On Aug. 16, a day before the start of practice, new coach Mike Collodi held a huge barbecue at Warrior Stadium.
"We had 200 people," Collodi said. "We had the players and their parents along with the cheerleaders and their parents. I wanted to get the community involved. My father-in-law came in from Cleveland and made 200 pounds of pulled pork. A lot of stuff was donated and many of the parents brought side dishes. It was a great way to jump-start the community. We want to make it fun to be a football player at Elizabeth Forward, and we want the community behind us."
Collodi, a Burrell graduate, comes from a very successful program. He served as an assistant for Tom Loughran at South Park for the past eight years as the team's strength and conditioning coach.
"I learned a lot during my time with coach Loughran," Collodi said. "I was fortunate to be on a coaching staff that celebrated two PIAA titles."