MADISON, NJ – It’ll be a football experience Madison High School head coach Christopher Kubik has never seen. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kubik expects his group to be competitive in a shortened year.
“Besides the waiting game, I’m excited about this year,” Kubik said. “I do believe we’re going to get on the field. I think it’ll be an exciting year for us. I think we’re in a position to be very competitive and we’re looking forward to it.”
Quarterback Jack O’Hearen leads the way for Madison as a three-year starter. Some linemen return as well in Nick Esposito, Luke Voorhees and Brady McDonald, and tight end Aidan Feledy will also be back. That experience should certainly help Madison once the 2020 season kicks off.
There will be a mix with skill guys and some younger players as well. Kubik believes players like Patrick Quinn, Ryan Marquardt, John Geier, Matt Monaco and Matt Metzler should have an impact.
The Dodgers will have a lot of kids out this year, too.
“We have the most kids out we’ve ever had in my 14 years,” Kubik said. “We have a lot of guys who will be in the mix and be competing to try to get on the field.” Madison was certainly able to score points last year. Having O’Hearen under center once again will be a positive. Limited practices aren’t ideal for any offense, Kubik says, but
experience should factor in.
“To have some guys who have played certainly helps the development of that side of the ball,” the Madison coach said. “We think we’re going to be pretty good on offense.”
The Dodgers will play six regular-season games, including five division games, and then two games will be added at the end. Right now, Madison will play divisional opponents Parsippany, Mountain Lakes, Kinnelon, Hanover Park and Pequannock. The non-division game will be against Millburn.
Before the schedule change, the Dodgers were scheduled to go up against Verona, Newton and Weequahic. When everything changed, those three teams left the schedule
and Millburn was put on. Preparing around the pandemic has not been easy, according to Kubik.
“It’s been tricky because there are a lot of unknowns in your plans,” he said. “It’s hard to know what your calendar exactly is. This has been new for everybody. It has been tricky from a management perspective. It’s hard to go into a season when there is a lot of doubt, but we know people are trying to do the right thing. We think that we’ll hopefully get a season started and finished safely.”