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2021 Newton Braves Preseason Football Preview

By George Muha, 08/29/21, 7:15PM EDT

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Head Coach

Matt Parzero

Years on the Job

Entering 6th season at Newton.  13th overall, 7 years at North Warren

Assistants

Scott Zymet, Kyle Gremlin, Eric Bollette, Mike Farrell, Kevin Fitzgerald, Dave Bell, Bernard Hattersly

Returning Starters

Jack Young, Matthew Iatesta, Melkart Abou-Joaude, Takeo Sibblies, Darrell Mims, Heath Lestz, Brayden Nolan, Matthew McLean, Ryan Ivaldi, Brody Guerra

Player's Expected to Step Up

Taylor Sibblies, Michael Meillio, Matthew May, Donato Bevacqua

What This Team Does Better than Anybody

Confidence in their ability and ability of their teammates

Biggest Surprise of the Off-season

Improvement and commitment of the freshmen and sophomores

Team Goal

Win the Division and compete for a sectional title

Coach’s Quote About 2021

"We are excited to have the opportunity to compete.  We have a nice mix of players returning with varsity experience at several positions and talented freshmen and sophomores who will contribute."

Schedule

09-03    @ Sparta             
09-10    Vernon     
09-18    @ Sussex Tech             
09-24    Jefferson             
10-01    Kittatinny             
10-08    @ Hackettstown         
10-15    @ High Point             
10-22    Lenape Valley             
10-29    @ Lakeland    

The Take

Newton is looking pretty loaded up and down their lineup as they bring back a mix of veteran experience along with new guys who've been waiting their turn to make an impact.  But what else would you expect from a Matt Parzero coached team?  A guy who is a preseason contender for Morris Sussex Sports Player of the Year is Newton QB Jack Young.  Young has every tool and then some and has come into camp looking like a physical specimen.  He's a total dynamo on both sides of the ball and expect him to be a total playmaker on offense and defense.  Takeo Sibblies looks poised to be the every down back and he's put on 20-pounds of muscle to take on that role.  Another player that will definitely give headaches on the defensive line position is Matthew May.  He's got the right amount of muscle and quickness to be that speed rusher that the Braves don't always have.  Newton has their hands full out of the gate as the Group II contender will take on Group III powerhouse Sparta in what might possibly be the Game of the Year in all of Morris-Sussex.  Expect the Maroon and Gray to sitting in a good position come playoff time at which time the Braves.  A weapon that'll come in handy down the stretch will be junior kicker Robert McCullough.  He's proven he can make the tough kicks with the game on the line.