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Homecoming Just Another Football Game, Coach Says

Bridgewater-Raritan set to face North Hunterdon Friday night, eyes fourth win of the season.

With a current team record of 3-3, the Bridgewater-Raritan High School football team is preparing for Friday’s Homecoming game against North Hunterdon—but without any special fanfare.

And according to head coach Scott Bray, the team will do what’s it’s always done, working hard to play well in every game.

“We came in this year with the goal of competing in every game we played, and at this point we have met that expectation,” he said. “The players have worked extremely hard and have stayed focused on the goal of competing.”

“Because of that, they have given themselves the opportunity to win football games,” he said.

Bray said that preparation is based on what the team needs to do more than what the other team is doing.

“The players come to work every day and put forth a great effort,” he said.

And each week, Bray said, different team members step up to make the big plays, including Michael Pennella, Tommy Goodberlet, Donny Stires, Josh Robins, Matt Eichhorn and Chris Carter.

These students, Bray said, have been consistent, all making big plays and having impact performances.

“We just take it one game at a time,” Bray said, adding that the team doesn’t do anything special to prepare for a Homecoming game. “We have been fortunate to get a couple of nice wins under our belt early, but we preach to the players that the most important game is the next.”

The Homecoming game will be played against North Hunterdon at 6 p.m. at Basilone Field.

This year’s team includes:

  • Anthony Balliro, sophomore
  • Brandon Weidenfeld, senior
  • Randall Ramirez, junior
  • Eric Pernini, junior
  • Michael Pennella, senior
  • Kyle Lutz, junior
  • Matt Picciurro, junior
  • Donny Stires, senior
  • Michael Alesandro, junior
  • Michael Fair, junior
  • John Robbins, junior
  • Nick Fabiano, senior
  • Jared Kaden, senior
  • Kevin Li, junior
  • Daniel Renna, junior
  • Darnell Thigpen, junior
  • Karl Szymanski, senior
  • Keith Schroeder, junior
  • Zack Tiano, senior
  • Eric Shugan, senior
  • Erick Acosta
  • Tyshon Murdock
  • Cedre Small
  • Anthony Stavrakis
  • Julian Dorsey
Mary Beth Fanning October 19, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Not sure you have the current roster for this year?
Mary Clare October 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Its definitely not a complete roster!
Mary Beth Fanning October 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
There's kids listed that aren't on the team anymore, and some that are on the team not listed at all.
Mary Clare October 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Anyone know who gave the Patch the roster?
Audrey Levine (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 04:16 PM
If anyone has a different roster, please feel free to send it my way, and I will make any corrections. audreyl@patch.com

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