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August 31, 2014

TEAM PREVIEW: Haddonfield

2013 In Review: The Bulldawgs were 10-2, winning the South Jersey Group 2 championship by beating Woodstown, after beating Camden and West Deptford. They scored 356 points for a 29.67 average, while allowing 144 points for a 12.0 average. Wins included Collingswood, Paulsboro, and Woodbury, while their losses were to West Deptford and Sterling.

Departures: QB Mike McLaughlin - Tufts, WR/DB Ted Stevetski - walking on at Miami

Offense: Haddonfield runs a multiple I and returns seven starters. The quarterback will be either senior Mike Alberto (5-foot-9, 175) or junior Tom Kadar (6-foot-4, 193). The tailback has been split between seniors Mike DeFeo (6-foot-1, 205) and Jacob Klaus (5-foot-9, 175). Fullback has senior Mark Walker (6-foot-1, 210) returning. All three running backs are three year starters.

The receivers have returnees in senior wide receiver Jake Robinson (6-foot-3, 210) and senior tight end Tyler Klaus (6-foot-4, 235). The other wide receiver will be senior Wes Dengler (6-foot-0, 185). Seeing possible action behind him is Kadar, if he isn't the quarterback.

Two starters are back on the line in senior center Nick Rollo (6-foot-0, 250) and junior right guard Frank Fortino 5-foot-10, 205). The left guard is senior Troy Crompton (5-foot-11, 210), who played as a sophomore before missing the season with a back injury. The left tackle is junior Jake Walter (6-foot-4, 235). Right tackle is open, with senior Jim Dieser (6-foot-0, 240), senior Matthew Smart (6-foot-2, 210), junior Justin Falcone (6-foot-6, 245), and senior Jack Melendez (6-foot-3, 245).

Defense: The Bulldawgs run a 5-2 and return eight starters, including six three year starters. Three starters are back on the line, with Rollo returning at nose guard and Tyler Glaus and Dengler three year starters at end. Walter will be one tackle, after being in a rotation at end. The other tackle will come from senior Fred Shindle (6-foot-0, 225), Melendez, and Dieser.

The linebackers have three year starters in Walker and Fortino. Crompton will supply depth.

The secondary has three starters returning, including three year starters Robinson and Jacob Glaus at cornerback. DeFeo is back at safety and Kadar will be the free safety.

Special Teams: Senior Drew Tomlinson returns for his third year as kicker and the punter will be either junior Joe Merry or DeFeo. The return men will be DeFeo, Jacob Klaus, and Robinson.


Saturday, 9/13, at Woodbury, 10:30AM
Saturday, 9/20, at Overbrook, 11AM
Friday, 9/26, at Collingswood, 7PM
Thursday, 10/2, West Deptford at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/10, Sterling at home, 7PM
Bye week, 10/17-18
Friday, 10/24, Paulsboro at home, 7PM
Saturday, 11/1, at Audubon, 11AM
Friday, 11/7, at Haddon Township, 7PM
Thursday, 11/27, Haddon Heights at home, 11AM

Concerns: Depth and playing in a tough conference, with West Deptford, Sterling, Collingswood, Paulsboro, and Woodbury.

Recruits: Robinson committed to Temple and Tyler Klaus committed to William and Mary. DeFeo and Walker are Ivy/Patriot candidates. Jacob Klaus may go the golf route and he also wrestles. Rollo and Dengler are D3 types.

In the junior class, Walter has big potential with 4.7 speed and Fortino may wrestle.

Coach's Comments: "We're excited with a lot of experience back and how they approached the off-season. They've been working hard. We're in a strong conference and we need to get through that schedule first before we can think playoffs." - Head Coach Frank DeLano


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