Raiders Host Albany for First Home Game

I write to you from the comfort of my couch in Delta Upsilon here in Hamilton. There is a certain nostalgic feeling that strikes me every Friday evening during the Fall in New York. All of our preparation from a long week of practice resonates within, as we ready ourselves for Saturday’s battle.

Last week in Colorado, we let the altitude and the brutal heat get to us as we fell to Air Force 38-13. We stopped the Falcons on their first drive and immediately drove 80 yards to go ahead 7-0. We had a great game plan, but as soon as Air Force made adjustments to our initial looks, we had no answer. It seemed that they always had fresh legs while we were straining to keep up. I guess that’s a perk of having a 120 man roster filled with scholarship players. Air Force was a great team but that was definitely a game that we all want to play again.

With our first loss behind us, we’re ready to bounce back with our home opener tomorrow night at 6pm versus the Great Danes of Albany. Albany is a talented team who beat us 40-23 on the road last year. They will be looking for their first win of the season as well, after losing to Duquesne 35-24 last week. Albany plays a lot of man coverage so we plan to create mismatches on the outside, and beat them with speed. 

For those of you who don’t know, I was one of three quarterbacks in my freshmen class here at Colgate. I am now a wide receiver/running back, Mike Armiento is now our starting cornerback and the third kid, Ryan Smith, is now at Albany. Rumor has it, Smith, will get the start this week as he travels back to where his college football career began. At Colgate, Smith saw time versus Georgetown where he was 7-10 with 2 interceptions and a touchdown. He left Colgate after one semester because he wanted to be closer to home (Guilderland, NY). We weren’t too happy about him leaving so I’m sure our defense will welcome him with open arms this weekend.

James Decicco HeadshotAlbany is a much different team from Air Force and we should be able to manage this game for four quarters. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you tomorrow. If you are unable to make the trip to Hamilton, have a great weekend and I will be in touch next week. Go ‘Gate!


Jimmy DeCicco ’15
Colgate University Football
President Uplifting Athletes

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