Schifano Looking for Third Title

Webster Schroeder High School in Webster, N.Y. is home to two of the last three state football championships. The blip on a perfect record coming in last seasons final 32-6 to New Rochelle. Offensive lineman and Michigan commitment <b>Justin Schifano</b> has been a big part of that run. Schifano spoke Friday evening with GoBlueWolverine Magazine about his upcoming final season, and his time at Webster Schroeder.

On Sept. 3, at home against Canandaigua, the Webster Schroeder High School football team opens up a bid to recapture the state title they relinquished last season to New Rochelle. The Warriors finished up with two-a-day practices last Thursday and are now fine tuning their attack. "We have a lot of guys coming back from last years team," Warrior offensive lineman and Michigan commit Justin Schifano said. "We are much better than last years team and many people are picking us to win it all." Webster Shroeder is the holder of two of the last three state titles so picking them isn't much of a stretch. Still, Schifano isn't complacent in past success. "I've been really working hard over the spring and summer to get stronger and faster," he said. "I don't play any other sports so I can concentrate on being a better football player."

The 6 foot 5, 300-pound plays tackle for the Warriors as well as nose guard, but has made no secret that his future lies in the interior. "I'll play guard or center on offense," he said. "But probably guard. I don't see much chance of playing on defense and I really don't want to." Schifano then expanded on his love for the game. "I love the strategy involved with football," he said. "The planning and what it takes to beat the other team. I also love the team concept of the sport, it's 11 guys out there working as one, and if one blows his job the whole thing can fall apart, but when everyone does their job it is really good."

Schifano holds a unique honor. While hearing about a fifth-year player in college is common, it is unheard of at the high school level, unless you live in New York. "This will be my fifth year on the varsity squad," Schifano said. "They actually pulled me up when I was in 8th grade. I was 6-3 and around 235 pounds. I wasn't a starter, that didn't happen until I was a freshman, but it was great to work and learn from the guy that were older, it made me a much better player." Has Schifano been able to return the favor to an up and coming junior high talent? "Well, as far as I know I'm the only one it's ever happened too," he said.

When he's not pounding the weights or keeping Webster quarterback Jack Mooney well protected from attacking defensive ends, he enjoys being a kid. "I'm no different than any other high school kid, I guess," Schifano said. "I like to hang out with my friends and have fun."

Schifano said he is still being recruited by other schools but is still solid on his pledge to the Wolverines. "I really can't imagine anything changing my mind," he said. "I want to be at Michigan and have since I was a kid."

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