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MTHS Freshman Football Team Makes School History with Undefeated Season

Student athletes are known to put in an astounding amount of effort into their given

sport and this proved to be true as the boys freshman football team remained

undefeated for the 2019-20 season; the first time ever in school history a freshman

team was able to do so!

Last season was pretty discouraging for the freshmen as they lost every game, some

of which being against Toms River East, Edison, New Brunswick, and Woodbridge.

This year, the boys were more determined than ever to turn this record around. The

time put in by both the team members, coaches, and managers was incredibly

noticeable, with practices beginning on August 12, 2019.

The team played their first game on August 21, 2019 at 9:00 am against Toms River

East. The season started off strong, with the game resulting in a 14-7 win for

Monroe. The boys continued this winning streak with the highest-scoring game this

season being 42-8.

Daniel Lee is the head coach for football with over nine years of coaching

experience. Interestingly enough, he was able to guide the 2009 team to winning

their first ever State Championship and ten years later, was able to guide the 2019

team to an undefeated season. The assistant coach for the freshman team is Marc

Debellis, who usually helps the running and defensive backs. They both played a

pivotal role in the team’s success this year.

The boys verse JP Stevens on October 4, 2019, resulting in a 42-8 win for Monroe.

Photo Credit: Roy DeBoer

The team worked hard the past couple of months, ending the season with 8 wins and 0 losses! The celebrations didn’t end here as the team qualified for Red Divisions (which was the first time in school that they were even eligible to compete). After a 6-0 game, the boys were deemed Red Division Champions.

The team not only claimed a victory at Red Divisions, but they were also able to

accomplish a school record as well. These achievements sparked a new

determination in the football players and are excited to outdo themselves in years to

come. Congratulations to the freshman football team participants and coaches!

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