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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 5
Finals Appearances: 1
Sectional Titles: 1
Playoff Record: 2-4 (.333)

Staff

Head Coach: Don Morgenroth
2017 Record: 7-3
Assistants: Jason Isza, Dave D’Addozio, Anthony Egidio, Jeff Keating, Sean Radu & Ruben Sanchez

Players

Franchise Player:  In 2017, Michael Roma was a frequent visitor of the endzone but still managed fly somewhat under the radar because opposing defenses were focused on guys like Luke Papa, Jake Crane and Matt Wong.  With those players lost to graduation, the senior RB/LB will be the best athlete on the field at every game.
Hottest Selling Jersey:  The jersey that will make the Whippany Park boosters the most money this year will be Chris Deehan’s #15.  The junior QB trained in the off-season the way you’d expect your starting QB to train and is ready to make his mark on Wildcat Football.
All Everything Watch:  Senior WR/DB Cristiano Zipeto has an opportunity to do something special this season.  Every year, Whippany Park produces a star skill guy that takes Morris-Sussex by storm.  This year it could be Zipeto.
Under the Radar:  Senior Ryan Sieradzki is an offensive lineman that will help the Wildcats produce yards and points.  Senior defensive lineman Nick Sette is 5-8, 260-pounds and is going to be a nightmare for opposing QBs.  Look for for these two to be a key cogs in the trenches.
Lives in the Weight Room:  Junior LB/OL Michael Apicelli has invested a lot into off-season training.  Don’t be surprised if you see Coach Morganroth run his backs behind this guy when they need a tough few yards.
Could Play in Any Era:  Senior WR/DB Matt Peck and senior WR/LB Jimmy Casalino are the kinds of players that opposing coaches need to know where they are at all times.  These two will be creating opportunities for the Wildcasts on both sides of the ball.

Five Key Points

1. Losing 19 seniors to graduation can be a hard thing to recover from.  So guys like juniors Jake Woytas (WR) and Franco Bellomo (RB/DB), and sophomores Joey Decicco (DB/RB), Jason Trapp (RB/DB) and John Brulato (RB/LB) will have an opportunity to fill some big voids.
2. Whippany Park’s incoming freshman is a group that had a ton of success at the lower levels.  There are some great young athletes on that team.  Although those players will likely not see much time on the V-squad this season, the future is bright at the Whip.
3. Coach Don Morganroth is doing a fantastic job building the program from the bottom up.  He’s investing time in the youth program which always pays big dividends for the success of a high school team.
4. Whippany Park’s schedule has a lot of potential booby traps in it.  Newton is just coming off a 12-0 championship season and doesn’t look like they are slowing down.  Montville is a preseason favorite to go the distance.  Pequannock and Mountain Lakes both should be playoff teams.  Boonton always sends opponents limping away.  Parsippany and Kinnelon are both teams who have retooled very nicely in the off-season.  And Morris Catholic has some ridiculously talented players on their team.
5. None of that should phase the Wildcats though.  This group was on the field last year when they were one of the most feared teams on their schedule and know what it takes to be a contender themselves.  Look for Whippany Park to be right in the mix with all of those teams and don’t be surprised if they find themselves in good shape when all the final Power Points are being tallied.

Schedule

Date/Opponent/Location
08-30 @ Ridgefield Park Ridgefield Park HS
09-07 Morris Catholic Whippany Park HS
09-14 @ Newton Newton HS
09-22 Boonton Whippany Park HS
09-28 @ Pequannock Pequannock HS
10-05 Montville Whippany Park HS
10-12 Mountain Lakes Whippany Park HS
10-19 @ Parsippany Parsippany HS
10-26 @ Kinnelon Kinnelon HS

Roster

# Last Name First Name WT HT Grade Pos.
1 Morgenroth Hunter 130 5-8 9 QB/DB
2 Bretz Matt 150 5-7 9 QB/LB
3 Trapp Jason 165 5-7 10 RB/OLB
4 Eaton Jordan 150 5-9 9 QB/OLB
5 Casalino Jimmy 200 6-1 12 WR/OLB
8 Walsh Todd 125 5-3 9 RB/DB
10 Bellomo Franco 145 5-7 11 WR/DB
11 Quinn Brendan 155 5-7 9 TE/S
13 Feula Christopher 115 5-3 9 WR/DB
15 Deehan Christopher 155 5-9 11 QB/DB
16 McFarland Garrett 120 5-5 9 RB/DB
18 Sleeper Ian 160 5-10 9 RB/LB
19 McFarland Connor 115 5-5 9 WR/DB
20 Peck Matthew 170 5-11 12 RB/OLB
21 Knauss Nicholas 150 5-9 9 TE/LB
22 Brulato John 180 5-9 10 RB/LB
23 Kingston Eric 135 5-6 10 WR/DB
24 Dellacalce Nick 115 5-4 9 WR/DB
25 Decicco Joseph 160 5-9 10 WR/DB
28 Ung Thomas 125 5-5 9 RB/DB
29 Zipeto Cristiano 170 6-0 12 WR/S
30 Roma Michael 190 5-9 12 RB/LB
43 Dimmick Cooper 160 5-10 9 TE/OLB
45 Adamiak Tommy 175 5-10 11 TE/OLB
48 Battane Joseph 150 5-6 10 WR/DB
50 Appicelli Michael 175 5-7 11 OL/LB
51 Ciamillo Teddy 155 5-7 9 OL/LB
52 Cefolo Michael 175 5-10 9 OL/DL
53 Ramundo Robbie 155 5-7 9 OL/LB
54 Ehrhardt A.J. 125 5-8 9 OL/OLB
57 Sieradzki Andrew 150 5-6 9 OL/DL
58 Davidson Jason 245 6-2 12 OL/DL
61 D’Angelo Anthony 190 6-0 10 OL/DL
62 Sieradzki Ryan 230 6-1 12 OL/DL
63 Dellacalce William 135 5-4 9 OL/DL
68 Krentz Christopher 160 6-0 9 OL/DL
70 Melian Aiden 220 5-9 9 OL/DL
74 Karsos George 225 6-0 10 OL/DL
75 LaStella Dillon 215 5-2 12 OL/DL
76 Dodson Jake 225 6-1 9 OL/DL
77 Sette Nick 260 5-8 12 OL/DL
79 Berkowitz Kyle 155 5-6 10 OL/LB
80 Fallivine Nick 100 5-3 9 WR/DB
88 Oswald Max 165 5-9 9 TE/OLB
90 Benson Jason 170 5-7 9 OL/DL

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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