By: Matt Rothman
The J.P. Taravella football team is set to kick off their season against Monarch High School on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m.
The Trojans are coming off their first playoff appearance in eight years, and Head Coach Charles Hafley Jr. is excited to see his team perform after the delayed start to the season.
‘I feel very confident,” Hafley Jr. said. “We are coming off a playoff season, and the kids have so much enthusiasm. These have been the most enthusiastic practices I have had in five years. With all the circumstances, these kids are eager to go out and perform at their best to be great.”
After throwing for 14 touchdowns passes last year, senior Dylan Garcia returns at quarterback. Wide receiver Michael Vicinanza returns to his fourth season on the varsity football team and has caught 14 touchdown passes in his career. JPT will have Javion Mortimer at running back with Sean Rubin in front of him on the offensive line.
JPT has a strong defensive line consisting of Gary Dieureslil, Javon Hanse, and Damien Pierre, which Hafley calls the team’s strength. At linebacker, the Trojans are led by Mark Traina and have Brendan Baugh and Javon Pickett at safety.
While their first game will be against Minarch, who is not in the conference, JPT has their next three games of the season against Coral Springs, Coral Glades, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Nov. 20, respectively.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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