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Team History

Playoff Appearances: 6
Finals Appearances: 1
Sectional Titles: 0
Playoff Record: 1-6 (.142)

Staff

Head Coach: Tim Fell
2017 Record: 4-4
Assistants:  Jared Cook, Kevin Meany, Cullen Jenkins, Michael Briggs, Ralph Sandello & Joe DeKasar

Players

Franchise Player:  Junior RB/LB Nate Panza (6, 185)
Hottest Selling Jersey:  #3 WR/DB Sophomore Major Jones (6-2, 185)
All Everything Watch:  Senior OL/DL Patrick Salazar (5-11, 245)
Under the Radar:  Junior QB Deven Soto (6-1, 160)
Lives in the Weight Room:  Senior OL/DL Joe DePoalo (6-1, 255)
Could Play in Any Era:  Senior OL/LB George Burke (6, 180)

Five Key Points

1. MoBeard’s veteran line will be a huge asset for the Crimson behind experienced guys like Pat Salazar, George Burke and Joe DePoalo.  They are all three and four year starters who’ve seen it all.  Their leadership will help give confidence to the younger skill guys.
2.  Opposing teams must know where Nate Panza is on both sides of the ball at all times.  He’s a big, fast play-maker who can score on any given play and is a turnover machine on D.
3.  There are a lot of skill players on this team.  One guy who is poised to be a special teams phenom is junior JayShon DuBose.  DuBose went to the Meet of Champions last year as a sprinter and is one of the fastest players in Morris-Sussex.
4.  MoBeard’s coaching staff is loaded great football minds.  Coach Fell himself has been around the block, cutting his teeth at Seton Hall Prep before taking over at MoBeard and producing quite a few Division 1 recruits.  Kevin Meany has been a head coach himself and knows how to run a strong program.  Cullen Jenkins was a superstar in the NFL for 12-years.  Michael Briggs is former Morristown star who did a stint as a player at the University of Miami and helped develop many of the top players in Morris-Sussex at the lower levels.  That kind of bench strength makes the Crimson potent against formidable opponents and in close scoring games.
5.  MoBeard’s schedule will take them all over New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  This group should fair well and if they can remain healthy, could be in a good position come playoff time.

Schedule

Date/Opponent/Location
08-31 Long Island Lutheran Morristown-Beard School
09-08 @ Imm. Concept. Codey Field
09-15 Hopkins School (CT) Morristown-Beard School
09-22 Pingry Morristown-Beard School
09-29 @ Rye Country Day (NY)
10-13 Riverdale Country (NY) Morristown-Beard School
10-20 @ M.K.A. Montclair Kimberley Acad.

Roster

Last Name First Yr. # Off Def Ht Wt
Burke George 12 57 OL LB 6’0 180
DePoalo Joe 12 76 OL DL 6’1 255
Salazar Patrick 12 73 OL DL 5’11 245
DuBose Jay 11 21 WR DB 6’1 155
Gonyea Kyle 11 58 OL DL 5’11 190
Harvett James 11 54 OL LB 5’10 155
Lebovitz Zach 11 71 OL DL 5’11 190
Mersimi Erjon 11 28 WR LB 6’0 165
Panza Nate 11 4 RB LB 6’0 185
Soto Deven 11 12 QB DB 6’1 160
Watson Will 11 50 OL DL 6’2 180
Butler Matt 10 WR LB
DeSantis Mike 10 24 WR LB 5’8 150
Ehrbar Charlie 10 42 WR DB 6’0 155
Jones Major 10 3 WR DB 6’2 185
Patankar Mikail 10 23 RB DB 5’7 155
Pelinsky Sean 10 80 WR LB 6’0 160
Scrivo Robert 10 66 OL DL 5’10 155
Skolnik Aaron 10 25 WR DB 5’8 150
Sutton Greg 10 20 WR DB 5’7 130
Baum Will 9 22 WR DB 5’8 115
Baum Pierce 9 17 WR DB 5’11 135
Braunstein Dylan 9 56 OL DL 5’8 140
Crosby Xavion 9 32 WR DB 5’10 150
Green Landers 9 11 WR DB 5’10 130
Lebovitz JJ 9 52 WR LB 5’7 170
Limbert Davis 9 59 OL DL 5’10 175
Marinello Donte 9 15 WR DB 6’0 165
Marinello James 9 2 QB LB 5’10 140
Porraro Marcus 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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