Red Bank Catholic: Q&A with coach Jim Portela

Red Bank Catholic: Q&A with coach Jim Portela

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Red Bank Catholic: Q&A with coach Jim Portela

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Jim Portela is in his fourth season as Red Bank Catholic’s head coach. The Caseys, who finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Asbury Park Press two of the last four seasons, including last season, will begin the season ranked No. 1 in the APP Top 10. Portela talks about some of the key issues facing his team this fall.

Q: Who is going to replace the graduated Ryan Spahr as your QB and what qualities does this individual bring to the position?

A: It looks right now like Mike Corcione is our No. 1 quarterback. Pat Toomey is a close second. Mike’s been around. He started at safety for us last year. I don’t think the game is going to be extra fast for him or anything like that. He’s a smart kid. The one thing he brings: He’s going to bring a dynamic we haven’t had in a few years in that he runs the ball very well.

Q: Who is going to replace the graduated and 1,500-yard plus rusher John DiStefano at tailback?

A: I’ll tell you this about Larry Redaelli. I don’t know if he’ll be a tailback or a fullback, but he’s going to show up somewhere. We’ve got a lot of hard-working kids on this kid. Larry’s the hardest-working kid we have. His squat was through the roof. He squatted 500 pounds. The Penn State coach (tight ends coach John Strollo) happened to be there that day because he happened to be recruiting somebody else and he couldn’t believe it when he saw Larry squat.

Q:
Do you like being moved up from Class B North to Class A Central?

A: The Shore Conference, top to bottom, is one of the best conferences in the state in my mind. It’s pick your poison as far as I’m concerned between B North and A Central. They’re both great divisions with great football teams.

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