The Cardinal Newman football team posted a 2-7 record in 2008, but coach Mike Bolchoz saw progress in 2008 despite the final numbers.
“We put a much improved team on the field this season,” said the third-year CN coach. “We were fundamentally sound, but that did not equate to more wins. Next year’s team will be young, but we will have experience at several key positions. We must work hard to get stronger, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. Because we’re going to be will be young and inexperienced up front, we must live in the weight room because we’re still not as physically strong as many of our opponents. We’re going to miss the defensive play of seniors Michael Bolchoz and Greg Regan as we move forward.”
Bolchoz, Regan and fellow senior Thomas Winstead were the Cardinals picks on the SCISA Region 1-3A all-star team. Bolchoz led the team with 76 tackles, despite missing the final two games of the season with an injury. Regan had 70 tackles and team high nine sacks. Winstead had four interceptions on defense and led the team with 22 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns on offense.
Seniors Davis Lemon, J.C. Auld and John Bolchoz were the CN second-team picks. Lemon, a running back, led the team in rushing with 507 yards and two TDs on 140 carries. Auld and Bolchoz were key men up front on both sides of the ball.
A number of young players gained valuable experience this season and will be the foundation of the team next fall. The group includes sophomore quarterback Tommy Winterstein, freshman lineman Billy Solomon, junior receiver/linebacker Kyle Broadwell, junior tight end Timmy Cunningham, sophomore linebacker Rico Martinez, sophomore linebacker Pennington, Nieri, freshman running back defensive back Joey DeAngelis and freshman corner back Nick Palevich.
Winterstein was 63-for-135 passing for 576 yards and five touchdowns. Broadway finished with 16 catches for 146 yards and two TDs.
CN will also miss departing seniors James Williams, whose final season was cut short early by an injury, Will Rainwater (4 sacks), Phillip Thompson (54 tackles, 2 sacks) and Rush Tompkins (16 catches for 132 yards and one TD).
The 2008 season featured the first-ever football game with Bishop England, and a fine, season-ending performance in a 28-27 loss to Heathwood Hall.