CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School football team is gearing up for their first home game of the season following two losses against Somerville and Voorhees at the beginning of the season.

The Cougars face a setback due to the large amount of graduated seniors from last year’s team, according to Coach Erik Rosenmeier. Only five players returned overall: two on offense and three on defense.

“For many of these kids this is the first time someone else is truly depending on them to perform a mentally and physically difficult task,” Rosenmeier said. “It's not OK to make a mistake. If you miss your block, a teammate is going to get hit in the back, hard. There is no do over or reset button. As a parent, what wouldn't we do to protect our family from imminent physical danger? If we can get our kids to play football like that, we have a chance to be successful and they get to practice putting themselves out for someone else.”

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The team endures demanding practices under the leadership of Rosenmeier and the team captains, Elijah Arroyo, Dylan Budnik, Ahmad Rasheed and Jack Carroll. The captains were voted for by the players.

“The key to this team’s success is the same as every team,” Rosenmeier said. “They have to learn to put teammates first and do everything they can to help the team win. Football is somewhat unique in that in order to be successful, everyone must do their job on every play. Our players have to demand maximum effort and execution from themselves on every play even if it is difficult. Their teammates are counting on them to do it.”

Last year, Cranford finished 7-3 overall. The Cougars will return to their home turf on Friday at 7 p.m. to take on Rahway.

“I'm looking forward to the competition,” Rosenmeier said. “I'm looking forward to this team being the best that it can be.”

A full roster of this year’s football team can be read below:

#

Name

Height

Weight

Positions

Class

#

Name

Height

Weight

Positions

Class

1

Elijah Arroyo

5’10

175

RB/DB

SR

42

Christian Esposito

5’9

160

WR/DB

SO

2

Liam Loughlin

6’2

185

WR/LB

SO

43

David Simpson

5’11

180

RB/LB

JR

3

Anthony DeCostello

6’2

195

RB/LB

SO

44

Ian Spurr

6’2

185

WR/LB

SO

5

Daniel Curren

5’10

185

QB/LB

SR

45

Parker Melchiorre

5’10

175

RB/LB

SO

6

Philip Marotta

5’10

170

QB/DB

JR

47

Rickendel Phanor

5’9

165

WR/DB

SR

7

Evan Kanterman

5’8

160

RB/LB

SO

48

John Markase

5’10

195

RB/DL

SR

8

Michael Kalnins

5’10

165

RB/DB

SO

51

Matthew Savino

6’2

240

OL/DL

JR

9

Jimmy Shriner

6’0

190

RB/LB

JR

52

Dan Acocella

6’0

195

OL/LB

JR

10

Charles Mathews

5’10

170

WR/LB

JR

53

Nazir Benton

6’0

225

OL/DL

SR

11

Christopher Hecht

5’7

160

WR/DB

SO

54

Kevin Easse

6’0

210

OL/DL

SR

13

Steve Shore

5’11

170

WR/DB

JR

55

Nick Macchi

5’10

210

OL/DL

SR

15

Ian Scott

6’3

205

WR/DL

SR

56

Ben Quinutolo

5’10

205

OL/LB

JR

16

Valentino Ambrosio

5’9

170

K

SR

59

Dylan Budnik

6’3

215

OL/LB

SR

17

Dante Cassaro

5’9

165

WR/DB

JR

60

Dan Wessolock

6’2

215

OL/DL

JR

18

Connor Katz

6’0

185

QB/DB

SO

62

Eric Young

6’2

205

OL/LB

JR

19

Joshua Cadet

5’11

175

RB/DB

SR

64

Michael Fanelli

5’10

185

OL/DL

SO

20

Matthew Doran

5’11

185

RB/LB

JR

65

Michael Conrad

6’2

225

OL/DL

JR

21

Josiah Cadet

5’11

175

WR/DB

SR

66

Vincent Caputo

6’2

215

OL/DL

SR

22

Kevin Schwartz

5’8

160

WR/DB

SR

68

Sam Caminos

6’1

205

OL/DL

JR

23

Timothy O’Donnell

5’11

170

WR/DB

JR

69

Dan Gomez

6’3

215

OL/DL

SR

24

Owen Dowd

5’11

170

WR/DB

JR

72

Andrew Cheng

6’0

185

OL/DL

SO

25

Chris Giuditta

5’10

180

RB/LB

JR

73

Jake Gorombey

5’10

185

OL/DL

JR

26

Cole Zuckerman

5’6

160

RB/LB

JR

74

Chaz  DeSimone

6’2

195

OL/DL

SO

27

Ahmad Rasheed

5’11

185

RB/LB

SR

75

Matt Hickey

6’0

195

OL/DL

JR

28

Isaiah Glover

5’10

170

RB/LB

SR

76

Ryan Aszklar

6’0

225

OL/DL

SO

29

Jake Bradford

5’10

170

WR/DB

SR

77

Patrick Blowe

6’2

295

OL/DL

SO

30

Jamelle Harper

5’10

165

RB/LB

JR

78

Sean Merkel

6’0

205

OL/DL

SO

32

Devon Swedberg

6’0

175

RB/LB

JR

79

Jack Carroll

6’3

215

OL/DL

SR

34

Rob Schork

6’4

215

WR/DL

JR

80

Joseph Meola

5’10

170

WR/DB

SO

33

Owen Ballweg

6’2

200

RB/LB

JR

81

Zach Blevins

6’3

195

WR/DL

JR

36

Justin Alpaugh~McLean

6’1

195

RB/LB

SO

82

Dan MacNamara

5’7

160

WR/DB

SO

37

James Russell

5’11

175

WR/DB

SO

84

Dan Swanson

6’1

190

WR/LB

JR

38

Anthony Araujo

5’10

185

RB/LB

SR

85

Tim Joyce

6’1

195

WR/DL

SR

39

Jack McAleavey

6’0

175

WR/DB/K

JR

87

Chuck Fabian

6’4

195

WR/LB

JR

40

Josue Kernen

5’9

175

RB/LB

SO

88

Tommy Korzeneski

6’2

185

WR/DB

SO

           

89

Cole Blazek

5’11

175

WR/DB

SO