Football team already preparing for next fall


Alyson Condict

Crimson Tide Varsity Football celebrates a win during its 6-3 season in Fall 2022.

Not all CHS students know that as soon as winter break ends, it’s officially football season again for the Crimson Tide.

Last year’s team had an eye-opening 6-3 regular season with a playoff appearance. They are looking to improve on that momentum and bring it into this upcoming offseason.

The first football meeting took place in early January to talk about offseason plans and workouts. Going into the lifting sessions for the winter, players face a variety of workouts starting with lifting three times a week. Sessions consist of squats and deadlifts, so players can be more explosive, and benching. 

A lot of new faces will join existing ones next fall following the loss of 20 graduating seniors this June.

The team will miss offensive linemen including Noah Blake RG/DE(55), Rasheed Ahmed LG/DE (59) and Austin Wells TE/DE (88). These guys were big part of the Crimson Tide’s success this past season with some monster blocks to open up holes for the running back and give the quarterback time to throw the ball. 

Other key losses are players who helped offensively, including Divon Duncan slot/DB (33), Zack Doward QB/OLB (1) and Matt O’Rourke WR/DB (4). These three played in the program since their freshman year. It was just a matter of time before they showed everybody what they had.

Yet other departing team members played offense and defense, and being a two-way starter is not easy. Tide kicker Jacob Plante probably had one of the best kicking seasons in the state last year. His teammates could always trust Plante to kick a field goal. He is a kicker that everybody would love to have on their team. 

Returning key players include juniors Oscar Humelsine-Perez MLB/TE(10) and Elia Bahuma RB (7) and sophomore Nathan Galbraith FB (34), among others. 

Players aren’t going to be able to make a good impact if they don’t have the right coaching staff to follow. But luckily, they have just that. Head Coach Jim Corkum took the job in 2021 and made an immediate impact to the football program. Offensive coordinator Ham Munnell has been in the program for years, so he knows what offense is going to help Concord win and get better.

The team also relies on offensive line coach Kevin Nyhan, defensive back coach Colin Brown, and running back coaches Ryan Daniels and Dave Levesque.