2015 Morris Hills Football Preview

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If there is a word that describes the 2015 Morris Hills Scarlet Knights it’s tenacious.  Coach Mike Sabo’s teams always have a reputation of having a scrappy, never-say-quit attitude.  But this year’s team is taking it to the extreme.

The personality of this team can be summed up by observing senior captain Chris Caruso (6-3, 335).  As a sophomore the offensive and defensive tackle tore his ACL in the Week 3 game against Pope John, ending his season abruptly.  Last year, his junior season, he only played five games because of some serious shoulder injuries.  Then this summer, during Hills’ first scrimmage, he gets what would be a season-ending injury for anyone else–but he is still attempting to play.

Quarterback (photo by George Muha)

Junior quarterback Daymon Fleming is a multi-threat to opposing defenses with his arm and his lets (photo by George Muha).

Caruso’s tenacity for coming back flows up and down this entire lineup.  That’s MoHills for you.  Opponents will battle them and even knock them off their feet.  But just when you think they are dead, they’ll limp back up with a is-that-all-you-got kind of gumpshun.

Blah (photo by George Muha).

Chris Caruso and the rest of the defensive line will be a major force for the Scarlet Knights  (photo by George Muha).

But don’t think they’re all fight and no punch.  This team has studs that will make them a viable contender in the American Division.  Caruso’s sophomore brother Devin (6-3, 190) is another weapon at tight end and linebacker.  Junior captains Dajon Chappell (5-11, 175) and Nick Walls (5-10, 210) will bring firepower to the run game while junior quarterback Daymon Fleming (6-1, 180) is potent with his arm and his feet.

You can always count on a Mike Sabo coached team to be tough and play to the final whistle (photo by George Muha).

You can always count on a Mike Sabo coached team to be tough and play to the final whistle (photo by George Muha).

There are some younger players that will need to step up to fill in key roles but Sabo thinks that will develop during the season.  “The key to the season will be staying healthy and our inexperienced players getting acclimated to varsity football.”

As for my outlook, I believe MoHills can throw a monkey wrench into this division.  If they play their cards right, they could be 3-0 when they host defending champs Par Hills at home at Week 4.  That kind of momentum will give that game a playoff atmosphere at Gifford Field.

This is a tight knit group of players whose goal is to be a playoff contender in '15 (photo by George Muha).

This is a tight knit group of players whose goal is to be a playoff contender in ’15 (photo by George Muha).

I predict this will be a playoff-bound season for the Red Knights.  Making it through multiple rounds in their state section will be the trick.  But this is a group of fighters.  That attitude may make the difference between who walks through the tunnels of MetLife Stadium in December and who does not.

Morris Hills Knights

2014 Record: (4-6-0)
Head Coach: Mike Sabo
Assistants: Chris Canning, Jeff Danyus, Mike Gallucci, Bert Giovine, Keith Heineman, Willie Rzucidlo and John Struck.
League: Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Section: North 2, Group 3

2014 Recap

High Point:  Defeating sister school Morris Knolls in front of 4,000 people for the programs’ 300th victory in an electric environment under the lights on Gifford Field.
Low Point:  Finishing the season with a 2-6 record after a 2-0 start.

Season Breakdown & Prediction

Games to Watch:  Week 1 against Knolls is always a favorite but its going to be interesting how things shake out for the last three games before the eight game cutoff against Pope John, High Point and Sparta.  That stretch will likely determine whether Hills makes into the playoffs or not.
Position to Watch:  Chappell and Walls will be fun to watch in the running game.
Young Guns to Watch:  The younger Caruso can be a deadly threat at tight end.  He can be a difference maker in close games.
In a Nutshell:  MoHills has a tough schedule but you can count on them bringing everything they got to every game.  As long as they do that, they always have a shot.
Dream Season:  Making it to semis.
Nightmare Season:  Having a sub .500 season.

Postseason History

Playoff Appearances: 13
Finals Appearances: 4
State Titles: 1
Playoff Record: 6-12 (.333)

Schedule

DateOpponent
9/11@ Morris Knolls
9/18Montville
9/25@ Vernon
10/3Parsippany Hills
10/10@ Chatham
10/17Pope John
10/23High Point
10/31@ Sparta
11/7West Morris

Roster

No.Last NameFirst NamePos OPos DHeightWeightGrade
1AlmodovarReyRBDB5'9"17010
2RathfonNoahRBDB5'8"14010
10FlemingDaymonQBDB6'1"18011
19PydyszewskiPhilipQBDB6'0"16510
20CarusoDevinTELB6'3"19010
22RodriguezAnthonyTEDB6'3"18012
23ChappellDajonRBDB5'11"17511
24WerfelMatthewRBDB5'9"14511
30TarylaKyleOLLB5'7"17012
33DadasDevonRBDB5'10"16511
34ValerioSamRBLB5'101759
40CarusoChrisTELB6'3"23512
42WallsNickRBLB5'10"21011
44GaetaMarcRBLB6'0"19512
50StobackThomasOLLB5'11"19511
51WeirKylerOLDL6'1"24512
52MerzNickOLLB6'0"19511
53LunaKermithOLDL6'3"18011
54BonanoAnthonyOLDL5'11"21512
55MillerCoreyOLLB5'10"16510
56ForsterEudonisOLLB6'1"20012
57FigueroaBrandonOLDL6'1"24011
58GinderRyanOLLB5'9"17510
59MorenoJuanOLDL6'0"18511
60NiemanBillyOLDL5'10"21011
61BernardoNickOLDL6'5"25011
64SmithMattOLDL5'10"22010
65AmblerBenOLDL6'0"18510
66RheadBillyOLDL5'8"17512
67SoyerBrandonOLLB5'6"16010
68FrancoCarlosOLLB5'9"18510
69O'SheaDylanOLDL5'11"18010
70StobinskiPeterOLDL6'3"20011
71CarrollZachOLDL5'9"22511
73AcocellaDanOLDL6'3"20010
74LindstedtMatthewOLDL6'3"22011
75CiulloSalOLDL6'1"21011
77CarpentiereAlexOLDL5'9"22512
78AcacellaBenOLDL6'3"24512
79MilazzoRobertOLDL6'3"24010
81KhawajaUmerTELB6'4"19010
85HatkeKylerTELB5'11"17510
88SuleskiChrisTEDB5'11"18511
89MartinTeddyOLDL5'9"22512

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