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Every week Morris Sussex Sports, along with co-sponsors Football University and Athletic Republic of Randolph, identify one player out of the 37 teams we cover as our Player of the Week. We look beyond just stats. Our goal is to honor the best individual performance and how that effort was able to lift his team beyond its perceived boundaries. If you play varsity football in Morris Sussex next week just could quite possibly be your turn to be the FBU Player of the Week Powered by Athletic Republic of Randolph.


What another week of individual performances in Morris Sussex Week 5 was!  Butler’s Cory Mack was a freak on defense causing a fumble, recovering another one, nabbing an interception and adding 6 tackles to the mix in a big shutout victory over Morris Catholic.  Then you had Wallkill Valley’s Dylan Harlos who passed for 126 yards  and 2 TDs, had 7 tackles on defense, made a field goal and converted a 2-point conversion in a huge win over the undefeated Sussex Tech Mustangs.  Lastly, Jefferson RB Brandon Magnotta was out of his mind rushing for 223 carries on 11 carries as his Falcon’s blanked a very good Parsippany Hills team.

There were many other notable performances as well last week, but none took the cake more than Sparta quarterback Matthew Maute.  Maute was a man on a mission as his aerial attacks sliced through West Milford by passing 19 for 27 with 316-yards and 5 touchdowns.  In fact Sparta’s offense put up an astonishing 56-points.

Maute’s display has earned him the FBU Player of the Week Powered by Athletic Republic of Randolph for Week 5.  We caught up with the Sparta gun slinger, who happens to be a graduate of FBU and trained at Athletic Republic of Randolph, to discuss this past week’s performance, who his role mode was growing up and what a state title would mean to this Sparta team.

Matt Maute receives his Player of the Week Award from FBU

Matt Maute receives his Player of the Week Award from FBU Vice President of Player Development Joe Bouffard.

Morris Sussex Sports: Before this season, did you and your teammates envision yourselves being 5-0 heading into the Roxbury game?
Matt Maute: Yes, we knew we could win all our games as long as we played our best every game and didn’t make many mistakes.

MSS: Why do you think you are having such personal success on the gridiron this season so far?
MM: I think I’m having a lot of personal success because of the great teammates around me helping me accomplish everything I have so far.

MSS: Who was your role model growing up?
MM: My dad

MSS: What current or past NFL player do you think you most resemble on the field?
MM: Peyton Manning

MSS: What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
MM: Graduating college and going to work.

MSS: If you weren’t an athlete, what would you be doing right now?
MM: I would probably be focusing on school and going fishing in my free time.

MSS: Of your lineman, who is the flat out strongest?
MM: Robbie Gennat

MSS: Who would be finishing 1-2-3 in the 40-yard dash?
MM: Ben Davis, Robbie Gennat, and Billy Loewen

MSS: Who is winning a taco eating contest?
MM: Kevin Carpenter

MSS: Who on your defense would you not want to meet one-on-one in the open field?
MM: Mike Rossiter

MSS: Who is the flat out best athlete on your team?
MM: Ben Davis

MSS: Do you have a favorite play that you like to run (and why)?
MM: Chevron because there always seems to be someone open

MSS: What is the funniest thing that’s happened in the huddle this year?
MM: We don’t have a huddle

MSS: What get’s Coach Marchiano the angriest?
MM: Not blocking well on screens

MSS: What makes him the happiest?
MM: Winning big games

MSS: What would it mean to this team if you find yourselves walking through the tunnel and onto the field at MetLife Stadium in early December?
MM: It would mean the world to our team because all our hard work throughout the season would have paid off. We would have the chance to compete for a championship that we will never forget.

Maute poses

Maute poses with Athletic Republic of Randolph trainer Ronnie Moore as he receives his co-sponsored Player of the Week Award.  

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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