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There were a ton of amazing performances in Week 5. Parsippany Hills QB JD Breslauer threw for 454-yards and 6 TDs in the Vikings 51-27 win over Madison. Sussex Tech’s Brendan Hall rushed for 248-yards and 3 TDs in the Mustangs 21-14 victory over Hopatcong. And Par Hills receiver Kevin Minardi was on the other end of Breslauer’s big night, picking up 270-yards and 3 TDs on 11 receptions.

But the player who impacted all facets of the game the most last week was Boonton’s Corey Dempster. The junior opened up the first quarter of the Bombers 46-13 win over Kinnelon with a 75-punt return, and touchdown runs of 39-yards and 71-yards. He would add another rushing touchdown in the 2nd, totaling 234-yards for the game. He would also have 6 tackles and an interception to ice the game for his black and red.

We caught up with Dempster to talk about his big game, the fact that the Bombers are on a 3-game win streak and to find out what the most inspiring thing Coach Gallagher ever said.

Morris Sussex Sports: How does it feel to go 3-0 after starting 0-2?
Corey Dempster: It’s not always about how you start the season, it’s about how you finish; especially because this team is motivated to come out and win.

MSS: Did you think you were going to have such a good game coming into this week?
CD: I just wanted to do everything I could. Especially when preparing for a big game in front of the alumni and parents and friends.

MSS: What would surprise people to know about this Bomber team?
CD: This team isn’t going to back down from anybody. We are going to fight until we hear that last whistle.

MSS: Who on your team is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
CD: First is me, then Joe, then I think it might be Mike Kreitz.

MSS: Who can bench 225-pounds for the most reps?
CD: Definitely Joe. He’s an animal in the weight room.

Who is the toughest player on your team?
CD: James Jacobson – I swear this guy doesn’t feel pain.

MSS: What’s the most inspiring thing Coach Gallagher ever said?
CD: “One time this man was walking up a mountain that was 1,000 stories high. He would walk to the other side of the mountain on a rope with a wheelbarrow. Everyone was cheering for him when he did it but when he asked if anybody else wanted to do it too but nobody did. So he said ‘everyone wants to see the miracle happen but no wants to be the one who makes that miracle happen’. Be that person and step up and make that miracle happen.”

MSS: What’s the funniest thing he ever said?
CD: He said my and Justin Walters outfits were the two worst outfits he’s ever seen on Friday in his life.

MSS: Boonton always seems to do all of the little things really well (blocking, tackling, not jumping off sides, few penalties, etc). How much does Coach Gallagher have to do with that?
CD: We have tackles circuits were we practice all different types of tackling individual position drills. Linemen practice blocking, QBs practice footwork and passing, runningbacks work on blocking and catching pitches, our wide receivers practice catching, stalk blocking and catching passes. Coach is the one who sets all that up.

MSS: Who is the best player you ever played against?
CD: The best player I played against was a 5-star recruit from Hillside Brian Ugwu.

MSS: If you could only bring one teammate to war, who would it be?
CD: Probably Joe. He wrestles and he’s the strongest on the team.

MSS: Who is the funniest guy on your team?
CD: Jaidyn Liverpool

MSS: What was your welcome to varsity football moment?
CD: My sophomore year everyone would call me Hollywood since I was the only sophomore on varsity.

MSS: If your house was burning, what possession would you run back in for?
CD: I would run back in for my Grayhawks football jersey that I still have. It brings back all the memories from when I was younger.

MSS: If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?
CD: I honest don’t know what I’d be doing. I played this sports since I was a little kid.

MSS: Who is your favorite athlete?
CD: My favorite athlete would have to be Adrian Peterson.

MSS: Finish this sentence – in 10 years I will be:
CD: I want to be living my dream and be in the NFL.

MSS: If you were going to have a “last meal,” what would it be?
CD: I would have some jerk chicken with rice and black beans. It’s the best Jamaican food.

MSS: Aside athletics, do you have any hidden talents?
CD: Not that I know of right now.

MSS: What’s your favorite movie?
CD: My favorite movie would have to be Any Given Sunday.

MSS: What can we expect from the Bombers the rest of the way
CD: You can expect that every game we have left we will fight until the game is over and the last whistle is blown.

MSS: Congrats Corey on such a great week and best of luck the rest of the way!
CD: Thank you!

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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