In an effort to allow the public schools to have a chance to compete on a level playing field, the Dan Finn Classic has 6 non Parochial schools in this year’s event; Lincoln, Brighton(Bos), Ramapo, Bloomfield, Hackensack, and Newark East Side.
At 2:15PM coach Joe Sandberg will bring his Raiders back to face Bloomfield. Ramapo’s POG last year, Jason Oppler, returns with a supporting cast of now experienced players led by Max Pernetti and Austin Leng. They will look to turn around a two point loss at the hands of Massachusetts State Champion Brighton HS last year.
Bloomfield, led by high flying junior Michael Ramos, will be making its first appearance in the DFC and looking to make their mark. Coach Pat Brunner has once again restored respectability to the Bengals program which last year won its first sectional title since the days of Kelly Tripucka.
The nightcap at the Jersey City Armory pits Bergen County power Hackensack against a Newark East Side team that is expected to enter the season as a top 10 team. Coach Aaron Taylor is looking for leadership from returning All State guard Atiba Taylor to put his up tempo style up against perennially one of the best defensive squads in the Red Raiders of NES, who will again be led by guards Hassan Ceesay, Anas Amos, Jahid Jenkins, and Shamir Johnson.