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Football: Training camp confidential: Cinnaminson

Football: Training camp confidential: Cinnaminson


By Phil Anastasia

Training camp confidential: Cinnaminson

Coach: Mario Patrizi

Last year: 8-2, won WJFL Patriot, lost to Bridgeton in first round of SJ 2 tourney

Schedule: at Robbinsville, at Willingboro, Bordentown, Hamilton West, at Holy Cross, at Lawrence, bye, at Burlington City, Pemberton, Delran (Thanksgiving)

Player to watch: Senior Nick Thevanayagam (pictured). The 6-0, 195-pound Thevanayagam is perhaps the best athlete in the WJFL Patriot. He's a three-year starter at quarterback and also a top defensive back. He's a dual threat who can throw and run. Cinnaminson will use a lot of zone read this season to take advantage of Thevanayagam's speed, skill and decision-making ability. He's leaning toward attending Princeton although Villanova and Delaware are in the recruiting mix. "It all starts with the QB and we have a great one," Patrizi said.

Outlook: Cinnaminson has won 22 games, captured three division titles and made three playoff appearances in the last three years. The Pirates should be right there again this season with a squad that features top two-way senior lineman Chris Cintron (6-1, 215) as well as dangerous skill-position players such as senior RB Aaron Elly (6-0, 180) and sophomore WR/DB Shaun Davilla (6-2, 180), a likely future D-1 recruit. Among the other players to watch are senior WR/SS Pete Selnek (6-1, 200), senior two-way lineman Samaj Diggs (6-2, 220), senior C/LB Zach Sireci (6-1, 210), senior two-way end Ryan Hanratty (6-5, 210) and soph two-way lineman Keith Swartley (6-3, 280).

Fast fact: Cinnaminson moves to Central Jersey Group 2 this season. That's not bad news, given the depth of power in SJ 2.

Quote: "The sky's the limit for this team. We're going for the Central Jersey 2 championship. Anything less and we didn't do our job," Thevanayagam said.

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at

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