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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 25
Finals Appearances: 12
Sectional Titles: 7
Playoff Record: 24-18 (.571)

Staff

Head Coach: Will Nahan (1st year)
2017 Record: 5-5
Assistants: Mike Lyons, Joe Scali, TJ Hill, James Hickey, Ben Eaton, Paul Convoy, Nick Gangemi & Gary Buamwoll.

Players

Franchise Player: Senior RB/DB Matt Kuntz
Hottest Selling Jerseys: #53 senior DT Ahmir Perry & #11 senior WR Jacob Flowers
All Everything Watch: Senior DB/Slot/RB/KR Ryan McDermott
Flying Under the Radar: Senior QB Anthony Sofia
Lives in the Weight Room: Senior NG Ryan Knox
Could Play in Any Era: Senior FB/LB Derek Rooney

Five Key Points

1. Linebacker Derek Rooney and NG Ryan Knox bring a lot of strength and toughness in the middle of the defense.  Teams will be forced to run their plays outside the hash-marks and the Rams should win most of the battles of short-yardage downs because of these two.
2.  Runningback Matt Kuntz and slot/RB Ryan McDermott are both explosive play-makers that teams will be forced to over-commit to.  Receiver Jake Flowers should be the go-to guy who benefits the most from those mismatches.
3.  This is coach Will Nahan’s first year as coach.  He’s been on the staff for several years and is a huge proponent of the weight room.  The Rams adopted his training philosophy in the off-season and just about every player came into camp in tremendous shape.
4.  Nahan takes over a storied program that at one time has the longest winning streak in state history.  Randolph has won since then and is always a formidable opponent but it’s been quite awhile since they were so dominant year-in and year-out.  Nahan seems to have the energy and love of the game to try to get the program to where it once was.
5.  Winning early in the season is a must for the Rams as the schedule gets a lot more difficult in the second half of the season.  The good news is every game they play carriers a ton of PPTs.  A five win season might get them to the postseason dance, but obviously getting six or more wins would be a much better insurance plan.

Schedule

Date/Opponent/Location
08-31 Livingston Randolph HS
09-07 Morristown Randolph HS
09-15 @ Morris Knolls Morris Knolls HS
09-21 @ West Morris West Morris HS
09-28 Mount Olive Randolph HS
10-05 Roxbury Randolph HS
10-13 @ Sparta Sparta HS
10-19 Morris Hills Randolph HS
10-26 @ Ramapo Ramapo HS

Roster

Name/Year
Ahmin, Rik SO
Aschenbrenner, Zane JR
Avelar, Christian SR
Blumenthal, Jake SO
Cannon, Evan SO
Cimbal, Ryan SR
Cirella, Joe SO
Colombaris, Tom SO
Dambrauskas, David JR
Emanga, Yvan SO
Fabin, Brenden SO
Flowers, Jake SR
Fodali, Mike SR
Galicia, Eddie SR
Gaudioso, Dylan JR
Geyer, Matt SO
Glincman, Dylan JR
Habash, Romeo SO
Houston, George SR
Jackson, Aidan SO
Jung, Kevin JR
Kleiven, Matt JR
Knox, Ryan SR
Koenigsberg, Aidan SO
Kratchovil, Matt JR
Kudriavetz, Steve SO
Kuntz, Matt SR
Lawler, Justin SO
Liebhauser, Justin SO
McDermott, Conner SO
McDermott, Ryan SR
McGlashan, Geoff SO
Meyers, Jake SO
Mohr, Jason SO
Moreno, Justin SR
Naclerio, Corey SO
Nugent, Alex SR
O’Sullivan, Dan SO
O’Sullivan, Tom SO
Palacio, Juan Paul JR
Pepe, Jimmy SO
Pernicaro, Alex JR
Perry, Ahmir SR
Raiello, Anthony SO
Rice, Darren SO
Rodriguez, John JR
Rodriguez, Nick SO
Rooney, Derek SR
Ruscher, Luke SO
Ruscher, Tyler SO
Schimminger, Pat JR
Sheehan, Dillion SO
Silva, Sander SO
Smith, Brian SO
Sofia, Anthony SR
Tahiri, Mike SR
Townsend, Justin SO
Trezza, Derek SO
Vnencak, Steve SO
Vroman, Rich JR

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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