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Team Vitals

Head Coach: Rick DeBonta
2018 Record: 8-3
Tenure: 4th season
Assistants: Ian Schwindel, Matt Chierici, Brady Mahar, Mickey Norton, Matt Testa, Nick Falkman, Joe Collela, Rick Crescente, Mike Morris & Steve Kroeger.
State Section: North, Group 3

The Players

The Franchise Player(s): Senior QB Michael Burke (6-2 205)

The Core:  Senior WR/DB Colin Regan, senior RB/LB Alex Garcia, senior OL/DL Kristof Behrens, senior OL/DL Steve Olsson (6-2, 200), senior OL/LB Mike Conrad, senior OL/LB Max Bukowski, senior WR/LB Reese Martinelli, senior RB/LB Zach Walch, junior OL/LB Zack Stolz-Illge, junior OL/DL Chris DeFrank and junior QB/K Blaine Franc.

Studs to Look Out For: Senior WR/DB Andrew Gorski and junior RB/DB Mylo Lee.

The Skinny & Prediction

  • If coach Rick DeBonta could suit up for game days he would.  He’s a total gamer and players love playing for him because he puts 100% into everything he does.  Since taking over the helm three years ago, DeBonta has brought a winning culture to Mustang Nation, winning Montville’s first playoff game in a long time last season.
  • Senior quarterback Mike Burke has been playing varsity since his freshman year, mirroring Coach DeBonta’s tenure and going 3-7, 4-6 and then 8-3 last season.  Burke is an ultra-competitor and one of the best football players in all of Morris-Sussex.  Mix up all of these ingredients and expect Burke to have a monster senior season.
  • Senior WR/DB Colin Regan is a dynamo.  He’s especially lethal in the return game and is a big turnover threat on defense.  Plan on Montville scoring on special teams and on defense with Regan in the lineup.
  • The most important game of the season for Montville is Week 0 against Mendham.  Getting a win against a tough Minuteman team in front of the home crowd will be a huge boost for the Mustangs.
  • Can Burke’s senior season have a story book ending?  It definitely can, but the Mustangs are going to have to take this season in seven day increments.  The Second Season schedule will have some familiar foes from their regular season schedule on it.  But there will also be some other power houses they’ll need to contend with like Ramapo, Summit, Par Hills, etc.  That’s why eating the cake one spoonful at a time and focusing on refining the machine as the season goes on will prove to be Montville’s best strategy.

Schedule

09-06 Mendham Montville HS
09-13 @ Kinnelon Kinnelon HS
09-20 West Milford Montville HS
09-27 @ Jefferson Jefferson HS
10-04 Morris Hills Montville HS
10-11 Whippany Park Montville HS
10-18 @ Mount Olive Mount Olive HS
10-25 @ Sparta Sparta HS
11-01 Vernon Montville HS

Roster

# Name Grade Positon Ht. Wt.
2 Burke, Michael 12 QB/DB 6’2 205
3 Barbosa, Niko 11 WR/DB 5’6 150
4 Berry, Chad 10 QB/DB 6’2 155
5 Rasa, Joey 10 RB/DB 5’9 165
7 Perez, Triston 10 QB/FS 5’10 175
8 Walch, Zach 12 RB/OLB 5’10 170
9 Gomez, Nick 10 RB/DB 5’4 130
10 Neff, Brandon 12 RB/DB 5’11 140
11 Curioso, Jesus 11 WR/ILB/K 5’9 165
12 Bush, Aidan 12 QB/DB 5’11 170
13 Hurley, Anthony 11 WR/OLB 5’9 160
14 Franc,Blaine 11 QB/K 6’0 180
15 Schusterman, Josh 10 RB/DB 5’8 135
16 Neve, Christian 12 WR/C 5’10 175
17 Martinelli, Reese 12 RB/OLB 6’0 175
18 Chun, Timothy 12 RB/DB 5’9 140
21 LaScala, Dominic 10 RB/DB 5’5 115
22 Smushkevich, Paul 12 WR/DB 6’0 160
23 Walsh, John 10 WR/DB 6’1 175
24 Lee, Mylo 11 RB/DB 5’11 185
25 Howard, Sean 10 RB/DB 5’6 125
26 McGrath, Brian 10 RB/DB 5’8 150
27 Gorski, Andrew 12 WR/DB 6’0 160
28 Regan, Colin 12 RB/DB 5’10 190
29 Amoroso,Nick 11 RB/DB 6’1 175
30 Santosuosso, Nick 12 RB/DB 5’8 160
32 Fardo, Michael 11 RB/OLB 5’9 170
33 Garcia, Alex 12 RB/OLB 5’11 215
50 Spaseski, Filip 11 OL/OLB 5’11 180
51 Gaber, Mohammad 10 OL/DL 5’10 195
52 Stolz-Illge, Zack 11 OL/LB 5’9 180
53 Rosenweig, Ben 12 OL/LB 5’7 175
54 Garzon, Elmer 10 OL/DL 5’9 195
55 Conrad, Mike 12 OL/LB 5’10 180
56 Roca, Daniel 12 OL/DL 5’9 170
57 Graziano, Sebastian 11 OL/DL 5’10 195
58 Zamudio, Tommy 10 OL/DL 5’5 175
59 LaScala, Tommy 11 OL/LB 5’9 170
60 Hickler, Garrett 11 OL/DL 6’0 240
63 Hakimi, Tarik 10 OL/DL 6’2 215
64 Calandra, Brandon 10 OL/DL 5’7 275
65 Russell, RJ 10 OL/DL 5’10 180
66 Lowe, Tommy 12 OL/DL 5’8 180
67 Behrens, Kristof 12 OL/DL 6’0 200
70 Hascup, Kenny 10 OL/DL 5’9 190
72 Maciag, Chris 10 OL/DL 5’10 230
73 DeFrank, Chris 11 OL/DL 5’9 210
74 Olsson, Steve 12 OL/DL 6’2 200
75 Bakowski, Maxim 12 OL/OLB 5’10 195
78 Casarico, Kyle 12 OL/DL 5’10 175
83 Glennon, Aidan 11 WR/OLB 6’0 185
80 Marucci, Mike 11 WR/ILB 5’11 185
88 Montano, Jimmy 12 WR/OLB 6’2 180

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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