Post 1,099 – Team Preview 2023: Hasbrouck Heights Aviators

Hasbrouck Heights Aviators 

August 6, 2023

2022: 

  • 4-5 
  • Lost to Weequahic in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 1 quarterfinals 
  • Wins included Hawthorne, North Arlington, and Pompton Lakes 
  • Losses were to Rutherford, Waldwick, Butler, and Glen Rock 
  • Scored 245 points for a 27.22 average 
  • Allowed 162 points for an 18.00 average 

Graduation: 

  • RB/LB Anthony DiLascio – Bucknell 
  • OL/DL Micahel Carnavatchel – Western New England 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 7   

Quarterback: 

  • Frankie Billings, Senior, 6-1, 190 – returning starter 

Running Back: 

  • Jake Summers, Junior, 6-0, 200 – projected starter 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Joshua Rodriguez, Junior, 6-1, 185 – 3-year starter; 28 receptions per nj.com  
  • Joey Formisano, Senior, 6-3, 235 – returning starter at wide receiver and tight end
  • Evan Werner, Senior, 5-10, 165 – projected starter at slot receiver 
  • Michael Napolitano, Sophomore, 6-0, 175 – projected starter 
  • Diego Mancini, Senior, 5-10, 140 – part of the rotation 
  • Josh Santelises, Senior, 5-10, 180 – will play here, h-back, and tight end 

Offensive Line: 

  • Oscar Solis, Junior, 6-3, 260 – returning starter at left tackle 
  • Joe Russo, Junior, 6-1, 230 – projected starter at left guard; started on defense 
  • Juan Mendoza, Senior, 5-11, 185 – returning starter at center 
  • Rocco D’Amico, Senior, 6-1, 220 – returning starter at right guard 
  • Tyler Cappadona, Senior, 6-2, 210 – competing at right tackle 
  • Jeff Keezer, Senior, 6-2, 225 – returning starter; competitions at right tackle 
  • Luca Mezzacapo, Senior, 6-0, 205 – competing at right tackle  

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-4 
  • Returning Starters: 5 

Defensive Line: 

  • Joe Russo, Junior, 6-1, 230 – returning starter at end 
  • Juan Mendoza, Senior, 5-11, 185 – competing at opposite end 
  • Tyler Cappadona, Senior, 6-2, 210 – competing at opposite end 
  • Josh Santelises, Senior, 5-10, 180 – competing at opposite end and linebacker 
  • Oscar Solis, Junior, 6-3, 260 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Jeff Keezer, Senior, 6-2, 225 – competing at tackle 
  • Rocco D’Amico, Senior, 6-1, 220 – competing at tackle 
  • Luca Mezzacapo, Senior, 6-0, 205 – competing at tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Joey Formisano, Senior, 6-3, 235 – returning starter on inside 
  • Matthew Quish, Senior, 5-8, 180 – competing on inside, in addition to end  
  • Josh Santelises, Senior, 5-10, 180 – competing on inside 
  • Frankie Billings, Senior, 6-1, 190 – 3-year starter on outside 
  • Evan Werner, Senior, 5-10, 165 – projected starter on outside 
  • Jake Summers, Junior, 6-0, 200 – part of rotation on outside 

Secondary: 

  • Anthony Scarnaty, Senior, 5-10, 145 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Joshua Rodriguez, Junior, 6-1, 185 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Anthony Cummings, Senior, 5-8, 140 – projected starter at safety 
  • Michael Napolitano, Sophomore, 6-0, 175 – competing at cornerback 
  • Brady Shine, Sophomore, 5-11, 170 – competing at safety 

Special Teams: 

  • Senior George Kouletas is entering his fourth year at both kicker and punter 
  • Werner and Rodriguez are the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Thursday, 8/31, at Pompton Lakes, 1 PM
  • Friday, 9/8, Saddle Brook at home 
  • Thursday, 9/14, at Park Ridge 
  • Friday, 9/22, Hawthorne at home 
  • Friday, 9/29, at North Arlington 
  • 10/6-7, NJIC crossover 
  • 10/13-14, NJIC crossover 
  • 10/20-21, NJIC crossover 

Concerns: 

  • Staying healthy 
  • Developing depth throughout the season 

Recruiting: 

  • Formisano has 1-AA interest; he is strong and physical 
  • Billings needs more film 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Rodriguez, Solis, and Russo can play at the next level 
  • Summers will get his chance at running back 
  • Solid sophomore class needs some time 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We have experience with 13-14 starters back. They put in the work and have an opportunity to redeem themselves. The seniors are good leaders and they’re driven. The team follows because of that leadership and wants to change what happened last year.” – Head Coach Brian Ille

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