South Hunterdon coach Toby Jefferis, whose club returns 12 starters, discusses his veteran offensive line, his chances at winning the division and more.
Q. How was the turnout?
A. We have 45 kids 9-12. Last year was about the same. We run in cycles. The big thing for us is always staying healthy. Especially those linemen, we can’t have any of those guys go down. These five guys have been starters the last couple of years, since they were sophomores. We’re senior-heavy there, so I’m looking for good things.
Q. How about the skill people?
A. We have experience at quarterback. Devon (Troutman) stated last year and played the last three games of his freshman year, so he has a lot of games under his belt. We have some stability there. We have four guys at running back who can go in and play, between (Robert) Albanir, (Jason) Shurts, (Toby) Coleman and (Myles) Johnson, so I feel pretty good about that.
Q. Who are the leaders on this team?
A. The captains are (Daniel) Voorhees, (Kyle) Campbell and Albanir. Voorhees is really the guy who is the leader on the line. He’s a four-year starter. He’s been around the longest. Albanir has taken on that role with the skill guy. Troutman is emerging as a leader too, getting a little more comfortable.
Q. How do you size up the division now that Bernards, Belvidere and North Warren are gone?
A. I feel good about our chances. We should be really competitive. It doesn’t seem like there’s one dominant team like there was in the past. That makes it interesting. We should have had a flipped record last year but we gave away two games. We open with Belvidere, and we haven’t beaten them in a long time. It’ll be a good gauge.
Q. How has South Hunterdon’s participation in the school choice initiative affected your program?
A. We have a couple of guys who are school choice, but they’re young guys. I seem to get guys who haven’t played football . We only have two or three and they’re sophomores.