By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Wednesday, November 7th, 2013
After an impressive 35-6 victory over Lower Merion last Saturday, the Marple Newtown Tigers finished their season with a 3-7 (3-6 Central League) record.
“It’s always good to end the season on a win,’ coach Ray Gionta said. “Good way to send the seniors out, a positive day for them and for the rest of the team. For the younger guys, it’s something to build on for next year.’
This core of young players now have a full year of experience under their belt and will look to make noise next year in the Central League.
MN will have the dynamic duo of Abel Hoff and Adrian Sapnas returning in the backfield.
Sapnas led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns, by having 118 carries for 813 yards and 7 TDs.
“Next year, we’ll be a veteran team,’ Sapnas said. Alongside Sapnas next year will be the lightning back, Hoff.
As a sophomore, Hoff rushed 130 times for 611 yards and 5 TDs.
Hoff showed off his versatility as a receiver, posting 11 receptions for 195 yards.
That goal was met, compiling 1145 all-purpose yards for the 2013 season.
The two seniors who also contributed in this offense were Ross Binder and Brian Rosborough.
Binder rushed 46 times for 221 yards, and 3 TDs, while Rosborough accumulated 224 yards and 1 TD.
The aerial attack was led by QB Tommy Davis, who finished the season with 583 passing yards, 5 TDs, and 3 INTs.
Davis reflected on the season by stating, “even though we didn’t have the season we wished for, that I still enjoyed playing with all my teammates and glad to be part of this team.”
Nik Rhoads was the main target through the air, as he had 15 receptions for 283 yards, and 1 TD.
Rhoads contributed on defense too with 37 tackles.
Defensively, A.J. Cunningham was a nightmare for opposing offenses, with 79 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss.
The two big men on the defensive line were Zach Falcone and Markos Katrakazis. Both finished with 43 tackles apiece.
Marcus Weathers finished third on the team with 34 tackles on the season.
Other contributors were Gino Dicamillo with 33 tackles, 1 INT and Noah Turner ‘s 29 tackles, 1 INT.
The future looks bright indeed for the Marple Newtown Tigers.
The Tigers Radio Network has provided live broadcasts of every game this season, with the exception of the Lower Merion.
Thank you for a great season.