Coach: Jim Kurz, 9th year
Last year’s ranking: Not ranked
Rearview mirror: Glen Rock got off to a strong start, winning four out of its first six games. The Panthers then lost their final three games, but two of those defeats came against New Milford and Mahwah, teams that ended up in their respective sectional finals. Glen Rock had a solid offense, but its defense was excellent last season. The Panthers shut out two teams, and held two others to 13 points or less.
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Looking ahead: Glen Rock lost some key pieces from last season, including quarterback Matt Schlett, as well as his two outstanding WRs in Tim and Robbie Ray. But the Panthers do have some talented players coming back this season. Senior Dom Patania was Schlett’s backup the last two years and will now get his chance to start. He impressed in limited duty last season. Head coach Jim Kurz said Patania waited patiently for this opportunity and has totally dedicated himself to being Glen Rock’s QB and leader on and off the field. Senior Drew Famularo will be one of Patania’s main targets at WR and will also lead the defense at safety. Glen Rock will also have some key experience on its offensive and defensive lines with tackles James Gilmartin an Pierce Tuttle returning. Running backs Matt Sapoff and Seve Bilbao will get carries out of the backfield as the Panthers replace Ryan Dooner.
Bold prediction: Despite having to fill holes on both sides of the ball, Glen Rock will be a contender yet again in the NJIC Colonial Division.