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Coach:  John Hack
Year on the Job:  2nd
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record:  5-5
2016 Nemesis: Butler

Players

Freakishly Talented:  Junior Devonne Swan is the guy who can do it all. He’s a big, durable runningback who can grind out the tough yards as well as beat you in the open field.
Where’s the Beef:  Senior OL/DL Zack Sieb is a big athletic player who has the strength to knock down an entire line by himself. Sieb will create a lot of havoc this season.
Emotional Leader:  When senior G/DE TJ Bohm get’s fired up, the entire team follows suit. The problem for opponents is that he starts to get intense as soon as he puts his helmet on.
Will be a Household Name:  Senior WR/DB Bryan Smilek is poised to have a breakout season. He’s the kind of guy who puts a ton of effort into everything he does.
Beast Watch:  Junior safety Tom Mack is a Ronnie Lott type who hangs around center field waiting to pop anything in sight. He’s going to be a fun guy for Crusader Nation to root for.

2016 Prediction

Everybody is talking about the good energy coming from second year coach John Hack’s program. “I went to watch Morris Catholic’s scrimmage the other day because I like what Coach Hack is doing over there,” Newton coach Matt Parzero told me. Newton doesn’t even play Morris Catholic. You know you are doing something special when random coaches are watching you practice.

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Coach Hack has created a new vibe at Morris Catholic that is buzzing all around Morris Sussex (photo by Georgi Muha).

This is not by accident. Heading into his second season as head man, Hack is the real deal and just the perfect fit for this parochial team. He brings a ton of good energy, a history of winning and culture centered around sound ethics…all of which he brought from his time at Immaculata.

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Junior Devonne Swan (ball carrier) will bring a dynamic element to the offense with his ability to use his power or speed – depending on the situation (photo by Georgi Muha).

Coaches coach and players play and this team is built with a ton of real football players. Along with the guys mentioned above, there are many other guys who be key contributors. Senior FB Blaise Huresky, junior RB/LB Joe Onorati and junior TE/LB Joe Riotto are all real deal players who bring different football skills to the table. There is even a lot of depth at quarterback between junior Yhylmoni Fable and freshman Nasir Clerk.

Navigating this schedule will be the trick because it is loaded booby traps. There are some opponents who will push the Crusaders to their limits. There are other opponents who might appear to be easier to get past but can sting them if they don’t take them seriously.

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Senior Zach Sieb adds a ton of size and power to both sides of the ball for the 2016 Crusaders (photo by Georgi Muha).

With all that being said, I really like Coach Hack’s chances of out bidding his 5-5 first year record. Can they make it the MetLife and be playing in December? Sure, why not? But there is a lot of football to be played first. Gaining confidence along the way will be the key in helping that cause.

2016 Schedule

9/9 Whippany Park
9/16 @ Hudson Catholic
9/24 Marist
9/30 @ Hopatcong
10/8 Butler
10/15 St. Anthony
10/22 @ Immaculate Conception
10/29 Newark Academy
11/5 @ Sussex Tech

2016 Roster

Player Last NamePlayer First NameClass#
ClerkNasir92
BlindJimmy104
ReddingNaim95
LattugaDamon1113
LamadieuBello (B.J.)1015
SmilekBryan1218
DembiaTommy920
KaelinLucas971
YoungEthan924
WickenheisserPatrick1125
BarnesKiar926
CardoneMichael1032
DaleyEric933
SwanDevonne1134
BenedettoAlex1036
MackTom1140
HureskyBlaise1244
OnoratiJoseph1145
NavarroCarlos921
ParadisoJared1051
MunfordKeshawn952
CarterChristopher1054
BohmT.J.1255
ForgioneAnthony1156
StevensonDuncan1058
CluenNick1064
RussomannoMarco1168
RosensweigBen970
SiebZackary1274
CastellanoDomenick1075
BramleyChristopher1080
LuttenbergerMatthew987
KeigherBrian988
DotzmanAnthony1122
RiottoJoey118
FableYhylmoni113
LudwigJoey982
MANAGER
EogaJenna11

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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