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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 3
Finals Appearances: 1
Sectional Titles: 0
Playoff Record: 2-3 (.400)

Staff

Head Coach: Jason Hurta
2017 Record: 0-10
Assistants: Steve Miller, Anthony Pizzuta, Chuck Anderson, Trevor Snyder, Matt Lazzari & Mina Kelaid

Players

 

Franchise Player: Junior QB/DB/K Nick Santangelo (5-10, 175)
Hottest Selling Jersey: #24 Junior RB/DB Anthony Colasuonno (5-11, 170)
All Everything Watch: Junior WR/DB/KR Nana Agyemang (6-1, 175)
Flying Under the Radar: Senior WR/DB Amon Sharafi (6-2, 170)
Lives in the Weight Room: Junior RB/LB Anthony Rillo (5-11, 180) & junior RB/LB Aqif Mamudi (5-11,185)
Could Play in Any Era: Junior TE/LB Jared Hurta (5-10, 175)

Five Key Points

1. This is the first time in a long time that the schedule gods have had mercy on the Redhawks. For years, they’ve been forced to battle against bigger programs.
2. The schedule wasn’t the only break the Redhawks got this year. They also had four transfer players in skill guys Agyemang and Rillo, as well as sophomore linemen Ben Scalchi (5-10, 215) William Walker (5-10, 225).
3. Although things are falling into place for Parsippany, don’t think it’s by accident. Coach Jason Hurta has spend the last several years as head coach doing everything he can to change the culture of Redhawk football, from the youth program all the way up. As a former player from the early 1990s, he has a vested interest in building a successful program and the good fortune he’s getting now is by creating his own luck. His 2018 motto is “Commit to Change”.
4. The heart of this team is a tight knit junior class that is motivated to win. With seniors and juniors filling in the puzzle pieces, the Redhawks will be a formidable competitor in this league.
5. Getting to the postseason dance will probably take five regular season wins. The second half of the schedule might be harder than the first so winning early is going to be key.

Schedule

Date/Opponent/Location
08-31 @ Kinnelon Kinnelon HS
09-07 Hopatcong Parsippany HS
09-14 @ Dover East Dover Middle School
09-21 Wallkill Valley Parsippany HS
09-28 @ Kittatinny Kittatinny HS
10-05 @ Mountain Lakes Wilkins Field
10-12 Boonton Parsippany HS
10-19 Whippany Park Parsippany HS
10-26 @ Pequannock Pequannock HS

Roster

# Name Position Year Ht./Wt.
1 Nick Santangelo QB/FS/K Jr. 5’10/175
2 Daniel Lupo RB/LB Jr. 6’0/185
6 James Riedinger WR/DB So. 5’10/160
7 Alex Picinich WR/DB Jr. 5’10/155
8 AJ Grippo WR/FS Jr. 6’1/175
9 Joseph Riedinger WR/DB Jr. 5’9/150
10 Elijah Darby TE/LB Jr. 5’10/175
11 Anthony Rillo RB/LB Jr. 5’11/180
12 Tyler Thiel QB/LB Jr. 5’5/165
19 Shiv Naik WR/DB Sr. 5’10/165
20 Aiden Figueroa RB/FS So. 5’9/150
22 Nana Agyemang WR/FS Jr. 6’1/175
24 Anthony Colasuonno RB/DB Jr. 5’11/170
25 Patrick Lanigan  RB/DB Jr. 5’8/165
27 Jared Hurta TE/LB Jr. 5’10/175
30 Kenny Johnson RB/DB So. 5’10/160
32 Anthony LaPresti RB/LB Jr. 5’10/175
34 Tyler Grieco RB/LB Jr. 5’8/170
35 Joe Galante RB/DB Jr. 5’7/155
36 Alen Mathukutty WR/LB Sr. 5’8/155
39 Dom Stull RB/LB So. 5’10/150
40 Eric Maciag WR/DB So. 5’8/145
42 Amon Sharafi WR/DB Sr. 6’2/170
44 Paul Wei WR/DB So. 5’9/160
46 Sean Deuer TE/FS Jr. 6’0/185
47 Vincent Colantoni WR/DB Jr. 5’9/150
50 Jozef Jankovic OL/DL Jr. 5’9/175
51 Carlos Ortiz OL/DL So. 5’10/225
52 Teoman Can OL/DE So. 5’11/180
53 Joseph Stull OL/LB Jr. 5’10/175
54 Vik Singh OL/LB Jr. 5’8/150
55 Michael Marucci OL/DL So. 6’0/155
56 Wael Homsi OL/DL So. 5’9/210
57 Josh Garcia OL/DL So. 5’9/205
59 Aqif Mamudi OL/LB Jr. 5’11/185
70 Michael Turo OL/DL So. 5’7/155
71 Christian Caporelli OL/DL So. 5’9/160
74 Ben Scalchi OL/DL So. 5’10/215
75 Dennis Ribeiro OL/DL So. 6’0/200
76 Matt Strano OL/DL Jr. 6’0/235
78 William Walker OL/DL So. 5’10/225
80 Tyler Wang TE/LB So. 5’10/165
81 Ethan Velasquez WR/DB So. 5’7/150
88 Nick Sherry WR/DB So. 5’8/135

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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