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Head Coach: Darrell Fusco
2018 Record: 7-3
Tenure: 10th season
State Section: North, Group 2
The Franchise Player(s): Senior QB/DB T.J. Lesko, senior WR/DB John DeFazio and senior FB/LB Wes Dunn.
The Core: Senior OL/DL Chris Tsilikos; Seneior OL/DE Dan Raser, senior OL/DL Chris Roon and senior OL/DL Declan Ambrosani.
Studs to Look Out For: Junior RB/DB Kevin Christ, junior WR/DB Riley Albregts, junior WR/DB/K Tristan Plotts, junior RB/LB Jack Buzby, junior FB/LB Nick Nelson and junior TE/DB Luke Miniter.
The Skinny & Prediction
On June 3rd, Mountain Lakes Nation lost legendary coach Doug Wilkins. He leaves a tremendous legacy for the school and football team as he coached from 1966 through 2009, amassing a 328- 105-5 record and winning eight sectional titles. Coach Wilkins also created the HERD acronym for Hustle-Enthusiasm-Roughness-Dedication/Desire as a philosophy of team bonding and unity to foster success and maximize players’ potential. His presence will be missed.
Coach Darrell Fusco has done an amazing job carrying Coach Wilkin’s torch, having eight winning seasons of the nine he’s led the team. Seven of those seasons he had six or more wins.
Mountain Lakes has the ability to win every game on their schedule. Coming out of the gate against good Hanover Park and Madison teams won’t be easy but playing them in front of their home crowd will benefit them. How they manage through that stretch could lay the foundation for the rest of the season.
If you are HERD season ticket holder, definitely don’t make plans in late November because you can expect your team to be in the Second Season. But the North, Group 2 section is loaded with great teams. They’ll likely have to get past defending champs Kittatinny on their way to a championship. That’s easier said than done but if the HERD can stay healthy and get their mojo at the right time, it’s possible.
09-06 Hanover Park Wilkins Field
09-13 Madison Wilkins Field
09-20 @ Mahwah Mahwah HS
09-27 Pequannock Wilkins Field
10-04 Kinnelon Wilkins Field
10-11 @ Parsippany Parsippany HS
10-18 Whippany Park Wilkins Field
11-01 @ Boonton Boonton HS