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2020 Sussex Tech Mustangs Preseason Football Preview

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The Staff

Head Coach:  Brian Stellingwerf

Years on the Job:  10 (4 as Head Coach)

Assistants:  Keith Lotter, Andrew Carbone, Gary Gruber & JP Bebee

Returning Starters:  Aiden Smith, Chris Conyers, Trevor Gruber, Frank Kuhnia, Matt Mihalick & John Duarte

Player’s Expected to Step Up:  Alec Aguiar, Josiah O’Conner & Ryan Bergman

From the Coach

What This Team Does Better than Anybody:  We were top in the state rushing the past two seasons.

Biggest Surprise of the Off-season:  The return of senior Chris Mercer.

Team Goal:  To continue to build character, perseverance and commitment as a winning program.

Other Comments: We have good numbers of incoming freshman.

George Muha’s Take

George Muha’s Take is sponsored by Parisi Speed School of Morristown. Reach out to Parisi today to get bigger, faster and stronger because champions are made in the off-season.

It’s been a lot of fun watching the development of the Sussex Tech football program the last few years.  At one point in time they were struggling to have enough players to field a team, now they leading the state in offensive output.  They did lose a lot of stellar athletes to graduation but I wouldn’t suggest selling your season tickets just yet.  Coach Stellingwerf has built a program and there are a host of players who have been waiting their turn to show off their stuff.  Prediction:  The Mustangs may feel the loss of their 2019 play-makers but as the season progresses, new stars will emerge.  I predict the Techies will surprise a lot of people and I expect them to continue to be the rushing powerhouse that they’ve been in recent years.


Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 @ Wallkill Valley
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020 North Warren
Friday, Oct 16, 2020 @ Whippany Park
Friday, Oct 23, 2020 @ Boonton
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 Hopatcong High School
Saturday, Nov 7, 2020 Morris Catholic
Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 @ Lenape Valley


Jersey First Last Grade Position(s) Height Weight
3 Alec Aguiar Senior RB,WR,CB 6’1″ 170
Andrew Baker Freshman QB,LB 5’7″ 140
8 Max Simsic Senior K 6’1″ 160
12 Sean Hall Sophomore RB,LB 5’8″ 140
13 Aiden Smith Junior QB,SS 5’10” 155
14 CJ Woel Sophomore WR,CB 6’1″ 155
16 Matt Rehe Junior TE,DB 6’0″ 150
Ryan Bergman Junior RB,LB 5’10” 165
22 Chris Conyers Junior RB,DE 5’9″ 150
Will White Freshman WR,DB 5’7″ 125
24 Dylan Durham Junior RB,FS,SB 5’11” 165
Nicholas Moser Freshman WR,CB 5’7″ 125
28 Eleston Nisbeth Sophomore RB,DB 5’8″ 135
31 Jaydon Torres Sophomore WR,DB 5’10” 150
39 Charlie Gibeau Sophomore RB,LB 5’7″ 140
40 Trevor Gruber Senior TE,LB 6’2″ 195
Samuel Fara Freshman G,LB 5’8″ 140
45 Josiah O’Connor Senior RB,OLB,FS 5’11” 145
Chris Fiorito Junior T,DT 5’10” 155
52 Brian McCarrick Junior T,DE,DT,G 6’1″ 170
54 Joe Bartlett Sophomore T,DT 5’11” 265
James Vega Sophomore T,DT 5’11” 160
55 John Duarte Senior C,DT 6’0″ 195
Connor Crane Sophomore T,DT 6’0″ 145
59 Frank Cunha Junior G,LB 5’11” 185
Chris Cruz Freshman T,DT 5’8″ 210
60 Mitchell Banfield Sophomore T,DT 5’11” 145
Shawn Dehagara Freshman T,LB 6’0″ 155
63 Brian Silva Sophomore T,DT 6’0″ 310
Aaron Smolinski Freshman T,DT 5’11” 185
64 Brandon Batres Sophomore T,DT 6’1″ 165
Shawn Garrison Freshman T,DT 6’0″ 170
71 Thayne Arnold Junior C,DT 5’11” 165
Cole Phillips Freshman G,DT 5’11” 200
75 Bill Miller Junior T,DT 6’1″ 290
Dane Walker Freshman T,DT 6’0″ 155
77 Chris Mercer Senior T,CB 6’2″ 175
79 Daniel Jahnke Sophomore G,DT 5’10” 160
80 Matt Mihalik Junior WR,CB 6’1″ 150
Gabriel Nardini Freshman WR,CB 5’7″ 125

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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