Monday, March 30, 2015

Football: Training camp confidential: Lenape

Football: Training camp confidential: Lenape


By Phil Anastasia

Training camp confidential: Lenape

Coach: Tim McAneney

Last year: 4-6, fourth in WJFL American, beat Southern in consolation game

Schedule: at Nottingham, Seneca, Trenton, bye, at Allentown, Cherokee, Notre Dame, Cherry Hill East, at Rancocas Valley, at Shawnee (Thanksgiving)

Player to watch: Senior RB/DB Ben Hunt (pictured). The 6-0, 180-pound Hunt is a three-year starter and member of a deep senior class that is determined to raise the program to another level this season. A good student, Hunt has drawn recruiting interest from Penn, Monmouth, Colgate and Rutgers. He is one of 22 seniors who have been part of a program that has hovered around .500 through their careers. "We feel like this is our year," Hunt said.

Outlook: It's a season of change for Lenape. After years as a member of the American Division (first in the Olympic, then in the WJFL), the Indians have been switched to the Colonial division in the WJFL's latest re-alignment. Lenape will play division games against Nottingham, Trenton, Allentown, Notre Dame and, interestingly, Rancocas Valley. The Indians could make some hay this season as they have a deep and experienced senior class. The team should be strong up front with seniors Brandon Searles (6-4, 260), Paul Fullerton (6-1, 265), Pat Byrne (6-2, 220, Dan Gerdes (6-2, 235) and Nick Ianconelli (5-10, 225). "Last year (because of injuries), our guards were 170 pounds," McAneney said. Hunt is a top two-way player, as is senor RB/DB Malcolm Anthony (5-9, 180) and senior FB/DE Stevie Anderson (5-10, 220). Senior QB/LB Jimmy Kennedy (5-11, 195) is another veteran. Other players to watch include senior WR/DB Anthony Brunetti (6-1, 175) and senior TE Darren Spitzer (5-11, 195), among others.

Fast fact: Lenape has gone 4-6 in each of the last four seasons.

Quote: "These are our guys. They walk the way we want them to walk. They've put in the time. They want to make the playoffs but the No. 1 goal for them is to win the first game," said McAneney, set to begin his fourth season.

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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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