Player's Diary #6: Andrew Weininger

Badger commit Andrew Weininger checks in with his weekly player's diary. This column was written for The Journal News, a Gannett newspaper in Westchester County, NY. Weininger has been kind enough to share his columns with Badger Nation.

What a game!

Our game against Edgemont had a lot of hype surrounding it. With good reason. Over the past four years, Edgemont and Harrison have accounted for seven of eight Section One Class B and C titles. But not even once had we ever met…until last Saturday.

It was a huge game for us. A loss would have meant no league title and no home field advantage in the playoffs, but that is not what was important. The psychological effect it would have had on our team would have been much greater. A second loss would have caused us to doubt ourselves.

Our first big test was our first game against Rondout Valley. We didn't win but we did show a lot coming back from a 21-point deficit. Then the last three weeks we played weaker teams, trying to improve for the tough part of our schedule, Edgemont, Eastchester and Rye.

Coming into the game, we dropped from No. 1 in the Journal News Class B poll to No. 2, even though we had beaten Sleepy Hollow 35-8, the third of three blowouts in a row. The "experts" for some reason were picking us to lose. Our team really felt slighted and we definitely felt we had something to prove.

Edgemont jumped out to an early 14-point lead, scoring quickly on their first two possessions leaving me, my team and our fans in shock. Walking to the sidelines after they scored their second touchdown, I was thinking that we are better than this, and this definitely shouldn't be happening.

But our team never loses its composure. We know that when we get rolling, we are very tough to stop. We were confident because we have come back from big deficits in important games many times before.

We finally got into the flow of the game. On the first play from scrimmage after the ensuing kickoff, Luigi Rogliano took the handoff and rumbled 71 yards for our first touchdown. That run was huge because it provided a huge lift to everyone after the shock of the early deficit and really got us rolling.

It felt exactly like the Somers game in the section championships last year. I knew that if we could keep our offense on the field we would wear them out and win the game. But Edgemont has a very potent offense as well and we had a difficult time stopping them in the first half. After we tied the score 14-14 on a Pete Kohlasch run, Edgemont marched down the field and scored as time expired to take a 20-14 advantage at the half.

Coach Troilo and the rest of our coaches did a great job at halftime making adjustments for the second half. The coaches found a pattern in the Edgemont defense so we began calling more plays on the line of scrimmage away from the side of their defense that had an extra man.

Our defense stepped it up in the fourth quarter. Our offense fumbled the ball three times, giving Edgemont dangerous field position and each time the defense stepped up and stopped them cold. On Edgemont's final possession we had three straight sacks to force a punt.

I have said since the beginning of the season that teams should watch out for our quarterback Pete Kohlasch. I think after watching the final drive from the Edgemont 16-yard line they will be. He took charge of our offense and led us down the field. He completed three passes to Angelo Delborgo, including an amazing catch to keep the drive alive when Pete was being tackled by two Edgemont defenders. Then after playing both ways the entire game, he split the uprights with the game-winning field goal as time expired.

After the game I got to meet Ben Bernstein, Matt's younger brother. Ben had a great game scoring on two big plays; a 51-yard run and a 60- yard pass. It was really nice to meet Ben. I met Matt when I was in Madison in March and they are both great people and great football players.

After talking with Ben, I went home and watched the second half of the Wisconsin-Penn State game. Seeing Matt play in an important game in front of a huge crowd at Camp Randall Stadium on national television was very exciting. I am really enjoying my senior year, but I am also looking forward to becoming a Badger.

High school football doesn't get any better than the game last Saturday. Both teams played well and we were fortunate to get out with the victory. But I have a feeling for us to reach our goal of winning the state championship we are going to have to play much better than we did.

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