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Vitals

Coach: Nick Gregorio
Year on the Job:  3rd
Staff: Rob Ambrosino, Cliff Orwick, Justin Hartman, Steve Fortugno, Ken Quinones and Vince DelleFave
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record: 3-7
2016 Nemesis: Hackettstown

Players

Freakishly Talented: Dover is no stranger to having freakishly athletic runningbacks on the team. If you go back in history, you’ll see guys like Bruce Ryans, Jessie Williams, George Scalley, etc. All of these great Dover backs seem to be wrapped up in a nice, neat 5-4, 150-pound package called Masyn Sanchez. Words like explosive and dynamite come to mind when describing the way this kid plays.
Where’s the Beef: At 6-4, 300-pounds OT/DT Rene Garin brings the beef for sure. What opposing teams should know this kid is a total athlete. Coach Gregorio said, “Rene is a force to be reckoned with.” Trust me, no one has an answer for him.
Emotional Leader: The emotional leader of this team is without a doubt senior linebacker Oscar Vindel (5-10, 200). Vindel is the enforcer on defense and has his helmet in on every play. He also the on-the-field general who make sure his teammates remain focused.
Will be a Household Name: EVERYBODY is going to know who sophomore quarterback Christian Acevedo (5-10, 180) is after Week 1. Physically, Acevedo is varsity built and has all the tools and can make all the throws. His natural talent sets him apart alone. Beyond that he is a tough, throwback type player who leads by example. Coach Gregorio said he could not throw him out of the weight room in the off-season if he wanted to. If you are a Dover season ticket holder pre-order your tickets for the next two years because you are in for a treat.
Beast Watch: Linebacker Jason Baun is a defensive player with a chip on his shoulder. Off the field he’s the perfect gentleman. When he straps on his helmet, it is like Mr. Hyde comes out.

2016 Prediction

Without a doubt my favorite place to watch a football game is Hamilton Field in Dover on a Friday Night. It is like going to a minor league baseball game. The facility is beautiful, the atmosphere is pleasant, the food is great, the people are fantastic, the marching band always sounds wonderful and the cheerleaders are really into rooting on their brothers on the field. I am telling you, if you are an out of towner looking for a nice thing to do on a Friday night, bring the whole family.

Quarterback Christian Acevedo may be a sophomore but brings a maturity and leadership qualities of a seasoned vet (photo by Georgi Muha).

Quarterback Christian Acevedo may be a sophomore but brings a maturity and leadership qualities of a seasoned vet (photo by Georgi Muha).

What’s an added bonus this year is the product on the field is going to be top notch. This team does not stop at the stud sophomore quarterback, the freakishly talented junior runningback and big senior brute of a lineman. There are a whole host of other players that make this year’s Tiger team a legitimate team.

Coach Gregorio describes a vibe he hasn’t seen at Dover during his first few years as head man. “This is a unique group. They are just an unselfish group of high character players.”

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Junior back Masyn Sanchez is a dynamic player who allows Dover’s offense to be very creative (photo by Georgi Muha).  

Gregorio told me that this group of players seem to really “get it” and said that none of these kids care about individual accomplishments or about who scores. If one person scores they look at it like they all score.

Coming into this season it looks like the Tigers have a lot of the right things in place. They still need to navigate a very competitive schedule before they hoist up the NJSIAA trophy at midfield of MetLife Stadium.

Nick Gregorio says he feels this team is a close knit team that is really gelling together (photo by Georgi Muha).

Nick Gregorio says he feels this team is a close knit team that is really gelling together (photo by Georgi Muha).

Every team on their schedule is good so staying focused will be a key component for Dover. Staying healthy will also be crucial for this group who caught the injury bug bad last season. If this group can do that and ride some momentum heading into November, they have just as good a chance of playing in December as anyone else.

The Tigers will have a lot of size on both sides of the ball which will help them be durable down the stretch of the season (photo by Georgi Muha).

The Tigers will have a lot of size on both sides of the ball which will help them be durable down the stretch of the season (photo by Georgi Muha).

2016 Schedule

9/9 Hackettstown
9/17 @ Kittatinny
9/23 @ Hoboken
9/30 Hanover Park
10/7 Newark Central
10/14 @ Kinnelon
10/21 Boonton
10/28 @ Pequannock
11/4 Madison

2016 Roster

LastFirstGradeOffenseDefenseHeightWeight#
AcevedoChristian10QBILB5'1018010
AnyanasoKenny12OLDL6'323052
ArenasFrancisco12RB/WRDB5'81759
BaunJason11RB/FBILB5'1020044
BuniakMark11OLDL6'117071
CannonTerrell11OLDL6'22072
CastellanosMario10WRDB5'716021
ColoradoBrian10RBDB5'713024
DoddJames11TEOLB5'819040
FernandezNick10OLDL5'1022055
FerroNick11FBILB5'1018034
GarinRene12OLDL6'430073
GonzalezChristain11WRDB5'71703
InglisNate12TEOLB6'120088
JimenezSalvador10OLDL5'616061
MendezYosslint10OLDL6'119577
MorieraMike12WRDB5'1015013
MorieraAndres10OLDL5'1121070
NeivesZarrius10RB/WRDB5'917020
OcampoAnthony11OLDL5'719065
OjedisErick11OLILB5'720054
OramaLuis12OLDL5'721050
PhilipsJordan10TEILB5'916542
QuirozIzzy11OLILB5'820056
RumanowskiRyan10TEOLB6'117587
SanchezMasyn11RBDB5'41504
SmithThomas11OLDL5'1129057
SortoWilson12OLOLB6'20060
TapiaAndy12OLDL5'1021053
TerryMichael12WRDB5'814581
ThompsonPaul11OLDL6'119066
ToroJose11OLILB5'719045
VelezKevin11WR/QBDB5'816027
VindelOscar12RB/FBOLB5'1020032
WilfongDeshea12WRDB5'101802

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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