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Woodlands Football Already Has Its Leader

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Saturday morning in Greenburgh, Malcom Downey lay down on the football field of Woodlands High School along with 24 other players during the second practice starting the preparations for the next football season.

Hands on the grass and arms stretched in pushup position, the others waited for Downey’s command.

“Down!” he shouted with a firm voice, as everyone immediately obeyed.

The running back Malcom Downey is one of the hopes of Woodlands coaching team for this season, said assistant coach Anthony Fava, calling Downey “our leader.”

“He is quiet, but he leads by example,” Fava said.

Fava came this year to Greenburgh from Yonkers Roosevelt High School with head coach Mike Meade and his other two assistant coaches, Todd Debiak and Pete Befi. The team has worked together for four years at Roosevelt, winning a class A1 championship in 2009.

“We’ve got good success there. Hopefully we will have the same thing here,” Befi said.

Meade said that he was happy with the school’s performance during the four summer camps it took part, facing class A teams like the Iona Prep.

“We played them pretty even,” he said.

As for Downey, who is 17 and will be a senior this year, his main priority at the moment is to become “bigger” for the season, and for that, he has spent the summer working out in the gym, he said.

“I’ve gained five pounds,” Downey said, and guaranteed that they have turned into muscles, not fat.

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