Chatham Football Team Still "Under Construction" for 2017 Season

Chatham football captains Christian Cuttita, Max Schelling and Ben Herbert Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The prospects for the 2017 Chatham football team is a little like the activity going on at Cougar Field this summer - Call it "Under Construction."

Cougar Field has been closed through the summer months and Chatham football followers will get their first look at the updated facilities when Newark Barringer visits for the 2 p.m. season opener on Saturday. The team will look like new, too.

"We have a lot of guys who will be playing four quarters as a starter for the first time," Chatham head coach Jason Izsa said. "A lot of these guys don't have varsity experience."

Sign Up for E-News

That inexperience includes senior quarterback Andrew DesMarais, who is playing football for the first time since his freshman year. In contrast, Barringer comes in with signal caller Zamar Wise, who is coming off a season in which he threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for five.

"We know we're one of the best-coached teams out here, we can out-scheme any team," Cougar senior tri-captain Max Schelling said. "It's just about executing and playing as one. Turnovers are going to be the key to the game. We know we have to contain their quarterback."

Chatham will be out to prevent the big play, which hurt the Cougars in last year's opening 34-23 loss at Schools Stadium to Barringer.

"I feel like if we bring the fire, we can be really good," Chatham tri-captain Ben Herbert said. "Once we're all in, and we all execute and everybody does their job, we're going to be a hard squad to take down."

DesMarais will make his football renaissance behind a line that includes senior Chris Strutt at center; senior Herbert and junior Ben Baker at the guards, and junior Luke Agnew and senior Patrick O'Malley at the tackles. Junior runner Jake Wingate will be in the backfield with senior tri-captain Christian Cuttita, Schelling, junior Shane Carlin and sophomore Charles Cuneo at the receiver positions. 

Senior running back Drew Sardini is on his way back from a preseason injury.

The defensive line features, O'Malley, sophomore Josh Pollard, junior Sean Goodman, Baker and Herbert.

The linebackers are Schelling, Agnew and junior Josh Smith. The Chatham secondary will have Cuttita and Cuneo at the corners and junior James Ehler and Carlin at the safeties. Junior Ryan Lonergan is listed as the backup at quarterback and safety.

Converted soccer player, Kristian Roos, takes over the kicking duties. The junior will take over the dual punter/placekicker role held down by Timmy Adams the past few years.

"Roos is very athletic and he's learning the game as he goes," Izsa said. "He's also working on the offensive side of the ball at receiver."

Chatham competes in the North Jersey Super Football Conference, Patriot White Division, which includes Group 3 state sectional champion Morris Hills and state sectional runner-up Parsippany Hills. 

"There is a lot of upside and energy on this team that we have to tap into," Cuttita said.

Max Schelling scored the first touchdown of the season last season in the opener at Barringer

Luke Agnew falls on fumble in the end zone to score TD vs. Barringer in last season's opener

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

Robotics and Turkey Sandwiches

April 24, 2018

April 22, 2018

Below is the thank you letter written to all of the groups involved in a wonderful service project today in support of Bridges Outreach, a Summit based organization that has been aiding local homeless friends for 30 years.

Dear Central Presbyterian Kindergartners, Stanley Family and friends, Fear the Gear, Columbia High School robotics and Washington Avenue School ...

Chatham Education Foundation's Second 'Casino Royale' Grosses Over $100,000

April 24, 2018

Sometimes the sequel is better than the original! Chatham Education Foundation honored grant recipients and celebrated 21 years of providing grant funding to the School District to the Chathams at its second Casino Royale on Friday, April 20.

The sold-out event, held at Fairmount Country Club grossed over $100K for the School District of the Chathams.

With 300 attendees, including Jill ...