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September 16, 20132012 In Review: The Crusaders started off the season with a 38-29 loss to Camden. Last year, the squad finished 11-1, winning the South Jersey Group 3 title by beating Northern Burlington, after beating Bridgeton and Highland Regional. The scored 441 points for a 36.75 average, while allowing 161 points for a 13.42 average, including two shutouts. Wins included Kingsway, Camden, and Highland Regional, while their lone loss was to Moorestown.
Departures: QB Josh Awotunde - South Carolina for track, RB/DB Tyrone Saud - Kean, LB Staphan Lewis - Kean, OL/DL Cody Mayo - Gettysburg, OL Kobie Allen - Williams, DE Dylan Dobzanski - wrestling at Northern Illinois
Offense: Delsea runs the Wing-T and returns five starters. The quarterback is senior Rob Rolle (6-foot-1, 178), moving from halfback, where he started. At the running backs, senior fullback Rob Hooks (5-foot-11, 200) returns and junior halfback Isaiah Spencer (5-foot-10, 182) will play a big role. The other halfback will be senior Brendon Slade (6-foot-1, 180). The alternate running back will be senior Dermaine Norman (5-foot-9, 175).
At the receivers, junior tight end Phil Sampson (6-foot-2, 222) returns and senior Ron Russell (5-foot-11, 175) will be the split end.
Two starters return to the line in senior right guard Dakota Brovero (6-foot-0, 225) and junior Vic DeFrance (5-foot-10, 195) at left guard. Filling out the interior is senior Tom Gillman (5-foot-9, 270) at center. The tackles will be senior Greg Halikman (6-foot-0, 242) on the right side and sophomore Mark Chaney (6-foot-0, 284) on the left side.
Defense: The Crusaders run a 5-2 and return five starters and a few who played. Sampson returns at end and junior Ameer Banks (6-foot-0, 185) and senior Andrew Bonner (5-foot-11, 210) will alternate opposite him. At the tackles, Halikman, senior Gary Smith (6-foot-1, 235), Brovero will return to rotate with Chaney. At nose guard, DeFrance returns and will rotate with Brovero and Gillman.
Returning at linebacker are seniors Bill Gregory (5-foot-9, 200) and Scott Parker (6-foot-0, 190).
In the secondary, Rolle returns at cornerback and junior Vince Coppola (5-foot-9, 180), Norman, and Spencer will all play in a rotation at cornerback. The safeties will be Slade, sophomore James Chukwurah (6-foot-3, 180), Russell, and senior Adin Kolansky (5-foot-10, 175), with Russell playing last year. Like cornerback, all will play.
Special Teams: The kicker and punter will be junior Bronson Deckert and the return men will be Spencer and Norman.
Friday, 9/13, Camden at home, 7PM
Friday, 9/20, Moorestown at home, 7PM
Friday, 9/27, at Deptford, 7PM
Friday, 10/4, at Kingsway, 7PM
Friday, 10/11, Woodrow Wilson at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/18, Winslow at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/25, Bishop Eustace at home, 7PM
Friday, 11/1, at Highland Regional, 7PM
Friday, 11/8, at Cumberland, 7PM
Question Marks: Depth in the backfield. There is plenty of experience elsewhere.
Recruiting: Rolle committed to Villanova as a defensive back. Hooks and Slade are D2/D3. Russell will probably go the basketball route. Brovero will probably go D3 because of his height issue. Parker is also a D3 candidate.
In the junior class, Sampson and Spencer are 1-A/1-AA candidates.
Coach's Comments: "We are looking to repeat as West Jersey Royal and South Jersey Group 3 champions." - Assistant Coach Rob Briles
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