South Plainfield coach Gary Cassio discussed rookie quarterback Kyle Moronney, installing a new spread offense and more.
Q. How do you think junior quarterback Kyle Moronney will fare as successor to Brendan Wilson, who passed for 1,030 yards and rushed for 795 more a year ago?
A. Kyle is a young junior. He’s only 15, but he has the height, he has the arm. And (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach) Andrew Miller is one of the best young football minds in the area. The way he’s grooming Kyle, Kyle has a grasp of our offense like no other. The way Andrew works him – when we go defensive side (in practice) – Kyle is sitting in the office with Drew watching film. Kyle is a very intelligent kid who has the (tools) to be a very good quarterback in this league. You can’t replace the Wilson kid, but Moronney is a good, young quarterback.
Q. Out of the Wing-T formation a year ago, three different players accounted for 25 of South Plainfield’s 32 touchdowns. Do you expect to be more balanced this season?
A. We are going to spread the ball around. We are not going to be a one-dimensional team. Teams are going to have to prepare for us. They are going to prepare for more than one player. We are going to be a multiple-dimensional offense. We’ve got a lot of talented kids on the offensive side of the ball. That’s a fact. Teams are going to have to prepare, not only for our tailback, they are going to have to prepare for five or six kids. So I know we are going to be more balanced.
Q. Since reaching a sectional final in 2007, the Tigers have won a total of nine games the past four years. How do you reverse that trend?
A. We have to have a new culture. The kids have to have a positive attitude. Our system has to fit the kids. You can’t have the kids fit the system, and that’s what we’re doing here. We are a very balanced offense. We have kids who are powerful, fast, who can catch the ball and who can run. This system is going to complement our team.
Q. How does your squad look defensively thus far?
A. We are going to be an attack style defense. We are coming at you. We are not going to sit back. We are not going to wait. One of my coaches, my defensive coordinator, says high risk, high reward. So, you basically could say that we are coming at you. We are not rebuilding. We are coming at you to win.