A new offense has the Calhoun football team poised to use its versatility to its advantage.

The Colts ran a flexbone last season, an offense that features three running backs and is used predominantly to pound the ball on the ground. This year they’ll operate out of the I-formation, which offers more versatility for the team’s athletes.

“It’s completely different,” said tight end Kyle Tucker. “We throw the ball a lot more. The guards pull a lot more. Last year, we didn’t have the athletes to run that type of offense. But this year we do.”

Tom Cummings, Matt DiFalco, Nick Cataluto and Alex Cruz are just a handful of the athletes Tucker mentioned as players who stand to take advantage of the new system.

Cummings, Calhoun’s running back, is excited about the new offense. He knows the goal is still to run the ball consistently, but he said, “You can do other things from the I-formation too.”

This versatility should keep Nassau Conference II defenses on their toes.

Coming off a 2-6 season, the Colts are looking to prove themselves.

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“There are definitely a couple games we know we should’ve won, and we didn’t,” Cummings said. “So we definitely have a chip on our shoulder.”

Tucker explained that the down season is not indicative of the type of football Calhoun can play. The Colts went 4-4 in the regular season two years ago before falling in the opening round of the playoffs, and Tucker said last year was more of a blip on the radar than the beginning of a trend.

Should that be the case, Calhoun’s new offense could take teams by surprise. It’s not revolutionary and it’s not overly complex, but the I-formation could bring out the best in the Colts.