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2020 Sparta Spartans 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:  Frank Marchiano

Years on the Job:  10

Assistants:  Chris Kappelmeier, Bob Hast, Jim Higgins, Pat McCarney, Dan brown, John Procopio, Andrew Finland, Jake Vogel & Scott Turner

Returning Starters:  James Maloney, Billy Quinn, Austen Frattura, Brendon Cina, Colby Plotts & Max Schelle

Player’s Expected to Step Up:  Sam Esposito, Justin Smith, Zach Paladini, Luke Szabo, Charlie Flint, Parker Williamson, Paul Gennat, Dominick Gigantelli, Joe Bynes, Brady Doyle, Gareth Ecke & Charlie Flint

From the Coach

What This Team Does Better than Anybody:  We run a balanced run and pass offense.

Biggest Surprise of the Off-season:  How hard our underclassmen from last year worked during Covid.

Team Goal:  Win Game 1.

Final Thought: Although we lost a lot to graduation, our underclassmen have worked very hard to earn their starting positions.

George Muha’s Take

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Sparta always kills people’s fantasy leagues every year because there are always two or three players that no-one ever heard of that will catch like 80 passes, rush for 1,300-yards and score 24 touchdowns.  At least this year we all know sophomore sensation quarterback Austen Frattura (who should definitely be your first pick).  But this year I am going to give my fantasy sleeper pick and that is RB Sam Esposito.  Word from camp is he’s a grinder and he’s only a junior so he’s a great pick for leagues that allow carry-over players.  Prediction:  It’s Sparta so there’s no reason not to expect them to be competing for a Sectional Title (or whatever a championship might look like in this post apocalyptical world we live in).  My Game of the Year is going to be their Week 3 game versus West Morris Central because those games are always epic.

Schedule

10/2 @ Lakeland
10/9 vs. Jefferson
10/16 vs. West Morris
10/24 @ Passaic Valley
10/30 vs. West Milford
11/6 @ Vernon

Roster

# Name Pos. Gr. Ht Wt
2 James Maloney FS, OLB Sr. 5-11 190
3 Dean Alkovic CB Sr. 6-0 170
4 Paul Gennat MLB Jr. 5-9 185
5 Troy Schmitzer FS, SS Sr. 5-7 160
6 Kevin Struble SB, CB Jr. 5-10 160
7 Lukas Hein CB, SB Sr. 5-8 150
8 Colby Plotts QB Sr. 6-3 185
9 Brendan Cina SB, QB Sr. 5-8 160
10 Brady Doyle WR, SS, SS Jr. 6-1 165
11 Luke Szabo WR Jr. 6-3 190
13 Mike Mcgovern QB Jr. 6-1 170
14 Nick Murray Sr. 5-6 155
16 Austen Frattura QB So. 6-1 185
18 Brady Hinchcliffe WR, CB So. 5-7 135
19 Justin Valenzuela Sr. 5-9 170
21 Justin Smith FS, RB Jr. 5-9 170
25 Zach Paladini WR, CB, CB Jr. 6-1 180
26 Sam Esposito RB Jr. 5-9 185
30 Dominick Gigantelli MLB, RB Sr. 5-7 185
33 Parker Williamson DE, OLB, TE Jr. 5-11 165
35 Alex Lake MLB Jr. 6-0 180
38 Nick Doumbe T, DE Jr. 6-0 200
50 Bradley Maines G So. 6-0 205
53 Joe Vanbuskirk 5-11 180
55 Max Schelle C, DE Sr. 5-10 225
56 Charlie Fllint T, DT 5-11 236
58 Joshua Ermeus DE, TE Jr. 6-3 220
59 Joe Byrnes MLB Jr. 5-8 170
60 Johnny Sigillo 5-9 240
62 Gareth Ecke T, DT Sr. 5-10 250
64 Zach Holick G, DT, DT Jr. 6-0 245
65 Hunter Peterson T So. 6-2 228
66 Jack Cisko DE, G, G Jr. 5-9 225
67 Gavin Christie G, DT 5-11 240
71 Alex Yerofeyev DT, OLB So. 5-10 254
73 Aj Davis DE, T, T Jr. 6-3 180
75 Jonathan Bomensatt DT, T Sr. 5-11 220
77 Billy Quinn DT, G Jr. 5-11 254
78 Fineoin Curley DE, T Sr. 6-3 210
79 Wyatt Coombs DE Jr. 6-2 195
85 Matt Schweizer WR So. 6-0 175
Finnigan Mell So.
Jack Ginsberg DT Jr.
Jake Lewis So. 6-0 193
Logan Arienta So. 5-10 250
Nicholas Castorina So. 5-11 195
Nick Caruso So. 5-9 141
Nick Ryan So. 5-9 140
Rj Duthaler K Sr. 5-10 160
Ryan Rossi So. 5-10 160

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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