2015 Delbarton Green Wave Football Preview

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If old time college commentator Keith Jackson were doing the preview for Delbarton the first thing he would say would be “whoa Nellie!” Boy, this team is loaded with studs. I’ve seen a lot of good Delby teams in my day but I can’t remember a team that had such depth of talent as this one. Don’t get me wrong, they still need to play nine games against a very competitive National Division with the likes of Roxbury, Randolph and Morristown on their schedule. And don’t think for a second that those teams don’t have Delby circled on their schedule–but this is going to be a fun team to watch this season.

Junior Andrew Papantonis is one of the most electrifying athletes in Morris Sussex.

Junior Andrew Papantonis is one of the most electrifying athletes in Morris Sussex (photo by Georgi Muha).

If there is any chink in the armor it is the fact that the line lost a lot of key players and they’ll be a little young this year. But even coach Brian Bowers told me he likes how some of the younger guys have been stepping up. “We are inexperienced at line but they’re coming along,” he says. What makes the Green Wave so dynamic is that both their passing game and running game are equally potent. From a run game perspective, they’ll feature three-year starter senior Andrew Sanders (5-7, 175) who has incredible break away speed but seems to prefer to run over linebackers. Joining Sanders in the backfield is the powerful junior Luca Tria (5-11, 170) and the shifty sophomore Anthony Siragusa (5-10, 160).

Quarterback (photo by Georgi Muha).

Quarterback Matt Zebrowski will thrive with a strong running game and an assortment of receivers to choose from (photo by Georgi Muha).

The passing game his anchored by senior quarterback Matt Zebrowski (6-2, 215). Zebrowski played in every game last year and brings a lot of leadership to the offense. He can also make every throw with his arm and can tuck the ball in and run if needed. As for his arsenal, he’ll target junior super-athlete Andrew Papantonis (6-1, 190). Papantonis has been a major contributor on this team since his freshman year and is a scoring threat every time he touches the ball. Kevin Hartley (6, 190), Sam Johnson (6-3, 220) and Matt Unger (6-3, 200) are all receiving weapons that opposing defenses will struggle to have an answer for. Johnny Link, Sean McGrath, Murphy Fitzpatrick and Matt Douglas are on the depth chart as well, all of whom would be main targets on most other teams in the conference.

Delbarton has an incredible amount of depth at receiver (photo by Georgi Muha).

Delbarton has an incredible amount of depth at receiver so they will spread the ball around as much as possible (photo by Georgi Muha).

As for my outlook, its all about the playoffs for the Green Wave. Yes, there are some regular season games that may be troublesome – especially Roxbury who matches up extremely well with Delby. But even so, Delby will get into the postseason with room to spare. The real concern is the Non-Public, Group 3 playoff section which hasn’t been very nice to the Green Wave. The likes of DePaul, Pope John and Red Bank Catholic just seemed to have had Delby’s number. But its a new year and this is high-octane team. They’ll have to play all their games, but hoisting the NJSIAA Cup is in reach.

With such a strong passing attack, runningback Andrew Sanders will be able to keep teams on their heels through the run game (photo by Georgi Muha).

With such a strong passing attack, Andrew Sanders will be able to keep teams on their heels through the run game (photo by Georgi Muha).

Delbarton Green Wave

2014 Record: (9-2-0)
Head Coach: Brian Bowers
Assistant Coaches: Dennis Mikula, Chet Parlavecchio, Rob Flynn, Dan Szelingowski, Zack Tabor, Andrew Sherwood and Gerry Gallagher. League: Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Section: Non-Public, Group 3

2014 Recap

High Point:  Going undefeated in the National Division and winning the conference.
Low Point:  Losing by a convincing margin in the state finals to RedBank Catholic.

Season Breakdown & Prediction

Games to Watch:  Roxbury at Week 7.  These two teams match up very well together.  It has the makings of a high scoring, back-and-forth kind of affair.
Position to Watch:  There are a lot of positions to watch.  Papantonis and his corps of receivers will be fun to see.  But I think this is the Year of the Colonel.  Watch runningback Andrew Sanders because I predict a banner year from him.
Young Guns to Watch: Junior TE/WR Matt Douglas. He’s 6-3, 185-pounds and glides down the field like butter.  He’s a playmaker that will help stretch the field for the Green Wave.
In a Nutshell:  Delby will handle the NJAC fine.  There might be a rough spot or two, but they’ll get to the postseason.  Things get real interesting when they face RedBank Catholic, DePaul and/or Pope John in the state tournament.
Dream Season:  Winning it all.
Nightmare Season:  Not making it to the semis.

Postseason History

Playoff Appearances: 26
Finals Appearances: 13
State Titles: 2
Playoff Record: 26-24 (.520)

Schedule

Date Opponent
9/12St. Anthony's (NY)
9/19@ Morris Knolls
9/25@ West Morris
10/3Mount Olive
10/9@ Randolph
10/17Mendham
10/23@ Roxbury
10/31Morristown
11/7Poly Prep (NY)

Roster

NUMBERLASTFIRSTGRADEHEIGHTWEIGHTOFFDEF
1SandersAndrew125'7175RBDB
2BellDavis115'10180QBDB
3LinkJohnny125'10180WRDB
4PapantonisAndrew116'1190WRDB
5CataniaJonathan125'8170RBDB
6DelficoDaniel125'9160WRDB
7DouglasMatt116'3185TEDB
8McGrathSean115'8150WRDB
10McKeonMatt115'8150WRDB
11JohnsonSamuel126'3220TELB
12ShafferKohl116'0190QBLB
13AgnewPatrick126'2185WRDB
14McMasterDaniel125'11170WRDB
15ZebrowskiMatthew126'2215QBLB
16UngarMatthew126'3200WRDB
17HartleyKevin126'0190WRDB
18GregoryReed116'0180WRDB
19SchellingTommy105'9140WRDB
20LeniwMiles106'1185QBLB
21GacetaBrandon125'9175RBDB
22MassengillCarter126'2175KDB
23TriaLuca115'11170RBDB
24KreshpaneCole105'8175RBLB
25GuillossouMax116'0195RBLB
26SiragusaAnthony105'10160RBLB
27SawtellKevin105'8150RBDB
28SpadaPaul105'10140WRDB
31SmithJack115'8175WRDB
33DudzinskiKyle115'11175FBDB
35GublerNick105'8150WRDB
38WilliamsBradford105'10135WRDB
40SmartDalton125'11185FBLB
42CummingsPatrick106'1185TEDE
44ColonChris115'10185FBLB
45LodgeMichael105'11160TEDB
50BrownKareem116'4200TEDL
51VinciGianni106'2"205OLDL
52LenzEric116'1210OLDL
53MatthewsBrian126'0195OLLB
54AgugliaroChris115'9195OLLB
55HigginsLiam115'10220OLDL
56DoniniJoe116'1180WRDE
57McNaughtonAidan105'8185OLDL
58MeadMalcolm125'11245OLDL
59MaciejewskiJake116'0265OLDL
62LyonsJonah116'0210OLDL
66HerrigelCole116'0205OLDL
67GuentherPaul106'0175OLDL
68MorganMichael106'1190OLDL
70MeadDrake105'11200OLDL
73MaguireTim106'0210OLDL
77HustonMichael116'3205OLDL
78AndersenWilliam106'2250OLDL
80FitzpatrickMurphy115'8150WRDB
82FrancescoChris116'3200TELB
83WallaceBrendan105'9160TEDL
84McNaughtonBen105'11160OLDL
85ZgombicTrey106'2190TEDL
86LubyJohn106'1140WRDB
87JepsonPeter116'0175TELB
88OlsonGreg116'2175WRDB
89CorradoDante115'9150WRDB

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