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September 5, 20132012 In Review: The Dodgers were 12-0, winning the North Jersey Section 2 Group 2 title by beating Mountain Lakes, after beating Bernards and Hanover Park. They scored 564 points for a 47.0 average, while allowing 130 points for a 10.83 average, including three shutouts. Wins included Lenape Valley, Hanover Park, and Jefferson.
Departures: RB/DB Justin Goodwin - Rutgers, QB Carson Lassiter - Cortland State, RB Layton Lassiter - Cortland State, DE/T/TE Colin Scarpello - Rutgers for lacrosse
Offense: Madison runs the Wing-T and returns three starters. At quarterback, senior Sam North (6-foot-3, 200) is the frontrunner and junior AJ Schmitz (6-foot-0, 185) is also competing. The fullback has junior Dave Luttinger (5-foot-11, 205), senior Noah Gertler (5-foot-8, 175), and sophomore Joe Mobley (5-foot-8, 165) in the running. The two halfbacks have a battle among Gertler, senior Vito Luppino (5-foot-8, 175), senior Pat Zimmerman (5-foot-11, 175), sophomore Dom Luppino (5-foot-10, 180), sophomore Zach Shupe (5-foot-6, 170), and Mobley.
Tight end will be among senior Frank Iannarone (5-foot-10, 170), senior Dylan Gielchinsky (5-foot-11, 185), and junior Matt Mutone (6-foot-0, 170) fighting it out. Split end has senior Christian Scarpello (5-foot-11, 160), senior Darnell St. Germain (5-foot-10, 170), junior Chris Farrell (5-foot-10, 140), and sophomore Mike Dalena (5-foot-9, 135).
The line returns three starters in senior left tackle Will Mottola (6-foot-0, 340), senior right tackle Mike Ubertaccio (6-foot-0, 285), and senior right guard Jaywon Brown (6-foot-0, 260). Filling out the line will be senior center Ovidio Ortiz (5-foot-11, 260) and senior left guard Yianni Kostidakis (6-foot-0, 265), with Ortiz starting two games last year at tackle.
Defense: The Dodgers play a multiple 4-4 and return three players who rotated at two positions. At tackle, Mottola and Ubertaccio return at tackle, where they were part of a three man rotation with Brown, who moves to end. Brown will still rotate at tackle, along with Ortiz and Kostidakis. The other end will be junior Keon Hunter (5-foot-9, 170), with junior Bobby Finelli (6-foot-0, 175) and others rotating in.
At linebacker, Luttinger, Vito Luppino, and Gielchinsky are battling for the two inside positions. On the outside, it will be Iannarone, Mobley, and Shupe. Dom Luppino and Gertler may see time at either the inside or outside.
AT safety, it will be Zimmerman, Schmitz, and Mutone in contention. The cornerbacks will come from Scarpello, St. Germain, Chris Farrell, Delena, junior Mike Farrell (5-foot-8, 125), and sophomore Sha'Quan Hunter (5-foot-7, 145).
Special Teams: The kicker is yet to be decided and the punter will be either Dom Luppino or Schmitz. St. Germain and others will be the return men.
Thursday, 9/12, at Dover, 7PM
Saturday, 9/21, Parsippany, 1PM
Saturday, 9/28, Hanover Park, 1PM
10/4-5, bye week
Friday, 10/11, Hackettstown at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/18, at Jefferson, 7PM
Saturday, 10/26, Lenape Valley at home, 1PM
Saturday, 11/2, at Kittatinny, 2PM
Friday, 11/8, at Newton, 7PM
Thursday, 11/28, at Millburn, 11AM
Question Marks: Inexperience: breaking in new players.
Recruiting: Mottola, Brown, and Ubertaccio are D3/D2 players, while Kostidakis and Ortiz will play somewhere.
It's still early for the underclassmen.
Coach's Comments: "We're inexperienced, but we're excited about this year. We think we can compete and we'll be in the mix at the end." - Head Coach Chris Kubik
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