Post 408 – HS Football Preview 2019: Mount Olive

Mount Olive Marauders  

2018 in Review:  

  • 5-4 record 
  • Lost to Wayne Hills in the North Jersey Section 1 Group 4 playoffs 
  • Scored 153 points – 17.0 average
  • Allowed 162 points – 18.0 average 
  • Wins Included: West Morris, Roxbury, Jefferson 
  • Losses: Randolph, Montville, Morris Knolls 

Departing Seniors:   

  • OL Patrick Olson – Utica 
  • OLB Trevon Reid – Rowan 
  • TE Chris Carpini – Moravian 
  • RB/DB Flynn Brown – Lackawanna JC (Pa.) 
  • OLB Steven Pizza – Rowan for baseball 

*The bold print below is a returning starter. This includes one who had playing time and one who started on the other side of the ball only in 2018, with explanation included after their name. 

Offense: 

Formation: Multiple Spread
Returning Starters: 5 

Quarterback:  

  • Gavin Lockwood, Junior, 6-2, 190 – projected starter 

Running Back:  

  • Mike Cowan, Senior, 50-10, 185 – part of a rotation 
  • Justin Schmidt, Junior, 5-10, 175 – part of a rotation 
  • Hunter Perez, Sophomore, 5-11, 175 – part of a rotation 

Wide Receiver:  

  • Yanni Kalas, Senior, 6-0, 185 – 3-year starter at outside receiver 
  • Jack Scheuten, Senior, 6-2, 185 – 3-year starter at outside receiver 
  • Caden Kramer, Senior, 5-9, 180 – returning starter at slot receiver 
  • Charlie McVicar, Junior, 5-8, 175 – projected starter at slot receiver 
  • Cooper Anderson, Sophomore, 5-10, 165 – part of rotation at slot receiver 
  • AJ McKay, Junior, 6-0, 170 – part of rotation at outside receiver 
  • Sean Harris, Sophomore, 6-0, 160 – part of rotation at outside receiver 

Offensive Line:  

  • Stan Puzio, Senior, 6-4, 230 – projected starter at left tackle; started on defense 
  • Essex DeBerry, Senior, 6-4, 240 – 3-year starter at left guard moving from left tackle
  • Tim Marro, Senior, 6-0, 230 – projected starter at center 
  • Nico Negron, Senior, 6-4, 265 – returning starter at right guard moving from right tackle 
  • Gavin Camoia, Senior, 6-2, 210 – projected starter at right tackle 
  • Mason Cosenzo, Junior, 6-1, 240 – third tackle in rotation 
  • Christiano Santos, Junior, 5-9, 250 – third guard in rotation 

Defense:  

  • Formation: 3-4
  • Returning Starters: 

End:  

  • Essex DeBerry, Senior – returning starter 
  • Stan Puzio, Senior – returning starter 
  • Marcus Gillyard, Junior, 6-0, 260 – part of rotation 

Nose Guard:  

  • Nico Negron, Senior – projected starter 
  • Christiano Santos, junior – part of rotation 

Outside Linebacker:  

  • Yanni Kalas, Senior – returning starter moving from strong safety 
  • Cory Campbell, Junior, 6-0, 175 – projected starter 
  • Jared Heineman, Junior, 5-10, 185 – part of rotation 

Inside Linebacker:  

  • Caden Kramer, Senior – 3-year starter moving from safety 
  • Hunter Perez, Sophomore – projected starter 
  • Bobby Fenton, Senior, 5-10, 180 – part of rotation 

Cornerback:  

  • Evan Perault, Senior, 6-0, 170 – projected starter 
  • Cameron Thorkildsen, Senior, 5-10, 170 – projected starter 
  • Charlie McVicar, Junior – part of rotation  
  • Tommy Jordan, Senior, 5-9, 150 – part of rotation  

Safety:  

  • Justin Schmidt, Junior – projected starter at free safety; started five games   
  • Jordan Leonard, Junior, 6-0, 175 – projected starter at strong safety 
  • Jack Scheuten, Senior – part of rotation 
  • Cooper Anderson, Sophomore – part of rotation 
  • Gavin Lockwood, Junior – will play in situations 

Special Teams: 

  • Jordan is a 3-year starter at kicker and Scheuten will punt 
  • Schmidt, Kalas, Kramer, McVicar, and Perez are the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/6, Clifton at home 
  • Saturday, 9/14, at Chatham 
  • Friday, 9/20, Jefferson at home 
  • Saturday, 9/28, at Morris Knolls 
  • Friday, 10/4, Randolph at home 
  • Friday, 10/11, at West Morris 
  • Friday, 10/18, Montville at home  
  • Friday, 10/25, at Roxbury 
  • Friday, 11/1, Morristown at home 

Concerns: 

  • Depth on the lines – the starters need to be rested periodically in fast-paced offense 

Recruiting:  

  • DeBerry had schools interested before he tore his ACL, but he is healthy now and those schools want to see his film
  • Kalas may go 1-AA for football, but may also play lacrosse 
  • Kramer i D2/D3 in both football and baseball 
  • Negron has interest from harvard, Yale, and Princeton 
  • Puzio can end up 1-AA to D3 
  • Scheuten is a D2/D3 prospect 
  • Jordan has interest from Monmouth as a kicker 

Coach’s Comments:  

“Our goal is to get back to the Meadowlands and finish the job. WE’ve had a great camp and have great confidence. The players realize they can do something great if they develop and stay healthy.” – Head Coach Brian O’Connor 

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