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Morris Sussex Sports covers 37 football teams that consists of about 1,000 players in Morris, Sussex and parts of Warren counties. Out of those 1,000 players, Morris Sussex Sports and Parisi Speed School honors just one athlete who does something special each week with the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week.  Go to Parisi Speed School to raise your game and become faster, bigger and stronger.  Mention “Morris Sussex Sports” and receive a FREE Speed Pass to one of their world class training sessions.  

Week 6 had a slew of amazing individual football performances in Morris-Sussex. Montville’s Mike Burke was stellar in the Mustangs 35-27 defeat over Mount Olive by going 14 for 21, 363-yards and 3 TDs through the air and rushing for another 96-yards and two TDs. Hopatcong’s Blake Corbett was amazing as he rushed for 217-yards and 4 TDs on 17 carries in the Chief’s 29-14 win over North Warren. And Morristown-Beard lineman Pat Salazar was all over the field offensively and defensively for the Crimson has he was part of a blocking team that produced nearly 400-yards and six TDs of offense and defensively added 7 tackles and two sacks in a 42-7 victory over Riverdale NY.

But the guy who’s performance deserved the most recognition was Randolph’s Anthony Sofia. The senior was nothing short of magnificent as he went for 9-15-232-2 through the air and scrambled for another 139-yards and two TDs on 16 carries in the Rams 34-21 win over Sparta to help preserve his team’s perfect 7-0 record. Morris Sussex Sports caught up with Sofia to talk about this game, get a little insight about rookie head coach Will Nahan and uncover which player on his team would he least like to go head-on-head with.

Morris Sussex Sports: What was the bus ride home like on Saturday after beating a stellar Sparta team?
Anthony Sofia: The bus ride was exciting coming off a great win.  And we all reeked of Sparta’s muddy field.

MSS: Did you anticipate having such a huge individual performance coming into this game?
AS: Yes and no.  As the quarterback it is expected [to play big in big games] but playing on mud was a whole different feel.

MSS: What is it like being 7-0 and being the # 1 ranked team in Morris-Sussex?
AS: It feels amazing!  I’m glad to be making something of my senior year and I am just so proud of every single person on the team.

MSS: What’s it like playing for rookie head coach Will Nahan?
AS: I have known him all four years of my high school football career, so playing for him is really exciting because in a way we are “his kids” due to him coming into the program the same year we did.

MSS: What is the most inspiring thing he’s ever said?
AS: “Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s success.”

MSS: What’s the funniest thing he’s ever said?
AS: “Turn that play off before I throw a chair at him (Flowers).”

MSS: What was your welcome to varsity football moment?
AS: Coming back to beat Livingston and winning Morris County Player of the Week.

MSS: Do you prefer to throw a touchdown or run one in yourself?
AS: Running one in because it is more fantasy points – but throwing is good too.

MSS: Who on your team is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
AS: Ryan McDermott, Matt Kuntz, Jacob Flowers.

MSS: Who can bench 225-pounds for the most reps?
AS: Knoxy

MSS: Who is the most intense on your team?
AS: Justin Moreno based on personality and how he fires everyone up!

MSS: Who is the toughest player on your team?
AS: Derek Rooney – he is a big moose.

MSS: Who is the funniest?
AS: Ryan Cimbal and just how he talks at certain times.

MSS: Do you have a different relationship with your linemen than other teammates since their job is to protect you?
AS: Yes.  I am not as hard on them and I buy them food occasionally.

MSS: Who is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty among your linemen?
AS: Ryan Cimbal, Alex Perniciaro, Ahmir Perry

MSS: Which one of your linemen secretly wishes he was a skill player?
AS: Michael Tahiri

MSS: Which teammate would you not want to go head-to-head against?
AS: Derek Rooney

MSS: Who’s been the best athlete you ever played football against?
AS: The entire St Joes (Mont) team in a scrimmage.

MSS: If your house was burning, what possession would you run back in for?
AS: As long as my family got out safely, I would go back for my camo snuggie.

MSS: If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?
AS: Playing off-season hockey

MSS: Who is your favorite athlete?
AS: Drew Brees

MSS: Finish this sentence – in 10 years I will be:
AS: Graduating from an engineering school and watching football.

MSS: If you were going to have a “last meal,” what would it be?
AS: Steak and fries with a sprinkle of salt.

MSS: Aside athletics, do you have any hidden talents?
AS: Team math tutor.

MSS: What’s your favorite movie?
AS: Batman: The Dark Knight

MSS: Do you have any pregame rituals?
AS: Lying on the field listening to country music.

MSS: What can we expect from the Rams the rest of the way?
AS: With two more tough games before playoffs, each game from now on will be a battle.  But I am confident in my team that we can take the season to the end with an undefeated record. We plan on improving our 7-0 record to 9-0! Coach Nahan believes that all of the men on this squad will get the job done.

MSS: Congrats Anthony on such a great week and best of luck the rest of the way!
AS: 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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