As a freshman on the West Morris football team, senior fullback Adam Caruso got a taste of what it was like to experience a state title. At that time, Michael Burton was a senior and was guiding his team in a state champion win over Passiac Valley in the old Giant’s Stadium. Wolfpack coach Kevin Hennelly was kind enough to allow Caruso and the rest of the freshman to suit up and watch from the sidelines.
Fast forward three years later and Caruso found himself one game away from taking his varsity team to another state championship game. In their way, were the number one seed in the North 2, Group 4 state section Irvington. Having that sense of greatness was like earlier, Caruso was not going to let anything get in his way.
So Caruso buckled down and rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown on 16 carriers to win in a 26-0 shutout over Irvington. This was enough to earn Caruso the Morris Sussex Football Semi-Finals Player of the Week.
Morris Sussex Football caught up with Caruso to talk about last week’s game, what is the makeup of this Wolfpack team and what it will mean to his school if they win a state title.
Morris Sussex Football: Is it hard to focus on school work this week heading into state championship weekend?
Adam Caruso: During football season the only thing on my mind is football so its always hard to focus. I’ll be honest and say school isn’t the slightest on my mind when I get home.
MSF: What is the tone of practices this week?
AC: Incredibly fast pace and hard working, while still enjoyable.
MSF: How did watching Burton and Cabarle win a state title your freshman year do to your teams desire to win a title as a varsity player?
AC: The only thing it did was give us a slight taste of of what it was like. The rest we did and figured out on our own.
MSF: What do you think is your team’s biggest strength?
AC: Our run game.
MSF: Who on your team would you not want to face in a goal line situation?
AC: Anyone, we all hit hard from smallest to biggest.
MSF: Who is the strongest player on your team?
AC: Robert Gordon Hughes.
MSF: Who is the fastest?
AC: Austin Roland.
MSF: Who was the best athlete you played against this year so far?
AC: Jamie White from Delbarton.
MSF: What current or past NFL player do you think you resemble on the field?
AC: Vonta Leach.
MSF: Who is your role model?
AC: A combination of my father and brother.
MSF: What was the funniest thing that happen on your team this year?
AC: Listening to coach on Saturday morning after we won the game.
MSF: Do you think it gives your team an edge that Coach Hennelly has multiple championship rings?
AC: Absolutely! He knows what it takes to win as well as what kind of preparation it takes.
MSF: What is the secret to his success?
AC: Preparation in preseason.
MSF: Who do you think should play Coach Hennelly in the movies?
AC: Joe Pesci
MSF: What will a state title mean to this Wolfpack team?
AC: Adding our seventh banner to the school and going into the record books for our Wolfpack family to see.