Scotch Plains-Fanwood 2015 Football Preview

Raiders have been in between the weight room and field drills all summer long. Credits: Michael Bruchert
The Raiders keep their muscles warm after lifting with touch drills. Credits: Michael Bruchert

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – After finishing 3-7 last year, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team will return to the field on Sept. 12 after an intense offseason.

Last season, the Raiders combined for over 3,500 rushing yards, but just 300 passing yards, according to the team’s head coach Jon Stack. The sub-par record neglects to show the 4th quarter leads they held in multiple games, including a 14-point lead against eventual State Champion Linden Tigers.

“Thinking you can pull the upset of the year still stings,” Coach Stack admitted. “Even in the game against Immaculata we fought back, but they made plays and the game slipped through our fingers. A coach said this to me once, ‘It’s not your record, it’s how you get to that record.’ I’m proud of the three wins because we fought and that’s all you ask for.”

Sign Up for E-News

The outlook on this season remains neutral as the inaugural game is still over two weeks away.

“There is nobody on our schedule that we can take lightly,” Coach Stack said. “We can win every game, we can lose every game.”

However, the team welcomes back a heavy sense of camaraderie with both the entire offensive and defensive line staying in place, and key playmakers earning roles on both sides of the ball.

Returning varsity players include Ed DePaola (OL, DL), Giancarlo Lorusso (OL, LB), Jason Wendel (OL, DL), and Jalen Bryant (OL, DL), who will all serve as team captains. Seniors Marquel Taylor (QB), Jack Defouw (QB), and Ben Powell (RB, DB) will lead the Raiders’ offense in 2015.

Coach Stack had high praise for juniors Vinnie Ruzek (FB, LB), Yusef Wheeler (RB, LB), and big man Izu Mozie (OL, DL) who will double as one of many linemen on both sides of the ball.

Despite losing four stud graduates in Kevin Maxwell, Kobe White, Emendo Thomas, and Andrew Ciccarino, Coach Stack is optimistic about the returning cast and crew.

“Our attitude in the weight room is phenomenal, they have been with me three days a week since December, and we’re not sick of each other,” he said. “What they’ve built is a team attitude. They are letting us teaching them responsibilities instead of worrying about stats and who’s going to see them. These guys don’t care, they do their job.”

This will be Jon Stack's 14th year coaching and 4th season as head coach for the Raiders.

The current 2015 Football schedule is as follows (home games in bold):

9/12 – 2:30 p.m. vs. Plainfield
9/19 – 1:00 p.m. at Westfield
9/26 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Ridge
10/3 – 2:30 p.m. vs. North Hunterdon

10/9 – 7:00 p.m. at Linden
10/16 – 7:00 p.m. at Montgomery
10/24 – 2:00 p.m. vs. Immaculata
10/30 – 7:00 p.m. at Warren Hills Regional
11/7 – 2:30 p.m. vs. Phillipsburg

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

Sinai or Sanctuary?



And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

February 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Bernards High vs. Union Catholic Girls Basketball Teams Face Off to Support Team Campbell Foundation

February 19, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Bernards High Mountaineers will play Union Catholic High School on Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm at Bernards High in Bernardsville. The game will support the Team Campbell Foundation. 

Both teams are honored to be able to play in what will be Bernards High’s Coach Sandy Whelan’s sixth Gold Out game in seven years. Gold is the awareness color for ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, February 20, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Book Club @ Scotlib: The Japanese Lover by Isabel ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Tue, February 20, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Course on Biblical Interpretation Taught by ...

Education Religions And Spirituality