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2018 Team Preview – Marple-Newtown (1)

Written by: on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


After coming off the most successful 3 year run in MNHS history (28 total wins and 5 playoff wins) a share of the Central League title in 2016 for the first time since 1977 in school history, we are rebuilding!We lost in the district semifinals to Unionville. This is the 3rd straight season we have made it to the first round of the state tournament.

Last year: 8-5

Head Coach: Chris Gicking

Assistant Coaches: Harry Gicking, Zach Young, Mike Willard, Josh Crooks, Scott Williams, Mike Paci, Bob Knapp, Trevor Viviani, Anthony Paoletti, Joe Sweeley, Nick Reynolds, Steve Reynolds, Matt Destefano, Pete Rodden, Chris Boggs, Dave Lerro, Tony Lerro, Jim Allsman, Marc Saracino, Joe Rufo, and Dave Bertoline.

This will be our 5th year, 33-16 overall.

Starters Lost: 21

For the third  straight year we lose a great senior class which 7 of them will play college football. We will try to replace them as best we can!

Anthony Paoletti (QB Delaware football) All time DELCO record holder for yards in a single season (2,739) and yards career ( 6,944)

Luke Zimmerman dominating  OL play  ( St. Joes baseball)

Dash Dulgerian DELCO record holder for catches in a season with 87, school record 2,100 yards receiving (Ursinus football)

Kevin Hahn dominating OL/DL play, 2 year starter (Ursinus football)

Aaron Diamond ball hawk at free safety ( Ursinus football)

Kyle Tobin OL/DL school record 18.5 sacks  (Williamson Trade School football and basketball)

Mike Miller DL 2 year starter hard to block (Shippensburg football)

Mike Shelly 2 year starter and anchored OL after beating cancer (Widener)

Luke Cantwell OLB/WR Ironman award winner,2 year 2 way starter (West Chester baseball)

Jack Fallows OLB/ RB 3 year starter and workhorse( West Chester)

TeRon Johnson CB/RB 2 year starter ( ), Luke Ciavardelli K 2 year starter and totaled 66 points in career(Delaware ),

Reilly Fillman P/WR 3 year starter and totaled 51 points in career, punt avg 38.7 (Navy)

Mike Avellino( Susquehanna)

Jim Geraghty (Active Duty Army),

Manveer Grewal(

Joe McMaster (Delco)

Dave Ward (Wesley)

and Sean Standen (Williamson football and baseball) all played big minutes and excelled on special teams!


Returning Starters: 5

Marlon Weathers 6 185 SR RB/ DB 1,532 yards rushing last year 25 total TDS. He has 2,994 rushing yards in his career so far. Has 43 total TDs in career and 3,849 AP yards.


Alden Mathes 6 1 180 SR QB/WR/DB

39 catches 459 yards 5 TDs, threw 3 first half TDS in only game he played QB


Kevin Merrone 5 10 180 SR WR/DB

10 catches 112 yards 1 TD and INT


Luke Jelus 6 0 190 SR LB/RB led team in tackles with 103 (tore ACL in lacrosse)


Tom Tobin 6 1 196 SR LB/RB  had 100 tackles last year


AJ Katrakazis 5 11 185 SR LB/OL 90 tackles 8 TFL


Sal Tartaglia 5 10 205 SR OL/LB only OL back from last year ( currently battling Lymphoma)


Fotis Kotopoulos 6 1 240 SR OL/DL


Jake Simpson 5 10 175 SR DB/WR

2 FF and 2 Recoveries


James Diamond 5 11 250 SR  OL/DL

Only played 1 game this past year


Top Newcomers:

Colin Ferry 6 2 180 SR WR/OLB, Liam Ferry 6 2 210 SR OL/DL, Seth Moyer 6 175 SR DB/WR, Blake Turnier 6 2 185 SR OL/DL, Tom McKee 6 1 180 SR OLB/WR,Jim Openshaw 5 11 245 SR OL/DL, Luke Nichols 6 1 180 SR WR/DB, Joe Keffer 5 9 170 SR WR/DB, AJ Grosso 6 1 230 SR OL/DL, Cameron Leone 6 175 SR DB/WR, Jon Long 5 10 165 SR WR/DB, Kristion Williams 5 11 175 SR WR/ OLB, Drew McCone 6 0 180 WR/DB, Dan Kelly 6 2 275 SR OL/DL, Shane Benedict  6 0 170 JR WR/ DB, Andrew Cantwell 5 10 JR WR/DB, Tyler Lynch 5 11 175 JR WR/DB, Erik Molinaro 5 11 175 JR WR/DB, Alex Nicolaides 6 1 240 JR OL/DL, Robbie Reilly 5 11 JR 180 LB/RB, Cain Tarquini 5 10 JR 175 JR LB/RB, William Thomas 6 1 180 JR DL/TE, and Ricky Wysocki 5 11 230 JR OL/DL.


Special Teams:

We have our holder Joe Keffer back.


We lost 21 of 24 starters from a group of seniors that graduated with the most wins in school history with 28! It was the first time we have been in playoffs in 3 consecutive years and that we have won playoff games in 3 straight years. We need kids to continue to step up! The coaches and kids have worked hard. The administration and community support is great!


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