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August 23, 20132012 In Review: The Cardinals were 12-0 winning the North Jersey Section 1 Group 1 title by beating Cedar Grove, after beating Saddle Brook and Verona. The scored 493 points for a 41.08 average, while allowing 90 for a 7.5 average, including five shutouts. Wins included Hasbrouck Heights, New Milford, and Cresskill.
Departures: RB/LB Dane Torres - RPI, DB Brandon Torres - Sacred Heart, QB Robbie Meyers - Franklin & Pierce for lacrosse
Offense: Pompton Lakes runs a multiple I and returns four starters and three others who played. The quarterback will be senior Adam Rayford (6-foot-3, 180), a talented player who sat behind Meyers for two years. The running backs are a couple of defensive starters who each rushed for 600 yards in limited roles: seniors Tony Capobianco (5-foot-9, 175) and Ryan Kazanowski (5-foot-8, 175).
Two wide receivers return in senior four year starter Corey Flynn (6-foot-3, 185) and senior Drew Rayford (6-foot-3, 180). Another wide receiver who will see action in spread sets is junior James Cotter (5-foot-10, 180). The tight end will be senior Zach Pagliaroni (5-foot-11, 180).
The line returns two starters in senior tackles Bobby Shaw (6-foot-1, 310) and Gene Rodriguez (6-foot-1, 285). One guard will be senior Vojo Cogura (6-foot-0, 225), a defensive starter last year. The other guard is open, with senior Zariq Hewitt (6-foot-0, 240) or sophomore Ryan Gosiker (6-foot-2, 210). Gosiker will play, even if it is to give the other linemen a rest. The center will be senior Lloyd Beazley (5-foot-9, 220).
Defense: The Cardinals run a multiple 5-2 and return four starters and three who played often. The line has Cogura returning at nose guard and Rodriguez at tackle, while Shaw rotated at tackle last year. Also on the interior is senior Ryan Montanez (5-foot-11, 195), who saw time and had six sacks. The ends will be Pagliaroni and junior Yilmaz Oncul (5-foot-11, 175). Gosiker and Cotter may also figure here.
The linebackers will be senior John Valdez (6-foot-0, 180) and Beazley, with junior Sal Negrini (5-foot-10, 195) pushing for time.
The secondary has Kazanowski returning at cornerback and Capobianco playing strong safety, after starting at cornerback. The other cornerback will be Drew Rayford, who played often. The free safety will be Adam Rayford or Flynn, with Rayford seeing time. Cotter may also see action here, as Head Coach Scott Mahoney wants to find a place for him to play.
Special Teams: Capobianco will be the kicker, while punter hasn't been decided. The return men will be Drew Rayford and sophomore Cruise Turner (5-foot-9, 160).
Thursday, 9/12, at Emerson, 7PM
Saturday, 9/21, Cresskill at home, 1PM
Saturday, 9/28, Harrison at home, 1PM
Friday, 10/4, at Lyndhurst, 7PM
Saturday, 10/12, at Glen Rock, 1PM
Friday, 10/18, at New Milford, 7PM
Saturday, 10/26, Secaucus at home, 1PM
Friday, 11/1, at Ridgefield, 7PM
Saturday, 11/9, Hasbrouck Heights, 1PM
Question Marks: Needing guys to fill in at key spots. They need to play at a high level and pick things up quickly.
Recruiting: Flynn has interest from Towson, Monmouth, and Albany. Drew Rayford can go anywhere from 1-AA to D3. Adam Rayford will play somewhere as a quarterback - he has a strong arm, he's accurate, and can run when he has to. Shaw and Rodriguez are good players with a height issue.
In the junior class, Cotter has the best chance.
The sophomore class is very talented, but it's still early.
Coach's Comments: "I like what we have coming back. We have to fill in some posts, but we were deep the last two years. Some of our players were able to play when they were behind some good players, learned a lot, and are ready to roll. We also have six starters back one each side of the ball coming back." - Head Coach Scott Mahoney
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