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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 8 was another huge week for individual performances in Morris-Sussex. Sparta’s Austin Castorina was his usual stellar self by rushing for 200-yards and three TDs in the Spartans 33-18 win over Morris Hills. The entire Boonton offensive line went ham as they plowed the way for their backs to combine for 420-yards and six touchdowns in the Bombers huge 42-14 win over Mountain Lakes. And Hanover Park’s Ethan Gayle showed his amazing speed as he was the difference maker in the Hornets 39-14 win over Chatham, rushing for 150-yards and two TDs.

But the player that we felt deserved the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week the most was Kittatinny’s Jacob Mafaro. The junior runningback was a man among boys all game as he rushed for 326-yards and six touchdowns in the Cougars 49-14 victory over Morris Catholic. Morris Sussex Sports caught up with Mafaro to talk about his amazing performance, where he sees himself in 10-years and which lineman on his team would win an taco eating contest.

Morris Sussex Sports: Did you think the Cougars were going to have as good as a season as they did coming into this year?
Jacob Mafaro: Of course every year we are trying to improve from the last, so honestly I did think we were going to have a big year so I’m expecting to make it all the way to MetLife.

MSS: Did you think you were going to have as good as a season personally as you’ve been having?
JM: I didn’t think I was going to have this big of a year as a junior but when you have ten other guys on that field trying to accomplish the same thing they make everything a lot easier for me.

MSS: As a 6-3, 220-pound runningback with legit speed, do you feel like you can score on any play?
JM: Every time I get that ball my only thought is to make it to the endzone. I know when it comes down to reality not everything is going to go my way.

MSS: Do you prefer to play offensive or defense?
JM: If I had to choose probably offense.

MSS: What’s it like playing for Coach Coltelli?
JM: Its pretty fun playing for a guy like Coach C. knowing the fact that he’s not just a good coach but even a better guy outside the game of football.

MSS: What is the most inspiring thing he’s ever said?
JM: He’s always telling me “If you want to play D1 football, you have to play like a D1 player not just a portion of the time, but all the time.”

MSS: What’s the funniest thing he’s ever said?
JM: Before one of our games in the locker room the last thing he yelled was “Burn the boats!”

MSS: What was your welcome to varsity football moment?
JM: It was pretty cool actually. I was a freshman and got asked to play the last game of the year vs Wallkill and the first time I got the ball I ran for about 35-yards which was a pretty cool feeling.

MSS: Who on your team is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
JM: I believe I’m number one in the forty on our team, then James Franco and third I think is Tyler Sweat.

MSS: Who can bench 225-pounds for the most reps?
JM: I’m not 100% sure about this one but if I had to guess probably Mike Lacken.

MSS: Who is the most intense on your team?
JM: If I had to choose probably a tie between Mike Lacken and Ryan Pollison on defense.  Those two are always in on every tackle.

MSS:  Who is the toughest player on your team?
JM: Probably going to go with myself on that one. I personally do not think there is anyone in Morris Sussex Sports tougher then me.

MSS: Who is the funniest?
JM: I would have to go with my co-captain Tim Knutelsky just because he thinks he’s tough but really isn’t.

MSS: Do you have a different relationship with your linemen than other teammates since their job is to open holes for you?
JM: Yes, I depend a lot on my offensive line and I think I have a stronger relationship with them than a lot of the players on the team.

MSS: Who is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty among your linemen?
JM: If I’m correct in first would be Mike Lacken, then Robert Bruce and then Adam Ur.

MSS: Which one of your linemen secretly wishes he was a skill player?
JM: Definitely Mike Lacken.

MSS: Which one of your lineman would win a taco eating contest?
JM: No question about it, Matt Voss.

MSS: Which teammate would you not want to go head to head against?
JM: I would have to go with Ryan Pollison just because he never misses a tackle.

MSS: If your house was burning, what possession would you run back in for?
JM: I would need both my phone and Xbox.

MSS: If you weren’t playing football, what would you be doing?
JM: I would probably be going to the gym getting a mad pump in.

MSS: Who is your favorite athlete?
JM: My favorite athlete would have to be Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

MSS: Finish this sentence – in 10 years I will be:
JM: Very successful.

MSS: If you were going to have a “last meal,” what would it be?
JM: A bowl of fruity pebbles.

MSS: What’s your favorite movie?
JM: I would gave to go with 21 Jump Street.

MSS: Do you have any pregame rituals?
JM: Before every game Mike Lacken always has his famous pep talks with the team.

MSS: What can we expect from the Cougars in the playoffs?
JM: You can expect us to make it all the way to MetLife.

MSS: Congrats Jacob on such a great week and best of luck the rest of the way!
JM: Thank you so much.

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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