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2021 Jefferson Falcons Football Preview

By Erin Smeilus, 08/29/21, 3:00PM EDT




Head Coach:

Jerry Venturino

Years on the Job

16 years coaching, 9 as Head Coach, 6 as Jefferson

Head Coach Assistants:

Bill Stager, Andrew Scalone, Keith Runne, Joe Olean, Scott Byers, John Whitehead, Nick Miller, Marcus Thompson, Alan Sandberg Returning Starters: Dylan Patscher, Justin Eisele, Rory Coyle, Thomas Young, Erik Garv, Theo Fisher, Peter Delaportas, Jason Eisele, Travis Osterhout, Sean Mazzacano

Player's Expected to Step Up:

Mike Bencivengo, Anthony Bacigalupo, Josh Gitter, Dale Jenkins, Liam Reilly, Gavin Benfatti, Jack Bonforte, Dan Caruso, Josh Danyus, Joe DiBiase, Colin Sabia, Jacob Studnick, Chris Young, Morrell Young

What This Team Does Better than Anybody:


Biggest Surprise of the Off-season:

Player Development. A lot of players are stepping up in all phases of the game.

Team Goal:

Focus on Jefferson Football and get 1% better every day.

Coach’s Quote About 2021:

"Focus on what we can control and build team chemistry. You don't get to play high school sports forever, so appreciate what you have and live in the moment."


09-03 Mendham 
09-11 @ Chatham 
09-17 Sparta 
09-24 @ Newton 
10-01 Morris Hills 
10-08 @ Parsippany Hills 
10-15 Montville 
10-23 @ Kittatinny 
10-29 Vernon 

The take:

After losing key players like Mike Gould, Larry DiBiase, and Caleb Rippey, Jefferson's rising players are faced with some big shoes to fill. Coming off of a solid 5-2 run this past 2020 season, Coach Jerry Venturino says he has gritty players that are eager to step up. This upcoming fall, the Falcons are returning starters Justin Eisele, Eric Garv, Theo Fischer that will bring veteran leadership 

Adding to the mix is rising senior Pope John transfer Peter Delaportas who has a promising season ahead of him as he is committed to Boston College's Division 1  football program.   At 6-4, 200+ the athletic QB will be a threat through the air with his stellar arm and on the ground with his quick legs.

Jefferson has the fire-power to be a playoff contender and seeing how they perform against the mid-season stretch when they face Sparta, Newton, MoHills and Par Hills back-to-back-to-back will be a good litmus test and give a good indication on how the Falcons will compete in the Second Season.