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Last weekend might just have had some of the most amazing individual football performances since Morris Sussex Sports started 11 years ago. Hanover Park QB Matthew Tuli did just about everything in a 67-69 loss against Cedar Grove by passing for 224-yards and five TDs and rushing for 110-yards and three TDs. Kittatinny RB Jacob Mafaro was a man possessed in the Cougars 50-26 win over Hopatcong by rushing for 325-yards and two TDs. And Sparta defensive back Ryan Richardson was in on just about every tackle, including 14 solo tackles in the Spartan’s 16-7 win over a very good West Morris Central team.
But the player that impacted all facets of the game this past weekend was Parsippany wide receiver and kick returner Nana Agyemang in an amazing performance during a 55-20 win over Dover. Agyemang first impacted the game with a 29-yard receiving touchdown. Later in the game he would return a punt 45-yards to the house. Then, to ice the game, the junior track star return a kickoff 85-yards for pay dirt.
We caught up with Agymang to talk about what he’s thinking about when he’s about to return a kick, what his secret talent is and what he thinks he’ll be doing in 10-years.
Morris Sussex Sports: Do you feel you can return a kick or punt for a TD every time you line up to receive one?
Nana Agyemang: Yes I do. I always tell myself that I am the fastest person on the field. My track coach always says that it’s a mindset you have to have.
MSS: Do you laugh to yourself when a team kicks away from you because they are afraid you’ll return it?
NA: Yeah sometimes – because it shows me that they respect me as a player and that they know that if I get open space I will take it for a touchdown.
MSS: What would surprise people to know about this Redhawk team?
NA: We are more hungry than ever and we keep getting better after every practice. Going 0-10 last season really took a toll on us and we want to prove to everyone, especially our community, that we are a different team and that we have a different mindset. Why not us?
MSS: Who on your team is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
NA: I would finish first, then Anthony Colasuonno second, and Amon Sharafi is finishing third.
MSS: Who is finishing last?
NA: Big boy Will Walker.
MSS: Who can bench 225-pounds for the most reps?
NA: I’d have to say Matthew Strano can do the most.
MSS: Who benches the least amount of weight?
NA: Hard to tell because when we are in the weight room, I am only focused on how much weight I’m putting up and to get stronger every week for the upcoming game.
MSS: What’s the most inspiring thing Coach Hurta ever said?
NA: Coach Hurta had been my head coach for basically my whole life, going back to when I played PAL football. It’s not what he says, it’s knowing that he has the confidence in us to do big things and be successful as a team. I feel that his confidence, along with the rest of the coaching staff, is definitely a part of our success so far this season.
MSS: What’s the funniest thing he ever said?
NA: Coach Hurta is always making me laugh on and off the field. But the funniest thing he ever said was probably when it was his birthday and we were lifting and he said that me transferring back to Parsippany High School was the best gift he got this year.
MSS: Who can bench more, Coach Hurta or his son, junior linebacker Jared?
NA: Jared would get one more rep over Coach Hurta but I think it would be close because Coach Hurta is still in the weight room lifting.
MSS: If your house was burning, what possession would you run back in for?
NA: My phone and headphones are a must. Then I’d grab my national medals that I got for track.
MSS: If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?
NA: If I wasn’t playing football I would probably be training for track all year around.
MSS: Who is your favorite athlete?
NA: My favorite athlete is between Chad Johnson in football and Trayvon Bromell in track. I like how Chad Johnson plays with confidence and how he backs it up every play. And I like how Trayvon Bromell is very religious and no matter how big you get you must remain humble and remember how you got there.
MSS: Finish this sentence – in 10 years I will be:
NA: Hopefully finishing running for team USA in the 2028 Olympics and finished with medical school.
MSS: If you were going to have a “last meal,” what would it be?
NA: A nice home cooked fried chicken with mac and cheese, mash potatoes and broccoli with cheese on top with a cold pink lemonade.
MSS: Aside athletics, do you have any hidden talents?
NA: I know how to play the trumpet.
MSS: What’s your favorite movie?
NA: I’m not really a movie person but I love comedy and action films.
MSS: What can we expect from the Redhawks the rest of the way
NA: We will get better each day and play with more confidence and physicality. We are going to go out there every week with the confidence that we will win and that we have the talent to compete with anyone.
MSS: Congrats Nana on such a great week and best of luck the rest of the way!
NA: Thank you!