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Coach: John Power
Year on the Job: 1st
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record: 3-7
2016 Nemesis: Columbia

Players

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.

2016 Prediction

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.

Morristown brings a mix of speed and power to both sides of the line in 2016 (photo by George Muha).

Morristown brings a mix of speed and power to both sides of the line in 2016 (photo by George Muha).

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.

The Colonials defensive backfield will make it very difficult for opposing offenses to pass down field (photo by George Muha).

The Colonials defensive backs will make it very difficult for opposing offenses to pass down field (photo by George Muha).

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.

With so many skilled receivers, Motown's offensive line want to rest assured they'll keep their quarterback safe so he can throw the ball (photo by George Muha).

With so many skilled receivers, Motown will trust their big men up front to keep their quarterback safe (photo by George Muha).

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 Morristown players know they'll have to remain very focused through their entire schedule to have success (photo by George Muha).

The Morristown players know they’ll have to remain very focused through their entire schedule to have success (photo by George Muha).

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.

2016 Schedule

9/10 Roxbury
9/16 @ Randolph
9/24 West Morris
9/30 @ Columbia
10/8 West Orange
10/15 Montclair
10/21 @ Livingston
10/28 @ East Orange
11/5 Bloomfield

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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