CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham football team needs to jump-start its offense and head coach Dan Czepiga is hoping a change at quarterback will provide the spark.
Sophomore Giovanni Del Re will make his first start at quarterback on Saturday when Chatham (0-2) meets Montville (1-2) in a 2 p.m. start at Cougar Field.
"We talked about it and decided it was time to make a change," Czepiga said.
The move switches senior quarterback Luke McAloon to wide receiver and safety and elevates freshman Jackson Hodges to the backup quarterback slot.
To McAloon's credit, he took the move in stride and has supported Del Re with his transition to starter.
"It wasn't my choice, but I'm excited to play a new position," McAloon said. "I've been a quarterback since I was in fifth grade. As the quarterback, I know all the plays and routes, so I should be able to move in at wide receiver without any problem. I'm happy I'm going to be on the field no matter where they want me to play. I want to help us get a win."
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"It's extremely hard to evaluate young talent," Czepiga said. "I've been watching the freshman team and (Hodges) has led them to a 2-0 record."
According to Czepiga, If something happens to Del Re during the game, Hodges will be the replacement at quarterback, with McAloon remaining at his receiver/safety slots.
COUGAR NOTES: Hodges threw four touchdown passes on Thursday when the Cougar freshmen improved their record to 3-0 with a 33-6 victory at Montville ... also joining Hodges on the varsity this week are freshmen wide receivers Bryce Kania and Will Walsh.
"I told them that I want to see how they play versus the older guys," Czepiga said.