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September 11, 20132012 In Review: The Eagles were 8-4, losing to Sayreville in the Central Jersey Group 4 finals, after beating Colts Neck and West Windsor-Plainsboro South. They scored 362 points for a 30.17 average, while allowing 227 points for an 18.92 average. Wins included Brick, Manasquan, and Middletown North, while their other losses were to Manalapan, Red Bank Catholic, and Colts Neck.
Departures: RB/DB Eli Smith - Wagner
Offense: Middletown runs the spread pistol and returns six starters. Returning at quarterback is senior Kyle Brey (5-foot-8, 160). Running back will have a committee of senior Jeremy Concepcion (6-foot-0, 175), junior AJ Leandro (5-foot-7, 160), and sophomore Cole Rogers (5-foot-11, 175), with Concepcion seeing time last year.
Both slot receivers and the tight end return. Back in the slot are seniors Drew O'Connell (5-foot-7, 165) and Andrew Wisialko (6-foot-0, 175), while senior Tayler Hendrickson (6-foot-2-1/2, 235) is the returning tight end. Split end will be either senior Evan Becker (6-foot-0, 185) or junior Pat Crowe (6-foot-3, 215).
Two starters are back on the line in junior left tackle Jim Wilson (6-foot-5, 275) and senior right tackle Jon Low (6-foot-0, 210). The rest of the line will be sophomore left guard Joe Lopez (6-foot-5, 270), sophomore center Joe Rutkowski (6-foot-2, 255), and junior right guard Brian Joyce (6-foot-1, 200).
Defense: The Eagles run a 4-2-5 and return three starters, two who started some games, and another who played. Hendrickson and senior Connor Spreen (6-foot-0, 220) are back at the tackles. The ends will be Crowe and senior Martin Berke (6-foot-0, 190).
The linebackers have two sophomores who started several games in Dylan Rogers (6-foot-0, 205) and Trent Giglio (5-foot-11, 180).
In the secondary, Wisialko returns at cornerback and he'll be paired with Cole Rogers. The free safety will be either O'Connell or junior Nolan Pereless (5-foot-9, 165). The whip will be sophomore Tom Coffey (6-fot-0, 170) and the sting will be senior Corey Casini (6-foot-1, 175), with Casini seeing action last year.
Special Teams: The kicker and punter will be sophomore Matt Mosquera. The return men will be O'Connell, Wisialko, Cole Rogers, and junior Eddie Pinto (5-foot-7, 160).
9/12-13-14, bye week
Friday, 9/20, Brick at home, 7PM
Friday, 9/27, at Howell, 7PM
Friday, 10/4, at Manalapan, 7PM
Saturday, 10/12, at Manasquan, 1PM
Friday, 10/18, at Freehold Township, 7PM
Friday, 10/25, Marlboro at home, 7PM
Friday, 11/1, at Red Bank Catholic, 7PM
Friday, 11/8, Colts Neck at home, 7PM
Thursday, Middletown North at home, 10:30AM
Question Marks: Inexperience. Many sophomores will play. Two started some games on varsity and several played in the state final against Sayreville. They had a very good freshman team last year, but they are now on varsity.
Recruiting: Hendrickson committed to Penn. Wisialko and Concepcion are D3 candidates. Brey may go baseball. Others can play college with a good year.
In the junior class, Wilson is a 1-A prospect.
The sophomore class features Lopez, a 1-A prospect. Others who are promising are the Rogers twins and Rutkowski.
Coach's Comments: "There's a lot of excitement and we'll have a competitive team. There's good depth at the skill positions and we want to get going." - Head Coach Steve Antonucci
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