SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School football team earned their third Greater Blue Division Championship in 2016, finishing with a 6-4 overall record. They will look to grab their fourth division title in a row when the 2017 season opens on Saturday, September 9.
Prior to the season opener, the Chargers will test the waters with scrimmages against Perth Amboy High School, Newark Central High School, West Essex High School and Keansburg High School. Their final scrimmage will be against Keansburg at home on August 31 at 10 a.m.
Spotswood High School English teacher, Andy Cammarano will be behind the bench for his eleventh season as the Chargers' head coach. Cammarano has a 49-51 overall record on the gridiron since taking over the job in 2007.
The Chargers saw five key members depart, losing Jack Keenan, Ryan Szatkowski, Nick Mohr, Sal Mistretta and Chris Robel to graduation in June. Szatkowski and Keenan were Spotswood's representatives in the 2017 Snapple Bowl last month.
However, the team has a strong, experienced core group of seniors that will be returning to the lineup this season. That vital nucleus includes Nick Vincelli, Mike Izzo, Michael Leroy, Chance Fee, Shea Obado, Jesse Sowell, Yousef Elhalaka, Ray Bureko and Kyle Dougert. Junior Eddie Rogers is another significant player that is returning to the quarterback and safety positions. Rogers saw some time at quarterback last season, gaining varsity experience. Vincelli is a three-year starter for the Chargers at the running back and strong safety positions.
"We have a nice senior class in terms of numbers and we expect to be competitive," Cammarano said, adding that the strong senior class and the team's committed work ethic would be pluses for the squad this year.
Several seniors are new additions to the team for the fall, including Tom Conahan, JT Schneider, Justin Dalrymple, Alex Hartman. This group along with junior John Lauro were cited as key newcomers by Cammarano.
The Chargers will open up the 2017 football season at home against one of their chief rivals, South River High School. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at the Spotswood High School Football Stadium. The rest of the Chargers 2017 schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, September 16 at home against Holmdel High School; game time at 1 p.m.
- Friday, September 22 at Middlesex High School; game time at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, September 30 at home against Dunellen High School; game time at 1 p.m.
- Friday, October 6 at Highland Park High School; game time at 7 p.m.
- Friday, October 13 at Point Pleasant Beach High School; game time at 7 p.m.
- Friday, October 20 at Bishop Ahr High School, game time at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 28 at home against Raritan High school; game time at 1 p.m.
- Saturday, November 4 at home against Metuchen High School; game time at 1 p.m.
The complete 2017 Spotswood High School football roster includes:
6 Connor Platt FB, OLB Jr. 5-7 140
8 Eddie Rogers QB, FS, P Jr. 6-0 180
9 Matt Bohinski QB, S So. 6-0 170
13 Edgardo Velasco iii QB, MLB Sr. 5-6 165
16 Tom Perpente RB, SS So. 5-4 130
20 Chance Fee SE, CB, KR Sr. 5-9 160
22 Justin Rodriguez WR, CB Sr. 5-7 145
25 Michael Harris RB, CB Jr. 5-9 150
26 Jack Kozak RB, SS Jr. 5-8 165
27 Shea Obado WB, CB Sr. 5-10 170
28 Tallen Smith RB, FS So. 5-8 150
30 Matt Amador FB, ILB Sr. 5-9 175
32 Justin Dalrymple WR, SS Sr. 5-10 160
34 Nick Vincelli RB, SS Sr. 6-0 200
36 Jordan Pelayo TE, ILB Jr. 5-9 145
44 Ray Baureko FB, MLB Sr. 5-10 180
50 Michael Leroy C, DE Sr. 6-0 185
53 Kyle Dougert G, DE Sr. 6-0 200
55 JT Schneider C, ILB Sr. 6-0 190
57 Tyler Pepe T, DT Sr. 5-8 230
58 Yousef Elhalaka G, DT Sr. 6-5 245
59 Dylan Mccoy TE, SS Sr. 5-9 160
60 Tyler Buck C, DT So. 5-8 160
61 Patrick Donnelly OG, LB So. 5-8 150
63 Tom Lynch TE, DE Sr. 6-2 190
64 Alex Hartman OG, DT Sr. 6-3 265
65 Holden Schley OG, DE So. 5-9 160
66 Jack Henry T, DT Sr. 5-9 200
67 Matt Robel T, DT Jr. 5-10 250
68 Tom Conahan G, ILB, K Sr. 5-9 185
71 Jack Peabody T, DT So. 5-9 215
72 Andy Fink OG, DT Jr. 5-9 230
73 Jesse Sowell DE, OT Sr. 6-0 260
75 Mike Izzo T, DT Sr. 6-3 275
76 Abraan Rubio G, DE Sr. 5-8 175
80 Connor Johnson RB, SS So. 5-7 135
81 Ben Milburn WR, CB Sr. 5-10 145
88 Michael Minnihan TE, DE So. 5-8 165
AJ Ramadan G, DT Fr. 5-5 180
AJ Smith ATH Sr. 5-10 175
Arlian Rubio WR, DB Fr. 5-5 130
Caden Esser RB, SS Fr. 5-8 160
Colin Byrne WR, CB Fr. 5-7 130
Connor Lennan G, DE Fr. 5-8 170
Dave Barry TE, DT So. 6-0 225
Ethan Oster RB, DB Fr. 5-7 130
George Hayford FB, ILB Fr. 5-9 180
George Marakis RB, CB Fr. 5-4 120
Jonathan Lauro G, DE Jr. 6-0 255
Manny Morales G, DT Fr. 5-9 170
Mark Ebube WR, CB, ATH Sr. 6-4 170
Matt Bittar OT, DT Fr. 6-2 190
RJ Oross TE, DT Fr. 5-11 180
Shane Dwyer QB, FS Fr. 5-7 140
Shawn Henry C, DT Fr. 5-10 220
Steven Melillo G, ILB Fr. 5-9 175
Walid Elhalaka OT, DT Fr. 5-11 180
Yamil Aguirre FB, MLB So. 6-0 170