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Vitals

Coach: Jason Izsa
Year on the Job: 4th
Staff: Steve Trivino, Joe Sullivan, Bob Beattie, Elliot Platt, Dan Moskowitz, Nick Agelis
Home Field: Turf
2015 Record: 9-3
2016 Nemesis: Parsippany Hills

Players

Freakishly Talented: When it comes to uncanny athletic ability look no further than Timmy Adams. The senior will be seen lining up at QB, RB, WR, DB, and will handle the kicks and punts. Last year he was a big part of Chatham’s run to the North 2, Group 3 state final.
Where’s the Beef: Senior lineman Graham Lemon is the only returning starter on the O-Line and lines up at a big 6-7, 300-pound. Look to see him bully opposing linemen on both sides of the ball.
Emotional Leader: When senior QB/DB Pat Cosgove gets fired up the rest of the Cougars rally behind him.
Will be a Household Name: Senior Chris Francesco looks to have a big year at wide receiver.
Beast Watch: Junior DB/WR Max Schelling has the skill and athleticism to lock it down for the Cougar secondary. Look for him to cause many turnovers.

2016 Prediction

The Cougars lost 21 seniors last year and return only three players that had big roles as a part of the state runner up team.  But that’s not going to slow these cougars down. With the new guys stepping up in key roles, the Cougars are poised to make another run to the postseason.

The Cougars practice their different kickoff looks during a September practice (photo by Georgi Muha).

The Cougars practice their different kickoff looks during a September practice (photo by Georgi Muha).

Chatham faces off against Barringer in Week 1.  This is the same team they beat to advance to the semi finals last year.  Then they match-up against Morris County rival Pars Hills, who the Cougars kept out of the playoffs last year with a nail biting victory. If the cougars can come out of these two games with a .500 or better record they’ll get good momentum against the rest of their schedule.

The Cougars will bring an athletic style of football to the 2016 season (photo by Georgi Muha).

The Cougars will bring an athletic style of football to the 2016 season (photo by Georgi Muha).

The Cougars look to run their fast pace tempo with seniors Pat Cosgrove and Timmy Adams playing at QB. Both of these guys can play anywhere on the field so Coach Izsa will mix and match them in different postions. Junior Christian Cuttita will be a key defensive player in the secondary as well. Runningbacks Drew Sardini, Jake Wingate, and newcomer senior Paddy Donohue look to share the load as power runningbacks in this upbeat offense.

Coach Izsa keeps things light

Coach Izsa keeps things light by allowing 6-7, 300-pound tackle Graham Lemon try kicking a few kickoffs during a special teams drill (photo by Georgi Muha). 

With the positive energy still flowing from last year’s state final run the current players are looking to make a state final run a regular occurrence.  Chatham as the personnel in place and a schedule that rewards good Power Points for wins, it looks as if the Cougars have a great chance to get back to the dance and try to go the distance again.

2016 Schedule

9/9 @ Barringer
9/17 Par Hills
9/24 Morris Hills
10/1 @ Ferris
10/8 West Essex
10/14 @ Newton
10/22 @ Nutley
10/29 Mount Olive
11/5 Orange

Dylan is an alumni of Chatham High School and former Cougar football player. Currently he is playing football for Susquehanna University where he is studying sports management.

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