August 12, 2008
2017 In Review: The Bengals were 5-5, losing to Overbrook in the South Jersey Group 2 consolation game. They scored 177 points for a 17.7 average, while allowing 216 for a 21.6 average. Wins included Shore and losses were to Point Pleasant Boro, Manasquan, and Lakewood.
Graduation Losses: RB/LB Juan Abraham – Montclair State, OL Brandon Andrews – Montclair State, WR/DB Nico Adorno – Rhode Island – track
Offense: Barnegat runs a multiple spread, returns nine starters, with senior Brian Finucan (6-3, 192) the incumbent at quarterback. Seniors return with Charlie Cotton (5-10, 205) at running back and four-year starter Brian Ewan (5-11, 219) at fullback.
Sean Morris (6-3, 228), a senior, is back at tight end and junior Devyn DeFilipo (6-2, 175) returns at wide receiver. Those in the picture at wide receiver are junior Caleb Schafer (5-7, 162), junior Dominique Dorphin (6-3, 165), sophomore Lawrence Davis (5-10, 150), junior Tyzon Jackson (5-11, 183), junior Aaron Osborn (6-0, 174), and junior Logan Malia (6-1, 170).
Four starters are back on the line: senior Tim Lauterbach (6-1, 268) at center, senior Phil Gogarty (6-2, 276) at right tackle, junior Griffin Jackstadt (6-3, 238) at left tackle, and senior Joe Lauer (6-0, 244) at right guard. The open left guard has a battle among seniors Eric Feroldi (6-0, 220), Anthony Grimes (6-0, 278), and John Pannone (5-9, 215), with Feroldi the frontrunner.
Defense: The Bengals run a 4-3 and return nine starters. Morris returns at end, while Grimes and Pannone are the incumbent tackles. In the running at the open end are sophomore Robert Armstrong (6-2, 200), Jackstadt, and junior Dominick Aneses (5-9, 175).
The linebackers are all returning starters, with Ewan back for his fourth year at middle linebacker, junior Michael Godfrey (5-8, 181) back on the strong side, and Cotton playing the weak side, moving from cornerback.
Back at cornerback is senior Tristan Porcelli (5-8, 168), with senior Sean Madej (6-0, 181) and junior Matt Scott (5-9, 155) returning at the safeties. The opposite corner will have either DeFilipo, Dorphin, or junior Isaiah Chesney (5-8, 140).
Special Teams: Both the kicking game and return game will be decided in camp.
Friday, 9/7, Jackson Liberty at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/14, at Shore, 7 PM
Friday, 9/21, Pinelands at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/28, at Matawan, 7 PM
Friday, 10/5, Mater Dei at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/12, Keyport at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/19, at Point Pleasant Boro, 7 PM
Friday, 10/26, at Toms River South, 7 PM
Recruits: Morris committed to Holy Cross, while Ewan is a four-year starter who is 1-AA/D2. Grimes, Cotton, Madej, and Gogerty may play D3.
Concerns: Depth at certain positions.
Coach’s Comments: “We’re excited about the season. We’ve missed the playoffs the last three years and we have a chip on our shoulder, wanting to return.” – Head Coach Rob Davis