Post 91 – HS Football – Preview: Cherokee

September 4, 2018

2017 In Review:  The Chiefs were 7-3, losing to Howell in the South Jersey Group 5 playoffs.  They scored 277 points for a 27.7 average, while allowing 205 for a 20.5 average.  Wins included Shawnee, Williamstown, Hammonton, and Paul VI, while their other losses were to Timber Creek and Lenape.

Graduation Losses:  DB Tylker Ludwikowski – College of New Jersey, OL/DL Andrew Cardinali – Widener, WR Wayne Davenport – Monroe JC (NY), DB Devin Ibarrondo – Rowan, K Ethan McKarron – Rowan, QB/LB Jack Walters – Johns Hopkins for baseball, WR/DE Tymere Bennett – Bloomfield College for basketball,

Offense:  Cherokee runs a multiple spread and returns three starters.  The new quarterback will be senior Aidan Douglas (6-1, 190) and returning at running back is junior EJ Bard (5-10, 170) and sophomore Darren Hazen (5-10, 185) may also get carries.

Returning at wide receiver are senior Ryan Bassett (5-11, 175) and junior Jackson McIntyre (6-1, 185).  The other two spots will come from junior Zac Litty (5-9, 170), junior Andy Walters (5-9, 175), and sophomore Darnell Hightower (5-9, 155).  When they use a tight end, it will be senior AJ Pasquarella (6-3, 190), a returning defensive starter.

The line will be brand new, graduating everyone from last year.  The left tackle will be senior Jared Quitugua (5-11, 205) and right tackle will be held down by senior Nick Bernardi (5-10, 220).  At center is senior Tim Haverstick (5-10, 190), while the guards will be sophomores Josh Toner (6-0, 255) on the left side and Ryan Doyle (6-0, 255) on the right.  Pushing for time is senior Max Fisher (6-0, 210).

Defense:  The Chiefs run a multiple four and five-man fronts, returning four starters, including Pasquarella and senior Kevin Linden (5-11, 220) at the ends.   The tackles are senior Will Smith (6-0, 220) and sophomore Matt Ellis (6-1, 230), with senior Andrew Iamurri (5-10, 240) playing nose guard.

The linebackers bring back senior Marcus Dawson (5-9, 190) and he will be paired with sophomore Brett Bickett (5-10, 190).

Returning at cornerback is McIntyre and senior Shane Silver (5-8, 155) will be the other corner after seeing action.  The safeties will be Litty and Walters.

Special Teams:  Senior Chris Marrone is the punter and is competing at kicker with senior Spencer Lane.  The return men will be McIntyre, Litty, and Bard.


Friday, 9/7, at Shawnee, 7 PM
Friday, 9/14, Winslow at home,
Friday, 9/21, Rancocas Valley at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/28, at Millville, 6 PM
Saturday, 10/6, at Williamstown, 7:30 PM
10/13-14, Bye Week
Friday, 10/19, St. Augustine at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/26, at Lenape, 7 PM
Thursday, 11/22, Seneca at home, 11 AM

Recruits:  Linden ranges from 1-AA to D3, while Pasquarelli and Bassett are D2/D3.  Dawson will also play somewhere.

In the junior class, Bard runs an 11.1 100 meters and can go track, while McIntyre is 1-AA/D2.

Concerns:  Health, depth, and will they improve?

Coach’s Comments:  “We have a good group of kids who work hard and are buying in.  We have a different schedule and there will be excitement and a new challenge every week.  The expectations and outlook are the same, we only worry about ourselves, and we expect to be successful every time we step on the field.” – Head Coach Brian Glatz

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