Coach: John Power
Year on the Job: 1st
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record: 3-7
2016 Nemesis: Columbia
Freakishly Talented: Junior runningback Jhamil King might be the best pure athlete in all of Morris Sussex sports and a total play maker. Fellow junior defensive back Drew Chilson is another high energy pure athlete who patrols center field like Willie Mays.
Where’s the Beef: After high school, big bad senior offensive lineman Matt Napoleon is going to open up is own breakfast restaurant because he serves up the best pancakes. All of the teams Motown will be facing will soon find out what we’re talking about.
Emotional Leader: Senior RB/DB Jesse Unger plays with a ton of passion and when he starts getting juiced up his intensity is contagious.
Will be a Household Name: Junior utility guy Matt McNally and senior receiver Josh Szott are going to be two guys who are going to get their named called a lot this season. Both guys are total ballers and are both in the best shape of their lives.
Beast Watch: Senior tight end, and big time recruit, Justin Burke is a game changer. If he catches the ball in the open field there is no stopping him. He’s so big and fast that defensive backs just bounce off him and if he flattens linebackers.
New coach John Power takes over the reigns of the Morristown Colonials. Power, who did coaching stints at the University of Georgia, Hillside High School and most recently Columbia High School, brings a wealth of big school football. And that’s a good thing since the Colonials made the leap from a Group 4 school to a Group 5 school last year.
Personnel-wise Power inherits a highlight talented and athletic team with many of the studs mentioned above and other guys who will step up to fill in big roles for the team. Like senior Ryan Gilmore who is another hard working, hard-nosed player who was born to play linebacker.
If you are a football fan you have to love Motown’s schedule. Every week brings a different challenge between old time rivals like Roxbury, Randolph and West Morris and matches against fellow Group 5 powerhouses like Montclair, East Orange and Livingston. Week 4 will be an especially fun when Coach Power takes the Colonials on the road to face the team he coached just last year in Columbia.
The trouble for Motown is that the Morris County rivals they face don’t carry as many Power Points because they are all Group 4 schools. So making the most of those games will be important. The Group 5 foes on their schedule are also the same teams that are in their North 1, Group 5 section. Wins against those teams really move them up the list and losses sting extra hard.
The ultimate question is can Motown win a state championship this season? There is no doubt that this team has the horses to go the distance. The difficult part will be catching momentum down the stretch. The last four games are against Montclair, Livingston, East Orange and Bloomfield. If they navigate that stretch with their heads held high, I don’t think you will be able to stop these guys.
9/16 @ Randolph
9/24 West Morris
9/30 @ Columbia
10/8 West Orange
10/21 @ Livingston
10/28 @ East Orange