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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 14
Finals Appearances: 3
Sectional Titles: 2
Playoff Record: 12-12 (.500)

Staff

Head Coach: Joel Troast (1st year)
2017 Record: 9-1
Assistants: Ed Klimek, Bob Jachera, Michael Moschella, Rob Mulato, Mark Kershaw & Brian DeYoung

Players

Franchise Player:  Senior TE Matt Spatucci had been one of a few weapons for the Golden Panther over the past two seasons.  Now he’s bigger, stronger and faster than he’s ever been at 6-3, 210-pounds, and one of the most athletic receivers in the state.  He’ll also be the headlining act for the Pequannock offense.  He poses a problem for every opponent on the schedule because he he can out-jump any defense and once he has the ball he’s a punishing ball carrier.
Hottest Selling Jersey:   Senior Joe Dambra’s #35 is already on back order in anticipation for the season opener.  The 6, 180-pound LB is the guy that always comes through to make big plays.
All Everything Watch:   A guy who’s put a lot of work in the off-season is senior RB Octavious Scotton.  Scotton was mentored by Pequannock record breaker Sean Klimek his entire career.  Now that he’s got his turn as the featured back, he’ll be looking to make his a mark of his own.
Flying Under the Radar:  Replacing the dynamic Dave Jachera at quarterback is nearly impossible.  But the Golden Panther’s feel good about senior Tom Conklin (5-11, 165).  Conklin is a great leader and confident in his own ability and is a team-first kind of leader.
Lives in the Weight Room: Senior FB/LB  Jimmy Pierson (5-8, 185) was a training machine this off-season.  His durability in the middle of both sides of the ball will pay big dividends down the stretch when it counts.
Could Play in Any Era:   Pequannock lineman Jack Chobanian (5-10, 237) definitely could be playing in 1980 with those big face masks and over-sized shoulder pads.  He’s a baller all the way that has a mellow confidence about him.  His chill demeanor will keep his team in check during the ups-and-downs of the season.

Five Key Points

1. Pequannock’s line is anchored with some big fellas between Chobanian (5-10, 237), Liam Smith (6-2, 274) and Giovanni Cancro (6-2, 298).  That kind of beef will make the Conklin-to-Spatucci virtually untouchable.
2. The Golden Panthers have retooled nicely after losing a lot of senior stars to graduation.  Senior WR/LB Trevor Bunero (5-11, 183) and senior WR/LB Michael Luttenberger (6-1, 192) are two guys that surely will get getting a lot of headlines on both sides of the ball.
3. Newton vs. Pequannock has become one of the biggest rivalries in Morris-Sussex and the game always has a lot of drama involved around it.  Of course, Pequannock opens up against them on September 7th.  After getting knocked out by them in the first round last season, the Golden Panthers surely are out for revenge.
4. The big news in the off-season was coach Ed Kopp stepping down as head coach and new coach Joel Troast stepping up.  Troast has done a great job making this his team and even brought in some big names to support him including Mike Mochella.  Mochella is a former Lenape Valley player under Don Smolyn and former head coach of Hopatcong.  Don’t expect too many coaching growing pains from these guys because despite being young, they have seen it all between each of them.
5.  Last season, everyone thought that was Pequannock’s year to win it all.  They were certainly built that way and they were basically a play away from switching places with Newton.  However, this group has put in the time in the off-season and there is no reason this team shouldn’t have as much fanfare.  Although the names are different they have all of the ingredients – the tough QB, the blue chip TE, the strong linemen up front, the supporting cast, the swagger from having no expectations and coach who would suit up himself if he had to.  It’s a long season but don’t be surprised if this team is hitting its stride come November.

Schedule

Date/Opponent/Location
09-07 @ Newton Newton HS
09-15 @ Morris Catholic Morris Catholic HS
09-21 Mountain Lakes Pequannock HS
09-28 Whippany Park Pequannock HS
10-05 @ Caldwell Caldwell HS
10-12 Kinnelon Pequannock HS
10-19 @ Boonton Boonton HS
10-26 Parsippany Pequannock HS

Roster


First Name Last Name Jersey # Grade Position Hgt Wgt
Octavious Scotton 1 12 RB/DB 5’9″ 171
Dave Jachimski 2 11 RB/DB 6’0″ 174
Joe McNamara 3 11 QB/DB 6’0″ 170
Jimmy Pierson 4 12 FB/LB 5’8″ 185
Nick Brizek 5 11 RB/LB 5’10” 195
Jake Nelson 6 11 TE/DL 5’10” 177
Brendan Lynch 7 12 WR/DB 6’1″ 152
Derick Thompson 8 12 RB/DB 5’10” 180
Tom Conklin 10 12 QB/DB 5’11” 165
Gary Thompson 11 12 WR/DB 5’9″ 164
Konnor Dara 12 11 WR/DB 5’11” 145
Tom Hardie 13 12 WR/DB 6’5″ 189
Joey Wells 16 11 WR/DB 5’10” 150
Anthony Orsillo 20 10 WR/DB 5’7″ 145
Logan Bartolozzi 21 10 QB/DB 6’0″ 199
Aiden Destefano 22 10 WR/DB 5’8″ 141
Evan Joyce 24 10 WR/DB 5’7″ 140
Matt Spatucci 25 12 TE/LB 6’3″ 210
Peter DeMarco 31 10 OL/LB 5’8″ 170
Trevor Bunero 33 12 WR/LB 5’11” 183
Joe Dambra 35 12 TE/LB 6’0″ 180
Kevin Nelson 37 12 QB/DB 6’2″ 165
Louis Russo 40 12 FB/LB 6’1″ 185
Michael Luttenberger 42 12 WR/LB 6’1″ 192
Pat Oklejewicz 44 12 OL/DL 6’2″ 232
Jack Chobanian 52 12 OL/DL 5’10” 237
Mike Reardon 53 12 OL/DL 5’10” 220
Giovanni Cancro 55 11 OL/DL 6’2″ 298
Ryan Rolgalny 56 10 OL/DL 6’1″ 219
Elan Lopez 58 11 OL/DL 6’0″ 212
Cam Siebert 64 11 OL/DL 5’8″ 240
Liam Smith 74 12 OL/DL 6’2″ 274
Alvaro Pliego 76 11 OL/DL 6’4″ 249
Emon Mullica 77 10 OL/DL 6’0″ 231

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