LIVINGSTON, NJ — In its premier match of the season on the Livingston High School turf Saturday afternoon, the 2016 Lancers varsity football team accomplished a 48-7 victory over Millburn.

Led by senior captains Jack Dinicola, Ryan Gold, Jack Haber, Chris Houmis, Adam Reedy, Stephen Russo and Josh Zacher, the Livingston Lancers enter the season with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. Head Coach Robert Breschard said Saturday was a “great day to be a Lancer,” with an extremely satisfying win for the program.

“The players did an excellent job of executing the game plan,” said Breschard. “We will continue to improve each week on learning what our coaching staff is trying to get done.”

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Breschard was impressed with the defense, which he said played a smart game and was aggressive to the ball carrier. He also said that the offense, led by senior quarterbacks Nick Cotugno, junior Ryan Cardona and junior Jared Golman, was “explosive” with big plays by Cotugno and Tyrell Garnes.

Garnes accumulated a total of 18 points throughout the game against Millburn, including two receiving touchdowns and one punt return. Cotugno, a senior also known as a key player in the Lancers baseball program, accumulated four passing touchdowns during Saturday’s game.  

The Livingston football program is looking to turn the corner in the competitive Liberty Blue Division in 2016.

This year, seniors Mike Battista, Sebastian Dierckx, John Durish, Adam Khajawa and Casey Kimmel are filling spots that were left by graduation. The junior class has been asked to step in and contribute at the varsity level on both sides of the ball and special teams.

According to coaches, Tyrell Garnes, Eddie Kasmin, Noah Kudish, Brett Kurland, Sam Krull, Eddie McGovern, Ricky Marino, Ken Newman, Anthony Petrillo, Mark Poole, James Prial Nick Rivera, Corey Rosenbaum, Jovan Sandiford, Paul Silvestri, Kristian Torres Ryan Valese and Dan Weiss will be key contributors this season.

The sophomore class, coming off a 6-3 record as freshmen, is a strong group of players competing for playing time at the varsity level.

Players such as Alan Chen, Joe Cullen, M.J. Depaola, Jack Ernst, Marco Fusari, Drew Nardone, Matt Poole and Tommy Werner are working in at the varsity level and on special teams. Bobby Breschard, Nick Boffa Kevin Brien, C.J. Bullion, Aidan Conway, Michael DeAngelus, Riley Devlin, Frazier Dodek, Chris Durish, Jared Franco, Jomin Joseph, Jon Li, Dominic Martine, Eddie Meyers, Austin Paris, Ryan Passeri, Matt Paster, Joesh Sibi, Nick Tice, Jelvin Thomas, Jamar Vincent and Jason Wittlinger are also key contributors to the program.