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Coach: Joe Coltelli
Year on the Job: 3rd
Staff: Jeff Gely, Bill Percey, Nick DeGennaro, Bob Kylish, Joe Boyle, Rob Vesper and Auggie Meyer
Home Field: Grass
2015 Record: 3-7
2016 Nemesis: Newton

Players

Freakishly Talented: Runningback Cody Romano (6-1, 185) is a specimen of an athlete who can beat you in a race or run you over…in no particular order.
Where’s the Beef: Senior lineman Graham Harpell will be the beef for the Cougars at 6-2, 230-pounds. He’s a battering ram who makes it easy for runningbacks to get through the line.
Emotional Leader: Middle linebacker Derek Michelman (5-6, 145) is the guy who gets everyone fired up. Once he starts making tackles his energy permeates throughout the entire defense.
Will be a Household Name: Sophomore defensive back James Franco (5-9, 153) is as legit as they come and will be making a huge impact on this team in center field.  He’s nursing an injury but when he comes back everyone will know his name.
Beast Watch: Senior Josh Klimek (5-11, 180) is a total beast. The more carries he gets the more powerful he seems. Klimek is going to be a 1,000 yard, 10 TD guy for sure.

2016 Prediction

With Josh MacMillan (6-3, 200) as the only lineman returning there was some preseason speculation about how they would be able to fill those spots. Well guys like Austin VanGorden (5-10, 220), Carson Powell (6, 245), Parker Lobban (5-10, 145) and Brenden Gullette (5-11, 185) are up to the challenge and are filling that void just fine.

With the core of Kittatinny's skill positions back, this Cougar team is poised to put up a lot of offensive production (photo by George Muha).

With the core of Kittatinny’s skill positions back, this Cougar team is poised to put up a lot of offensive production (photo by George Muha).

The Cougars also lost several very good skill guys to graduation but they are replacing them with a lot of the names above as well has a host of underclassmen. These players are ready to step up, like the skilled Joey Lobb (5-8, 152) who can play QB, defensive back or anywhere else you want to put him. Sophomore defensive back James Franco is also a ball hawk on defense and is slated to make an immediate impact.

Driving this ship will be senior Nick Geimer (5-11, 155) who is a total gamer (no pun intended). He proved that last season during his junior debut where he threw for 700-yards and made some nifty plays with his legs.

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In his third year has head man, coach Joe Coltelli has his fingerprints all over this program (photo by George Muha). 

Navigating this new schedule will be the trick, especially with only four games in front of their home fans. They contend with mostly familiar foes so there won’t be anything that Coach Coltelli and his staff hadn’t seen before.

You have to love the backfield of Romano and Klimek. Having two high caliber backs is hard for opponents to prepare for. Throw in a big line an a QB who has a cannon and this offense can really pile on the points if given the chance.

A win in Week 1 against Newton will bring bring a ton of momentum right out of the gate for the Cougars (photo by Georgi Muha).

A win in Week 1 against Newton will bring bring a ton of momentum right out of the gate for the Cougars (photo by Georgi Muha).

Will these guys be running out of the tunnel at MetLife Stadium come December? They have as good a chance as anybody. If they catch a little confidence through this schedule, I see these guys riding that into the postseason. Once there, they control their own destiny.

2016 Schedule

9/9 @ Newton
9/17 Dover
9/24 Lakeland Regional
9/30 @ Kinnelon
10/7 @ Hopatcong
10/14 High Point
10/21 @ Lenape Valley
10/29 Hackettstown
11/5 @ Wallkill Valley

2016 Roster

NameGradeHome #Away #Off. Pos.Def. Pos.HeightWeight
Nick Geimer1233QBDB5'-11"155
James Franco1044QBDB5'-9"153
Joey Lobb1166QBLB5'-8"152
Anthony Cagno101111RBDB5'-9"158
Chris Pollison101818QBDB5'-8"124
Calvin Brook112222RBDB5'-9"140
Jack Sikora112323RBDB5'-10"155
Cody Romano122424RBLB6'-1"185
Ryan Rigby112626TEDB5'-10"160
Zack Zoppy102828RBDB5'-8"140
Tim Knutelsky103131RBLB5'-7"157
Derek Molfetto103434SEDB5'-2"102
Zach Mafaro103636RBLB6'-0"180
Derek Kays113939SEDB5'-9"130
Justin Voss114040RBLB5'-9"160
Ryan Pollison104545SEDB5'-10"125
Josh Klimek124848RBLB5'-11"180
Josh MacMillan125050OLDL6'-3"200
Sam Bond105151OLDL6'-0"145
Brenden Gullette115252OLDL5'-11"185
Parker Lobban125454OLLB5'-10"145
Graham Harpell125555OL DL6'-2"230
Billy Connors115656OLDL5'-11"150
Derek Michelman115757OLLB5'-6"145
Jimmy Ogle115959OLDL5'-7"160
Austin VanGorden116161OLDL5'-10"220
Mike Lacken106666OLDL5'-8"150
John Fahey107070OLDL6'-1"170
Matt Cleaver107272OLDL5'-5"160
Carson Powell107575OLDL6-0"245
Jarrett Giaguzzi117878OLDL6'-1" 170
Jake McMullan118181SEDB5'-11"160
Matt Cerbo128282TELB5'-10"165
Justin Modafferi118383TEDL6'-0"185

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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