2015 Morristown Colonials Football Preview

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To me, Motown is a team that should be extremely worrisome for opponents in the National Division. With everyone focused on Delby, Roxbury, West Morris and Randolph, the Colonials might just be a team that can sneak up and bite everyone in the butt. At least in the beginning of the season until everyone catches on.

The reason I like them starts with their superb blockers Brian Fajardo and Samari Robinson – both who are nearly 6-foot and well north of 200 pounds. These tackles have all the intangibles (size, technique, explosiveness, and more) and they bookend this unit with a ton of veteran leadership.

Morristown will bring a physical style of play with their veteran line as their foundation (photo by Georgi Muha).

Morristown will bring a physical style of play with their veteran line as their foundation (photo by Georgi Muha).

Don’t get me wrong, getting through the teams I mentioned above won’t be easy. And dodging squads like Mendham, Mount Olive and Morris Knolls who wreak of good coaching is no walk in the park either–especially because the Colonials lost talents like McCall and Powell to graduation.

“Replacing McCall and Powell won’t be easy.” Coach Chris Hull told me during the offseason. “But we have some athletic kids that will be stepping up. We actually have five or six sophomores that should contribute this year.”

 

Coach Hull will rely on the success of his line to dictate how far the Colonials go this season (photo by Georgi Muha).

Coach Hull will rely on the success of his line to dictate how far the Colonials go this season (photo by Georgi Muha).

But Motown isn’t without dynamic players. In fact, this school is a skill-position factory. One guy that should make a big splash offensively is senior runningback Justin Contreras. Contreras was sidelined last year with a knee injury but has worked hard to rehabilitate himself and is going to be all-systems-go by Week 1. He is 5-10, 170 pounds of pure speed and agility and, together with the workhorses up front, can give this team the offensive output it needs to hang with the big boys of the division.

Junior safety and tight end Justin Burke (6-4, 205) is another guy that is very difficult to defend. He’s got the size and athletic ability to overpower just about every defender on the schedule. Burke is a power forward kind of guy who runs up and down the field like he’s playing basketball, whether on offense or defense.

Justin Burke is a massive target in the passing game and a huge presence on the defensive side of the ball (photo by Georgi Muha).

Justin Burke is a massive target in the passing game and a huge presence on the defensive side of the ball (photo by Georgi Muha).

Here’s what you need to know if you are a Motown fan: Their regular season schedule is tough. The good news is that going 4-4 at the cutoff will likely earn them a postseason bid. Make no bones about it, this is a playoff contender.

Once they get to the playoffs, they sit in the North 2, Group 4 section which has teams like Philipsburg, Irvington and Colonia waiting for them. But playing high flying teams like Roxbury and Delbarton will give them a good taste of what the playoffs will be like.

Coach Hull enters his 11th year as the Colonial head man and is looking to bring another title to Motown (photo by Georgi Muha).

Coach Hull enters his 11th year as the Colonial head man and is looking to bring another title to Motown (photo by Georgi Muha).

As for my outlook on this season, this is a physical team. Burke and the big men up front will make sure opponents will need extra days to recover after they play Motown. I think that physicality will be what helps Motown get to the playoffs and have success once they get there. There is no reason this team can’t have a chance of walking through the tunnels of MetLife Stadium come December.

Losing some key players to graduation, the Colonials will rely on some younger guys to fill into some important roles (photo by Georgi Muha).

After losing some key players to graduation, the Colonials will rely on some younger guys to fill into some important roles (photo by Georgi Muha).

Morristown Colonials

2014 Record: (5-5-0)
Head Coach: Chris Hull
League: Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Section: North 2, Group 4

2014 Recap

High Point: All five of their wins were by 28 points or higher.
Low Point: Missing the playoffs.

Season Breakdown & Prediction

Games to Watch: Week 1 against Montville. Getting momentum out of the gate will be imperative to the Colonials.
Position to Watch: I’d like to see what runningback Contreras does. I think having something to prove after missing last year due to injury, coupled with a big line, means he could have a really good year.
Young Guns to Watch: Junior LB/FB Jesse Unger (5-9, 190) will be a big contributor this year.  He’s got all the physical gifts and the football instincts you want.
In a Nutshell: Motown has been a young team for a few years. Their players are varsity-tested and could make it all come together this year. Getting through this division won’t be easy, but if they believe in themselves, the sky’s the limit.
Dream Season: Making it to the semis.
Nightmare Season: Missing the playoffs again.

Postseason History

Playoff Appearances: 15
Finals Appearances: 8
State Titles: 6
Playoff Record: 19-9 (.678)

Schedule

DateOpponent
11-Sep@ Montville
19-SepRandolph
25-Sep@ Mount Olive
03-OctRoxbury
10-Oct@ Mendham
17-OctWest Morris
24-Oct@ Morris Knolls
31-Oct@ Delbarton
07-NovChatham

Roster

#NAMEHTWT
1Klinger, Jack5'1065
2Contreras, Justin5'10170
3King, Jha'mil5'9160
4Unger, Jesse5'9190
5Mandel, Andrew5'7130
6Hayes, Eugene5'10150
7Sanchez, Isai5'9160
8Capella, Marc5'7155
9Boswell, Cameron6'0170
10Estiverne, Nathan5'10155
11Cafaro, John6'1170
12Buchner, Jake5'11175
13Conway, Rosse6'4185
14Chichinadze, Constantine5'9160
17Rojas, Juan5'11145
18Meringolo, Patrick5'10159
19Nichols, Alex6'0147
20Bolson, Ethan5'10180
21Lorenzo, Ricky5'4132
22Smith, Javaine5'7137
23Ochoa, Brian5'10157
24Gilmore, Ryan5'11175
25Chilson, Andrew5'8185
26Patel, Krupal6'3180
27Meyer, Tim6'0160
28Parr, Justin5'10135
29Smith, Gary5'7160
30Pierro, Justin5'11160
31Burke, Justin6'4205
33Heaton, Michael5'9140
36Robinson, Justin5'4155
37Agarwal, Shivam5'9155
39McNally, Matthew5'7158
40Pierro, Blake5'11160
41Gurney, Tyler5'10160
42Scheid, CJ5'8153
44Rintha, Julian5'10185
45Robinson, Tyshawn5'6125
48Wagner, Dan5'11151
50Fajardo, Brian5'9240
52Robinson, Samari5'10220
53Lopez, Alejandro5'8255
54Cazimoski, Sami5'9205
55Vizhnay, Henry5'8223
57Becker, Ryan5'9170
58Jonah, Devontae6'0214
61Baskin, Zachary5'9170
62Holick. Christopher6'0205
63Young, Masuid5'7145
64Lattimore, Ryan6'4221
66Simon, Stephen6'0205
67Sindorf, Owen5'9200
68Hussey, Thomas 5'10182
69Bubrickie, Cody5'10250
70Dimogerogikis, Kristian5'7260
74Napoleon, Matt6'1220
75Vogtman, Teddy 6'4255
76Castillo, Isaac6'4195
77Culmone, Will5'9175
78Sierra, Mario5'10235
79Amaya, Wayne6'2280
81Jackson, Luke6'3165
82Shane, Sachs6'2170
83Castillo, Chris6'1140
84Gregory, Jahmar5'11160

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