2016 Boonton Bombers Football Preview


Coach: Bryan Gallagher
Year on the Job: 6th
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record: 9-2
2016 Nemesis: Butler


Freakishly Talented: Boonton has had its fair share of special players in recent years but the talent Amaro Anderson has is incredible. He’s got all five gears and can turn on a dime.
Where’s the Beef: Senior tackle Charles Zarzecki (6-7, 320) is in the best shape of his life and has been dedicated to weight room all off-season.
Emotional Leader: Offensive tackle and nose guard Jake Kondroski is a quiet leader and the hardest working guy on the team. When he starts to get fired up, you know he means business.
Will be a Household Name: Senior QB Joe Bob Whritenour took a back seat to the super talented Gage Cabalar last season. When Cabalar went down in the playoffs against Saddle Brook, it was Whritenour who did an amazing job making plays when his team needed him. Trust me, by Week 3, fans will holding up “Joe Bob” signs from the stands.
Beast Watch: Senior receiver Ty Dauti is amazingly clutch when his team needs him. With big catches in tense situations against Pequannock and then again against Cedar Grove, he made everyone know that he can play in a big way.

2016 Prediction

Let me just explain something, in the six year’s since Bryan Gallagher has taken this program over it has gone from a school sport to a football program. Prior to Gallagher, students would go out for the football team and when it was over, they’d move on to whatever else they had going on. Now young boys show up to join the Boonton football team and four years later come out as men with a sense of purpose.

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Coach Gallagher success as a coach is due to many of the little things he and his staff do (photo by Georgi Muha).

I remember just a few years ago I was talking to a parent from Morristown-Beard. The parent told me they thought Morristown-Beard were going to roll over Boonton because they looked undersized. But then they couldn’t believe at how well they were executing their game plan. “These kids were physically beating us up. Every single player was putting a clinic on how to tackle. I don’t remember seeing a better coached team.” That’s Gallagher.

Forget that in his first five years his record has progressed from 2-8, 2-8, 5-5, 7-4 and 9-2. That is just a bi-product of the program that Gallagher has created. Everyone knows something is going on in Boonton too. “Bryan is doing a phenominal job over there.” Pequannock coach Ed Kopp told me.

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Boonton’s defensive line sets up against Kinnelon during a preseason scrimmage (photo by Georgi Muha).

Not surprisingly, Gallagher’s 2016 team is shaping up nicely. Although the Bombers have lost some really great players to graduation, the guys waiting in the wings are ready to step up. “We’ve had guys who would have started on a lot of other teams last year. But because last year we had a lot of good players they had to wait their turn.” Gallagher says.

Along with Zarzecki and Kondroski, they have a strong line aided by Janok Bilgec, Steve Delaporte, Joe Russo and Chris Corporan at tight end. Fullback Ryan DiLorenz and halfbacks Malik Awan and Julian Kempf will complete the backfield.

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Senior linebacker Steve Delaporte (54) pursues a play during a scrimmage in August (photo by Georgi Muha).

Considering the teams rise over the past five years and the fact the team made it to the semi’s last year, you’d expect this to be his time to take the ultimate prize. It may be. To do that, the Bombers are going need some play makers. One guy that has all the tools to do that is the talented Amaro Anderson.

Anderson is in his third year as a starter but never had to be that guy. His sophomore season Josh Corporan was the featured play maker. Last season Gage Cabalar took on that role. I predict that this season will be the Year of Amaro.

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Boonton’s Amaro Anderson is a tremendously talented athlete which translates very well on the football field (photo by Georgi Muha).

Will these guys win a state title this year? I don’t know. That’s easier said than done even for the best programs in the state. What I love about this season is because of the conference re-alignment Boonton will be facing a bunch of new foes. Teams that come into town thinking they are going to face little ole’ Boonton and their friendly little football team will be in for a big surprise.

2016 Schedule

9/9 @ Pequannock
9/16 Weequahic
9/23 @ Parsippany
9/30 North Warren
10/7 @ Shabazz
10/14 Hopatcong
10/21 @ Dover
10/28 Verona
11/4 @ Butler

2016 Roster

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