Sheehan QB Hornet’s focus this week

Sheehan QB Jeremy Gannon in game action last season. If he plays Friday, he will be a focus for the Hornets. Photo from the Meriden Record Journal

By Matthew Kerrigan and Justin Julianelle

This Friday, the 2-2 Branford football team will face a tough 1-3 Sheehan High School team at home.

According to Coach Mike Tracy, the Branford Hornets are feeling good after beating Lyman Hall last week 43-12.  Tracy is pleased with the 2-2 start after losing one of the team's best players week one, Curtis Sutherland.

“The players are giving tremendous effort and the attitude of the players is tremendous,”Tracy said.

Tracy called this one of the hardest working and most coachable teams he has had in years. He said if Sheehan QB Jeremy Gannon plays, then the Hornets' focus is going to be containing him because he is a “run threat” every time.

“If he plays, he will be the best athlete on the field,” continued Tracy.

If Gannon does not play the focus will be on pressuring the quarterback and limit the big play in what is a pass happy offense.

As for the Hornets, Tracy said we have to not turn the ball over as much and we have to move the ball. “We have had no trouble moving the ball,” he said, “but we have been giving it away…if we stay focused we have a chance to win every game."

Tracy said  Sheehan's record does not accurately show their skill as their three loses  have come from three tough Southern Connecticut Conference opponents - Amity, Foran, and West Haven.

Friday's game starts at 7 p.m.