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Every week Morris Sussex Sports, along with co-sponsors Football University and Parisi Speed School of Morristown & Sparta, 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 Parisi Speed School.

Week 1 had it’s share of stellar performances.  Hanover Park’s Michal Radomski was one of the reasons the Hornets out-dueled Cedar Grove 35-30 with his 186-yards and 2 touchdowns receiving.   Par Hill’s Wilson Done was a man possessed with his 20 carry, 239-yard and 2 touchdown night in the Vikings’ 31-27 win over West Morris  And Mount Olive’s Ryan Hodgins shut down Morris Knoll’s much publicized run game with his 15 solo tackles and sack in the Marauders’ 28-7 domination over the Golden Eagles.

But the player that who dominated like no other was Pequannock’s Sean Klimek in the Golden Panther’s 42-21 trouncing of the Boonton Bombers.  Klimek came out of the gate like a fire ball in the first quarter with a 73-yard touchdown run, followed up by another 57-yard TD sprint.  Klimek would score again on the ground and then again on through the air.  He also was in on almost every tackle on defense and averaged 20-yards on punt returns.

This performance earned Klimek the FBU Player of the Week Powered by Parisi of Morristown and Sparta for Week 1.  We caught up with Klimek to talk about this opening season win, who the fastest player on the team is and which NFL player he thinks he most resembles on the field.

Morris Sussex Sports: How important was it to get that first win out of the way?
Sean Klimek: It is always important to start the season off on the right foot. The win was a real confidence booster.

MSS: What was your team’s goal coming into this season?
SK: Our team’s goal is nothing different than any other season – it is to win a state championship.

MSS: How is it that you have such a knack for breaking off such long touchdown runs?
SK: My offensive line is great at opening up big holes and I have the speed to beat the secondary.

MSS: Do you think you can score every time you touch the ball?
SK: I don’t but if my offensive line and wide receivers keep blocking the way they did last week, I am going to score a lot of long touchdowns this year.

MSS: When did you have a sense that you were good at football?
SK: I had a sense that I was good at football in 6th grade.

MSS: What was your “welcome to varsity football” moment?
SK: In my sophomore year against Mountain Lakes. My hand is scarred from a hit I got in that game.

MSS: Who is your role model?
SK: Christian McCaffrey.

MSS: What current or former NFL player do you think resembles you on the field?
SK: LeVeon Bell

MSS: How do you prepare yourself in the offseason?
SK: I prepare myself in the offseason by lifting hard in the weightroom with the rest of my team and attending strength and conditioning classes at Parisi Speed School.

MSS: What’s the biggest lesson that you will take from Coach Kopp?
SK: To live in the moment. You can’t control the future or the past.

MSS: Who is the best pure athlete on your team?
SK: Dave Jachera

MSS: Who’s finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
SK: 1. Dave Jachera 2. Me 3. Octavious Scotten

MSS: Who would win a taco eating contest?
SK: Liam Smith, Joe Leszczynski, or Mitchell Ortega. It would be a close race.

MSS: Who is the absolute strongest?
SK: Joe Leszczynski

MSS: What was the funniest thing that ever happened in practice or in a game?
SK: Dean’s fumble

MSS:  This season will be a resounding success if…
SK: …we all do our jobs on the field and stay humble.

MSS: Congrats again Sean and best of luck the rest of the way!

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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