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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 12
Finals Appearances: 6
Sectional Titles: 1
Playoff Record: 16-11 (.592)

Staff

Head Coach: Dave Albano
2017 Record: 9-2
Assistants: Ross Tarlowe, Dan Henry, Brian Francis , Carmine Verducci, Ron Cupitt & Chris Ramsden.

Players

Franchise Player: Replacing a player like Nick Verducci who started for four years, brought his team to two state titles and won one won’t be easy.  But junior QB JD Breslauer (6-1, 185) is impressing everyone this summer and is already shaping up to be the face of this franchise.
Hottest Selling Jersey:  Buy your #44 David Giraldo jersey right now!  The 5-11, 190-pound runningback is a big bruising type of back who will get a lot of yards against teams that are over committing on the pass.
All Everything Watch:  Junior receiver EJ Comerford (6, 190) is a big target with more athleticism than most of the defenders in the league.  There is every reason to believe that he will be in the Top 5 in Morris-Sussex in receptions, yards-after-catch and receiving TDs when it’s all said and done.
Under the Radar:   I wouldn’t exactly say receiver/D-back Dennis Wilson (6. 180) is flying under anyone’s radar.  But since Par Hills has so many weapons that opponents need to target, Wilson should benefit from teams focusing more on other players.
Lives in the Weight Room:  Every year Par Hills seems to have a big lineman that wreck the league.  This year it will likely be OL/DL Brandon Perot (6-2, 273) who has put the time in the off-season to get much bigger and much stronger.
Could Play in Any Era:  Senior WR/DB Kevin Minardi (5-9, 185) never wants to leave the field and nor does the coach want him to because he is just too valuable.  As a junior he tied the team in receptions and was in on almost every play on defense.  As a senior, he’s a faster, stronger and smarter version of his junior self so teams have to know where he is at all times.

Five Key Points

1. Expect the Vikings to lead with the pass. That’s not exactly breaking news for a Dave Albano coached team but this year he’s got the weapons in Wilson, Comerford and Jayson Marte (5-10, 170) along with a strong-armed passer who can get the ball to them in QB Breslauer.
2. The line is all new with the exception of senior C/G Ryan Christofferson (6-1, 190). But with his leadership and Perot’s work ethic book-ending this new group, they should be a strong unit.
3. Defensively the Vikes will be really tough.  Comerford and Minardi will lock down the secondary which is key since Par Hill’s up-tempo forces opponents to pass a lot.  Middle linebacker Connor Schaefer (5-7, 180) is exceptionally strong and he’s going to be trouble for any team wanting to do go up the middle.
4. Coach Dave Albano has done a fantastic job building a football machine from the Little Vikings all the way up through the high school.  Don’t think it’s luck by any means.  He and his staff work hard to stay consistent across all levels and that has been translating into a winning product on the field year-in and year-out.
5.  The Viking’s schedule is very tough with virtually no games where they can rest some of their starters.  So being healthy come November is going to be the trick for Albano to figure out.

Schedule

Date/Opponent/Location
08-31 @ Paramus Paramus HS
09-07 River Dell Parsippany Hills HS
09-14 Roxbury Parsippany Hills HS
09-21 @ Hanover Park Hanover Park HS
09-29 Hackettstown Parsippany Hills HS
10-05 @ Madison Madison HS
10-12 Chatham Parsippany Hills HS
10-19 @ West Essex West Essex HS
10-26 @ Dover East Dover Middle School

Roster

# First Name Last Name Gr. Ht Wt Positions
1 Ty Sallie 10 5’8 145 WR, DB
2 Jack Bellardino 10 5’6 130 QB, DB
3 Riyank Patel 11 5’10 150 WR, DB
4 Chris Rapp 11 6’2 165 WR, LB
7 Anthony Memoli 11 6’0 170 K, DB
8 Dennis Wilson 11 6’0 180 WR, DB
9 EJ Comerford 11 6’0 195 WR, LB
10 Jayson Marte 12 5’10 170 WR, OLB
11 Jordan Thompson 10 6’3 195 WR, DL
12 JD Breslauer 11 6’1 185 QB, DB
14 GJ Nazziola 11 5’6 125 WR, DB
16 Devesh Naik 11 5’11 165 WR, DB
19 Kevin Minardi 12 5’9 185 WR, DB
20 Matt Batroney 11 5’10 155 WR, DB
21 Adney Suvil 12 5’7 150 RB, LB
22 Jacob Smith 10 5’8 130 WR, DB
23 Thomas Lally 10 5’10 140 WR, DB
24 Matt Morales 12 5’9 150 WR, DB
25 Greepan Patel 11 5’8 150 WR, DB
27 Jake Jasiecki 10 5’3 140 WR, DB
28 Dominick Verducci 9 5’11 167 RB, LB
30 James Garcia 10 5’10 152 RB, LB
35 Joey McClusick 10 5’9 130 WR, DB
44 David Giraldo 11 5’11 190 RB, LB
46 Brian Brisson 11 5’8 140 WR, DB
50 AJ Stark 10 5’10 185 OL, DL
51 Zack Taylor 10 5’10 185 OL, DL
52 Marcus Celestino 10 5’10 175 OL, LB
53 Steven Nguyen 11 5’9 210 OL, DL
54 Jon Pietrowicz 10 5’10 185 OL, DL
55 Connor Schaefer 12 5’7 180 OL, LB
56 Christopher Dogbe 10 5’9 150 OL, LB
57 Chris Meumann 11 5’7 175 OL, LB
59 Derek Plata Teutle 10 5’6 240 OL, DL
62 Richie Wright 11 5’8 250 OL, DL
63 James Koegler 12 6’0 210 OL, DL
65 Peter Nardi 11 5’8 220 OL, DL
67 Alan Copeland 11 5’8 160 OL, LB
69 Jarod Palatini 10 5’8 195 OL, DL
70 Andrew Loesch 11 5’10 230 OL, DL
71 Jack Shields 10 6’2 220 OL, DL
72 Chris Montoya 11 5’10 146 OL, DL
73 Patrick Whalen 11 5’6 140 OL, DL
76 Ryan Christofferson 12 6’1 190 OL, DL
79 Brandon Perot 11 6’2 273 OL, DL
80 Emirhan Ziya 11 5’11 155 WR, DB
82 Brian Davies 11 5’7 173 WR, DB
84 Douglas Carter 11 6’0 165 WR, DL
85 Angelo Varcadipane 11 6’2 175 WR, DL
Shane O’Connor 12

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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