2018 CCM Preseason Football Preview for the Newton Braves

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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 9
Finals Appearances: 2
Sectional Titles: 1
Playoff Record: 6-8 (.428)

Staff

Head Coach: Matt Parzero
2017 Record: 12-0
Assistants: Scott Zymet, Kyle Grzymko, Matt Popek, Dave Bell, Chris Grant & Bernie Hattersley

Players

Franchise Player:  Senior RB/LB Ryan Kaiser (5-10, 215)
Hottest Selling Jersey:  #52 Senior C/DB Justin Mayhood (5-11, 200)
All Everything Watch:  Senior RB/DE Nick Brigante (5-11, 190)
Under the Radar:  Senior QB Michael Freda (5-8, 150)
Lives in the Weight Room:  Senior OT/DT Jimmy Harding (5-9, 235)
Could Play in Any Era:  Senior G/DT Matt Somers (5-11, 190)

Five Key Points

1. The heart and sole of this team are the guys in the trenches.  Justin Mayhood, Cullen Orabone and Matt Somers all bring a ton of varsity experience and they know first hand what it takes to take the team the distance.  Varsity newcomer senior OT/DT Jimmy Harding (6-3, 250) worked incredibly hard in the off-season looks like he’s going to fill the void Newton lost to graduation.
2.  Senior QB Michael Freda saw quite a bit of clean-up time last season so he actually comes in with a lot of varsity experience, despite his first time as the starter.  Freda is the third lefty QB in a row.  First Nick Grant, then Luke young.  That bodes well for Freda and Newton as both of those players had fantastic careers.
3.  After coming off a 12-0 state championship season that featured a lot of seniors, you’d think their might be a lull in the program.  But it looks like the Braves have retooled nicely between good athletes stepping up and other guys working incredibly hard in the weight room.  The vibe at camp is all about repeating what the 2017 Braves did.
4.  Coach Matt Parzero is only in his third year leading the Braves and already has a title to his name.  But don’t think that was because of luck.  Parzero was a tremendously successful player at Lenape Valley (where he won a state title), then in college.  After that, he took over a North Warren team that struggled forever and turned them into a playoff regular.  Listen to our Podcast Interview with Coach Parzero to get to know him even more.
5.  Newton’s schedule has a bunch of interesting games on it if you like drama.  First, they open against Parzero’s former alma mater Lenape Valley that is still led by his former coach and current mentor Don Smolyn.  Then they face off against Pequannock, who is looking for revenge for getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last season by the Braves.  Later on in the season, Parzero will have to face his old North Warren team who he led for many years.

Schedule

Date/Opponent/Location
08-31 @ Lenape Valley Lenape Valley HS
09-07 Pequannock Newton HS
09-14 Whippany Park Newton HS
09-21 @ High Point High Point HS
09-28 @ Hopatcong Hopatcong HS
10-05 North Warren Newton HS
10-13 @ Wallkill Valley Wallkill Valley HS
10-19 Kittatinny Newton HS
10-26 Madison Newton HS

Roster

# First Last Position Grade Ht Wt
5 Sal Zonca QB/DB 11 5’9 130
7 Nick Costa WR/DB 10 5’7 130
8 Nick Brigante RB/DE 12 5’11 190
9 Jabari Oxley TE/DE 10 6′ 185
11 Ryan Pappas QB/WR/DB 10 5’10 150
12 Michael Freda QB/DB 12 5’8 150
14 Dylan Bailey WR/DB 10 6’0 160
15 Kyheem Butler TE/DE 11 6’2 215
17 Sean Taylor RB/DB 11 5’7 135
20 Kevin Lupo RB/DB 12 5’7 165
21 Aaron Fantasia WR/DB 10 5’8 150
22 Chris Megna RB/DB 11 5’9 140
23 Nate Paternoster WR/DB 10 5’9 130
24 Billy Young RB/DB 12 5’9 190
25 Andrik Garcia RB/LB 10 5’8 140
30 Julian Sibblies RB/LB 11 5’8 170
31 Jesus Blanco RB/LB 10 5’8 170
32 Peyton Nolan RB/DB 10 5’8 165
33 Gabe Hatem RB/DB 12 5’8 155
34 Ryan Kaiser RB/LB 12 5’10 215
38 Anthony McCann WR/LB 11 5’8 150
44 Kyle O’Brien TE/DE 10 5’11 145
51 Joe Gubernard G/LB 12 5’8 180
52 Justin Mayhood C/DE 12 5’11 200
54 Chris Polyak C/DE 12 5’11 185
56 Jimmy Harding T/DT 12 5’9 235
61 Chris McConnell T/DT 10 5’6 155
63 Cullen Orabone T/DT 12 6’3 250
64 Shane Nannery C/LB 10 5’9 175
65 Ryan Wallis G/DT 10 5’8 170
68 John Kreusch G/DT 11 5’10 220
70 Derek Campbell T/DT 11 5’8 190
72 Jarod DeMauro G/DT 10 5’9 185
75 Matt Somers G/DT 12 5’11 190
76 Jacob Tonking T/DT 10 6’3 260
80 Tyler Miller TE/DE 12 6’2 200
84 Jaheim Shannon WR/DB 11 5’9 160

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