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Playoff Appearances: 3
Finals Appearances: 2
Sectional Titles: 1
Playoff Record: 3-2 (.600)
Head Coach: Bobby Leach
2017 Record: 3-7
Franchise Player: Junior Alex Mastroianni (QB)
Hottest Selling Jersey: #34 Senior Jake Lonsky (TE/DB)
All Everything Watch: Senior Justin Rivera (RB/DB)
Under the Radar: Junior Ryan Nugent (LB)
Lives in the Weight Room: Senior Steven Line (TE/LB)
Could Play in Any Era: Junior Cole Weekley (LB)
Five Key Points
1. Junior QB Alex Mastroianni had his coming out party for Wallkill Valley in 2017. In 2018, the 6-3, 205-pound quarterback will be having his coming out party for all of Morris-Sussex. Mastro might just be the most exciting QB of all 37 Morris-Sussex teams. He’s a football player through and through who will do whatever he needs to do to make plays. He’ll lob a jump ball to his tight end or lower his shoulder into a middle linebacker. He’s the entire package.
2. Mastroianni will have plenty of weapons to throw to as well. Receivers Jonathan Sienkiewicz, Ben Mizeski, Steven Line and Jake Lonsky are all athletic players who are all equipped to have big yards-after-catch numbers.
3. Senior TE/LB Steve Line (6-2, 225) emerged 40-pounds bigger than last season. He runs a 4.8 forty and benches 225-pounds more reps than anyone on the team by a long shot. He’s a ferocious defender and that makes opposing quarterbacks nervous when they look across the line of scrimmage at him.
4. This Wallkill team has a great vibe around them. They look like your typical teenage kids off the field with their headphones on and shucking and jiving with each other. But when they put on their helmets, things get very intense around this team. Opponents can expect a dog fight from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
5. Coach Bobby Leach is in his second season as coach and he’s quickly changed the culture of the team. Leach has been around the Morris-Sussex scene for a long time first as a player for Pope John in the 1990s, then as a long time coach at Sussex Tech. He has a knack for getting players to buy into his vision and play hard for him and it appears that is the case at Wallkill already.
08-31 North Warren Wallkill Valley HS
09-08 @ Kittatinny Kittatinny HS
09-15 Kinnelon Wallkill Valley HS
09-21 @ Parsippany Parsippany HS
09-28 Sussex Tech Wallkill Valley HS
10-05 @ High Point High Point HS
10-13 Newton Wallkill Valley HS
10-20 Lenape Valley Wallkill Valley HS
10-26 @ Hopatcong Hopatcong HS