August has finally come which means one thing; football is finally on the horizon. Under second year head coach, Gary Cassio, the South Plainfield Tigers will look to improve on last seasons (4-6) record, including south Plainfield’s first trip to the playoffs in five seasons. Coach Cassio hopes to build off the momentum established last season and compete for South Plainfield’s first division title in school history.
On offense, Cassio will look to second year offensive coordinator Andrew Miller to develop an explosive offense attack. Miller and the players have worked hard in the off season to build on the new offense established last season, and hope to take the offense to the next level.
At quarterback, South Plainfield will rely on returning starter and senior, Kyle Moroney. Miller has worked with Maroney to further develop in his second year as a starter, and will rely on him to help expand South Plainfield’s offense.
At running back, South Plainfield will look to replace both Joey Pellegrino and Anthony Torchia (both all-county and Snapple bowl selections). In doing this, South Plainfield will rely heavily on senior Roemello Monroe. As South Plainfield’s preseason feature running back, Monroe will look to significantly improve from his junior season. South Plainfield will also rely on junior Xavier Wilson and sophomore Jason Lee to help share the running back load.
With the development of QB Kyle Moroney, Coach Miller will rely on a receiving core that is deep in talent but mostly unproven. South Plainfield will look to senior Malik Cisson, and junior John Chillemi to play significant roles in the offense. Moreover, South Plainfield expects production from sophomore Jason Lee, senior Matt Gruver, junior Kyle Dickerson, senior Robert Eggert, senior Jonathan Grennier, and junior LJ Scarpitto.
South Plainfield brings back two starters on the offensive line. Junior Brian Schillaci will return to his center position, and junior Lucio Avelar will be moving from tackle to guard. In filling the remaining o-line positions, South Plainfield will look to senior Sam Persad, senior Sean Cullen, senior Nick Fasullo, and junior Xavier Wilson.
On Defense Coach Cassio will rely on first year defensive coordinator Mike Jakubik. Coach Jakubik will look to improve South Plainfield’s defense and continue the hard-nosed aggressive approach, which led them to success last year.
On Defensive Line, South Plainfield will look to replace four graduating starters. South Plainfield will rely heavily on a deep rotation of players in order to keep players fresh. Players competing for spots in the rotation include: senior Sam Persad, senior Sean Cullen, senior Nick Fasullo, junior Xavier Wilson, junior Brian Schillaci, junior Lucio Avelar, senior Bryant Lowlicht, and senior Malik Cisson.
At Linebacker South Plainfield returns two starters in Roemello Monroe and Jason Lee. South Plainfield will look to seniors Collin Lynch, Jonathan Grennier, and Scott Quiroga to compete for the remaining position.
Much like the wide receivers, South Plainfield’s secondary is deep in talent but limited in experience. Coach Jakubik will be encouraging open competition throughout camp in order to find the best unit. Such players competing include, junior John Chillemi, senior Jared Agee, senior Matt Gruver, junior Kyle Dickerson, senior Robert Eggert, and junior LJ Scarpitto.
South Plainfield will continue to work hard for the remainder of the summer, and will kick off their season Sept. 12 at New Brunswick. Cassio said “we lost a lot of great senior leadership from our graduating class. We need Monroe and Moroney to take over the leadership roles this year. They have the talent, if they can assume the leadership positions in the clubhouse I think you can expect good things to happen this year.”