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2014 Morris Knolls Golden Eagles Football Preview


The 2014 Golden Eagles are a mix of experienced veterans and athletic juniors who know how to run Bill Regan’s Veer offense like a well-oiled machine. This team in particular seems to have an axe to grind. After exiting the playoffs early last year with a loss to Paramus, this Knolls’ team wants another crack at a chance to play at MetLife Stadium in December.

The Veer
At the helm of the Veer will be junior quarterback Dylan Lesch who will be handing off to a flurry of runningbacks. This athletic bunch includes senior Kyle Weis and juniors Joe Stango and Jayson Parisi. Leading the horses up front will be senior linemen Tyler Puzio, Sam Richael and tight end Peyton Campbell.

The Defense
The secondary will be managed by Parisi, Lesch and Reilly. The linebacker crew includes Puzio and junior brothers Luke and Dean Drugac. Richael and Campbell will pressure offenses up front.

Don’t Sleep On…
One of the things that makes the Veer offense really dynamic is being able to effectively pass. Senior split-ends Chad Reilly and Uche White-Thorpe are nifty receivers who can make scores out of hand in a hurry.

The Schedule
Here is the Golden Eagles schedule in order of opponent: Morris Hills, Delbarton, Roxbury, Mendham, Mount Olive, Randolph, Morristown, West Morris and High Point. The downside for Knolls’ is they are a Group 4 team who plays mostly Group 3 teams. So they do not get as many Power Points for beating a Group 3 team as they would a Group 4 team. That being said, winning five games at the eight game playoff cut-off should ensure them a playoff bid. This team is capable of that, but it’s not going to be a cakewalk against this schedule.

Best Asset = Home Field Advantage
Knolls’ plays their toughest opponents at home (Morris Hills, Delby, Mendham, Randolph and Morristown). That is exactly what the Golden Eagles want because they just might have one of the most loyal fan bases in the county. Playing at night in the back woods of Denville with thousands of raging fans (old and young) donned in green and gold makes you feel like you could be in Oklahoma on the set of Friday Night Lights.

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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