Monday, November 30, 2015

Football: Training camp confidential: Haddonfield

Coach: Frank DeLano

Football: Training camp confidential: Haddonfield


Coach: Frank DeLano

Last year: 10-2, won final six games, captured SJ 2 title

Schedule: at Woodbury, at Overbrook, at Collingswood, West Deptford, Sterling, bye, Paulsboro, at Audubon, at Haddon Township, Haddon Heights (Thanksgiving)

Player to watch: Senior WR/DB Jake Robinson (pictured). The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Robinson is a Temple recruit. He projects as an outside linebacker or tight end at the college level but will stick with WR/DB in his final season in high school. Last season, Robinson caught 28 passes for 445 yards and also made four interceptions. He's a top athlete who also was a standout swingman for Haddonfield's 28-1 basketball team. Robinson didn't play football until his freshman year, so his best days in the sport could be ahead of him. "He's just an tremendous athlete," DeLano said.

Outlook: Haddonfield returns several veterans from one of the great late-season runs in SJ football history. Remarkably, the Bulldogs beat three undefeated teams in the playoffs -- 8-0 West Deptford, 9-0 Camden and 11-0 Woodstown. That drive to the SJ 2 title has created a lot of confidence for this year's team. In addition to Robinson, Haddonfield returns senior veterans such as FB/LB Mark Walker (6-1 210), who led the team with 86 tackles, as well as RBs Mike DeFeo (6-1, 195) and Jake Klaus (509, 175), who combined for 1,332 yards and 20 TDs. Other key players are senior TE/DE Ty Klaus (6-4, 235), a William and Mary recruit as well as senior OL/DL Nick Rollo (6-1, 250), junior OT/DE Jake Walter (6-4, 240), junior OL/DL Frank Fortino (5-10, 210) senior WR/LB Wes Dengler (6-0, 180) and senior OL/DL Troy Crompton (5-10, 190) and Matt Smart (6-2, 200). The quarterback is likely to be senior Mike Alberto (5-9, 165), with junior Tom Kadar (6-3, 180) also in the mix. Junior Drew Tomlinson is a top kicker.

Fast fact: Haddonfield is 56-13 since 2008, with four appearances in the SJ 2 title game and two championships.

Quote: "We're probably the favorites so everybody is going to be coming after that. As a team, we like that. We like the challenge. We're up for the competition," Robinson 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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