Central Regional gets big win

Central Regional gets big win

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Central Regional is coming off a 5-5 season while making the NJSIAA playoffs for the first time since 2001. Vinny Casale, who also is Central’s athletic director, enters his fifth season as the Golden Eagles’ coach and talks about the team’s outlook for 2012:

Q: Marquis Drumright will be in his first season as the starting quarterback. How has he looked so far during the preseason?

A: He’s turning into a real leader. He’s tall, he’s smart and he has a great arm and he’s going to develop as the year goes on. He’s going to be a big part of our offense. We’re going to be as balanced as we can running and throwing the ball.

Q: As you said, the offense will be more balanced after relying heavily on running back Kalyph Hardy last year. Who are the running backs and receivers you will be counting on?

A: It’s a tandem of running backs. We have three seniors: We use Blake Jambor, Vinnie Davis and Rob Martinez, and our sophomore running back is Manny Bowen, so they will be our top four running backs. Receivers, we have last year’s quarterback who we moved to flanker, Javon Hardy, playing well. We have Tom Clark back, we have Ambrose Powell back, we have Tom Koenig. Those are the main guys.

Q: What’s the one area the team needs to improve heading into the season opener against Toms River South?

A: I think right now our offensive line needs to improve. They’re working hard every day, but we lost a lot of key people from the offensive line last year, so I would say the one area we need to work on the most is the offensive line.

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