Jay Price begins his second season as Manasquan’s head coach. The Warriors won their first nine games last season, but then lost their last two, including to Wall on Thanksgiving Day, which denied Manasquan the Class C Central championship. This season, Manasquan moves into Class A Central, which will be one of the Shore’s better divisions with Red Bank Catholic and Rumson-Fair Haven in the division.
Q: Are you more acclimated being this is your second season?
A: I don’t think I was ever not acclimated. I’ve always said and always feel that once you come out here (on to Vic Kubu Warrior Field), it’s home. Every thing is the way it should be. I can’t imagine falls without football. That part of it has always felt comfortable. The off the field stuff, that’s a different story. The administrative aspect of things, the paperwork that’s involved and all that, in terms of those things, yes, I’m more acclimated. It doesn’t weigh on me as much as it did last year.
Q: How will Tucker Caccavale be able to replace Tyler Saito (last year’s Manasquan quarterback who threw for 1,603 yards and 19 TDs)?
A: If he can manage the game, make good decisions and not turn the ball over, then he’ll take of himself. He’s a gutsy kid. If you think about it, a lot of our quarterbacks have beeen like that. Andy Manser (Manasquan’s running backs coach and a former Manasquan quarterback) is coaching here and I don’t think he threw the ball more than nine times. But, he (Manser) never turned it over. If he (Caccavale) can manage the game, then we’re OK.
Q: Your thoughts on moving up to Class A Central and your schedule (Manasquan also has nondivisional games with Long Branch and Middletown South)?
A: The schedule is the schedule. We try not to harp on it too much because we don’t have any say in the matter. You’ve got to play who you’ve got to play. I’d be lying to you if they (his players) weren’t looking at some of the names on the schedule and thinking “Holy Cow.”