Mid North football enters year three of Trezza era

first_imgLions want to improve upon 3-7 campaign from a year ago Middletown High School North football looks to continue its improvement this season under third-year coach Joe Trezza, with an eye on earning a playoff berth. Above: Middletown High School North’s Uly Gibson is upended by a St. John Vianney defender during a recent scrimmage. Below: Lions quarterback Joe Dicky looks for a receiver. The team’s first regular season game is slated for Sept. 12 versus Toms River North. Last fall the Lions showed they could still roar, posting a 3-7 mark, and more important, keeping themselves in most games well into the second half. The previous year, Trezza’s first at the helm, Middletown North went winless. “We’re looking to step it up to the next level and keep improving with every game,” the coach said. “Our goal is to be playing some important games late in the season.” With a slew of seniors back, expectations are higher this year, but the Lions have one obstacle: their field or lack thereof. Since Middletown North’s field is being renovated, Trezza’s team will play its home games at Middletown South. JEFF GRANIT staff “We’re not going to be worrying about that,” he said. “Our job is to go out and play the game.” Trezza’s charges should be able to post plenty of points, thanks to a senior-laden offense, which could go a long way toward making the postseason. The Lions return quarterback Joe Dickey (6-0, 175), who threw six touchdown passes a year ago. Dickey will be throwing to a pair of solid receivers in Nick Zinner and Connor Delepine. Zinner pulled in 27 receptions a year ago, while the 6-2 Delepine grabbed three TD passes. Uly Gibson (5-9, 170), who ran for four touchdowns, is the halfback, with Will Enny (5-8, 170) and Joe Ciccone (5-10, 170), splitting time at fullback. Frank Constantini (5-9, 225) lines up at center, flanked on the left by guard Yuri Pinto (6-0, 270) and tackle Tom Booth (6-0, 210). Patrick Donlin (6-3, 280) is the right guard and Tom Constantino (5-11, 180) and Brian McDonald (6-0, 225) will share right tackle duties. “We’re really expecting a lot from the offense,” said Trezza, who will employ multiple sets. “They have some size and a lot of experience, particularly at the skill positions. We have a good mix of passing and running, so we’re going to be looking to open up the game a bit.” Trezza is also hoping that place kicker Dylan Maresca will put up points for the Lions. On the other side of scrimmage, the Lions’ strength is a solid corps of linebackers and an experienced secondary. Dan Wollman (5-11, 175) will be the middle linebacker in Middletown North’s 4-3 set. Dan Meehan (6-0, 180) and Ryan Wagner (5-8, 190) are the outside linebackers. Zinner, Jake Bruno, junior Chris Dura and Chris Trezza, a second cousin to the coach, patrol the secondary for the Lions. North’s offensive line is composed of ends Kevin Lennox (6-2, 200) and Mike Fish (5-11, 185), and tackles Max Gordon (6-0, 223), Nick Marron (5-10, 240), a junior, and Jake Smith (5-11, 245), a sophomore. “Our defense is inexperienced up front, but if they can come together and stop the run, we can shut down opponents,” Trezza explained. “I think teams will have a hard time trying to throw the ball against us.” The Lions’ first test comes on Sept. 12 when Toms River North comes to town. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Middletown South. The sports department can be reached at sports@gmnews.com. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img

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