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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 15
Finals Appearances: 5
Sectional Titles: 2
Playoff Record: 9-13 (.409)

Staff

Head Coach: Mike Sabo
2017 Record: 7-3
Assistants: Chris Canning, Jeff Danyus, Bert Giovine, Mike White, Chris McGlynn, John Struck & Bryant Wanamaker

Players

Franchise Player: Senior RB Angelo Macera (5-7, 180)
Hottest Selling Jersey: #10 Junior QB Nick Carlotti (6, 190)
All Everything Watch: Senior RB/LB Sam Valerio (6, 210)
Under the Radar: Senior DB Francis Babe (5-8, 165)
Lives in the Weight Room: Junior tackle Luke Malatesta (5-11, 220)
Could Play in Any Era: Junior FB Jeremy Busel (6, 225)

Five Key Points

1. Opponents have to fear this offensive line.  Along with Luke Malatesta, the Scarlet Knights’ Dre Moreno (6-1, 195) , Omar Acevdeo (5-8, 185) and John Schaefer (6, 235) have taken off-season training very seriously and are gelling together like it’s November, not August.
2. Having a great offensive line is one thing, but when you have the skill guys to run through the holes changes the whole story.  And MoHills has that and more as they are returning their entire backfield.  In 2017, Angelo Macera rushed for 1350-yards, Sam Valerio totaled over 1000-yards from scrimmage and fullback averaged 100-yards a game for five games until he was sidelined by injury.
3.  Coach Mike Sabo has been part of the MoHills program for three decades starting in the early 90’s as a player and as a coach since the mid-2000s.  He’s been to the State Championship title game twice and has one title to his name.
4.  This schedule is loaded with formidable opponents so it doesn’t appear there will be any games where Sabo can rest his starters in the second half.  So staying healthy is a must.  If some younger guys can step up to give a breather here and there to the regulars, that might help the Knights go the distance.
5.  It appears like this Scarlet Knight’s team has all of the ingredients to something special this year.  It’s a long season and a lot of things need to fall into place.  But if you are a season ticket holder, you should be in for a treat of a season!

Schedule


Date/Opponent/Location
08-30 @ Woodbridge Woodbridge HS
09-07 Morris Knolls Morris Hills HS
09-14 @ Vernon Vernon HS
09-21 @ Roxbury Roxbury HS
09-29 Montville Morris Hills HS
10-06 Jefferson Morris Hills HS
10-12 @ Mendham Mendham HS
10-19 @ Randolph Randolph HS
10-27 Sparta Morris Hills HS

Roster


# LAST FIRST O POS. D. POS. HEIGHT WEIGHT GR.
1 Babe Francis RB DB 5’8″ 165 12
2 Moreno Dre TE DB 6’1″ 195 11
3 Green Trevone TE DB 6’3″ 165 11
5 White Daunte DB RB 5’8″ 140 10
7 Flynn Ryan QB DB 5’9″ 140 10
10 Carlotti Nick QB DB 6’0″ 190 11
12 Mora Mike RB LB 5’10” 160 10
16 Rossi Dominick QB DB 5’10” 160 12
20 Rex Charlie RB LB 5’10” 190 10
21 Antonelli Jake RB DB 5’8″ 160 12
22 Valerio Sam RB LB 6’0″ 210 12
23 Delgado Carlos RB LB 5’8″ 180 11
24 Macera Angelo RB DB 5’7″ 180 12
26 Busel Jeremy RB LB 6’0″ 225 11
28 Dawson Joe RB DB 5’9” 160 10
32 Novack Lucas TE LB 6’0″ 180 11
34 Scarrillo Anthony RB LB 5’7″ 165 10
38 Pedernera Josh RB LB 5’9″ 170 12
42 Francis T.J. RB DB 5’9″ 160 11
45 Barba Joe RB LB 5’5″ 160 11
50 Schaefer John OL DL 6’0″ 235 12
51 Acevedo Omar OL LB 5’8” 185 12
52 Chappell Robert OL DL 5’7″ 220 12
53 Ponteliona Jason OL LB 5’8″ 160 12
54 Wickkiser Nick OL DL 5’9″ 200 10
55 Malatesta Luke OL DL 5’11” 220 11
57 Perez Eden OL DL 6’00” 230 11
61 Sheplak Reilly OL DL 6’3″ 265 11
62 Carlucci James OL DL 5’7″ 180 10
65 Farro Joe OL LB 5’7″ 175 11
66 Figueroa Lester OL DL 5’10” 235 10
67 Turiello Pat OL DL 5’8″ 230 10
69 Cruz Emanuel OL DL 5’8″ 320 11
70 Figueroa Julian OL DL 5’10” 230 10
71 De Oliveira Eddie OL DL 5’10” 280 10
73 Vargas Carlos OL DL 5’10” 290 10
74 Maddaloni Mario OL DL 5’10” 180 11
75 Palermo Tyler OL DL 5’6″ 170 12
77 James Quincy OL DL 6’0″ 190 10
79 Vazquez Rodrigo OL DL 5’8″ 175 11
80 Ladino Justin TE DB 5’9″ 165 10
83 Kidd Anthony RB DB 5’8″ 135 12
85 Hernandez Patrick TE LB 6’1″ 190 11
88 Yeager Adam TE LB 6’2″ 195 12
89 Varma Vikaas TE DB 6’4″ 200 11

 

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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