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September 9, 20132012 In Review: The Green Wave was 10-2, losing to St. Joe's (Montvale) in the Non-Public Group 3 finals, after beating Camden Catholic and St. John Vianney. They scored 437 points for a 35.58 average, while allowing 164 points for a 13.67 average, including two shutouts. Wins included Roxbury, Pope John, and West Morris, while their other loss was to Paramus Catholic.
Departures: RB Jamie White - Harvard for lacrosse, TE/LB Will Reynolds - Princeton for lacrosse, OL Rob Thoma - Amherst, OL Niyi Odewade - Amherst, WR Vancliff Johnson - Harvard, QB Michael Bicknese - Penn for lacrosse, WR JP Campbell - Villanova for lacrosse, OL Chris McGuire - Middlebury, DB Andrew McGrath - Middlebury, DB Eric Fajardo - Fairfield for baseball,
Offense: Delbarton runs a multiple I and returns four starters. The frontrunner at quarterback is senior Giuseppe Bevacqua (5-foot-9, 175) and he is being pushed by junior John Chiarlonzio (6-foot-1, 160) and sophomore Matt Zebrowski (6-foot-1, 180). Returning at fullback is senior Rob Arancio (6-foot-0, 225) and he will also play some tailback. The tailback will be sophomore Andrew Sanders (5-foot-8, 175). Also competing at fullback are junior Jared Ahsler (5-foot-10, 215) and senior Joe Johnson (6-foot-1, 185).
Returning at tight end is senior Matt Oplinger (6-foot-3, 220). Others who will play at tight end are senior Ian Sullivan (6-foot-0, 200) and junior Ian Lodge (5-foot-11, 190). In the mix at wide receiver are senior Danny Reed (5-foot-9, 170), senior David Murphy (6-foot-1, 170), senior Connor Mackie (6-foot-1, 185), senior JJ McBride (5-foot-11, 175), and junior Matt Mandelbaum (5-foot-10, 170).
Two starters return to the line in senior center Tom Lenz (5-foot-11, 225) and senior right tackle Aaron Slodowitz (6-foot-0, 220), a three year starter. The left tackle will be promising junior Andrew Otterman (6-foot-4, 260). The guards will be senior Chris Schafer (5-foot-10, 220) on the left side and senior Corben Davis (6-foot-4, 285) on the right side.
Defense: The Green Wave runs a 3-4 and returns two starters and another who started some games. Nose guard will have a rotation of Davis, Otterman, and Lenz. The ends will be Sullivan and junior Jack Parisi (6-foot-2, 220) and they'll have junior Bill Murray (6-foot-4, 215), junior James Donlon (6-foot-2, 210), Schafer, and junior Patrick Bray (6-foot-0, 195).
Returning at inside linebacker is senior Mike Parowski (5-foot-11, 225) and Mackie returns at outside linebacker after starting late in the year. Playing next to Parowski is Slodowitz and Ahsler will push for time. Johnson will play opposite Mackie and Arancio may also see time.
The returning starter in the secondary is Oplinger at strong safety. Lodge will be the free safety, while Reed and Mandelbaum will be the corners. Battling for time on the corners are McBride, Murphy, and junior Julio Figueroa (5-foot-8, 165).
Special Teams: Returning at kicker is senior Jon Schaible and Oplinger is back as the punter. Reed and Sanders will be the return men.
Saturday, 9/14, Paramus Catholic at home, 1PM
Saturday, 10/21, Mendham at home, 1PM
Friday, 9/27, at Randolph, 7PM
Saturday, 10/5, Chatham at home, 1PM
Friday, 10/11, at Roxbury, 7PM
Saturday, 10/19, Parsippany Hills at home, 1PM
Saturday, 10/26, at Morristown, 1PM
Friday, 11/1, at West Morris, 7:30PM
Saturday, 11/9, at Pope John, 1PM
Question Marks: Developing depth and staying healthy. There will be young kids starting for the first time and they have been knocking on the door the last two years. Paramus Catholic will be a good challenge on opening day.
Recruiting: Oplinger has committed to Yale and Arancio has committed to Penn. Others in the senior class are good football players who can play somewhere with a good senior year.
In the junior class, Otterman is a 1-A prospect and has good feet. Others need a good year.
Sanders is a top sophomore at this point.
Coach's Comments: "We're excited. We lose a good group of seniors, but we have a good senior class this year that has been working hard. We have kids in the junior and sophomore class with the opportunity to step up. We hope the transition is smooth." - Head Coach Brian Bowers
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