Pinelands coach Sean DeRosa spoke about rebounding from an 0-10 season which saw the Wildcats get outscored 521-40. DeRosa, who played quarterback and safety at Mater Dei Prep, now enters his ninth season as the Wildcats’ head coach. Pinelands has not won a game since Nov. 5, 2010. That year, the Wildcats went 5-5.
Q: Over the last few years, you’ve had at least one star player to be the focal point of the team. Do you have a player like that this year?
A: This is a big role-playing season. These guys will all have to do their jobs in order for us to be successful. They are good athletes. We don’t have any real standout athletes but we do have hard workers and they are very smart.
Q: Does the new divisional alignment help or hurt you with the teams that you will face this season?
A: Our nondivisional games are tough with Long Branch (Oct. 5) and Lacey (Friday). That’s a tough nondivisional draw coming off an 0-10 season. But we play the games one at a time. We won’t worry about the schedule too much and when we get to that week we’ll worry about the team that we are playing that week.
Q: As you enter this season, what makes coaching football at Pinelands fun to you?
A: Football is one of those things that you loved as a child. As you grew older you eventually learn there was so much more about football. That is what excited me and made me want to be come a coach. Football is a thinking game and you really do have to play chess and put the right pieces in the right spots.