Point Boro opened up the new Al Saner Field with a 34-20 win over Donovan Catholic last Friday evening. The win for the Panthers extended their B South winning streak to eleven games which goes back to the 2015 season.
One of the reasons for Point Boro’s success has been their ability to consistently run the ball in their first three games. Furthermore, the Panther offensive line has been revamped this season with Senior Anthony Bonavito coming back from injury after missing most of his Junior year. I caught up with Bonavito after last weeks game to discuss his team’s fast start in 2017. “We knew it was all about mentality,” Bonavito said after the win.
Friday will be the first homecoming game on the new field as Point Boro welcomes the Monmouth Regional Falcons to town. It will be a battle of two undefeated teams with Monmouth playing a week 0 game to sit at 4-0.
“We know that we have to stay focused against Monmouth. The success that we have had is due to great teamwork. We prepare as a team for whoever is coming in to face us,” Bonavito explained.
One thing is certain, Point Boro finds themselves facing a completely different team than the Falcons they beat 42-0 last season.
Panther quarterback James Fara has also been impressive thus far in his senior season. “Our mindset is completely different this season,” Fara explained.
“We knew what type of football team we wanted to be coming into the season and so far we have been able to execute,” Fara said when talking about the versatility the Panthers have in the running game.
“Take a guy like Brandon Cipriano, scoring three TDs against Donovan Catholic. You can see how much he’s worked in the weight room to come out and run the ball like he has this season. Additionally, Fara knows that the passing game could become a factor this week just as it was in week two against Lacey.
“It has been a bit of an adjustment after having Hayden [Frey] last season, but overall I think the receivers have done a great job,” Fara said.
One thing is for sure, the Panthers know that it will take a team effort if they are to improve to 4-0 for the third straight year.