The Garnet Gulls went 8-3 in 2011, set a school single-season for wins, qualified for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I playoffs and won a playoff game for the second time in school history. They also put their first winning season into the books since 1997. But second-year coach John Wagner has told his team this preseason that “Last year is last year.”
Q: What’s exciting about this year’s team?
A: We have some kids back from last year’s team. We want to show we have built our program. I am very, very excited going into this season about our team. Last year, we sneaked up on people. We know we won a couple games that could have gone the other way such as Keyport and Shore Regional. This year, everybody knows what we are bringing so we better be ready. We have a competitive schedule. We won’t look past anyone.
Q: What type of play are you expecting from Lucas Jordy?
A: He is a guard in our Delaware Wing T offense. He runs well. He does a lot of things well on the field. He has the speed to get out in front of our backs as he pulls. He is a great pulling guard. He also has the strength on the inside to do the things we need to get done.
Q: What role will sophomore quarterback-cornerback Jake Fioretti play?
A: He is a real good athlete. He has real good game skills. He is a good field general and leader. He will be the general of our offense. He is up from our junior varsity team which went 8-1. He started the final few games at cornerback on the varsity.
Q: What type of seasons do you expect from Andre Cochran, Quinn Kusma and Dan Tighe?
A: Cochran is our big back. He has good open field running skills. Kusma is a great student of the game. He is a coach on the field. He recognizes formations, studies the game and does a great job at linebacker. I like the way Tighe squares his shoulders when he runs with the ball. He can also be elusive in the open field.
Q: What will be the Garnet Gulls’ personality?
A: We hope to balance out our offense. We won’t have a 2,000-yard running back. The defense will spearhead our team.