotgun formations this season. “We want to win the LIC this year!” exclaimed the confident QB. “This year is our year!”
Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Cipp heads up a punishing unit that will come at you and keep coming at you in their swarming style all game long. His group features solid team leaders everywhere you look: Lineman Ryan Sloan and Justin Winter are huge and can really pound you; Linebackers Kevin Schwicke, Rob Schwicke, and Mike Burton are smart, savvy, and strong. These players live to play and love to pop.
“We look to wear down the other team’s offense,” stated Rob Schwicke. “This may be the best team that I’ve ever played on! This year is our year!” he stated confidently.
“We want to win the LIC; it starts with the coaches but it ends with the players; this could be something special,” added Rob’s twin brother Kevin. “We’re reaching for the highest goals!” he exclaimed.
“The difference between winning and losing is typically five or six plays per game,” as Head Coach Cipp paraphrased legendary football man Bill Curry. “If we can have those turning points go our way, we can achieve our goals,” he added in his matter-of-fact manner. For the 2010 season, The Clippers will be looking to take advantage of these key moments in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.

So, heads up, Suffolk County: The Bellport Clippers are ready to rumble. They’re motivated, well coached, really hungry, and looking to win big. Stand up, or stand aside; HERE COME THE DOGS!


KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2010:

QB/S JUSTIN HONCE 6’3” 215 LBS. JUNIOR: Justin is a two way threat who has the ability to scramble as well as he can fire the ball downfield. Strong, solid, and serious, Honce has added 20 lbs. to his frame during the offseason and is never afraid to “mix it up”.

RB/DB TRAVIS HOUPE 5’5” 180 LBS. SENIOR: Travis has the rare ability to make things happen on both sides of the ball. He is a hard worker and he’s focusing on cracking the 1000 yards rushing mark this season as well as showing continued improvement on “D”.

OLB/WR MIKE BURTON 6’0” 190 LB. SENIOR: Mike is one of the team captains and true leaders who thrives on knowing that his teammates look up to him as much as they do. Hard hitting and determined, Burton loves the pressure and expectations that come along with playing for “The Dogs”.

ILB/FB/TE ROBERT SCHWICKE 5’10” 230 LBS. SENIOR: Rob has been working hard to get ready for the 2010 season and desires to be known as the hardest tackler on the team. He’s a top student and a natural leader on the field, in the locker room, and in the hallways as well.

ILB/FB/TE KEVIN SCHWICKE 5’8” 210 LBS. SENIOR: Kevin is determined to lead his team in tackles again this season, and to win the LIC as well. He loves the coaching staff and his teammates and he continues to be one of the hardest workers on the squad as he prefers to lead by example.

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