By W. L. Bill Allen, Jr. / New Jersey Sport/Action
Photo by Bill Allen-NJ Sport/ActionA 5’7’’, 157-pound quarterback and cornerback, Zach Trause is now in his third year as a starting signal-caller for Becton Regional.
EAST RUTHERFORD (Sept. 9, 2010) — While it may or may not yet have an official name, the football contingent from Becton Regional High is ready to rumble in its brand new league.
“As far as I know, we’re calling this thing the NJIC (North Jersey Interscholastic Conference), Division 2A,” explained Wildcats fourth year head coach Roger Kotlarz, who boasts a 22-9 mark in his first three years at BRHS. “We had a meeting with all the coaches in the new conference, worked out some details and some of us even talked about picking names for the divisions, but we just never got around to doing it.”
Whatever the name for the new league or division ends up being, the winner will be known before the season is even half over.
With only five teams in “2A,” the winner will have a 4-0 or 3-1 mark and all the teams in the new division -Becton, Lyndhurst, Secaucus, North Arlington and Harrison, will have played all their league games in the first four or five weeks of the 2010 campaign.
“We’ll be done with our league games by week four, so we’ll know pretty quick who’s won the league,” said Kotlarz. “One good thing about this year, though, is that we’re playing all nine of our regular season games on Friday nights, so that will help us have a very nice sense of continuity and keep us from having a couple of `long’ weeks and a couple of `short’ weeks, as far as practice and preparation time goes.”
Indeed, the locals will kickoff their current campaign tomorrow night, Friday, Sept. 10, when the Wildcats will travel to take on homestanding Harrison at 7 p.m.
Becton will then host Lyndhurst on Sept. 17 and the final BCSL/National Division champion, Secaucus on Sept. 24, prior to facing North Arlington on Rip Collins Field on Friday, Oct.1, in what will be the team’s final league game of the season.
The Wildcats, who employ a Spread offense and a 4-3 base defense, will then face five independent opponents: Hasbrouck Heights (away, Oct. 8), Saint Mary (home, Oct.15), Ridgefield Memorial (home, Oct. 22), Cresskill (away, Oct. 29) and New Milford (away, Nov. 5).
“This new league means some real changes for us, but some of our old rivalries remain and that’s a very nice thing,” mused Kotlarz. “One disappointing thing, however, is that we won’t be playing on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in many, many years, perhaps even decades.
Though Kotlarz would like to see the BRHS football team play Lyndhurst on Thanksgiving Day once again, the Becton’s season schedule still includes a game against Lyndhurst.
“We always played Lyndhurst on Thanksgiving and we’re hoping to find a way to bring that back sooner rather than later,” Kotlarz said. “We play them in our second game this year, though, and we didn’t want to move a game that early in the schedule to the end. We just didn’t want to play our first game and then be off for a week right away. So, for this year at least, we won’t be playing on Thanksgiving Day.”
Last year, the locals who went 7-3 in both 2007 and 08, compiled an 8-3 record, via a second place showing to only Secaucus in the last year of BCSL-National play and a 1-1 mark in the state playoffs, where they upset fourth-seeded Jonathan Dayton High before being edged by top-slotted Secaucus in the section semifinals.
“We’re facing five or six teams that are perennial playoffs powers this year, so it’s going to take a consistent and concerted effort in each and every game for us to match or better last year’s record,” Kotlarz emphasized.
Captains for the current contingent are quartet of seniors: Zach Trause, a 5’7’’, 157-pound three year starter at quarterback and cornerback, Mike Cavallo, a 5’10’’, 185-pound senior center, Chris Cervasio, a 5’8’’, 200-pound senior nose guard, and Stephen Moran, a 6’2’’, 215-pound offensive tackle and defensive end.
Among the Wildcats squad’s other starters are 6’2’’, 180-pound wideout/outside linebacker Shawn Stotz, 6’2’’, 180-pound junior wideout/middle linebacker Bobby Zimmerman, 5’9’’, 180-pound tailback/strong safety Frank Feroldi, 6’2’’, 265-pound junior offensive guard/defensive tackle Kyle Torres, 5’11’’, 175-pound linebacker/tailback Matt Williams and 5’10’’, 175-pound soph free safety/tailback Daaon Huggins.
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