Maurice Cordy, head coach of the West Lynn Pop Warner ‘B’ team has a youth football powerhouse on his hands.
His West Lynn Rams are off to a 4-0 start, an impressive run that includes a 12-6 victory over perennial contender, the Everett Eagles.
Cordy played wide receiver and safety at Lynn English High School under head coach Gary Molea, graduating in 1996. “I split with Classical in my two Thanksgiving games on the varsity,” said Cordy.
Now 32 years old, Cordy is in his fifth season as a coach in the West Lynn Pop Warner organization. He has guided two teams to the Eastern Mass. championship game, most recently in the 2008 season when his Rams lost to Brookline/Jamaica Plain.
Several players from that EMass finalist ‘C’ team have moved up to the ‘B’ level with him this season. And the Rams have been awesome – beating Everett (12-6), Boston Bengals (20-6), Triton (40-0), and Arlington (30-0).
“Beating Everett was definitely a good win for us,” said Cordy, whose team is ranked sixth in Division 2 in New England. “When you beat a Division 1 team like Everett, you get on the map and people notice you.”
Eli McConnay is the quarterback of the Rams’ productive offense. McConnay has demonstrated his ability to run and throw the ball, connecting on a touchdown pass in a game.
Devinya Robinson, the only girl on the team, is a two-way starter. “She’s definitely one of our best players on the team,” said Cordy. “Everyone will tell you that.”
Brad Scuzzarella, a standout running back and cornerback, is a two-time Pop Warner All-American, an award given to football players who have achieved excellence in the classroom. A finalist for Lynn Little League’s Sonny Man Hill Sportsmanship Award, Scuzzarella is a student at Breed Middle School.
“We have a lot of very good students on this team and I’m very proud of that,” said Cordy.
James Hunt and Kevin Heng are other running backs in the Rams’ prolific backfield. “We’ve had nine different people score touchdowns. We’re a team here. We have a lot of guys who do a lot of things.”
Micah Jackson, Robinson, and Scuzzarella lead a talented defense that has allowed only one touchdown in four games.
“Our goal is to win the Eastern Mass. title,” said Cordy. “Many of these players have been there twice before. We hope to take home the title this year.”
Can Cordy and Company take their dream season all the way to Disney World for the National Championships in December?
“We’re just focusing on getting to the Eastern Mass. title game right now,” said Cordy, who added that he is also looking forward to the game against the East Lynn Bulldogs later this season.