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 2 was loaded with amazing individual performances to help their teams be victorious. Quarterbacks Justin Suarez from Randolph, Liam Anderson from Mount Olive and Anthony Caputo from Hackettstown were amazing through the air combining for nearly 750-yards and 8 touchdowns. Receivers Eric Castorina from Sparta, Nick Wolmart from Randolph and Michal Radomski from Hanover Park all had incredible performances catching a total of 18 passes for over 450-yards and 6 touchdowns. And rushers Luke Papa from Whippany Park, Zach Mafaro from Kittatinny and Tahj Valentine combined for 600-yards and five TDs in which were all gutsy wins.
However, the Morris Sussex Sports writers felt the player whose performance was the most deserving of the FBU Player of the Week Powered by Parisi Speed School was Newton’s Will Larsen who was on a different level altogether in the Brave’s 20-7 win over a very good Lenape Valley team. Larsen was a man possessed on defense as he led the team with 16 solo tackles (5 of which were for loss) and who knows how many assists in a game in which he seemed to know the Patriot’s plays before they called them. He also led the way for Newton offensively by rushing for 180-yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run that sealed Lenape Valley’s fate. We caught up with Larsen to talk about this big win, his team’s goals before the preseason and who his role model is.
Morris Sussex Sports: How important was it to come away with a win against Lenape Valley?
Will Larsen: This win was the most important win of the year for us because we lost to them last year and we needed the win.
MSS: Why do you think you had such a big game?
WL: I believe I had a big game because it’s senior year and it’s the last time I ever get to play Lenape so I wanted to remember this game forever.
MSS: How long have you and your teammates been playing football together?
WL: We have been playing together for about 12-years now.
MSS: Where there any current skill guys that were linemen and vice versa when you guys were in the youth program?
WL: Our running back Dante Northe was a center. Jonny VanNess is our tight end but used to be our running back.
MSS: How has the transition been since Coach Parzero took over last year?
WL: I think we transitioned really fast because the first time we met him he was all fired up which made us want it.
MSS: What was your first impression of him?
WL: My first impression of Coach Parzero was “this guy wants to win.”
MS: What was your team’s goal coming into this season?
WL: Our goal coming into the season is to take it week by week and get to MetLife.
MSS: What was your “welcome to varsity football” moment?
WL: The first game I ever played on varsity, sophomore year I got the ball on power and this big guy from Hanover park #22 (Eric Magnifico now playing at Towson) lit me up in the backfield.
MSS: Who is your role model?
WL: My dad, he never got anything handed to him, he had to work for what he is now.
MSS: What current or former NFL player do you think resembles you on the field?
WL: Kareem Hunt
MSS: How do you prepare yourself in the offseason?
WL: The team and I lift hard and we played football with each other every day on the turf.
MSS: Who is the best pure athlete on your team?
WL: Chase Cramer
MSS: Who’s finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
WL: Chase Cramer, Noah Sharpe, me.
MSS: Who would win a taco eating contest?
WL: Chase Cramer
MSS: Who is the absolute strongest?
WL: It’s between Chase Cramer and Ryan Kaiser.
MSS: Who is the biggest nerd?
WL: Luke Young because he is a 4.0 student and study’s all the time.
MSS: Who on your team would you not want to tackle?
WL: Chase Cramer, he is a beast.
MSS: What was the funniest thing that ever happened in practice or in a game?
WL: Timmy Houlihan running a route every day (laughs).
MSS: Who is the best varsity football player you ever played against?
WL: Stevie Lyden from Lenape Valley.
MSS: What would it mean to you and your teammates if you are hoisting that NJSIAA trophy in December?
WL: If we win the NJSIAA trophy that would mean everything to us. I don’t even have words to describe the feelings we would have. It would be the first championship ever in our school.
MSS: Congrats Will and best of luck to you and your team the rest of the way!