Post 880 – Team Preview 2022: Rutherford Bulldogs

Rutherford Bulldogs  

2021: 

  • 9-2 
  • Lost to Jefferson in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 2 final, beat Ridgefield park in the semifinals, and Pompton Lakes in the first round 
  • Scored 290 points: 26.26 average 
  • Allowed 157 points: 14.27 average 
  • Wins included Park Ridge, Hawthorne, Waldwick (twice), Glen Rock, and Pompton Lakes 
  • Their other loss was to Hasbrouck Heights 

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Alex DiMaulo – Montclair State 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 6 

Quarterback: 

  • Van Weber, Senior, 6-3, 175 – returning starter 

Running Back: 

  • Cole Goumas, Junior, 5-7, 170 – returning starter 

Fullback: 

  • Matt Scheibe, Junior, 5-11, 185 – projected starter; started on defense 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Anthony Bonagura, Senior, 5-10, 165 – projected starter; started on defense 
  • Chris Gioia, Sophomore, 5-10, 165 – projected starter 
  • Danny Carr, Senior, 6-1, 180 – projected starter 

Tight End: 

  • Ryan Ward, Junior, 6-4, 235 – returning starter 

Offensive Line: 

  • Steve Pisciotta, Senior, 6-2, 215 – 3-year starter at tackle 
  • Gavin McGill,Junior 6-0, 225 – 3-year starter at guard  
  • Arthur Costan,Junior, 5-8, 225 – returning starter at center 
  • Luciano Matteo, Senior, 5-10, 240 – projected starter at guard; started on defense 
  • Luke Cerulli, Junior, 6-0, 205 – projected starter at tackle; moving from running back and started on defense 
  • Ernie Bonagura, Senior, 5-6, 205 – sixth man on the line  

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-3
  • Returning Starters: 7

Defensive Line: 

  • Ryan Ward, Junior, 6-4, 235 – returning starter at end 
  • Gavin McGill,Junior 6-0, 225 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Luciano Matteo, Senior, 5-10, 240 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Lou Morella, Sophomore, 6-1, 195 – competing at opposite end 
  • Steve Pisciotta, Senior, 6-2, 215 – competing at opposite end 
  • Arthur Costan,Junior, 5-8, 225 – competing at opposite end 
  • Ernie Bonagura, Senior, 5-6, 205 – competing at opposite end 

Linebacker: 

  • Luke Cerulli, Junior, 6-0, 205 – returning starter on inside 
  • Zach Herninko, Senior, 5-7, 160 – returning starter on inside, moving from outside 
  • Chris Lora, Junior, 5-6, 195 – competing on inside 
  • Danny Carr, Senior, 6-1, 180 – competing on outside 
  • Giacomo Silvestri, Senior, 5-10, 180 – competing on outside 

Secondary: 

  • Matt Scheibe, Junior, 5-11, 185 – returning starter at safety 
  • Chris Gioia, Sophomore, 5-10, 165 – projected starter at safety 
  • Jack Daly, Junior, 5-10, 160 – competing at safety 
  • Anthony Bonagura, Senior, 5-10, 165 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Cole Goumas, Junior, 5-7, 170 – competing at cornerback 
  • Mateo Corallo, Junior, 5-7, 155 – competing at cornerback 

Special Teams: 

  • Sophomore Drew Carney is the kicker and punter has not been decided 
  • The return men will be decided in camp 

Schedule: 

  • Thursday, 9/1, at Becton 
  • Friday, 9/9, at Lyndhurst 
  • Friday, 9/16, Lodi at home 
  • Friday, 9/23, at Garfield 
  • Friday, 9/30, Glen Rock at home 
  • 10/7-8, NJIC crossover 
  • 10/14-15, NJIC crossover 
  • 10/21-22, NJIC crossover 

Concerns: 

  • Finding leadership 
  • Finding ways to win close games 

Recruiting: 

  • Weber is receiving 1-AA interest 
  • Matteo can play somewhere 
  • The other seniors would be D3 candidates 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Ward has interest from Rutgers, Boston College, and others 
  • McGill can end up playing somewhere 
  • Goumas may play baseball 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We have a decent amount of players back. We started six sophomores last year and also have our quarterback returning. We graduated a lot of leaders and that is big. Every season is its own journey and we will need to win close games.” – Head Coach Steve Dunn 

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