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Vitals

Coach: Ed Kopp
Year on the Job: 11th
Staff:  Joel Troast, Ed Klimek, Bob Jachera, Marc DelSordo, Joe Mattesich, Dan Green, Matt Wisdom, AJ Wells and Luke Sica
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record: 9-2
2016 Nemesis: Boonton

Players

Freakishly Talented: Junior runningback Sean Klimek (5-10, 170) busted onto the scene last season as a phenom sophomore. There are some backs who only run north or south. This guy only runs north and goes from 1st gear to 5th in about a half a second. His hudl video looks like a young Jim Brown’s highlight reel.
Where’s the Beef:  Senior nose tackle Justin Fuss (6-1, 230) is a beast and a quarterback’s worst nightmare.  Opposing lineman will have to double down on this guy if they want a chance of containing him.
Emotional Leader:  Middle linebacker Zach Toback (5-10, 195) is the heart and sole of this team and brings a ton of passion to every single play.  When he starts to get fired up it seems raise the entire teams game.
Will be a Household Name: Junior Dave Jachera (6, 180) is a lightning bolt of a player. Jachera’s got the skillz to pay the billz and will certainly be a player that opponents will need to key in on.
Beast Watch: The Beast of the East is senior linebacker Jay McMurray (5-8, 190).  He practically foams at the mouth when he plays. It almost seems like he’s a magnet for opposing ball carriers and tackles people like Bobby Boucher from The Waterboy.

2016 Prediction

Pequannock is coming off two seasons of going 9-2. The bar has been raised and this team looks like they are about to grab the baton and finish what those two prior graduating classes started.

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Coach Ed Kopp has built a winning culture at Pequannock over the past 11 years (photo by George Muha).

Guys like linemen Joe Leszczynski (6-2, 270) and Kai Robinson (6-2, 230) and fullback Craig Macagney (5-9, 195) are the kind of players that play smash mouth football and will create a lot of openings for Klimek and company. New comers 6-2, 220-pound sophomore tight end Mathew Spatucci (transfer from Florida) and 5-8, 180-pound junior Billy Tedeschi (transfer from Wayne Hills) are both guys who have a lot of talent and are game ready.

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This year’s Golden Panthers are a tight knit group of players who look to build onto what the 2015 team accomplished (photo by George Muha).

What I LOVE about coach Ed Kopp’s Golden Panthers is that they don’t hide what they are all about. They let you know that they are going to come at you 100% and that is exactly what they do. Win or lose, if you play Pequannock you know you are going to give up a pound of flesh.

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It’s no secret that Pequannock will be giving opponents heavy doses of a powerful and fast running game (photo by George Muha).

Can this be a team that is playing in December? In my opinion, there is no reason they shouldn’t be. Their schedule will certainly prepare them for it. Staying healthy will be key because they don’t get a break. I think the way they handle themselves through the three game stretch against Madison, Kinnelon and Hanover Park will predict how the postseason goes. All three of those teams are stacked with talent. Wins against them will deliver handsome Power Points in addition to giving them a lot of confidence that they can hang with anyone.

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Navigating this new schedule won’t be easy but Coach Kopp knows that keeping this team healthy down the stretch will pay dividends come the playoffs (photo by George Muha).

2016 Schedule

9/9 Boonton
9/16 @ Ramsey
9/23 Newark Central
10/1 @ Madison
10/7 Kinnelon
10/14 @ Hanover Park
10/21 Montville
10/28 Dover
11/4 @ Caldwell

2016 Roster

First NameLast NameJersey #OffenseDefenseGradeHeightWeight
OctaviousScotton1RBDB105'8160
SeanKlimek2RBDB115'10170
EdiKamili3WRDB125'11185
JimmyPierson4RBLB105'7150
WillHardie5TEDL116'4195
JimmyHascup6TEDB115'11180
DaveJachera7QBDB116'0180
BillTedeschi8WRDB115'8"180
TomConklin10QBDB115'11160
RickyGreff12QBDB126'1160
FranciscoPliego13WRDB125'11183
JoeOrsillo16WRDB125'7145
MattGallo20WRDB115'10185
RyanHitchcock21WRDB115'11170
ChrisMartinelli22WRDB115'10150
MattSpatucci25TEDL116'2"220
JackLandon24RBLB115'9178
DerickThompson31RBDB105"9150
TrevorBunero33WRLB105'11180
LucBongiovanni34RBLB125'9175
JoeDambra35TELB105'11180
KevinNelson37OLLB105'11145
CraigMacagney40RBLB125'9195
MichaelLuttenberger42WRDB106' 0"160
JTZimmerman43WRDB105'10135
BrendanLynch44WRDB105'10126
MattUnger48TELB116'3190
JackChobanian50OLDL105'7190
JonGreco51OLDL126'3225
ZachToback52OLLB125'10195
MikeReardon53OLDL105'10170
JasonBurklow54OLDL105'10190
NickKaltsas55OLDL115'9162
WillWells56OLLB115'10170
JayMcMurray58OLLB125'8190
JonKelly68OLDL126'2"280
MikeMurphy59RBDL125'11197
JoeLeszczynski63OLDL116'2270
MitchOrtega65OLDL115'10230
MattStringer66OLDL116'2225
ZackSidoti67OLLB115'10190
KaiRobinson72OLDL116'2230
LiamSmith74OLDL106'1235
AnthonyCarrubba77OLDL116'2180
JustinFuss80OLDL126'1230
ZachPaulino89OLLB126'1198

Edited by Sara Grier 

 

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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