2019 CCM Newton Braves Preseason Football Preview

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Team Vitals

Head Coach: Matt Parzero
2018 Record: 10-2
Tenure: 4th season
Assistants: Scott Zymet, Kyle Gyzmko, Mike Farrell, Dave Bell, Bernie Hattersly and Matt Popek
State Section: North, Group 2

The Players

The Franchise Player(s): Junior RB Peyton Nolan and junior RB Aaron Fantasia.

The Core: Junior LB Shane Nannery and junior TE/DL Jabari Oxley

Studs to Look Out For: Junior OL/DL Jake Tonking, sophomore OL/DL Larry Pittenger, senior RB/DB Julian Sibblies and sophomore QB Jack Young.

The Skinny & Prediction

  • Since coach Matt Parzero took over as Braves head coach three years ago, this team just oozes with confidence.  No matter who is suits up, they just expect to win.  They have every reason to as well as Parzero’s record is 28-4 since taking the reigns and took them to two state sectional finals (and won one) in three years.
  • A little more about Parzero.  This is not his first rodeo.  Before Newton, he was head coach at North Warren where he took over a struggling program and had them as playoff regulars.  He also cut his teeth at Lenape Valley, first as a player, then as an assistant coach – both of which he was part of state champion teams.
  • This group of players are young but they are not acting like this is a rebuilding year.  Parzero has been impressed with the way the guys put the work in the weight room in the off-season and expects guys like Sibblies, Nannery and Pittenger to fill in shoes that were lost to graduation.
  • Banking wins early is going to be important for the Braves as their schedule very hard at the tail end of the season with Wallkill Valley, Kittatinny and Madison waiting to ruin their playoff hopes.
  • Expect the Braves to get to the Second Season.  But once their, they’ll likely have to face crosstown rival Kittatinny to get a sectional title.  And Kittatinny beat Newton to get their first sectional title in school history so the Braves will be hungry to avenge last season.

Schedule

09-06 Lenape Valley Newton HS
09-13 @ Pequannock Pequannock HS
09-20 @ Whippany Park Whippany Park HS
09-27 High Point Newton HS
10-04 Hopatcong Newton HS
10-11 @ North Warren North Warren HS
10-18 Wallkill Valley Newton HS
10-26 @ Kittatinny Kittatinny HS
11-02 @ Madison Madison HS

Roster

# First Last Position Grade Ht Wt
7 Alex Ward WR/DB 10 5’11 150
10 Ryan Pappas QB/WR/DB 11 5’9 160
11 Jack Young QB/DB 10 5’11 165
12 Darrell Mims RB/DB 10 5’6 135
14 Dylan Bailey WR/DB 11 6’1 175
17 Dom Grupa WR/DB 10 5’7 130
20 Heath Lestz RB/DB 10 5’7 140
21 Aaron Fantasia WR/DB 10 5’10 160
22 Chris Megna RB/DB 12 5’7 125
24 Colton Lawrence RB/LB 10 5’6 135
25 Donato Bevacqua RB/DE 10 5’10 155
30 Julian Sibblies RB/DE 12 5’10 195
32 Peyton Nolan RB/DB 11 5’9 165
33 Takeo Sibblies RB/DB 10 5’5 145
34 Brayden Nolan RB/DB 9 5’8 160
44 Kyle O’Brien TE/DE 11 5’11 155
50 Jabari Oxley OL/DE 11 6’1 230
51 Chris McConnell OL/LB 11 5’8 160
52 Jesus Blanco-Chavez G/LB 11 5’8 180
53 Aidan Murtaugh OL/LB 10 5’9 135
54 Shane Nannery G/LB 11 5’9 190
55 Derek Campbell C/DT 12 5’9 190
56 Larry Pittenger OL/DL 10 5’11 235
61 Matt Iatesta T/DT 11 5’11 225
64 Isaiah Samuel OL/DL 10 5’9 155
65 Peter Weissensee C/DT 10 5’9 175
66 Ryan Wallis G/DT 11 5’9 155
68 John Kreusch G/DT 12 5’10 230
72 Isaiah Wilkins T/DT 12 6’3 250
75 Joey Szatkiewicz OL/DL 10 5’9 190
76 Jacob Tonking T/DT 11 6’3 265
80 Melkart Abou-Jaoude TE/DE 10 6’1 160
84 Jaheim Shannon WR/DB 12 5’9 150

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