Wednesday, December 5, 2012
West Morris Central football returns to first championship game since 2009.
On a hot, late summer afternoon in September, Kevin Hennelly sat in the West Morris Central Wolfpack football team’s locker room and hesitated before answering a question. The query posed to the head coach, entering his 16th season as the program’s leader, was seeking to find who would fill the enormous void left in the offensive backfield; a portion of the team that would be instrumental in any kind of hunt for a championship. Three months later the Wolfpack is set to finish its hunt, as it prepares for a North II, Group IV state sectional title game against the Warren Hills Regional High School Blue Streaks Saturday, Dec. 8 at Rutgers University at 10 a.m. It was a long road, however, for the team to get to this position. The Wolfpack …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
West Morris Central football shuts out opponent in semifinal playoff game, will play for title at Rutgers University Dec. 8.
For the last two seasons, the West Morris Central Wolfpack football team and the semifinal round of the NJSIAA State Sectional playoffs haven't gotten along. This year, however, is a little bit different. The Wolfpack hit the road to take on Irvington Saturday, with the winner punching its ticket to the North Jersey Section II, Group IV title game next Saturday. The result was a 26-0 drubbing by the away team, according to nj.com. Thanks to two rushing touchdowns by Austin Roland and Adam Caruso in the first quarter, Central opened to a 14-0 early lead and never looked back, the nj.com box score showed. For a full recap of the game, go here. Caruso amassed 140 yards on 16 carries in addition to the score, the report said. With the win, …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Central football team to square off with Morristown Colonials on homecoming night.
No one likes to say a football game in September is a must-win, but it seems that’s what the Wolfpack–and its Sept. 28 opponent–are up against. West Morris Central will host longtime conference rival Morristown Colonials Friday night as the school celebrates homecoming. But on the field, both teams, sitting at 1-2, will be figuring out ways to reach the .500 mark and work toward a playoff berth. The teams are just two years removed from a head-to-head matchup in the sectional semifinals, when Morristown won on the Wolfpack’s home turf, eventually winning the state championship just two weeks later. What a difference two seasons can make, though. For Central, its only win came on the road in the opening week of the season against Morris …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
West Morris Central starts season 1-0.
There’s no better way to describe it than old school Wolfpack Football. The West Morris Central football team opened its 2012 campaign in style Saturday afternoon, running away from Morris Knolls, 34-7. While the score may seem lopsided, it was just part of the tale, as the blue and white controlled the clock for more than 36 of the game’s 48 minutes, rarely giving the team from Rockaway a chance to fight. The Wolfpack amassed four scores by running the ball, in addition to a 40-yard strike from senior captain quarterback John Gutowski to sophomore running back Stephen McDonough. In the true sense of the word team, the Wolfpack spread the ball around, as five different players scored on the day. Adam Caruso, Austin Roland, Kevin Hennelly, …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
High school football team opens season at Morris Knolls on Saturday.
It's a formula for winning as old as the game itself. Anyone familiar with West Morris Central Wolfpack football knows the team’s success depends on how well the offense can run the football. And in 2012, the formula hasn’t changed, but it’s got a handful of new components. As the Wolfpack heads into the new campaign, the backfield will see a four running back rotation, according to Head Coach Kevin Hennelly. Those four include junior Kevin Hennelly (coach’s son), sophomore Kevin Sears, senior Austin Roland, and senior Adam Caruso. Junior Matt Carfaro will be the team’s fullback. Not one of those players was a starter in 2011, when senior tailbacks Jon Ciccone and Jason Mackewicz led the Wolfpack to the sectional semifinals before falling …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Senior proves worth in final high school game.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
West Morris Central Wolfpack senior Nick Hamilton made the most of his final high school football game Monday night, as he started at defensive end for the West in the 19th Annual Paul Robeson All-Star Game. Hamilton had two sacks and several other tackles for the West–a highlight for the team despite a 47-0 drubbing at the hands of the East team. The overall record is now 17-2 all-time in favor of the East in the All-Star game. In addition to being named to the All-Star team, Hamilton also was selected as First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Morris County, First Team All-Area, and Third Team All-Group 3.