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2021 Pequannock Golden Panthers Football Preview

By George Muha, 08/31/21, 11:30AM EDT


Head Coach

Joel Troast

Years on the Job

4 (15 Total)


Ed Klimek, Ed Kopp, Luke SIca, Michael Moschella, Rob Lomoriello, Rob Mulato, Bob Jachera, Gino Fluri

Returning Starters

QB: David Rigoglioso

RB: Andrew Davis, Dennis Jarensky

WR: Matt DeLitizia, Ryan Vucenovic, Michael Cucci

FB: Ben Lyon

OL- Kyle Tomaskovic, Michael Rodeiro, Karlson Bauer, Gavin Fazekas

DL- AJ Sibi, Jair Hernandez-Pazos

LB- Preston Fazekas, Michael Melillo, Jimmy Dolan

DB- Andrew Rivera, Colin Brath, Michael Conoscenti, Sean Glynn

Player's Expected to Step Up

C- Adam Abdelhalim, Jaden Paulino

DL- Sergio Fraguada, Nick Arnau, Tom Lyon

What This Team Does Better than Anybody

Focus, This team has incredible ability to show up with a focus on every detail that pertains to becoming a successful football team. Classroom, Community, Weight Room, and on the Field.

Biggest Surprise of the Off-season

Player numbers continue to grow. An incoming freshman class of 21 along with 7 new players to the program.

Team Goal

Do what is best for the team. After a year of spending as far apart as possible with a pandemic, coming back together in film sessions, practice, and the weight room, we want to build up the camaraderie that has allowed us to compete with very tough teams on our schedule throughout the years. The players have been focused on each detail and wasting no moment in the preparation of reaching the goal of going 1-0 each week.

Coach’s Quote About 2021

"Myself and the other coaches are very excited about the experience that is returning this season. We have enjoyed putting the pieces together to give the players a chance to be successful. Having a hard-working, great group of student-athletes makes every day the best day possible."


09-03    @ Morris Catholic       
09-10    @ Whippany Park        
09-17    High Point  
09-24    Cedar Grove       
10-01    @ Kinnelon          
10-08    Wallkill Valley    
10-15    @ Hopatcong     
10-22    @ Boonton        
10-29    North Warren    

The Take

The Pequannock Panthers are poised for a breakout season this fall. They are looking to bounce back this season with a very large senior class leading the way. Returning 17 starters, this year’s Golden Panthers are ready to step up to the challenge and make a run for states. Although the group is very packed with powerhouses such as Verona, Hanover Park, and Newton, the Panthers have the versatility to make a run. The Panthers will run out a defense with speed all over the field, mixed with returning hard hitting linebackers Preston Fazekas and Michael Melillo. They will look to get the ball back in the hands of an explosive offense led by senior captain David Rigoglioso. With the high octane offense filled with speed and size with guys such as Matt Delitzia and Ryan Vucenovic leading the way on the outside, they look to cause trouble on defenses throughout the year. The Panthers will face a large task Week 1 as they hit the road against the #1 passing offense from a year ago in Morris Catholic. Throughout the schedule there are tough opponents each and every week, with the expectations of a lot of close and tough games for the Panthers.