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2020 Hanover Park Hornets Preseason Football Preview

The 2020 Preseason Football Previews are sponsored by the County College of Morris, offering an an outstanding education at an affordable price with Division II and III athletics. Go to www.ccm.edu right now to learn more about this amazing educational institution that is right in our backyard in Randolph, NJ.

The Staff

 

 

Head Coach: Dan Fulton

Years on the Job: Third season

Assistants: Dan Gregory, Todd Pivnick, Rob Marino, Momoh Bassie, Kyle Kiernan, James Robertson, Joe Gossweiler, Anthony Salvemini, Anthony Oliveri, Eric Magnifico, Thomas Tran & Dave Fulton

Returning Starters: Brett Behre, Paul Cosentino, Ish Yasin, Chris Nash, Eddie Luzniak, Dan Gregory, Owen Feldman, Sonny Conley, Luca Zirpoli, Vin Rispoli, Johnny Borrello, Christian Valvano, Pete Sodano, and Justin Tuli, Mike Fillippone & Louis Siciliano

Player’s Expected to Step Up: “We won three games last year, every single player and coach in this program is expected to step up and be better than last year.” -Coach Fulton

From the Coach

What This Team Does Better than Anybody: These guys are incredibly coach-able. Every answer is ‘YES COACH’, then they go and make the adjustments. I am incredibly proud how serious the boys have taken all of the Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines that the state has put out.

Biggest Surprise of the Off-season: We have athletes that we expect to make a jump from last year to this year.

Team Goal: Win.

George Muha’s Take

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If you asked me three months ago who would win this division, I would have said Lenape Valley without hesitation.  Now that I have spent countless hours talking to players and coaches, visiting camps and pouring over tape, I honestly have no idea anymore.  Every one of these teams has something about them that makes me think it can be their year.  One thing is for certain, this division is going to be a blast from a fan perspective and a nightmare from a coach’s point of view.  HP has several things that I like, starting with their line.  Senior Peter Sodano (6, 290) is the reigning County Champ in wrestling.   Senior Luca Zirpoli (5-8, 260) is a three-year varsity player and tough as nails.  And senior Dan Gregory, who at 5-10, 225 is the skinny one of the bunch, brings a ton of versatility up front.  What I like best about this group up-front is the gel really well together.  A strong line can make superstars of average skill guys.  But the Hornets are anything but average from a skill position standpoint.  Guys like Valvano, Filippone, Tuli, Borrello and Riker all have the athleticism and veteran experience that’ll generate a lot of offensive out-put.  Defensively, they bring back Eddie Luzniak who led the team in tackles and sacks as a junior.  Prediction:  Each week the Hornets will be facing a playoff caliber team so beyond playing tough, they’ll need someone to step up as a play-maker every week.  Knowing the Hornets, I have a feeling they’ll have someone that’ll answer that call.  With that said, I expect the Hornets to be in the running for the divisional title.

Schedule

Friday, Oct 2, 2020 Lenape Valley
Friday, Oct 9, 2020 Kinnelon
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 @ Madison
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 @ Parsippany
Friday, Oct 30, 2020 Mountain Lakes
Friday, Nov 6, 2020 @ Pequannock High School

Roster

 

# Name Grade Height Weight Offense Defense
2 Tuli, Tate 10 5’8″ 140 WR DB
3 Madera, Dominic 10 5’8″ WR DB
6 Anthony Dellanno 12 6’0″ 195 QB/WR OLB
7 Owen Feldman 12 5’11” 180 TE LB
8 Carlucci, Anthony 10 5’7″ 160 RB DB
9 Paul Cosentino 11 5’11” 160 QB/WR DB
10 Justin Tuli 12 6’0″ 175 WR DB
11 Sugg, Tyler 10 5’10 155 WR
13 Christian Valvano 12 5’10” 165 QB DB
15 Borello, Mike 10 5’10” 185 QB LB
17 Smith, Chris 10 6’4″ 190 WR LB
18 Johnny Borrello 12 5’10” 175 WR DB
20 Sonny Conley 12 5’8″ 160 RB DB
21 Bradley Cicco 11 5’11 175 RB LB
22 Mike Filippone 11 5’9″ 180 RB LB
24 Spinelli, Frank 10 5’6 155 RB DB
26 Brett Behre 11 6’0″ 160 WR DB
27 Chris Nash 12 5’11” 175 RB OLB
32 Eddie Luzniak 12 5’10” 185 TE LB
33 Ismail Yasin 12 5’10” 170 RB DB
40 Massarano, Jack 10 5’10” 180 TE LB
51 Vincent Rispoli 11 6’0 235 OL DL
52 Dan Gregory 12 5’10” 225 OL LB
55 Longo, Arthur 10 5’9″ 210 OL DL
56 Luca Zirpoli 12 5’8″ 260 OL DL
57 Krajkovich, Dylan 10 6’1″ 175 OL LB
58 Louis Siciliano 11 5’11 185 OL LB
66 Leo Ferrantelli 11 5’7 145 OL DL
67 Chris Corrao 12 5’7″ 210 OL DL
70 Inglima, Nick 10 5’9″ 165 OL LB
75 Rios, Anothony 10 5’11” 250 OL DL
76 Peter Sodano 12 6’0″ 290 OL DL
77 Thomas DeFranco 11 6’0″ 255 OL DL
99 Cave, Ben 10 6’1 250 OL DL

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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