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Head Coach: Frank Marchiano
2018 Record: 8-3
Tenure: 10th season
State Section: North, Group 3
The Franchise Player(s): Senior RB Austin Castorina
The Core: Senior QB Brett Diblasio, senior WR/DB Tyler Szabo, junior WR Brendan Cina, senior OL T.J. Hurley, senior LB Sam Bushey, senior DB Nick Broccoletti, senior OL/DL Tim Sember and senior K Vinnie De Simone.
Studs to Look Out For: Junior WR Colby Plotts, senior SB James Hogle, senior OL Aidan Maxwell, senior OL Trey Mudrick, sophomore OL Billy Quinn, senior OL JJ Valentin, senior DL Cole Danzo, senior DL Joe Liotta, senior LB Matt Struble, senior LB Joe Batton, senior LB Brandon Smith, senior LB Nick Remo, junior DB James Maloney and senior DB Noah Faria.
The Skinny & Prediction
It’s pretty amazing but two of the best runningbacks in the state are both in Sussex County. Jacob Mafaro from Kittatinny and of course Sparta’s own Austin Castorina. Castorina is a very fun runningback to watch because he runs very close to the ground and always manages to add two or three yards as he’s getting tackled. He’ll likely rush for more than 1,500-yards.
Coach Frank Marchiano is masterful at his job. If you watched his team play 4-years ago, although very successful, you’d see a very different game plan than the way today’s team plays. He’s particularly evolved his offensive strategy. You’ll never see a quarterback run to the sideline to get the play from him. His players go right up to the line of scrimmage and then wait for the call. This allows the team to have fast, efficient drives and score in a hurry.
For the first time in school history, Sparta now as a turf field and lights. So no more Saturday afternoon games for the Spartans. The town of Sparta always did a good job of filling the stands for afternoon games. Friday nights will get even that many more fans. This will be a big home field advantage for the team.
Sparta will no doubt be in the playoffs. The problem for them will be Ramapo, which has been halting their ability to advance as of recent. Lucky enough, they’ll get a look at them at their first game. Win or lose, they will likely have to meet up again in the Second Season.
09-06 @ Ramapo Ramapo HS
09-13 Roxbury Sparta HS
09-20 @ West Morris West Morris HS
09-27 @ Mendham Mendham HS
10-04 Jefferson Sparta HS
10-11 @ Vernon Vernon HS
10-18 @ Randolph Randolph HS
10-25 Montville Sparta HS
11-01 Morris Hills Sparta HS