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Team History

Boonton’s exceptional skill players will all the Bombers to stretch the field in 2018 (photo by Georgi Muha).

Playoff Appearances: 9
Finals Appearances: 2
Sectional Titles: 1
Playoff Record: 8-8 (.500)


Over the last seven seasons as head coach, Bryan Gallagher has turned Boonton football into a playoff regular and one of the most disciplined teams in the North 1, Group 1 state section (photo by Georgi Muha).

Head Coach: Bryan Gallagher
2017 Record: 4-6
Assistants:Pete Llaneza, Anthony Chierici, Ryan Connolly, Devon Engelberger, Mike London & Mike Mckeown


Entering his second season as the starting QB, senior Trey Cabalar gives the Bombers a duel weapon with his feet and his arm (photo by Georgi Muha).

Franchise Player:  The player that is going to keep opposing coaches up at night is senior FB/MLB Joe Cannizzaro.  Offensively he has the agility to run around players, but he prefers to run north and south.  Defensively he takes away the entire middle of the field.
Hottest Selling Jersey:  The hottest selling jersey is that of Corey Dempster.  The junior halfback will turn 2nd and 5 off-tackle plays into 80-yard touchdowns.  By Week 3, everyone is going to be wearing #6 jerseys in the bleachers.
All Everything Watch:  A player that is sure to have the most hardware at the end of the season is senior lineman James Jacobson.  In a Wing-T offense that relies heavily on athletic linemen, Jacobson’s agility is going to be the reason Boonton’s skill guys are successful.
Under the Radar:  A few years back there was a legendary Boonton football player by the name of Gage Cabalar who was 110% heart.  Well he’s got a younger brother named Trey Cabalar who has that same fire in his eye.  Like his brother, Trey will be the QB for the second year and will be one of those names that you will hear week-in and week-out.
Lives in the Weight Room:  A guy who put in the work in the off-season is senior OL/DL Tristan Martinez.  When Martinez makes a tackle, you can hear the thud from the top of the stands.
Could Play in Any Era:  The player who could definitely play in the leather-helmet days is senior linemen Nick Ezzi.  You’ll never hear him smack talk either.  He’ll knock you off your cleats then put his hand out to pick you back up.  Then he’ll do it again.

Five Key Points

Boonton has so many different weapons that every week a new player can be the hero of the game (photo by Georgi Muha).

1. Boonton starts the season facing two very tough teams in Weequahic and Verona.  After playing those two teams, they’ll be battle tested for the rest of their schedule.
2. The Bombers have a lot of strong senior leadership this year, including a lot of players that have varsity experience.  Having that kind of maturity helps during the periods of the season when a team needs to dig deep.
3.  People think that because Boonton runs the Wing-T they are going to grind out those tough yards every play.  Coach Gallagher is as creative as they come and with skill guys like senior WR/CB Nick DeLuca, senior HB/OLB Sami Uthman, senior FB/LB Jason Earle and senior WR/OLB Nick DiLorenzo, expect the Bombers to be spreading the field out big time.
4.  Veterans like senior C/DL John Whritenour and senior OL/LB Bryan Quintanar, along with the other linemen mentioned above, round out an offensive front that will help get those two couple of yards every time.
5. You’ll always get a well prepared team out of Bryan Gallagher. Couple that with the fact that the Bombers are strong at every position, there is no reason the 2018 Bombers aren’t capable to win 7-games and more.


Boonton has a reputation around the league as a team that does all of the little things right. That attention to detail is the reason why the Bombers have been so successful (photo by Georgi Muha).

09-07 Weequahic Boonton HS
09-14 Verona Boonton HS
09-22 @ Whippany Park Whippany Park HS
09-29 @ Morris Catholic Morris Catholic HS
10-05 Kinnelon Boonton HS
10-12 @ Parsippany Parsippany HS
10-19 Pequannock Boonton HS
10-26 @ Mountain Lakes Wilkins Field


The Bombers will be strong on both sides of the line in 2018 (photo by Georgi Muha).

2 Danny Portas 10 QB DB
3 Bryan Leon 11 HB DB
4 Nick DiLorenzo 12 WR OLB
5 Vin Federico 10 HB OLB
6 Corey Dempster 11 HB DB
7 Jason Earle 12 FB LB
8 Johan Marcelino 10 QB DB
9 Justin Waters 12 WR OLB
11 Jaidyn Liverpool 11 WR OLB
12 Trey Cabalar 12 QB OLB
21 Nick DeLuca 12 WR DB
27 Mike Kreitz 11 WR OLB
28 Sami Uthman 12 HB LB
44 Joseph Cannizzaro 12 FB LB
47 Chad Reed 11 FB DL
50 Matt Cannizzaro 11 OL LB
51 CJ Ricci 10 OL LB
52 Tristan Martinez 12 OL DL
53 Adrian Ferati 10 OL LB
54 David Hanna 10 OL DL
55 Bryan Quintanar 12 OL LB
56 Isaiah Anthony 10 OL DL
57 Ian Feldner 10 OL DL
58 Matt Wallace 10 OL LB
62 Josh Kondroski 11 OL DL
65 Dylan Miller 10 OL DL
67 Jeff Yanez 10 OL DL
70 Sean Tucker 10 OL DL
71 Nick Ezzi 12 OL DL
72 Matej Belancic 11 OL DL
73 James Jacobson 12 OL DL
75 Steven Mann 10 OL DL
79 John Whritenour 12 OL DL
87 Turner Brennan 10 WR OLB

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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