ROXBURY, N.J. – The Roxbury High School football team’s players are approaching today’s game against Morristown, their first of the season, with cautious optimism.

One factor playing into the Gaels’ preparations for the game is the fact that Morristown has a new head coach, John Power, who was previously the head coach at Columbia and Hillside.  

In practice this week, Roxbury worked on low tackling, proper footwork and anything that needed to be fixed from its scrimmage against Monroe on Sept. 1. The coaches were working diligently to make the improvements needed for today.

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With returning senior players Tucker Voelbel (running back and defensive back) and Jake Babus (2-way lineman), the Gaels are hoping the new players can quickly adapt to the speed of a varsity game.

The Gaels are planning for a winning season and they are expecting big things today from their running backs and defensive backs Michael Roumes (junior), Kevin Sembrat (junior) wide receiver Tyshon Bradley (senior) and new starting quarterback Donovan Brady (junior).

Coach Cosmo Lorusso has been teaching the players the importance of discipline and hard work.  He hopes to integrate these qualities into their daily lives, so they form good working habits for school and the rest of their lives.

Kickoff of today’s game, at Morristown, is 2 p.m.