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Week 5 Player of the Week: Delbarton’s Michael Bicknese

This past weekend Delbarton quarterback Michael Bicknese had two very important tasks; 1) do well on the SATs and 2) win against the 4-0 Roxbury Gaels. Although he feels good about how he did on the testing, time will ultimately tell how he actually did. But one thing’s for certain, Bicknese delivered his second objective by defeating Roxbury in a 42-7 route.

During this game Bicknese played the role of field general going 11 of 15 for 183 yards and passing three touchdowns. His three scores were for 39 yards, 28 yards and 38 yards respectively. This performance not only earns Bicknese the respect of conference opponents, but also the Morris Sussex Football’s Week 5 Player of the Week.

Morris Sussex Football caught up with the U. Penn bound senior to talk about how he felt he did on the SATs, what this victory means to the Green Wave and his upcoming game against the 4-1 Par Hills Vikings.

Morris Sussex Football: How do you think you did on the SATs?
Michael Bicknese: I think I did well on the SATs this past weekend.

MSF: Do you think you’ll be needing to take them again?
MB: I’ve the SATs a couple times now and I think I will be done after this past one.

MSF: What did Jamie White’s early 75 yard touchdown run do to your team?
MB: Jamie’s touchdown run on the first play of the game was huge. It helped us get some early momentum. It certainly got the entire fan section going.

MSF: You guys don’t get to celebrate that much because this week you face 4-1 Par Hills. Any idea how this Delby team will defend against their high flying passing attack?
MB: Going into the Par Hills game we will definitely have to make some adjustments on defense to stop their passing attack. Coach Beach, our defensive coordinator, will have a game plan ready that will allow our secondary and D-linemen to stop their passing attack.

MSF: In Game 1, you faced Paramus Catholic junior, and blue chip recruit, Jabrill Peppers. Did you get a sense of how good an athlete he is?
MB: Last season I heard so much about Jabrill Peppers and this year I actually got play against him. He is definitely one of the best athletes I have ever played against. He is very fast and very physical.

MSF: Who on your team is the strongest?
MB: Peter Bergh, one of our defensive linemen, is the strongest kid on the team. He benches like 300-something.

MSF: Who keeps things loose in tense situations?
MB: Asad Braswell always keeps things loose. He one of the funniest kids I know.

MSF: What is your pregame meal?
MB: Each Friday we always have a pregame meal as a team. We have a pasta dinner in the cafeteria after practice each Friday.

MSF: If you could play one song before a game, what would it be?
MB: I am not the kind of guy that listens to pump up music before games. I like to listen kind of more relaxing music.

MSF: What’s the best part about going to Delbarton?
MB: I don’t think is a single best part about going to Delbarton. There is so much to like. The teachers, my friends, all the sports, and all the school spirit all make this school what it is.

MSF: If you raced Jamie White ten times in the forty, what would the score be?
MB: If I raced Jamie in the forty he would win every time.

MSF: What about the mile?
MB: If I raced him in the mile I might beat him.

MSF: What is this team’s vision for this season?
MB: As a team we have to take this season one step at a time, but I think we all have our sights on the state championship game.


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George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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