Over the last 10 years, the Point Boro football team has been a model of consistency, recording just one losing season. That came in 2003.
From 2004 to 2007, the Panthers earned at least seven wins. From 2009 to 2012, the Panthers collected at least five wins.
However, that model of consistency might be in trouble this season with the youth movement taking over.
“Right now, we have a quarterback competition between Jack Fitzsimmons, who is a junior, and Noah Howsack, who is a sophomore. So, one of them will be our quarterback. Our tailback will be Dan Nobbs. He’s a junior and had a great sophomore year, so he’s locked in there,” Point Boro coach Sean Henry said.
“We probably have more depth at the receiver position than we’ve had in years. Right now, we have five or six kids that are all young and we are going to look for them to grow up real quick.”
The Panthers went 5-5 in 2012 and lost their final three games to Jackson Libertyin double overtime, Lakewood and Northern Burlington in the NJSIAA South Group III playoffs. They open this season with Monmouth Regional, Pinelands and Central and are hoping to get off to a good start.
“It has been a very productive offseason for us. Kids really got after it in the weight room and did everything we asked of them,” Henry said. “We are expecting a good year. Obviously we graduated a lot of kids but our kids are playing with a chip on their shoulder now.”
Some of those kids are Nobbs, junior running back/defensive back, Matt Gliddon, senior offensive/defensive lineman, C.J. Griffith, senior offensive/defensive lineman and Nick Dzuna, senior offensive/defensive lineman.
Nobbs and Gliddon each have some new responsibilities this season.
“Last year, I only started on offense as the tailback, I didn’t play defense much. But this year, I’m going to play cornerback too,” Nobbs said. “This is only my third year playing football ever but last year I practiced a lot with the older kids and they taught me a lot.”
Gliddon is a three-year starter and he’ll be moving to a different position on the offensive line.
“I’ve played guard my first two years and I’m moving to center this year. The positions are basically the same but this year I have to focus on snapping the ball,” Gliddon said. “Playing center will be new for me but I basically have it down.”