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MORRIS COUNTY Issue 2011

Bigtime Players

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Boonton......................4 Butler..........................5 Chatham.....................6 Delbarton...................7 Dover.........................8 Hanover Park.............9 Jefferson...................10 Kinnelon................... Mendham.................13 Montville..................14 Morris Catholic........16 Morris Hills..............17 Morris Knolls...........18 Morristown..............19 Morristown-Beard...20 Mount Olive.............21 Mountain Lakes.......22 11 Madison...................12 Parsippany...............23 Parsippany Hills......24 Pequannock.............25 Randolph.................26 Roxbury...................27 West Morris.............28 Whippany Park........29

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BOONTON

BOMBERS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Bryan Gallagher

2011 SCHEDULE 9/10 9/16 9/24 9/30 10/6 10/15 10/ 21 10/28 11/4

@ Whippany Park – 1:00 PM Pequannock – 7:00 PM @ Chatham – 7:30 PM Dover – 7:00 PM Mountain Lakes – 7:00 PM @ Butler – 7:00 PM Kinnelon – 7:00 PM @ Hopatcong – 7:00 PM Morris Catholic – 7:00 PM

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-18 09-24 10-02 10-08 10-15 10-23 10-29 11-06 11-12

Whippany Park @ Pequannock @ Orange @ Dover @ Kinnelon Butler @ Mountain Lakes Hopatcong @ Morris Catholic Pompton Lakes

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OVERVIEW: For the past seven years Bryan Gallagher has been an assistant coach under his father, local football legend Gerry Gallagher.This fall Gallagher gets the chance to show what he can do as the new head football coach for the Boonton Bombers. Gallagher has more than enough experience to turn Boonton’s program back in the right direction. The Bomber’s new coach has been around football his entire life and knows that coaching football is something that he has always wanted to do. “I have wanted to be a head coach for as long as I can remember. The people that have had the greatest impact on my life have been my football coaches,” said Gallagher. Gallagher will be taking over a team that won four of 10 games last fall. He said that his team has been working hard in the offseason to physically and mentally prepare themselves. “We had a good summer workout season,” said Gallagher. “Starting in June, we had good turnouts at workouts. For every season, there is a new goal and for every new coach, there is a new philosophy. Coach Gallagher knows that winning games is one thing, but being a winner in life is what he wants his players to focus on. “As a program, we want our guys to take pride in giving great effort in every phase of their life,” Gallagher emphasized. “We need them to be champion people, then champions in the classroom and then we can work towards being champions on the field.” OFFENSE: The Bombers will be implementing the Wing-T on the offensive side of the ball and will be running a 4-3 defense. Defensively, they will look to relentlessly pursue the ball and create turnovers Terrence Green will be one of their go to guys. Green will be a returning senior quarterback and defensive back. He saw action last year and will provide the Bombers with the athleticism they will need in order to be successful this season. “Terrance is a hard worker, and is very coachable. He has good speed and we will need him to be our leader and playmaker,” said Gallagher. Helping Green out will be senior fullback and defensive back Mike Reid. Reid will look to add power in their run game. Isaac Spaan and Alan Hill, both juniors, will be featured as tailbacks this fall. They will both see some action as defensive backs as well. Linemen Vince Coiro, Patrick Faust and Billy Olsen will control the pace of the game as the Bombers will look to them to lead the way for their running game. “Vin also played quite a bit last year, and will need to be a leader and a force for us in the trenches,” said Gallagher . Faust is a big, strong athlete who has a lot of experience. Olsen is a 6’5’’ 307-pound athlete that missed most of last season, but coach Gallagher believes he could help the Bombers out tremendously. “He is a junior twoway tackle that could be a really special player for us.” DEFENSE: Senior linebacker Trevor Krupinski will be the leader on the defensive side of the ball. “Trevor is athletic for his size, and has already improved greatly throughout the summer,” said Gallagher. “His enthusiasm and effort have been exemplary, and will need to continue through the season.” Boonton’s primary focus will be themselves and what they need to do to develop a strong football program. ” We expect our players to understand priorities. Faith, family, and school come before football.” “When those things are taken care of, we will demand a commitment to excellence in all of our football activities,” Gallagher said. “Not every player can be the fastest or strongest guy, but we expect every player in the program to give relentless effort and toughness and to give it with enthusiasm.”

“ As a Program, we want our guys to take pride in giving great effort in every phase of their life” BRYAN GALLAGER BIGTIME PLAYERS Terrence Green

QB12

Mike Reid

RB12

Isaac Spaan

RB13

Alan Hill

RB13

Vince Coiro

OL12

Patrick Faust

OL13

Billy Olsen

OL12

Trevor Krupinsk

LB12

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BUTLER

BULLDOGS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Jim Matsakis

2011 SCHEDULE 09-10 09-16 09-23 10-07 10-14 10-22 10-29 11-03 11-23

@ Morris Catholic Whippany Park @ Pequannock @ Dover Boonton @ Mountain Lakes Kinnelon Hopatcong Pompton Lakes

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-17 09-24 10-08 10-15 10-22 10-29 11-04 11-13

Morris Catholic @ Whippany Park Pequannock Dover @ Boonton @ Kinnelon Mountain Lakes @ Hopatcong @ Hawthorne

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OVERVIEW: Times have definitely changed — albeit for the better — over the last few years with the Butler football program, returning to the days of the proud winning tradition the Bulldogs enjoyed for ages in the early 1980s.“That was our goal,” Butler head coach Jim Matsakis said. “We’re getting known a little more now.”After enduring a 0-10 nightmare in 2008, the Bulldogs rebounded to win 10 games in 2009 and seven in 2010, making consecutive appearances in the NJSIAA North 1 Group I playoffs.“There used to be a time when people would see the yellow Butler helmets and it immediately meant respect,” said Matsakis, who begins his eighth season as the Bulldogs’ head coach. “It’s getting that way again.” Matsakis will return with only three players from last year’s squad. “They’re trying to find their own niche,” Matsakis said. “There are very few parallels from last year’s team. We can’t use last year much. The only way we can use it is if these kids witnessed the success of last year’s team and try to continue it. We only had four returning starters last year, but that didn’t stop us from having a successful season. We haven’t mentioned last year, hardly at all, maybe a little. We mentioned it a few times in training camp and that was it. We want to get them to realize that they can compete at a certain level on their own.”Matsakis said that there is some solace in the fact that his team will once again be senior-dominated.“If you look at successful programs, if you pick a Group I program to pattern yourself after, they have senior dominated teams,” Matsakis said. “Mountain Lakes has at least 20 seniors each year and those kids are program kids, playing for four years. That’s what we want to have.” OFFENSE:Returning running back Brandon Hurtt (5-9, 170) and senior slot receiver Michael Tenned (5-10, 180) should play key roles in the Bulldogs’ spread offense. Both started last year on defense and are ready to make the leap into the offensive fray.Sophomore Travis Campy (5-11, 155), another running back, is getting his share of attention at a host of positions.The receiving corps features seniors Matt Paczolt (6 -2, 185) and Bobby Kruger (6-3, 190) and junior Kirk Bargemento (5-6, 155). Matsakis’ teams feature the spread offense, where the ball flies all over the field. It usually leads to fun and exciting games.Leading the offense is junior quarterback Chris Heredia (5-9, 185), a converted wide receiver who paid his dues last year as the signal caller on the Butler junior varsity.“Chris held the clipboard two years ago and watched Pete Brand, then saw Thomas Brigham do the job last year,” Matsakis said, mentioning his two previous starting quarterbacks. “Now, it’s Chris’ turn to play and he’s ready. He’s done a nice job in the preseason.” The offensive line is totally revamped. Senior Nick Dalpan (6-2, 230), a starter on defense last year, is a starting tackle this season, joined by junior Billy White (6-6, 200). Greg White, a 6-5, 250-pound senior and Billy’s brother, is a starting guard, along with senior Ryan Dunleavy (6-1, 250). The center is senior Apollo Entice (5-11, 245).But none of those linemen played much last year. “We’re working with the line every day,” Matsakis said. DEFENSE:Defensively, Greg White and Dunleavy are defensive ends, with senior Dave Arabia (5-9, 230) at defensive tackle and hard-nosed junior Burak Wilaz (5-11, 295) at nose guard.Dalpan, who had seven interceptions last year, leads the linebacker unit. Senior Eric Cooper (6-1, 205) and junior Brian Ensley (5-9, 185) are the other linebackers. Campy and junior Jason Vedellabourtte (5-9, 155) are the cornerbacks, with

BRANDON HURTT

“If you look at successful programs, if you pick a Group I program to pattern yourself after, they have senior dominated teams” JIM MATSAKIS BIGTIME PLAYERS Brandon Hurt

RB12

Michael Tenned

WR12

Travis Campy

RB14

Matt Paczolt

WR12

Bobby Kruger

WR12

Kirk Bargemeno

WR13

Chris Heredia

QB13

Nick Dalpan

OL12

Billy White

OL13

Greg White

OL12

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DELBARTON

GREEN WAVE

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Brian Bowers

OVERVIEW: Last year, Delbarton was young in the skill positions and often played that way. The result: an unDelbarton-like 5-5 record. This year? The Green Wave are a year older and the team to beat in the powerful NJACAmerican. Head Coach Brian Bowers’ team is loaded with talent and depth at the skill positions and on defense. The players also have a good memory of last year, when they struggled in part due to their youth. “The conference is excellent,” Bowers said. “Everyone is well prepared. There is nothing but tough teams and football is important to everyone. We really have to rise to the challenges.” SCHEDULE: The Green Wave open with Pope John, which has been the premier team in the NJAC the last two years and defeated Delbarton in back-to-back weeks late last year, including in the first round of the Non-Public Group III playoffs.“We feel good about our depth,” Bowers said. “We start out with Pope John, so we’ll be tested early.”

2011 SCHEDULE 09-10 09-17 09-23 10-01 10-08 10-15 10-22 10-28 11-05

@ Pope John Morris Knolls @ West Morris Parsippany Hills Roxbury @ Morristown Mendham @ Randolph West Essex

2010 RESULTS 09-11 09-17 09-25 10-02 (OT) 10-08 10-16 10-23 10-30 11-06 11-13

@ West Essex @ Morris Knolls West Morris @ Parsippany Hills

W 14 - 7 L 35 - 6 L 20 - 14 W 13 - 7

@ Roxbury Morristown @ Mendham Randolph Pope John @ Pope John

W 28 - 14 W 24 - 14 W 12 - 9 L 21 - 14 L 34 - 3 L 21 - 13

OFFENSE: Delbarton is especially experienced in the offensive backfield with quarterback John Shaffer, halfbacks Eric Fajardo, Jamie White, and Steven DeRosa, and fullback Dennis Benscko. “They all look good carrying the ball,” Bowers said. “Benscko is doing real well. We feel good about our backfield. Shaffer, with a year under his belt, looks really good. We have depth at quarterback, but this is John’s show.” Matt Killian, Tim Mason, J.P. Campbell, and Andrew McGrath head the receiving unit. All saw varsity time last year. Other targets include tight ends Cole Ricciardi and Rob Thoma, both of whom saw plenty of action last year. Riccardi is a Division I lacrosse player headed to Notre Dame.Delbarton’s offensive line, which is traditionally one of the area’s best, will welcome some new faces this year. Dan Alvine moves to tackle and Will Reynolds will open at center. Other O-line candidates include Chris Soulas, Casey Moran, Chris McGuire, Niyi Odewade (6-0, 265), Peter Bergh, and Brian Reilly. Odewade is one to watch. “He just started playing football as a freshman,” Bowers said. “He has some tools. He has outstanding feet and he is getting better and better every day.” DEFENSE: The defensive line will include James Wujciak, as well as Alvine, Bergh, Thoma, and Odewade. The strength of the defense lies in its linebacking unit, which includes Benscko, Reynolds, Ricciardi, Tom Napoli, Kurt Ferdenzi, and Soulas. Experienced hands such as Killian, Campbell, McGrath, Andrew Vittorio, and the Fajardo brothers – Rob and Eric – round out the defense from the secondary spot. Another weapon figures to be kicker Jake Feury, who came on strong last year and is capable of field goals up to 45 yards, if not further.

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QB12

ERIC FAJARDO

RB12

JAMIE WHITE

RB12

STEVEN DEROSA

RB12

DENNIS BENSCKO

FB12

Matt Killian

WR12

Tim Mason

WR12

J.P. Campbell

WR12

Andrew McGrath

WR12

Cole Ricciardi

TE12

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DOVER

TIGERS

by Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Mike White

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-16 09-24 09-30 10-07 10-15 10-21 10-29 11-04

@ Pequannock Hanover Park @ Mountain Lakes @ Boonton Butler Kinnelon Hopatcong @ Morris Catholic Whippany Park

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-18 09-24 10-02 10-08 10-15 10-22 10-29 11-06 11-13

Pequannock @ Hawthorne @ Kinnelon Boonton @ Butler Mountain Lakes @ Hopatcong Morris Catholic @ Whippany Park @ Westwood

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OVERVIEW:Sept. 9 may seem like a strange date for high school students to be taking a major exam, but the date is indeed special for Dover.That’s when coach Mike White’s team opens its season at Pequannock. White wants Dover to break into the NJAC-Independence’s Big Three — Pequannock, Butler and Mountain Lakes — schools that have been the three best in the league in recent seasons.What better way to break into the Big Three than by beating one of them to kick off the year? “That’s our first test,” White said. “It’ll be big for our psyche.”

OFFENSE:The Tigers have already received a huge boost with the return of sophomore running back George Scalley, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and scored 15 touchdowns last year. Scalley was set to transfer to Pope John and practiced with the Lions for a time in the summer. But he returned to Dover without ever having taken a single class, is practicing with the Tigers, and ready to play.Dover had some bright moments in scrimmages against Mendham and Randolph — and that was without Scalley. But with Scalley back, Pablo Rodriguez at fullback, and an offensive line that is maturing every day, the Tigers have a chance to run the ball effectively this fall.“If we get it together up front, our running attack will be good,” White said. Nick Saltarelli will run the Wing-T offense at quarterback. “He looks good,” White said. “He will not throw the ball as much as (graduated) Cody Spellman, but he can run the team well. We’ll be more of a ground team. In the past, we have been more 50-50. We want to put the ball in the hands of our two running backs.” Receivers Ryan Schaible and Eric Williams are capable pass catchers. “They can catch the ball, though Ryan is more of a blocker,” White said. “If we run to the edge, Ryan can block people.” One of the best blockers up front figures to be tight end Shaquor Singletary (6-2, 215), who is a returning starter along with center Kirk Zavala. Tackles Patrick Petelles (6-2, 270) and Mauricio Silva will flank guards J.C. Vasquez and Marcos Tapia.“They’re getting better each week,” White said. “The more reps they get, the more they improve. Some have been with the program and they know what they are doing. They have not seen varsity speed and that is something they have to get used to.” DEFENSE: The defense is centered around a solid group of linebackers in Singeltary, Rodriguez, Saltarelli, and Scalley. “It’s a real good group,” White said. “It’s probably the best part of our defense.” The front four — Silva and Carlos Morales at end, Theo Smith and Oscar Hernandez at tackle — is in the same shape as the O-Line. The quartet is young and learning each day. “They’re coming along,” White said. “They need to catch up to the speed of the game.” Free safety Giovanny Ocampo, who led the team in tackles last year, leads the secondary. He’ll be joined by corners Schaible and Tyssan Alston. “Our defense will be okay,” White said. “We have six starters back and some pretty good athletes. Our four linebackers are our strength. Our big guys up front need to get going.” White hopes to continue Dover’s recent improvement. Two years ago, the Tigers won two games. Last year, they won four. A huge test will be that first game. “That’s a big one for us,” White said. “We need to get over that hump.”

“If we run to the edge, Ryan can block people.” MIKE WHITE BIGTIME PLAYERS George Scalley

RB14

Ryan Schaible

RB

Eric Williams

RB

Shaquor Singletary

TE12

Kirk Zavala

OL13

Patrick Petelles

OL12

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HANOVER PARK HORNETS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Gerry Moore

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-16 09-24 09-30 10-07 10-15 10-21 10-28 11-04

@ Newton @ Dover @ Wallkill Valley Kittatinny @ Madison Hackettstow @ Parsippany Chatham Lenape Valley

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-16 09-24 10-02 10-08 10-15 10-23 10-30 11-05 11-12

Newton @ Lincoln Wallkill Valley @ Kittatinny Parsippany @ Hackettstown Madison @ Chatham @ Lenape Valley Cliffside Park

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OVERVIEW: Gerry Moore and the Hanover Park Hornets believe it will take the ‘little things’ that will make this season a successful one.“We will look to continue to grow as a team and a program. We will focus on the little things that will make us better,” Moore said. Moore will be heading into his second season as Hanover Park’s head coach. The Hornets finished last season with an overall record of 6-4, just shy of making the state playoffs. Moore, who was previously the Hornet’s defensive coordinator, believes his team has the talent and leadership to go as far as they want this year. ‘Team Philosophy’ “Our goal is to create a football program which emphasizes the development of lifelong values and skills,” Moore said. “Through hard work and mutual respect for each player, they will reach their athletic potential.”Moore added that in order for his team to achieve their goals, they would have to rely on hard work and teamwork. “This is the first full off-season and our guys understand how important the off-season is,” said Moore. “They have made a commitment to be here every day.” OFFENSE: Hanover Park will continue to use the spread offense, and will rely on their speed and ability to share the ball. The Hornets will be counting on senior halfback and linebacker Steve Colonello. Colonello saw some action last year and will be the team’s go to guy on the ground. On the other side of the ball, the Hornets will look for Colonello to play a key role on defense. Colonello proved he has what it takes last season when filling in at outside linebacker. Another offensive threat will be returning halfback and linebacker Dan Ceresnak. Ceresnak led the way for the Hornet’s running game as lead blocking halfback. This year, he will be asked to lead the way once again as the Hornets look for success in their run game. On the outsides will be senior wide receivers Mike Matrisciano and Kevin Joyce. Both will look to have a heavy impact offensively as they will be making their first career starts this season. Anchoring the offense will be returning senior center Angelo Minniti, and standout senior offensive tackle Giuseppe Ottaiano. Senior linemen Dan Glinko and David Conyak will add to the offensive line for some extra power upfront. Battling for the quarterback position this year will be juniors John Cordovano and Jimmy Sivolella. Both players will have a lot to prove this season with the departure of standout quarterback Sam Paladino. DEFENSE: Hanover Park will stick to its 4-4 defensive package this season and look to defensive lineman Brandon Infantes and linebackers Colonello and Ceresnak to lead the charge. When asked about his first season as head coach and the impact the town of Hanover had on his program, Moore emphasized community support. “The number one thing a good program has is the support of the community,” Moore said. “Hanover is a very family oriented community which makes football that much better on Friday nights.” When asked about his expectations, Moore emphasized that pride and commitment will lead to the Hornet’s success this season.“We expect all our players to be high character kids,” said Moore. “We talk to them all the time about taking pride in everything they do and to make a commitment to their families, school, and football and everything else will take care of itself.”

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“Our goal is to create a football program which emphasizes the development of lifelong values and skills,” GERRY MOORE BIGTIME PLAYERS GIUSEPPE OTTAIANO

OL12

DAN CERESNAK

LB12

STEVE COLONELLO

LB12

ANGELO MINNITI

OL12

DAN GLINKO

OL12

DAVID CONYAK

OL12

JOHN CORDAVANO

OL13

JIMMY SIVOLELLA

OL13

BRANDON INFANTES

DL13

JOE ESPOSITO

LB13

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MADISON

DODGERS

TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Christopher Kubik

2011 SCHEDULE 9/17 9/23 10/01 10/07 10/14 10/21 10/29 11/05 11/24

Hackettstown @ Parsippany Chatham Hanover Park @ Lenape Valley Kittatinny @ Newton @ Wallkill Valley @ Milburn

2010 RESULTS 09-11 09-17 09-25 10-01 10-16 10-23 10-30 11-05 11-13 11-20 11-25 12-03

Wallkill Valley @ Kittatinny Parsippany @ Hackettstown @ Chatham @ Hanover Park Lenape Valley Newton Shabazz Rutherford Millburn @ Caldwell

W 24 - 14 W 35 - 0 W 61 - 0 W 41 - 0 W 21 - 6 W 41 - 20 W 42 - 0 W 70 - 35 W 56 - 22 W 34 - 25 W 63 - 12 W 28 - 21

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OVERVIEW: The Madison Dodgers will look to finish this season in similar fashion, winning the North II Group II State Championship. Last year, the Dodgers turned heads in New Jersey as they went undefeated and captured a state championship title. Coach Christopher Kubik will be entering into his fifth season as the Dodger’s head football coach. He and the Dodgers believe they have a group of talented veteran and young players who will bring a lot of success to the Madison football program. “We have a good mix of veteran and new players,” said Kubik. “We have an increased number of players in the program which will lead to more competition.” DEFENSE: The Dodgers will rely on returning senior running back and defensive back Justin Goodwin. Goodwin, who was featured at linebacker last season, will be stepping into the defensive back position this fall. “He is our stand out skill position player on both sides of the ball,” said Kubik. Goodwin played a key role for the Dodgers last year. The 6-foot, 185pounder rushed 101 times for 986 yards for 16 touchdowns. He recorded 301 yards receiving with 4 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Goodwin racked-up 30 tackles, three interceptions and one for a touchdown. Returning linemen Mike and Steve Finelli will help plow the way for Goodwin. “They are both tenacious, physical and smart,” Kubik said. Mike and Steve Finelli helped the offense rush for 3,400 yards last year. Another threat will be 6’4”, 200-pound tight end and defensive end Ben Andersen. Helping Anderson out will be offensive tackle Jesse Ruela, junior linebacker Matt McDonald and sophomore defensive tackle Will Mottola. The quarterback position will be an open competition throughout training camp and one will be decided by the start of the season. Coach Kubik feels that his team needs to stay on the same path as last year, “We do not look to do much different, we want to highlight our best athletes while staying true to our system,” said Kubik. Kubik stated that if his team plays consistently throughout all three phases of the game, they will find themselves having a lot of success this season. Madison will feature an eight man front on the defensive side of the ball and will feature multiple formations offensively to keep opposing teams guessing. When asked how much time and effort his football players have put into the offseason, coach Kubik could not say enough. “We have a great core group of players that have participated routinely in the program. We will learn how hard we have worked once the season begins.” The team has been running, lifting and participating in various 7-on-7 tournaments to sharpen their skills and build as a team before the start of the season. Kubik stressed on what he expects out his team, “I expect us to compete every time we walk on the field.” “We expect our players to play fast and physical and to prepare to win week in and week out.”

“We have a good mix of veteran and new players,” CHRISTOPHER KUBIK BIGTIME PLAYERS Justin Goodwin

DB12

Mike Finelli

DL12

Steve Finelli

DL12

Ben Anderson

DE12

Jesse Ruela

T12

Matt McDonald

LB13

Will Mottola

DL14

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MENDHAM

MINUTEMEN

TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Doug Kirk

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-17 09-24 10-01 10-07 10-15 10-22 10-29 11-05

@ Mount Olive Morristown @ Roxbury West Morris @ Parsippany Hills Randolph @ Delbarto @ Morris Knolls Morris Hills

OFFENSE:On the offensive side of the ball, Mendham will return to the Multiple-I with senior captain Matt Crowe (5-10, 170) returning at quarterback. He played every down last season for the Minutemen, leading the team to a 4-6 record. Junior tailback Anthony DelRusso (5-9, 175) “didn’t get a lot of action” behind Kuhn last year, but he’s ready now. Kirk claims the offense will be basically the same, “but you try to do new things every year with the kids you have.’’

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-16 09-25 (3 OT) 10-02 10-09 10-15 10-23 10-30 11-06 11-13

OVERVIEW: There are few things that hurt a team more than the loss of one of its best players, and Mendham head coach Doug Kirk knows exactly how that feels. The Minutemen ended last season on a three-game winning streak and capped it with a victory over Irvington in a consolation game. Johnny Kuhn carried the ball 36 times for a school-record 351 yards and five touchdowns. Then he graduated. However, Kirk claims Mendham’s biggest loss is on defense. “We graduated almost the whole defense except for two players,’’ he said. “We lost nine from last year and that’s gotta hurt. But we have some kids who have been playing a long time that are going to come in and do their best. They’re ready to step up and play. It’s their turn.” DEFENSE: Junior Luke Tamburello (5-10, 185) will lead the linebacker corps, with junior Mike LaSorsa (6-3, 170) and senior Luke Lyons (5-11, 170) at defensive back. Senior Jesse Boyland (5-11, 225) will also be a mainstay on the Mendham defense.

@ Mount Olive @ Morristown Roxbury

L 26 - 6 L 27 - 24 L 23 - 20

West Morris Parsippany Hills @ Randolph Delbarton Morris Knolls @ Morris Hills @ Irvington

L 42 - 0 W 15 - 12 L 28=14 L 12 - 9 W 20 - 14 W 12 - 0 W 35 - 28

“But this season I’m just looking forward to seeing the boys play and take their chance at high school football.’’ DOUG KIRK BIGTIME PLAYERS Luke Tamburello

LB13

With only eight seniors: Crowe, Dean Coapman (WR/LB, 5-11, 180), Lyons, Steve Graziano (TE/LB, 6-1, 190), Andrew Grzanka (6-1, 230), Mark Matthews (6-1, 220) and Tyler Avallone (TE/DE, 6-4, 245), Mendham knows there's a lot to work on before the season starts in order to achieve its goal of a division championship.

Mike La Sorsa

LB13

Luke Lyons

DB12

Jesse Boyland

DL12

Mendham opens the season at Mount Olive on Friday and will face some stiff competition as the season wears on.

Matt Crowe

QB12

“The schedule is going to be a huge test,’’ Kirk said. “Every team we play has a proud tradition. Great coaches, players who love football. Fans who really support their teams. Everything that’s great about American football is in this league. We have hard playing teams that are a lot of fun to play. It’s a really good league, you have Roxbury, Delbarton, West Morris, Randolph. We have two state champs from last year. It’s going to be tough.

Anthony DelRusso

RB13

“But this season I’m just looking forward to seeing the boys play and take their chance at high school football.’’

Dean Coapman

WR/LB12

Steve Graziano

TE/LB12

Andrew Grzanka

12

Mark Matthews

12

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MONTVILLE

MUSTANGS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Jim Delaney

OVERVIEW: For the Montville Mustangs and new head coach Jim Delaney, ‘getting better everyday’ is their main motto.Jim Delaney will be entering into his fifth consecutive year as a head coach. For the past four years, Coach Delaney coached the High Point Wildcats in Sussex County. This fall, he will be coaching a Montville team that went just 4-6 last fall. Delaney knows that it will take more than just talent to turn things around for the Mustangs. They will need to rely on their senior leadership and hard work. “We will go where our seniors take us,” said Delaney. “If they work hard and are good leaders, we will be fine. It’s a matter of how quickly we can grow as a team.”

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The Mustangs will be implementing the triple option and will lean on returning halfback and linebacker Mike Abate to carry them far this fall. Assisting Abate will be Nolan Entholdt who saw some action at halfback and linebackers as well last season.

09-09 09-16 09-24 09-30 10-07 10-15

Mountain Lakes @ Dover @ Wallkill Valley Kittatinny @ Madison Hackettstown

Montville will look to offensive and defensive linemen Jon Kaplan and Dave Liebowitz to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Both are experienced players who have played more than enough downs to give the Mustangs the man power they need up front.

10-21 10-28 11-04

@ Parsippany Chatham Lenape Valley

Defensively, they will run a 4-3 and will look to be aggressive in creating turnovers and chasing down the ball. The quarterback position will be an open competition right up to the start of the season. Coach Delaney believes there are four players who have displayed enough athleticism to play the position. The players that will be competing for the starting job will be senior Ben Laub; senior Dan Dotterweich; junior Parker Meytrott and junior John Jespersen.

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-16 09-24 10-02 10-08 10-15 10-23 10-30 11-05 11-12

Newton W 20 - 0 @ Lincoln L 52 - 22 Wallkill Valley 21 @ Kittatinny W 27 - 7 Parsippany W 56 - 7 @ Hackettstown W 27 - 17 Madison L 41 - 20 @ Chatham L 30 - 0 @ Lenape Valley W 27 - 16 Cliffside Park L 32 - 28

The Mustangs come from a traditionally rich football town and both Coach Delaney and the players know that they have more than enough support from the town of Montville. “Being new, I think there is a lot of community support,” Delaney explained. “This is important because we realize that we are playing for much more than just ourselves, which is important come crunch time.”

“WE WILL GO WHERE OUR SENIORS WILL TAKE US” JIM DELANEY BIGTIME PLAYERS Mike Abate

LB12

Nolan Entholdt

LB12

Jon Kaplan

OL/DL12

Dave Liebowitz

OL/DL12

Ben Laub

QB12

Dan Dotterweich

QB12

Parker Meytrott

QB13

John Jespersen

QB13

Coach Delaney stressed the importance of being a complete football player and being committed to the Mustang program. “We want our players to be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things in all phases.” “We want to improve everyday and practice with that purpose in mind.”

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Kyle Chmura TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Greg Lusardi

2011 SCHEDULE 09-10 09-16 09-24 10-01 10-08 10-15 10-21 10-29 11-04

Butler @ Kinnelon Hopatcong @ Mountain Lakes @ Whippany Park Pequannock @ Lenape Valley Dover @ Boonton

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-17 (OT) 09-24 10-02 10-09 10-15 10-23 10-29 11-06 11-13

@ Butler Mountain Lakes

L 22 - 12 L 20 - 14

@ Hopatcong Kinnelon @ Whippany Park @ Pequannock Union City @ Dover Boonton @ Pingry

L 27 - 14 W 28 - 21 W 48 - 14 L 34 - 0 L 26 - 18 L 34 - 28 L 35 - 26 L 19 - 14

OVERVIEW:Last year, Morris Catholic’s running game was more likely to break a long run than to extend a long touchdown drive. But with speedy Craig Kimbrough graduated, the Crusaders’ offensive menu will carry more of a grind-it-out, brass-knuckles mentality. “We have no one like Kimbrough,” coach Greg Lusardi said. “We need to gain five yards, five yards, five yards. Do that 20 times and score, not one 90-yard touchdown. We need to play mistake-free football.” Lusardi likes what he has seen in the early going. The team played hard against what is expected to be a good Morris Knolls team and then improved in a tri-scrimmage against Montville and Kearny One of the biggest strengths this year appears to be Morris Catholic’s ability to stop the run, which is the bedrock of any strong high school defense. For that reason alone, Lusardi sees good things coming. “We’re playing well defensively against the run,” he said. “That is what we want. Stop the other team from running the ball and get the ball on the short side of the field.” Lusardi likes what he has seen of his 3-4 defense, with Mike Purcell (5-9, 205) at nose, and A.J. Trillo (6-0, 240), Frank Cacciabeve (6-0, 220) and Pat Vidal (5-9, 205) at end. The linebackers will consist of Greg O’Neill, Joe Vidal and Troy Weathersby on the outside and Dave Ferrara, Ryan Hall and Adam Caruso (a starter on the line last year) lining up inside. Eric Wood, Mike Mills (6-3, 190) and Nick DiVite will play cornerback, with Matt Sinatra at safety. “The defense is coming along,” Lusardi said. “A year ago, our run defense left a lot to be desired. We’re better at defending the run. Our tackling is better, and we’re running to the ball better.”

BIGTIME PLAYERS Mike Purcell

DL12

A.J. Trillo

DL12

Frank Cacciabeve

DL12

Brendan Wood (6-2, 165) will start at quarterback.

Brendan Wood

QB12

“He has a strong arm, and he has good stature and vision,” Lusardi said. “He can throw the ball well. His technique is very good, and he has good footwork.”

Eric Wood

WR12

Nick DiVite

WR12

Ryan Hall

TE12

Joe Vidal

TE12

Mike Levitt

C12

Wood will be joined in the backfield by Ferrara at one halfback, Troy Weathersby at the other, and Purcell at fullback. “Ferrara looks good,” Lusardi said. “He runs well and he is hard nosed, though he is not a burner. Purcell was a lineman and he is running well. Weathersby blocks well and can catch passes when we go play-action.” Eric Wood, Brendan’s twin brother, will play one receiver spot and the other will go to DiVite. Hall and Joe Vidal are the two tight ends. Matt Weathersby will be flanked by guards Trillo, Mike Levitt (6-2, 195) and Mike Masotti. The tackles will be Cacciabeve and Attila Toke (6-2, 205). “The line is getting better,” Lusardi said.

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GOLDEN EAGLES

By Kyle Chmura TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Bill Regan

2011 SCHEDULE 09-10 09-17 09-23 10-01 10-06 10-15 10-21 10-29 11-05

@ Morris Hills @ Delbarton @ Randolph Roxbury @ Morristown Parsippany Hills @ West Morris Mendham Vernon

2010 RESULTS 09-11 09-17 09-25 10-01 10-09 10-16 10-23 10-30 11-05 11-13

Morris Hills Delbarton Randolph @ Roxbury Morristown @ Parsippany Hills West Morris @ Mendham @ Vernon Kennedy

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Overview:Bill Regan vividly remembers Morris Knolls’ dreary 2010 season, which is one reason why the Golden Eagles are coming off a summer they’ll never forget. The team spent much of the past summer in the broiling sun in an effort to work their way back up to respectability. Knolls finished 2-8 last year and is 8-22 over the past three seasons, which is why Regan said enough is enough. “We had an old-school camp,” said Regan, the author of four state titles during his career. “No one liked it but me, but I don’t care. We had a good time. The coaches and I had fun, but the players did not. We spent the summer getting our hands calloused. We have had a rough three years. We remember.” If Regan has his way, the team will get back to the recipe it used during the glory days, when Knolls was a consistent, winning program. That means a lot of enthusiasm, a tireless work ethic, a low pad level, and plenty of hustle. Those characteristics were the bedrocks of a lot of victories in Denville. And Regan wants to see those traits return. In the summer, there were glimmers of hope.“We’re improved,” he said. “We’re still trying to get the pieces to fit. We have had a challenging summer. Some people stepped up, some left. We have some new faces, and we want to see where some of them fit.” Regan has run the veer running attack for almost 40 years and this year will be no different. Offense: The two running backs return from last year. Cody Greenhagen figures to be among Morris County’s finest allaround players, and Nick Patterson is another capable runner. “They both understand the offense and that is very important,” Regan said.The quarterback spot is a three-way race between returning senior starter Mike Stango, junior Mike Zvolensky, and sophomore Joe Leonardis. All three are highly capable. Zvolensky and Leonardis have made great strides during the summer.“They need to pull the trigger and make quick decisions and they’ve learned to do that,” Regan said. “They’ve run well and they’ve thrown well.” Greenhagen and Patterson have improved running behind an O-line that is better.Some of the headliners up front include center Dave Navon, guards Jermaine Eluemunor and Jordan Beffert, tackles Mike Rettino and Steve Quadrel, and tight ends K.C. Smith, Troy Schweighardt, and Rob Parks, who has been out with a broken hand. Steve McKowen and Anthony diPalma will play wide receiver. “Some people say they should be called wide blocker,” Regan cracked. “But that is the way we do things here.” Other contributors to the offense figure to be running backs Julian Melahn and brothers Ryan and Michael Sweeney, receivers Esaun Mobley, Melvin Maiden, Shaun Pateman and Aaron Arizmendi. Defense: The defense also has some experience, with Navon at nose, Beffert and Tyler Laib at tackle and Schweighardt, Ethan Zangara, Parks, and Melahn at end. Eluemunor, Zach Wekilsky, and Matt Grossman should also see time up front. Greenhagen, Smith, and Rettino are vying for time at the two linebacker spots in Regan’s 5-2. Patterson and McKowen will play safety, while some combination of diPalma, Stango, Pateman, and Robbie McCormick will play corner. The kicker and punter will be Dan Bubak, a former soccer player. “We’ll show up on time and we’ll play hard,” Regan said. “We’re getting better. Last year, we set some team goals that were a little out of whack. This year, we just want to practice hard and beat Morris Hills in our opener (on Saturday). Then we’ll make our goals.”

“We have some new faces, and we want to see where some of them fit.” BILL REGAN BIGTIME PLAYERS K.C. Smith

TE12

Cody Greenhagen

RB12

Nick Patterson

RB12

Mike Stango

QB12

Mike Zvolensky

QB13

Joe Leonardis

QB14

Dave Navon

C12

Jermaine Eluemunor

T12

Jordan Beffert

T12

Mike Rettino

G12

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COLONIALS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Chris Hull

2011 SCHEDULE 09-10 09-17 09-24 10-01 10-06 10-15 10-21 10-29 11-04

Seton Hall Prep @ Mendham @ Parsippany Hills Randolph Morris Knolls Delbarton @ Roxbury West Morris @ High Point

2010 RESULTS 09-11 09-16 09-25 10-01 10-09 10-16 10-23 10-29 11-06 11-13 11-19 12-04

@ Seton Hall Prep Mendham Parsippany Hills @ Randolph @ Morris Knolls @ Delbarton Roxbury @ West Morris High Point Plainfield @ West Morris Nutley

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Overview:On the Morristown football team’s website, head coach Chris Hull states that “winning and the lessons taught” are what he likes best about the sport. So what did the Colonials learn from winning the NJSIAA North 2 Group III championship last year? “I hope our players learned that you win because of hard work,” said Hull who starts his seventh season as coach of the Colonials. “The harder we work, the better we’ll play.” Hull has been pleased with the team’s off-season weightlifting program. There have been battles during preseason practice to replace standout players who graduated, like running back Kevin Gaskins, wide receiver Akil Anderson, running back/linebacker Darren Dungee, quarterback Rafe Shupe and defensive lineman Xavier Rivera from the team that defeated Nutley, 40-6, to win the state title last fall. “We raised the bar last year, but we can’t be complacent,” Hull said. “We don’t have a lot of returning starters back from last year, so right now we are a work in progress.” Offense: Senior Brian Billak and junior Dave Montemarano have been splitting quarterback reps in practice. “Bilak is a big tall kid who throws the ball and runs well,” Hull said. “He is an athletic kid, who has good leadership qualities. Montemarano throws the ball well and is a tough kid.” Senior Zac Carter has the task of replacing Gaskins, who rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, including 308 yards and three TDs in the victory over Nutley. Carter will be joined in the backfield by senior fullback Kurt Sittman Kevin Sanders and Kamau Dumas are penciled in to start at wide receiver for the Colonials. “Dumas and Sanders have worked very hard in practice and are improving every day,” Hull said. “Kamau saw time for us last year at corner, and Sanders is a track kid who is fast. They have some wheels.” The one area where Morristown has some returning starters is along the offensive line. Matt Adamo and Chris McDonald are back. Hull also has been pleased with the play of guard Kyle Sittman and tackle Phil Adamo. Defense:Morristown will once again play a 4-4 defense, but will have to replace eight starters, with only Carter, Dumas and Matt Drake returning. Hull expects Drake to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks from his defensive end position, while Carter and senior Dan Miller will lead the linebackers. “We are still putting things together,” Hull said. “We are looking for another inside and outside linebacker and we need to find another lineman to go with Drake.” Dumas, Sanders and Bilak will man the secondary for Morristown. Senior Steve Delargey will again handle the placekicking.Morristown was 4-4 before running the table at the end of last season, winning the final four games to capture the school’s eighth championship. Hull has made it clear that it is up to the players themselves if they want the chance to repeat as state champions. “Last year’s class raised the bar,” Hull said. “We stressed throughout the offseason to this year’s team that if they want another ring, they have a lot of hard work ahead of them. We have had a good off-season in the weight room, the players have worked hard in practice, but we are still a work in progress. We are working hard, making adjustments, and if the players continue to work hard, I think we’ll be fine.”

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QB12

Dave Montemarano

QB13

Zac Carter

RB12

Kurt Sittman

FB12

Kevin Sanders

WR12

Kamau Dumas

WR12

Matt Adamo

OL12

Chris McDonald

OL12

Kyle Sittman

OL12

Phil Adamo

OL12

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MARAUDERS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Garry Luciani

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-17 09-23 09-30 10-06 10-15 10-21 10-28 11-04

Mendham @ Sparta @ Jefferson @ Montville Pope John @ Vernon Morris Hills High Point Randolph

2010 RESULTS 09-10 09-19 09-24 10-02 10-09 10-15 10-23 10-30 11-05 11-12

Mendham Sparta Jefferson Montville @ Pope John Vernon @ Morris Hills @ High Point @ Randolph @ Old Tappan

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Overview:A year ago, Garry Luciani was nothing short of Morris County’s version of Annie Sullivan, you know, the Miracle Worker.Luciani, who had a history of turning programs around at Pompton Lakes and Elmwood Park, the latter going from a 40-game losing streak to a state playoff team in four years, came to Mount Olive last year. He inherited a team that was 1-9 in 2009 and hadn’t had a winning season since 2003. But in true miracle worker fashion, Luciani guided the Marauders to a 5-5 record last season and more importantly, a berth in the NJSIAA North 1 Group III playoffs, where they ran into the state’s premier player in Devin Fuller of Old Tappan. Now, after losing 17 seniors to graduation, Luciani has to perform more miracles, nothing short of walking on water. “We’re not rebuilding,” Luciani said. “We’re reloading.” Of course, Luciani said those words with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. Offense: The Marauders lost a ton of talented players to graduation and return only one starter on offense in junior wide receiver Justin Maskimow (6-2, 190). “We most certainly lost a lot of talented players,” Luciani said. “Justin is the lone returnee. Everyone else is brand new. It’s always a challenge when you have kids who are not returning starters, kids who didn’t get a lot of varsity experience. That experience means a lot.” But Luciani likes the way the Marauders are coming together in the preseason. “They have been right on schedule with everything,” Luciani said. “We put in a whole new system last year and with the new kids, it hasn’t slowed down much at all. I’m really happy with the group we have.”Senior Garrett Schneider (6-3,190) moves from wide receiver to become the Marauders’ starting quarterback this season.“He’s handled the transition from receiver to quarterback nicely,” Luciani said. “Not only does he throw it well, but he can run the ball as well. He’s a very intelligent kid who is totally dedicated to the game.”Senior Mike Saporito (5-10, 170) becomes a mainstay at running back.“The big thing with Mike is his speed,” Luciani said. “He has great speed, breakaway speed. I expect big things from him. He’s more of a threat than anyone we have, because of his speed.” The fullback is junior Justin Mancini (5-11, 190), who Luciani loves. “He’s everything we want in a fullback,” Luciani said. “He’s tough. He runs hard. He’s a good blocker. He’s a good football player.” Maskimow returns at receiver. “I’m very high on him,” Luciani said. “He started last year as a sophomore and caught a touchdown pass in our state playoff game (against Old Tappan, a 42-21 loss). I think he’s going to be a good one.” Another receiver is senior Alec Poles (5-10, 160). “Alec had a great summer in our seven-on-sevens,” Luciani said. “He’s been catching the ball real well.” The tight end is junior Nick Behrens (6-4, 190), who has a lot of potential. “I really think he’s going to be a good tight end,” Luciani said. “I’m happy to know that we have him out there.” The offensive line features senior Rob Parisi (5-10, 250) at tackle, along with junior John Martinez (5-11, 250). The guards are Andrew Trejo (6-0, 200) and senior David Kim (6-0, 280), with junior Brian Bernard (5-11, 185) at center.“It’s a very young line, but I’m very happy with the way they’re progressing,” Luciani said. “We have some nice size and speed up front.” Defense:Defensively, the Marauders feature Behrens and junior Trevor Bouye (5-11, 185). Parisi returns at defensive

“We’re not rebuilding, We’re reloading.” GARRY LUCIANI BIGTIME PLAYERS Justin Maskimow

WR13

Garrett Schneider

QB12

Mike Saporito

RB12

Justin Mancini

RB13

Alec Poles

WR12

Rob Parisi

OL12

John Martinez

OL13

Andrew Trejo

OL12

David Kim

OL12

Brian Bernard

OL13

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Two Sport Star Cody Greenahagen of Morris Knolls is one of morris county’s top recruits for 2012. The Football and Baseball star has many colleges looking to bring him to their campus with footballl pads or a baseball bat and glove.

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MOUNTAIN LAKES HERD

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Darrell Fusco

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-16 09-24 10-01 10-06 10-15 10-22 10-29 11-04

@ Montville @ Hopatcong Dover Morris Catholic @ Boonton @ Whippany Park Butler Pequannock @ Kinnelon

2010 RESULTS 09-11 09-17 (OT) 09-25 10-02 10-15 10-23 10-29 11-06 11-13 11-20 12-03

Hopatcong @ Morris Catholic

W 31 - 0 W 20 - 14

Whippany Park @ Pequannock @ Dover Boonton @ Butler Kinnelon North Warren Hawthorne Wallington

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Overview:Darrell Fusco looked out at the practice field named after Doug Wilkins, his predecessor as the Mountain Lakes head football coach and current high school principal, and was amazed at what he saw. On that field that day were an astounding 106 football players in uniform —72 of the varsity variety and 34 freshmen. There isn’t another Group I school in New Jersey with that many kids in their program. “It’s the biggest total we’ve ever had,” said Fusco, who begins his second season as the head coach of the Herd. “It’s really a blessing. We’re going to be able to have a full sophomore schedule (to go along with freshman and junior varsity). We’re ecstatic with the turnout. It’s really amazing to have so many kids to buy into what we’re doing. We’re actually overflowing. It’s a tribute to the town, the parents and the kids.” It’s also made things very interesting in the Herd’s training camp as players jockey for playing time.One thing is certainly different this year as the Herd prepares for their season opener against Montville on Friday. The 35-game win streak that covered nearly four years is history, gone with the 23-21 loss to Wallington in the NJSIAA North 1 Group I state title game at the Meadowlands last December. “The streak was awesome, no doubt,” Fusco said. “But it was also overbearing. It was an every-day conversation, part of our lives every single day. But we don’t even talk about it anymore. Losing really was a reality shock for a lot of these kids, who never experienced it before. They couldn’t believe we lost. But once we lost, the kids were ready to get back to work in the weight room in January and February. It was definitely powerful.” So maybe it’s time to start a new one. There are certainly enough players to go around. “It’s definitely a motivator,” Fusco said. “These kids have watched us win over the years and they get accustomed to winning. We have 27 seniors on our team that want to win. I’m motivated by them and how hard they’re working. They really have developed a great work ethic and that makes things easier for me.”But there are only four returning starters back from last year’s 11-1 state finalist.“That’s it,” Fusco said. “Every other position is wide open. We really did the same thing last year and I was just amazed with how well we played. We must have done something right.” Fusco won’t even conjure up the thought that it might be a down year for the Herd. “We want to keep the standards we’ve set, standards that were established by Coach Wilkins,” he said. “The program we have is a great one. The kids are all buying into the fact that they can be part of something special.” Offense: The quarterback position is currently being shared by a pair of seniors in Pete Breslauer (6-0, 195) and Connor Lang (5-10, 170).“They both played a little last year and right now, they’re going back and forth,” Fusco said. “Both will play this season.” The halfback is one of the few returning starters, senior Dylan Muti (5-10, 175), who rushed for 700 yards and eight touchdowns last season. “No question, we need him to step up and lead,” Fusco said. “He’s a big-play kid.” Senior Tyler Batesko (6-0, 190) is the fullback. Batesko was the backup to All Daily Record standout Robbie Rohan last year. “He’s waited for his turn and he’s ready to have a good year,” Fusco said of Batesko.The other halfbacks are seniors Dylan Walsh (5-11, 175) and Alex Fernandez (5-9, 165). Senior Max Boerstoel (6-2, 210) has been a stalwart in training camp at wide receiver. Senior Ethan Lubowitz (5-11, 190), who made a sensational touchdown catch in the state title game in the

DID YOU KNOW? 106 Football Players are in the Herd... BIGTIME PLAYERS Luke Hickox

OL12

Pete Breslauer

QB12

Connor Lang

QB12

Dylan Muti

HB12

Tyler Batesko

FB12

Dylsn Walsh

HB12

Alex Fernandez

HB12

Max Boerstol

WR12

Ethan Lubowitz

WR12

Chris O’Rourke

OL12

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RED HAWKS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Mike Adams

2011 SCHEDULE 09-10 09-16 09-23 10-01 10-08 10-14 10-21 10-28 11-05

@ Wallkill Valley Kittatinny Madison Hackettstown @ Kinnelon Chatham Hanover Park @ Lenape Valley @ Newton

2010 RESULTS 09-11 09-16 09-25 10-01 10-08 10-15 10-23 10-29 11-05 11-12

@ Marist @ Hackettstown @ Madison Chatham @ Hanover Park Lenape Valley @ Kittatinny Newton Wallkill Valley Palisades Park

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Overview:Parsippany is coming off a 2-8 season, which would have been a huge disappointment for most schools. But the Red Hawks came into the 2010 season with a 31-game losing streak and little hope. But Parsippany won its 2010 opener and captured its finale, giving the program optimism. The Red Hawks have made huge strides under second-year coach Mike Adams and he hopes some good performances in recent scrimmages can serve as further building blocks. In a quad scrimmage against West Windsor South, Watchung Hills and Scotch Plains, Parsippany showed it belonged, which is a far cry from when the team was in the midst of the losing streak that had stretched over three years. “West Windsor was real good, but we hung in there with Scotch Plains and Watchung Hills,” Adams said. “For what they have, we hung in right with them, which we were pleased to see.” In Adams’ first game as the school’s coach last September, Parsippany beat Marist, 13 -8, to end the losing streak. Parsippany lost its next eight before ending the season on a winning note, beating Palisades Park in a consolation game, 55-18, That season-ending win served as a motivator to a highly successful off-season at Parsippany. The team might not be ready for a state championship run just yet, but the athleticism is markedly improved with many of the returnees.“We are improving,” Adams said. “The kids ended last year with a win. They want to continue on and see success. They wanted to show up in the off-season. They know that winning games isn’t just gonna happen. They competed with each other in hopes that it’ll pay off this season.” Defense:One of the bright spots in the preseason has been the athleticism of the defense, which is why Adams has gone to a 3-5 look. Adams saw enough able athletes on his roster that he has decided to go with a five-linebacker look that includes Andres Giraldo in the middle, inside linebackers Adam Mansur and David Samuels, and outside ‘backers Nick Jannarone and Corey Wallace. “We have more linebackerquality kids,” he said. “We’re hoping the defense can create more pressure.”The defensive front will include nose Vaughn McIntosh (6-1, 280), who is flanked by Nick Pizzuta, Tommy Cuchiarra, and Ryan Scott (6-2, 300). The secondary includes Max Berns and Marcus Farrar at corner and safety Tyler Wilhalme.

Offense: Berns and Wallace are vying for the quarterback

spot. Both have varying strengths and weaknesses. Adams is trying to sift through all of the data before making his decision for the season. “It’ll come down to the scrimmages,” Adams said. “They’re very different. Max is very smart and knows how to run the offense. Corey is a running back-type of kid with a good arm.” The Red Hawks will use a double-wing set with some veer principles. Farrar and Wilhalme will play halfback. Mansur and Giraldo are vying for fullback time while waiting for the return of Ryan Sheehan, who has been out of action lately with an injury. Jannarone will play one tight end.The loser of the Berns-Wallace battle for QB will play another receiver spot. Samuels will play center and will be flanked by guards Cuchiarra and Pizzuta, with McIntosh playing one tackle and either Ryan Barnhart or Tameem Jalallar working for the other tackle spot. “Our offense has done well,” Adams said.

“They know that winning games isn’t just gonna happen. They competed with each other in hopes that it’ll pay off this season.” Mike Adams BIGTIME PLAYERS Vaughn Mclntosh

DL12

Nick Pizzuta

DL12

Tommy Cuchiarra

DL12

Ryan Scott

DL12

Max Berns

DB12

Marcus Farrar

DB12

Tyler Wilhalme

S12

Nick Jannarone

DB12

Corey Wallace

DB12

Adam Mansur

DB12

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PARSIPPANY HILLS VIKINGS

By Chuck Mound TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Dave Albano

OFFENSE: Senior Running back CJ Joyce will lead the rushing attack, Joyce rushed for 800 yards as a sophomore and 400 yards as a junior. "He has big play potential with his speed and he is a great athlete who will make some plays for us this year " says Head Coach Dave Albano. Joyce is also a three year letterwinner in baseball and will have some solid opportnities to play football and or baseball in college.

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-16 09-24 10-01 10-07 10-15 10-21 10-29 11-05

@ High Point @ West Morris Morristown @ Delbarton Mendham @ Morris Knolls @ Randolph Roxbury Jefferson

The Vikings will look to junior quarterback Tyler Sims who has all of the tools to become a solid Viking quarterback with his 6.2 frame.Sims will have some nice targets in 6.5 senior Wide Receiver Kyle Baxter, Mike Comeford and Dan Hardwick. Senior Mike Pietrowicz, who has been a three year letter winner will anchor the offensive line with 6.5 300 pound Naujee Davis and Brian Moy.

2010 RESULTS 09-11 09-17 09-25 10-02 (OT) 10-09 10-16 10-23 10-29 11-05 11-12

Scouting Report : With the move to the bigger division, the Vikings have made some adjustments and are ready to finish. The Vikings were in all of their games last season lost by 7 points or less The plan is to be stronger and better in the second half. With 20 players returning with solid playing experience, this should help the cause. Senior outside linebacker Will Smith will be a leader on both sides of the ball. The 5.10 180 pounder bleeds Columbia blue " I love playing Par Hills football, especially for coach Albano, he wears his emotions on his sleeve" says Smith. This will be a senior led team with numerous returning letter winners on both sides of the ball.

High Point West Morris @ Morristown Delbarton

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@ Mendham Morris Knolls Randolph @ Roxbury @ Jefferson @ Warren Hills

L W L L

DEFENSE: Senior Will Smith will be the heart and soul of the Viking detfense from his middle linebacker position. Mike Comeford is a great 14 - 8 athlete who can play anywhere on the field. He will 24 - 20 be one of the leaders in the Viking secondary 21 - 14 along with Andrew Cupo and Kyle Annese. Sean 13 - 7 Weg will create havoc on the defensive line. You can always count on a tough Viking defense.

15 - 12 28 - 7 42 - 14 28 - 7 19 - 0 W 13 - 7

This is a Viking team that has been playing together for years since the days of the Little Vikings. They will be better prepared this season and will be up for the challenge of the 2011 schedule.

CJ JOYCE

“ WE ARE LOOKING TO IMPROVE OUR OVERALL GAME” Dave Albano Head Coach BIGTIME PLAYERS WIL SMITH

LB12

CJ JOYCE

RB12

TYLER SIMS

QB13

KYLE BAXTER

WR12

MIKE COMEFORD

WR12

DAN HARDWICK

WR12

MIKE PIETROWICZ

OL12

NAUJEE DAVIS

OL12

BRIAN MOY

OL12

KYLE ANNESE

DB14

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RANDOLPH

RAMS

By Chuck Mound TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Joe Lusardi

OFFENSE: The offense will be led by senior quarterback Dom Capalabo who has been a program player and is really experienced in running the wing t offense. " he is quick and very shifty" says head football coach Joe Lusardi " he is very effective with his ball fakes and can make things happen on the field". The running game will be on the very broad shoulders of junior college football prospect Brendan Mahon, who is 6.6 and 300 pounds. " In my 34 years of coaching, he could be the best offensive linemen that I have coached" says Lusardi " he has all of the skills that are going to keep getting better and better". sophomore Running Back James Gamgemi will look to lead the Rams running game.

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-16 09-23 10-01 10-06 10-15 10-21 10-28 11-04

09-10 09-18 09-25 10-01 10-08 10-15 10-23 10-30 11-05 11-12 11-19 (2 OT) 12-04

Overview: The defending state champions lose 20 seniors, who many of which went off to play college football. As the largest school in Morris County with over 1,900 students, the Rams will have 18 eager seniors who return to defend the title. Coach Lusardi has done an excellent job with the program which now seems to be hitting on a cylinders.

Jefferson @ Roxbury Morris Knolls @ Morristown West Morris @ Mendham Parsippany Hills Delbarton @ Mount Olive

Sophomore Kicker Frankie Rago proved he can be counted on in big moments. In fact, you could say nothing fases him. The former soccer player turned kicking specialist was faced with a double over time extra point kick against North Bergen in the state playoffs last season. " I told him they may try to freeze you out " says Lusardi Rago responded with "what does that mean?" and went to kick the extra point for the dramatic win.

DEFENSE: The physical Ram defense will be led by senior linebacker AJ Garcia who had 113 2010 RESULTS tackles last season and has been the best Paramus Cath. L 19 - 6 defensive player for the Rams for the past 2 Roxbury W 13 - 10 seasons. " He is a tremendous student of the @ Morris Knolls W 24 - 3 game who watches a lot of film" says Lusardi " Morristown W 6-0 Garcia had a busy off season as he is being looked @ West Morris W 21 - 10 at by many division 1 and 1aa schools. " he is just Mendham W 28 - 14 a great athlete and he excels in everything he @ Parsippany Hills W 42 - 14 does". Junior defensive tackle Sam Caplin and @ Delbarton W 21 - 14 linebacker Aaron Harris will be solid on defense. Mount Olive Livingston North Bergen

W 35 - 7 W 34 - 0 W 24 - 21

Montclair

W 19 - 0

“quick and very shifty� JOE LUSARDI BIGTIME PLAYERS AJ Garcia

LB12

Dom Capalabo

QB12

James Gamgemi

RB13

Brendan Mahon

OL13

Aaron Harris

RB13

Sam Caplin

DT13

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ROXBURY

GAELS

By Chuck Anderson

Overview: The 2009 season, which ended with the NJSIAA

North 1 Group IV state championship, is already a distant memory for Roxbury. “That group set a precedent in terms of TEAM INFORMATION what you want in work ethic and drive,” veteran head coach Cosmo Lorusso said. “That part, we do talk about. But these HEAD COACH: Cosmo Lorusso kids have to make their own statement of who they are. It’s a different group. It’s even a different group from last year.” The Gaels were 6-4 last season and just missed qualifying for the state playoffs. “There was a sense of frustration about last season, but as Coach (Bill) Parcells once said, ‘You are what your record is.’ Well, we were 6-4. That’s what we were. We didn’t have the horses to compete when we needed to. We didn’t have an answer late in games.” Can Lorusso use what happened last season as a barometer? “I don’t think you can, because this team is so brand new,” Lorusso said. “So we’re not making any references to anything. It’s a brand new start. We’re working hard to get better every single day. We’re not even at the stage to determine what we are as a team. We have 2011 SCHEDULE kids still trying to master the offense. We have a number of 09-09 @ Vernon positions up for grabs. We’re still going to make some decisions 09-16 Randolph about positions right up until the first game.”Lorusso 09-24 Mendham encourages the obstacle of starting fresh. “It’s definitely a great 10-01 @ Morris Knolls coaching challenge,” Lorusso said. “I challenged the coaching 10-08 @ Delbarton staff back in the spring to look at what we had coming back. I 10-14 @ West Morris told the kids that we had to do something different. The kids 10-21 Morristown have been phenomenal and they’re doing everything we’ve 10-29 @ Parsippany Hills asked them to do. I can see them growing every single day and 11-05 Montville that’s a positive. There’s an excitement in that I know this team is going to improve. We just have to find a way to win games. But we’re making strides every day.” OFFENSE: Senior Brendan Reifberg (6-4, 180) has won the preseason battle to become the Gaels’ starting quarterback. “We started toying with Brendan as a receiver, but we moved him back to quarterback and he did a great job,” Lorusso said. “He’s a great competitor and he’s energized. He’s shown great growth in the position.”Junior Donald Panciello (6-1, 205) is the main threat in the backfield. Panciello, who was the Gaels’ 2010 RESULTS best running back at the end of last season, is a big-time player 09-10 @ Jefferson W 15 - 12 in the eyes of the head coach.“He has a chance to become one 09-18 @ Randolph L 13-10 of the elite backs in our county,” Lorusso said. “He’s a solid 09-25 @ Mendham W 23 - 20 (3 runner and we’re expecting big things from him.” While OT) Panciello will get the majority of touches in the backfield, 10-01 Morris Knolls W 30 - 0 Lorusso is confident that a host of others will contribute as well. 10-08 Delbarton L 28 - 14 Players like senior Ryan Michaels (5-7, 160), sophomore Peter 10-15 West Morris L 17 - 0 Sutton (5-11, 175), and juniors Chris Colucci (6-2, 190) and 10-23 @ Morristown L 21 - 14 Blake Isakson (5-10, 175) will all get playing time in a crowded 10-29 Parsippany Hills W 28 - 7 Roxbury backfield. “It’s nice to have the ability to be 11-05 @ Montville W 42 - 20 interchangeable,” Lorusso said. Junior Kyle Young (6-0, 195), 11-12 Demarest W 30 - 7 who will be the backup quarterback, may also get some snaps in the backfield.The receiving corps is headed by returning starter Mike Stormo, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior.Senior Anthony Salierno (6-1, 225) is the starter at tight end. The offensive line features junior tackle Kyle Adams (6-3, 270), who Lorusso believes could develop into a big-time player, like graduated two-time All-State lineman Angelo Mangiro, currently at Penn State. Adams and junior guard John Magi (5-8, 260) are the lone returning starters along the line.“Adams really has a chance to be a special player for us,” Lorusso said. BIGTIME MAGAZINE The center is senior Alex D’Arminio (6-0, 195) and the other chuckmound.com guard is senior Nick Galgano (5-10, 220). A host of players

“ we’re making strides every day” COSMO LORUSSO BIGTIME PLAYERS Brendan Reifberg

QB12

Donald Panciello

RB13

Ryan Michaels

12

Peter Sutton

14

Chris Colucci

13

Blake Isakson

13

Kyle Young

QB13

Mike Stormo

WR12

Anthony Salierno

TE12

Kyle Adams

T13

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WEST MORRIS

WOLFPACK

By Chuck Mound TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Kevin Hennelly

2011 SCHEDULE 09-09 09-16 09-23 10-01 10-06 10-14 10-21 10-29 11-05

West Orange Parsippany Hills Delbarton @ Mendham @ Randolph Roxbury Morris Knolls @ Morristown @ Sparta

2010 RESULTS 09-11 (OT) 09-17 09-25 10-02 10-08 10-15 10-23 10-29 11-05 11-19

@ West Orange @ Parsippany Hills @ Delbarton @ Mendham Randolph @ Roxbury @ Morris Knolls Morristown Sparta Morristown

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24 - 20 20 - 14 42 - 0 21 - 10 17 - 0 40 - 0 34 - 14 10 - 3 14 - 7

Overview:Kevin Hennelly looked out at his West Morris football team recently and was rendered virtually speechless. “I really don’t know what to expect from this team,” Hennelly said. “We have a lot of kids who are not proven varsity players and have a lot of question marks. We have some seniors who are working with the varsity for the first time. Because we had such a good team in recent years, a lot of these kids never got the chance to play, so they’re very unproven.” The Wolfpack have enjoyed a ton of success over the last three seasons, posting a combined record of 26-7. They’ve appeared in three straight NJSIAA North 2 Group III playoffs, including winning the sectional crown in 2009. They were 7-3 last season. OFFENSE: If West Morris is going to continue winning, the Wolfpack will need a solid season from junior quarterback John Gutowski (5-10, 170).“He did very well for us last year,” Hennelly said. “He understands the offense well, having run the offense for a full season. There’s a lot on his shoulders. But he’s a bright kid, a talented kid. He also loves the book part of the game and loves to study the game. He takes the younger kids and makes them study the game with him.” Gutowski was fortunate to have a versatile do-everything back in Tom Cabarle, who ended up as the All Daily Record Player of the Year, who rushed for 1,045 yards, had another 700 yards in receptions and scored an astounding total of 25 touchdowns. Cabarle (currently playing at Williams College) was the second consecutive Wolfpack player to secure the local Player of the Year honor, joining Michael Burton (currently playing at Rutgers) who was the 2009 Player of the Year, leading the Wolfpack to the state title.Hennelly knows that it’s totally unrealistic to think that someone could emerge and fill the shoes of Cabarle.“We don’t have a Cabarle or a Burton,” Hennelly said. “We like to have a more balanced team. We have a couple of kids who can do some nice things.”The halfbacks are seniors John Ciccone (5-8, 150) and Joe DiBiasse (5-11, 180), with senior Jason Mackewicz (5-7, 170) at fullback. Senior Jimmy Chanda (5-10, 160) is the split end and senior Shawn Barnes (6-2, 200) and junior Tyler Amandos (6-0, 205) are the tight ends.Junior Robbie Hughes (6-2, 215) is a returning starter at tackle, with several players vying for time at the other tackle slot. Seniors Brandon McGroarty (6-1, 225), Brian Veras (5-9, 250) and Ben Gassler (6-1, 230) are all jockeying for time at tackle. Senior Chris Carfaro (5-11, 195) is a returning starter at guard, with senior Nick Hamilton (5-11, 195) being moved to guard from fullback. Senior Tyler Zgombic (6-0, 200) is the starter at center.“The offensive line is in the state of flux and the spots are very much up in the air,” Hennelly said. DEFENSE: Defensively, the Wolfpack will count on Barnes, who is a returning starter at defensive end. Hamilton moves to defensive end from nose guard. Zgombic is the nose guard this season. Carfaro returns to his starting position at defensive tackle. Hughes will also get time at defensive tackle.Amandos is a fixture at linebacker, along with Mackewicz, who started there last year. Senior Stephan Quatorze (5-11, 195) is the third linebacker. Ciccone, DiBiasse and junior Austin Roland (5-9, 170) will share time at cornerback, with Chanda and senior Connor Young (6-0, 180) at safety. Young is a weapon with his foot, as he earned All Daily Record honors last year as a placekicker.The Wolfpack open their season with a home game on Sept. 9 against West Orange. “I’ve never had a team with so

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“We like to have a more balanced team.” KEVIN HENNELLY BIGTIME PLAYERS John Gutowski

QB13

John Ciccone

RB12

Joe DiBiasse

RB12

Jason Mackewicz

DL12

Jimmy Chanda

DL12

Shawn Barnes

TE12

Tyler Amandos

TE13

Robbie Hughes

T13

Brandon McGroarty

T12

Brian Veras

T12

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WHIPPANY PARK WILDCATS

By Chuck Anderson TEAM INFORMATION HEAD COACH:

Todd Callaghan

2011 SCHEDULE 09-10 09-16 09-23 09-30 10-08 10-15 10-21 10-29 11-04

Boonton @ Butler @ Kinnelon @ Hopatcong Morris Catholic Mountain Lakes @ Pequannock Morristown-Beard @ Dover

2010 RESULTS 9-10 09-17 09-25 10-02 10-09 10-16 10-22 11-06 11-12

@ Boonton L 42 - 0 Butler L 42 - 7 @ Mountain Lakes L 48 - 0 Hopatcong L 53 - 12 Morris Catholic L 48 - 14 Kinnelon L 57 - 7 Pequannock L 42 - 0 Dover L 50 - 6 @ Roselle Park L 41 - 14

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Overview:Before the Whippany Park football team even set foot on the practice field this summer, new coach Todd Callaghan set out to change them off of it.By talking to them about competing on every down, every practice, every day.By getting them to believe in themselves.“We talk about focus and we’re nitpicking about the little things and our overall attitude toward football,” he said. “We need to change our whole thought process. We need to believe that we can go out and compete.”The Wildcats were 0-9 last year, outscored 423-60. They have gone 1-18 over the last two years. Whippany Park’s psyche is low. Callaghan’s first mission: to build the Wildcats up above the shoulder pads before doing anything else.Thus far, he likes what he has seen.In two early scrimmages, the Wildcats moved the ball in the Wing-T and scored five touchdowns.“We have done well at times even though we have not looked good technically,” he said. “We’ve missed some assignments and have not had the best technique.” Whippany Park does not have enough size to push defenses off the ball and Callaghan believes the Wing-T is its best hope at moving the sticks. There is reason for optimism in the early going because the Wildcats scored four touchdowns in a scrimmage against Queen of Peace. In their second scrimmage, they ran just 10 plays and scored once against Montclair Immaculate before lightning ended the scrimmage prematurely. Granted, those two opponents are not expected to be vying for state championships this year, but the mere fact that Whippany Park is competing means that Callaghan’s message is getting across.“We’re hoping to build off our first two scrimmages,” he said. “Our first goal is to be competitive, be in the game. You feel better about yourself if you lose 28-14 than when you do 48 -0.” OFFENSE: Quarterback Joe LaBracio returns for his second season behind center and he is making steady improvement. The backfield will consist of fullback Nick Fano and halfbacks Dan Karovic and Angelo Ciaramello. Marquise Bourgeois is being counted on to contribute when he returns from an injury.“Fano is a strong kid who understands the concept of the offense,” Callaghan said. “Dan is a sophomore and he is learning as we go. We think he’ll be a good player if he commits to what we do. Angelo is quick with decent speed.” The line consists of the Kelly twins – John is 5-11, 180, while Tim is 6-0, 200 – flanking center Jeff Keating. The biggest lineman is 6-2, 215-pounder Tim Hoblitval, who is joined by fellow tackle Dan Linfante. End Joe Poulter has good hands and tight end Nick Falkman (6-2, 220) can also line up at split end. “The line is coming along,” Callaghan said. “Again, we need to work on technique.” Others in the O-Line mix: guard Dennis Katz, guard-tackle Albie Wagner, tackle Liam McLaughlin, split end-tight end Nick Cetrulo, tight end Tom Vogt, center Jeremy Goldstein, and tackle Matt Thompson. Thompson started last year but is recovering from a wrist injury. “We’re not quite sure who the starters are,” Callaghan said. The defense consists of many of the same players. John Kelly, Goldstein, and Katz are working at nose, Tim Kelly, Linfante, Hoblitval, Keating, and McLaughlin are vying for tackle duty. The ends will be Falkman, brothers Joe and Nick Stefanelli, and Cetrulo. Fano, Brett Protasiewicz, Aaron Rokoszak and Wagner are the linebackers. Poulter, Ciaramello, Alex DiMeo and Bourgeois are working at cornerback and Karovic, Nick Castano and LaBracio are the safeties. “We’re learning,” Callaghan said.

“We have done well ,” TODD CALLAGHAN BIGTIME PLAYERS Joe LaBracio

QB12

Nick Fano Dan Karovic Angelo Ciaramello Marquise Bourgeois John Kelly Tim Kelly Jeff Keating Tim Hoblitval Dan Linfante

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