While playing in Class B North the last two seasons, Colts Neck was viewed as a good team, but had the hard luck of playing in the Shore Conference’s best division. Now in a more manageable Class A North division, the Cougars are looking for that big breakthrough. Colts Neck head coach Greg LaCava is entering his fourth season with the Cougars.
Q: How do you look at last season’s team, which finished 6-4, but endured several close losses that denied it a berth in the NJSIAA playoffs?
A: I think that was the culmination of two long, hard years for that senior class. We returned a lot of players and we kept the whole core together. That group left Colts Neck with good memories, and that’s a good thing.
Q: Will the move to a less-rugged, but still-tough Class A North benefit this team, which is looking to replace key pieces on both sides of the ball?
A: Every game you play every week in the Shore Conference is a tough game. What will happen now is we’re moving from something of a speed division in Class B North to more of a big, powerful division in Class A North. Bottom line is, we have to execute and the kids have to do what they’re taught. If we do that, we will have opportunities (to win games).
Q: How important is the early schedule with games against Toms River East to open and at a solid North Brunswick?
A: Inexperience is what we’re going through right now. We’re not young, we’re inexperienced and you just can’t replace experience. We can’t wait until Week 3 to be ready to play football. We have to be ready to play right away. Toms River East is a good, powerful, fast team and we have to be ready by then.