Post 89 – HS Football – Preview: Brick

September 3, 2018  

2017 In Review:  The Dragons were 6-5, losing to Freehold Boro in the Central Jersey Group 4 semi-finals after beating Allentown.  They scored 192 points for a 17.45 average, while allowing 168 for a 15.27 average, including three shutouts.  Wins included Brick Memorial, Jackson, and Toms River North, while other losses were to St. John Vianney, Lakewood, and Central Regional.

Graduation Losses:  TE/DE Chris Hirtes, OL/DL Rahmi Halk – Warriors JC

Offense:  Brick runs a multiple-pro offense and return six starters.  Quarterback will be shared again by senior Jim Leblo (6-1, 188) and junior Anthony Prato (5-8, 175).  Tailback brings back senior Joey Carchio (5-8, 186) and senior Jacob Wynkoop (5-8, 175) will also carry the ball.  The h-back will be senior Richie Tallmadge (5-9, 200).

Returning at wide receiver are senior Cole Groschel (6-0, 180) and junior Val Grigorian (5-7, 155).  In addition, Prato also saw action there when he wasn’t playing quarterback.  The tight end is senior Cory Englehardt (6-4, 230), a defensive starter from last year.

The lone starter back on the line is senior center Zach Piscope (6-1, 270).  The guards will be senior Christian Malta (5-9, 215), junior John Beveridge (5-10, 235), and junior Tyler DeTata (5-7, 180).  Junior John Costanza (6-3, 210) will man one tackle and the opposite tackle is either freshman Darian Newcomb (6-1, 235) or senior Dayna Andrews (6-0, 305).

Defense:  The Dragons run a multiple four-man front and return eight starters and others who played.  Englehardt returns at end, with his partner being Costanza, who saw time.  Malta returns at tackle and a rotation of junior Jared Keefe (5-7, 180), Andrews, and junior Janiere Reeves (5-9, 270) will also play.    

Linebacker has three returning: Carchio and senior John Srtich (5-9, 150) on the outside, plus Tallmadge back at inside with senior Dylan DeAlemeida (5-11, 186) playing next to him after getting time.

The three returning starters in the secondary are senior Mike McGuigan (5-8, 145) at cornerback, Leblo at strong safety, and Groschel at free safety.  Prato will play the opposite corner.

Special Teams:  Wynkoop returns as the kicker and Carchio is back punting.  The return men will be Grigorian, Groschel, and McGuigan.


Saturday, 9/8, at Brick Memorial, 11 AM
Friday, 9/14, at St. John Vianney, 7 PM
Friday, 9/21, Freehold Boro at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/28, at Middletown North, 7 PM
Friday, 10/5, Rumson-Fair Haven at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/12, Lacey at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/19, at Jackson, 7 PM
Friday, 10/26, Lakewood at home, 7 PM

Recruits:  Englehardt and Groschel are 1-AA/D2 players and the rest are D3 candidates.

Concerns:  Taking care of what they can control and playing to the best of their ability.

Coach’s Comments:  “We have experienced players back and we are going to lean on them.  We hope their leadership and work ethic can lead us and rub off on the underclassmen.” – Head Coach Len Zdanowicz

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