Middletown North Lions Football Preview

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Senior RB Connor Robbins will look to have an impact on the MHSN rushing attack this season.

When the 2018 Middletown North Lions Football Program opens their season on Saturday, September 8 at Freehold Boro, Sixth year Head Coach Steve Bush is looking to use last year’s campaign as a valuable learning experience.  The football team finished last season with a 5-5 record and although there were some bright spots, the Lions also had some bad breaks that impacted games late in the fourth quarter. These mishaps prevented the Lions from clinching a spot in the NJSIAA State Tournament after a trip to the State Final during the 2016 campaign. Last year’s playoff hopes came down to a game versus Long Branch High School. Unfortunately, the Lions fell to the Green Wave, 28-21 in overtime whom eventually won the Central Jersey Group 4 Championship. 

Seniors Sean Glenn and Aidan Campbell will look to lead a strong passing attack that was ranked 7th in the Shore Conference last season.

This year’s squad is looking to build on the 2017 campaign and will try to use the struggles as motivation for the upcoming season.  “Last year was heartbreaking, it really stuck in our gut during the off-season,” said returning senior Connor Robbins. Robbins whom scored 12 touchdowns in 2017, is considered a big part of a potent Lions offensive attack that returns eight starters.  Among the returning offensive starters are quarterback Sean Glenn, Wide Receivers Aidan Campbell, Nick DeWise, Anthony Soto, Offensive Lineman Robert Kelly, David Rodriguez and Dominic Pianoforte. Quarterback Sean Glenn believes that the experience returning will pay dividends against the Colonial Division competition: “Last year we lost many seniors to graduation, this year it’s more of an experienced team,” said Glenn.  Glenn threw for 1,650 yards and 12 touchdowns, while throwing seven of those touchdowns and 697 of those yards to speedy Senior Wide Receiver Aidan Campbell.  “Aidan has very good speed and does a very good job getting off the press. He has the ability after he catches it to break it and make a big play.” said Bush. 


Although the Lions offense appears to be in good shape, Middletown North’s defense will be the area that faces some uncertainty.  The Lions will use a rotation along the defensive line in a 4-2-5 scheme to replace graduated All Shore Team senior Austin Dewise and Nicko Cofone. Coach Bush will lean on Connor Robbins and Steve Holler who are returning starters along with a rotation of lineman that inlcudes David Rodriguez, Robert Kelly, Dominic Pianoforte, Aaron Vanderhoof, Ryan Daunoras and Christian Bracken.  Filling out the rest of the front six is middle linebacker Jacob Anderson and Patrick Connelly, while Stephen Barry, Joey Cavanagh and Travis Thompson will serve as the outside linebackers.  The Lions secondary has two returning starters back with Aidan Campbell at free safety and senior Alec Zenker at cornerback. Anthony Soto, Brian Tanglao, Matt Spencer, Nick Ferreira and Mike Ancona will round out the secondary.  The Lions will also feature strong special teams play in four-year starting All-Division kicker Joey Cavanagh, who will also serve as the punter also.


Head Coach Steve Bush is looking to get the Lions back into the NJSIAA Tournament during the 2018 campaign.

This year, the Lions face a competitive schedule in the Colonial Division that features:  St. John Vianney, Rumson-Fair Haven, Brick, Brick Memorial and Freehold. Coach Bush knows that in order to be successful this season his team will have to compete at all times.  “We’ll have to earn it every week. I think these guys are ready to step up and meet the challenge.” said Bush. Coach Bush and the Lions will be prepared by a great coaching staff that includes: defensive coordinator Geoff Massimini and assistant coaches Randy Kalman, Justin McGhee, Justin Blosi, and Larry McKnight.



2018 Schedule:

September 8 at Freehold Boro 1:00 pm

September 14 at Rumson Fair-Haven 7:00 pm

September 21 vs St. Johm Vianney 7:00 pm

September 28 vs Brick 7:00 pm

October 5 vs Brick Memorial 7:00 pm

October 12 at Howell 6:30 pm

October 26 at Red Bank Catholic 7:00 pm

November 22 vs Middletown South 10:30 am


2018 Middletown North Football Roster


Name Positions Gr. Ht Wt Media
3 Bryan Tanglao WR, CB Sr. 5-10 170
4 Cheyenne Williams CB, WR Jr. 5-9 149
5 Anthony Soto WR, CB Jr. 5-10 160
6 Miccah Taylor WR, S Jr. 5-9 153
7 Jack Butler CB, WR So. 5-6 122
8 Rob Inzinna WR, S Jr. 5-11
10 Sean Glenn (C) QB Sr. 5-11 155
12 Nick Ferreira QB, S Jr. 5-9 165
13 Aidan Campbell (C) WR, FS Sr. 5-11 165
14 Nick Dewise WR, CB Sr. 5-9 160
15 Dominic Scerbo QB, CB So. 5-6 150
16 Sean McMahon QB, OLB So. 5-5 155
19 Aidan Mihalovic WR, OLB So. 5-6 141
20 Edward Farrell HB, OLB Jr. 5-9 150
21 Matt Spencer WR, FS Jr. 6-2 155
22 Quentin Soler CB, WR So. 5-7 131
23 Alec Zenker DB, RB Sr. 5-9 150
24 Julian Hulsizer-Cartagena RB, OLB So. 5-6 140
25 David Pagano FB, OLB Jr. 5-6 150
26 Christopher Miranda RB, FS So. 5-7 145
27 Marco Astorino WR, CB So. 5-4 124
28 Joseph Kang WR, SS So. 5-6 140
29 Eddie Fay WR, SS Jr. 5-9 145
30 Matthew Sottosanti TE, DE So. 5-10 150
31 Hartson Boyce RB, DB Sr. 5-9 160
32 Jake Jankowski RB, MLB So. 5-11 170
33 Stephen Barry LB, TE Sr. 5-11 195
34 Connor Robbins (C) RB, LB Sr. 5-10 195
39 Travis Thompson TE, OLB Jr. 5-9 200
41 Patrick Connelly LB, TE Sr. 5-10 176
45 Zane Claudio RB, DE Sr. 6-0
47 Joey Cavanagh DB, K, P Sr. 5-8 168
51 Brian Robbins T, DE So. 5-11 216
52 Jacob Anderson LB, OT Sr. 6-1 212
53 Jacob Wang DT, G Jr. 6-0 216
55 Christian Bracken DE, OT Sr. 6-1 205
56 Steven Holler DE, C Sr. 5-7 160
58 Kaden Letual DE, T Jr. 6-2 220
59 Andrew Kanski DT, C Jr. 5-8 206
60 Austin Alberto T, DT Jr. 6-0
61 Adam Imbraimovic DT, C So. 5-8 220
62 Aidan Mcmanus T, DT Jr. 5-9 204
63 Declan Mackay T, DE Jr. 6-1 198
64 Dominick Pianoforte (C) DL, OL Sr. 5-11 207
65 Andrew Zamor DT, G So. 5-9 225
66 Justin Saginor DT, G Jr. 6-0 208
67 Brendan Candeloro T, DE So. 5-10 172
68 Gordon Toth T, DE So. 6-0 174
69 Shane Doyle DL, OL Jr. 5-11 236
70 Leo Van sant DT, G Jr. 5-10 266
71 Robert Kelly DT, G Jr. 6-1 300
72 David Rodriguez DT, OL Sr. 5-8 235
73 Tom O’friel LS, DE, G Jr. 5-9 220
74 Donny Antenucci DT, OL Sr. 5-5 182
75 Jake Marrazzo DL, OL Sr. 5-11 222
76 Ryan Daunoras DT, OL Sr. 6-3 300
77 Aidan Mcgivney DL, OL Jr. 6-0 235
78 Aaron Vanderhoof T, DE Sr. 6-1 220
79 Nicolas Cerbo T, OLB So. 5-10 187
80 Michael Larocca TE, MLB So. 5-8 190
81 Michael Ancona WR, FS Sr. 6-0 157
83 Anthony Gerardi CB, WR Jr. 5-5 129
85 Frankie Santoro WR, CB So. 5-8 133
87 Logan Halloran TE, DE, K So. 6-2 200
88 Hunter Kordzikowski TE, DE Jr. 5-8 175
99 Kyle Spangler TE, MLB Jr. 5-0 181
Rob Higgins WR, CB Sr. 6-0 160