We have been playing Five Questions with a number of players who took part two weekends ago in the Grip It & Rip It Tournament at New Canaan. We finish up with Trumbull receiver Kyle Atherton, who last year finished with 46 catches for 738 yards and five touchdowns.
TRR: Are things different during your second offseason with your coach, Marce Petroccio?
KA: It’s a change. The first year he was getting his feet wet and introducing the idea of showing our program what success could be and the second year he’s got a lot more guys buying into it and showing up to more of the offseason workouts and passing league stuff. It’s a lot more different than last year’s.
TRR: This year for the first time in a couple of seasons you will have a new quarterback with Colton Nicholas graduated. Will that be a difficult transition?
KA: I don’t think so. We have two quarterbacks fighting for a spot right now and I think both of them are ready to hit the field. They have both been eager to get a starting spot. I have trust in both of them. It should be good.
TRR: You had a breakout season last year. What are your goals for this season?
KA: Just trying to help the team get as many wins as we can. Trying to help the team as best as I can, whether that means catching balls offensively or if they need me helping out defensively. Wherever they need me is where I’ll be playing.
TRR: Trumbull again has the league’s toughest schedule, with Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan and St. Joseph. Is that frustrating?
KA: A little bit but at the same time it’s a good opportunity to test our program and show everybody what we’ve got. So yes but no at the same time.
TRR: Trumbull has shed the gold helmets this year and you have nice new white ones with a gold T. How do you all feel about them?
KA: We all love them. We thought it was a long time coming for the change, with those old gold helmets. Everyone is pretty excited.