Season review: Stratford Academy's keys to reaching state championship

When he looks back on his high school days, Mark Farriba remembers what it felt like to be on the verge of a championship.

His teams helped fill the Stratford trophy case with three state titles in the 1970's.

"It was what everybody wanted to do. It was where everybody wanted to be."

As a head coach in 2004, his bunch picked up another title. Farriba left for a job at Prince Avenue Christian a few years later, but came back to coach the silver and blue this season. His return helped the Eagles close in on another championship.

"I think It's helped, because I'm not a stranger," said Farriba.

Coach Farriba's staff brought a new philosophy to the offensive side of the ball. Senior fullback, Thomas Williams, ran in a traditional scheme, until this year. The 2013 Eagles primarily run the ball in the Wing-T style of offense.

"I think it's really helped us. We're clicking at the end of the season," said Williams

The wing-t requires execution.

"Everybody knows what they need to do to get the job done," said WIlliams.

It's reason number two for the Eagles' success. Stratford averages nearly 33.5 points per game.

The offense is a force, but it's the defense that might win Stratford a championship.

"II think we give them more of a chance to do their job, and score, and help us win," said senior linebacker Daniel Adrien.

Adrien Is part of a disciplined unit on defense. The Eagles only allowed two opponents to score more than 20 points this season. They lost to both of them. One of those losses came at the hands of their championship opponent, the Westfield Hornets.

"We just couldn't get it together," said Adrien.

Adrien and his teammates have one more chance to put it all together. Win on Saturday, and that trophy case gets some new hardware.

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