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2020 Hackettstown Tigers Preseason Football Preview

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The Staff

Head Coach:  CJ Robinson

Years on the Job:  8th year as the Head Coach

Assistants:  Chris Miller, Mike Vellucci, Ryan Tatarka, Frank Rodgers, Ben Barnhart

Returning Starters:  Will Petersen 12 OL/DL, Jarrett Waiters 12 OL/DL, Tyler Yanoff 12 OL/LB, Cole Bizzarro 12 WR/LB, Ange Lessida 12 RB/DB, John Alitz 12 DB, Michael Van Ness 12 RB/LB, Devin Feeney 12 DB, Evan Hatten 11 RB/DB & Matt Balser 11 RB/DB

Player’s Expected to Step Up:   Lliam Aguilar 11 WR/LB, Andrew Carida 10 RB/DB, Josh Mitchell 11 RB/DB, Dan Howlin 11 RB/DB & Jack Gordon 11 OL/LB

Vitals

What This Team Does Better than Anybody:  Every opposing coach would tell you that, pound for pound, no team plays tougher than a CJ Robinson coached team.  This 2020 team knows it and they totally own that identity.

Biggest Surprise of the Off-season:  The way these players, from seniors down to freshman, self advocated for themselves to even have a season.  H-Town was one of those schools who’s school board initially cancelled summer workouts and were unsure if they’d allow a fall sports season.  But the fall sports teams, led by the football team, held safe and socially distanced workouts, started a petition and urged the school board to reconsider – which they did.  

George Muha’s Take

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If you saw what this team put into just making sure they have a season, you can only wonder what they are going to do on-the-field.  That said, they do have formidable opponents on their schedule so they’ll definitely need to bring their mojo week-in and week-out.  The scouting report of their opponents is they all will be phyisical.  The good news is linemen Will Petersen, Jarrett Waiters and Tyler Yanoff give the Tigers the durability they’ll need to grind with the best of them.  The X-Factor on the offense will be Ange Lessida who is a true play-maker.  His ability to break away on a long run or pass play will have to be the difference against some of their Wing-T foes that will want to control the ball for long drives.  The defensive X-Factor will be DB John Alitz.  At 6-1, 180-pounds, Alitz has the size, speed and athleticism to spoil any kind of extended play.  Prediction:  I love the makeup of this Tigers team but getting a postseason bid won’t be easy against this schedule.  The playoff structure is still being developed but it does look like only the top four teams in the section (versus the top eight teams in a normal season) will advance to whatever the postseason may be.  So more than one loss might actually dash any kind of championship run.  However, if Hackettstown can make it through the regular season, they will be battle tested for anything they’ll face in the Second Season.

Schedule

Friday, Oct 2, 2020 @ High Point High School
Friday, Oct 9, 2020 Newton High School
Friday, Oct 16, 2020 @ Lenape Valley High School
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 Morris Catholic High School
Friday, Oct 30, 2020 Kittatinny Regional High School
Friday, Nov 6, 2020 @ Warren Hills Regional

Roster

# First Name Last Name Height Weight Grade OFF POS DEF POS
2 Jackson Burke 5’9 150 10 QB DB
3 Dylan Steurer 6’0 175 12 RB DB
4 Nick Puma 5’11 160 11 WR DB
5 John Alitz 6’1 180 12 QB DB
6 Ange Lessida 6’2 180 12 RB LB
7 Anthony Edwards 5’9 160 10 QB LB
10 Josh Lim 6’0 165 10 WR LB
12 Alex Feeney 5’5 120 10 QB DB
14 Devin Feeney 5’11 155 12 QB DB
18 David D’Olivo 5’9 165 12 K
20 Micheal Daniel 6’0 150 12 WR DB
21 Andrew Carida 5’11 160 10 RB DB
22 Evan Hatten 6’5 175 11 RB DB
23 Matt Balser 5’11 155 11 RB DB
24 Cole Bizzarro 6’0 160 12 WR LB
25 Christian Bujno 5’7 145 10 WR DB
28 Michael Van Ness 6’0 190 12 RB LB
31 Wyatt Beam 5’11 125 10 WR LB
32 Jaiden Liferiedge 6’0 175 10 RB LB
34 Hayden McMullen 5’11 170 12 WR LB
39 Will Hobokan 5’6 190 12 RB DL
41 Josh Mitchell 6’1 185 11 RB LB
44 Daniel Howlin 5’8 180 11 RB LB
49 Lucas Amato 5’6 125 11 WR DB
51 Ronan Suppa 5’9 180 10 OL LB
54 Tyler Yanoff 5’11 195 12 OL LB
55 Jack Gordon 5’10 200 11 OL LB
56 Dylan Ciborski 6’1 195 10 OL DL
58 Ryan Maciejczyk 5’9 195 11 OL DL
60 Frankie Giordano 5’10 285 12 OL DL
65 Liam Burke 5’8 170 10 OL DL
70 Will Petersen 6’4 235 12 OL DL
71 Jarrett Waiters 6’1 260 12 OL DL
72 Angelo Siconolfi 5’7 160 10 OL DL
74 Connor Green 5’11 210 11 OL DL
75 Peyton Fezenko 5’9 180 10 OL DL
88 Lliam Aguilar 6’3 180 11 WR DB

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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