Jim Rosa @jimrosa519
The Keansburg Titans are ready for a change of scenery. After two consecutive 1-9 seasons, the Titans hope that this will be the year that they can finally put everything together and compete. Keansburg is Optimistic this year as they name John Bird their new head coach. Bird will replace former coach Chris Damien. After spending the last two years as defensive coordinator, Bird will attempt to resurrect the Titans into a playoff contender. However, a winning season is certainly the goal of this team. If they are able to achieve such a goal it would be the first winning season that Keansburg has been able to achieve in over 7 years.
head coach: John Bird (first year)
2014 Record 1-9 ( Shore Conference, B central division)
Key Returns: Ian Terry QB/OLB, Daniel Vital QB/DB, Richard Squeo OL/DL, Daniel Bauman DL/OL, Arkeyel Brown RB/DB, Julian Castell RB/DB, Justin Alessi DB/RB, Joseph Osterbye RB/LB, Issac Montiero OL/LB, Desean Conaway WR/LB, Nicholas Rizzi WR/LB, Kevin Rogers RB/DB
Key First-year Players: Paul Liseno OL/DL, Chris Jankowski WR/DE, Patrick Edwards WR/DB,George Burdick WR/LB, Isaiah Stanton WR/LB, Shane Flanzbaum WR/DE Ryan Manges WR/DB, Liam Riecks RB/LB
Offense: When asking offensive lineman Richard Squeo who will step up in the 2015-2016 season; he immediately said that he expects senior QB Ian Terry to step up for this team. Terry threw for over 400 yards last season with 4 touchdowns. However, running the ball may be a strength for the titans this upcoming season. Returning for Keansburg is running back Arkeyel Brown who as a junior was able to combine for 5 touchdowns as RB/WR. This year he will be working at the fullback position, according to Terry. “Arkeyel Brown is new to the fullback position and is putting in the work to have a very successful season”. Terry said. He also mentions that fellow teammates Julian Castell and Justin Alessi will be seeing time at the wing positions. Keansburg is famous for running the Wing-T offense, which is common in the high school game.
Offensive Lineman Richard Squeo is also optimistic about the upcoming season. He feels that this is a big year for him and his teammates. To improve on last season, I feel like we have to keep working hard and get better every day” Squeo said. He hopes that the line will be a strength in this team. If this Keansburg team can avoid turning the ball over on offense and continually protect terry, then they should improve upon last season. When asked about his expectations for the season Squeo explained, ” my expectations for this season are to improve”. ” I feel like we have the potential to make a push for the playoffs off of size and coaching”. Both of these factors will play a big part of the titans 2015 season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Titans have some size as well. Sophomore LB Joey Osterbye comes into the season at 5’9″ 180 pounds. 6’2″ defensive end Paul Liseno will also be a big contributor this season standing at 6’2″ and rushing at over 200 pounds. In addition, Squeo says he is also looking to improve defensively. In only part time rotation last season, Squeo had 35 tackles which he feels he can accomplish this year as well. Liseno is certainly one freshman that QB Ian Terry feels could have a big season. ” We have some new freshman that are going to see some time on the D-line” Terry explained.
Playing in the backfield is something that the Titans also hope that they can get accustomed to doing to their opponents. ” We have some big bodies and are looking to do damage in the backfield,” says Terry. When it comes to the secondary it is important for the Titans to be able to defend the long ball as well as being able to defend the run. ” Terry said that he sees Brown and Vital as key members of the secondary that will be able to defend the passing game. Jullian Castell will also be important this year on defensive.
Overall, Terry says that being 2-18 over the last few years makes teams “overlook us”. He feels that with this new look offense and a new coach this season, they will be able to improve. “With a completely new coaching staff and offense we are looking to rebound in a positive way. Unfortunately, records do not always end up being in a team’s favor. With a brand new schedule, this season the Titans hope that their losing records of 2014 and 2013 can be behind them and they can rise their way back up the top of class B central.
Keansburg Titans 2015 Schedule
9/12 vs Mater Dei 1PM
9/18 At Highland Park 7PM
9/26 vs Shore Regional – 1PM
10/3 At South River – 2PM
10/10 vs Metuchen – 1PM
10/17 vs Pt Pleasant Beach – 1PM
10/24 At Middlesex – 1PM
10/30 At Asbury Park – 7PM
11/7 At Keyport – 1PM
11/13 State Tournament/Consolation – TBD