first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer SCOTT PILLING staff Slotback Mike Yetka is among the players who will look to lead the Hornets’ offense this year as they take on a tough Liberty Division schedule. The Holmdel High School football team heads into its season-opener Friday against an improved St. John Vianney (SJV) with a sizable line on both sides of scrimmage and plenty of senior leadership. Two years ago, the Hornets went 1-9 before improving to 5-5 last fall, and coach Joe O’Connor is looking for more improvement this time around. The coach is handing the reigns to strong-armed sophomore quarterback Ryan Haslett, and O’Connor indicated that his team may throw the ball from time to time. Like most options teams, Holmdel’s bread and butter will be the running game. Senior Joe Mussillo returns at fullback where he gained more than 600 yards a year ago. Senior Chase Misiura and junior Mike Yetka are the slotbacks. James Haslett, who caught five passes for 121 yards, and Zack Apicella are the wideouts. Apicella also handles the place-kicking duties. “We have a new quarterback, so we really want to help him succeed and put him in good situations,” O’Connor said. “Fortunately, we have a lot of experienced seniors and that will help everyone.” Leading the Hornets ground game is an offensive line that includes three of those seniors, Drew Demaio (6-2, 210), Jason Frommer (5-11, 190) and Kyle Quinn (6-4, 295), junior Mike Troop (6-0, 260) and sophomore Kevin Demaio (6-2, 260) round out the line. Defensively, seniors Derek Badichek (6-3, 250) and James Li (5-11, 240) line up at the tackles in the Hornets 4-4 set, with the Demaio brothers at the end positions. Misiura and Adam Vurchio, a junior, are the inside linebackers, with Chris Laico and Cyrus Peyrovian on the outside. James Haslett and Mike Infantino are the corners and Apicella is the safety. Misiura is the punter. “We have a pretty quick defense, particularly at the linebacker position,” O’Connor said. “If we can contain the opposition and not give up long plays, we should be all right.” Following the SJV game, Holmdel will be home Sept. 16 against Manchester. 2005 Holmdel H.S. football schedule 9/9 SJV A 7 p.m. 9/16 Manchester H 7 p.m. 9/23 Pinelands H 7 p.m. 10/8 Matawan A 2 p.m. 10/14 Raritan A 7 p.m. 10/21 RBC A 7 p.m. 10/28 Manasquan H 7 p.m. 11/5 Colts Neck A 1:30 p.m. 11/24 Keyport H 10 a.m. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img

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