Post 626 – Team Preview 2021: Park Ridge Owls

Park Ridge Owls

2020: 

  • 6-1 
  • 239 points scored; 34.14 average 
  • 87 points allowed; 12.43 average 
  • Wins: Hasbrouck Heights, Butler, Glen Rock, Wood-Ridge, Pompton Lakes
  • Losses: Becton 

Graduation:  

  • OL Kevin Hunt – New Hampshire 
  • WR/LB Brendan Hughes – Muhlenberg for baseball 
  • WR/LB Daniel Gutin – New haven 
  • RB/DB Luke Papataros – Dickinson (Pa.) 

2021 Captains:  

  • Will be named later 

Offense:  

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 5 

Quarterback:  

  • Cole Hughes, sophomore, 6-2, 190 – projected starter 

Running Back: 

  • Matthew Manning, Senior, 5-11, 190 – returning starter: will line up all over  
  • Luke MacFie, Sophomore, 5-11, 165 – will see action 
  • Nick Pantaleo, Senior, 5-9, 170 – will see action 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Kyle Bratcher, Senior, 5-11, 180 – returning starter 
  • Liam O’Connor, Senior, 5-10, 165 – projected starter 
  • Bryan Martel, Senior, 5-11, 165 – projected starter 
  • Matthew Manning, senior, 5-11, 90 – will line up here periodically 
  • Efren Gaytan, Senior, 5-11, 190 – competing 
  • Leul Cetoute, Sophomore, 5-8, 160 – competing and may see action at running back 

Offensive Line: 

  • Deron McLaughlin, Sophomore, 6-5, 250 – projected starter at left tackle 
  • Brian Kennedy, Senior, 6-1, 230 – returning starter at left guard; may play center or right guard 
  • Ayden Giacomelli, Senior, 5-10, 210 – returning starter at right guard; may move to left side 
  • Luke Moser, Junior, 6-1, 220 – competing at center and right guard 
  • David Hodgins, Senior, 6-4, 250 – 3-year starter at right tackle 
  • Andre Baskapan, Senior, 6-2, 245 – competing at guard and tackle; started on defense  

Defense:  

  • Formation: Multiple 3-and4-man fronts 
  • Returning Starters: 4 

Defensive Line:

  • Andre Baskapan, Senior, 6-2, 245 – returning starter at end 
  • David Hodgins, Senior, 6-4, 250 – will rotate at tackle, end, and nose guard 
  • Deron McLaughlin, Sophomore, 6-5, 250 – will rotate at tackle, end, and nose guard 
  • Ayden Giacomelli, Senior, 5-10, 210 – will rotate at tackle, end, and nose guard 
  • Luke Moser, Junior, 6-1, 220 – will rotate at tackle, end, and nose guard 

Linebacker: 

  • Brian Kennedy, Senior, 6-1, 230 – returning starter in middle/inside 
  • Trevor Ludwig, Senior, 5-11, 190 – competing on the outside 
  • Efren Gaytan, Senior, 5-11, 190 – competing on the inside 
  • Jacob Shannon, Sophomore, 5-11, 170 – competing on the inside 

Secondary:  

  • Kyle Bratcher, Senior, 5-11, 180 – 3-year starter at safety 
  • Cole Hughes, sophomore, 6-2, 190 – projected starter at safety 
  • Matthew Manning, Senior, 5-11, 190 – 3-year starter at cornerback  
  • Liam O’Connor, Senior, 5-10, 165 – projected starter at cornerback; saw action
  • Bryan Martel, Senior, 5-11, 165 – part of cornerback rotation
  • Luke MacFie, Sophomore, 5-11, 165 – part of cornerback rotation
  • Leul Cetoute, Sophomore, 5-8, 160 – part of cornerback rotation 

Special Teams: 

  • Kicker and punter are open 
  • Manning and O’Connor will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/10, Garfield at home 
  • Friday, 9/17, at Butler 
  • Friday, 9/24, at Hasbrouck Heights 
  • Friday, 10/1, Wallington at home 
  • Friday, 10/8, St. Mary at home 
  • Friday, 10/15, at Wood-Ridge 
  • 10/22-23, NJIC playoffs 
  • 10/29-30, NJIC playoffs 

Concerns:  

  • Depth and staying healthy 
  • Getting through the first three weeks of their schedule 
  • Developing the sophomore class 

Recruiting:  

  • Manning, Bratcher, and Hodgins are D3 candidates 
  • Baskapian is also D3, but very intriguing – he’s athletic, still growing, and has a high motor 

Coach’s Comments:  

“We return a lot of good players and the sophomore class has a good nucleus. Our expectations are high and we want to exceed those expectations.” – Head Coach Tom Curry, Jr. 

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