The Egg Harbor Township High School football team comes off three straight South Jersey Group IV playoff appearances.

The core of those teams has graduated.

But thanks to a group of speedy newcomers, EHT should again contend for the postseason.

"We're ready to prove to the world that we can play, too," Eagles defensive back A.J. Vance said.

Coach Tony DeRosa said early in preseason camp that the Eagles were a work in progress but that expectations are still high.

"We have some skill guys that can change a game, but we're inexperienced and young," DeRosa said. "But I love our athleticism."

Vance is one of EHT's few veterans. He started at safety last year.

"He's like our quarterback back there," DeRosa said.

"We put a lot on our secondary. He makes all the assignments back there."

Tyler Waller, a 5-foot-11, 235-pound senior, was one of the CAL's top nose guards last year.

"He has great size and speed," DeRosa said. "He has a great nose for the ball."

Newcomers expected to contribute include running back and linebacker Curtis Fitzpatrick.

DeRosa said Fitzpatrick could emerge as one of the league's top running backs.

Junior Ken Doughty is on pace to be the starting quarterback.

"He's a very intelligent kid, and he's another athletic kid," DeRosa said.

"We're trying to get him a lot of reps and a lot of confidence."

EHT will also get a boost from two Holy Spirit transfers in junior linebacker and fullback Matt Clayton and senior nose guard and running back Rocky Figueroa, who was a CAL National Division All-Star last season.

Clayton is eligible immediately. Figueroa must sit the first 30 days of the season, under the transfer rules of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

"He's been practicing great," DeRosa said of Figueroa.

"When he's on the (defensive) scout team for us, I have to take him off the field because we can't run a play he's so good."

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LEAGUE/GROUP: Cape-Atlantic League American/South Jersey Group IV

COACH: Tony DeRosa (80-55, 14 seasons)

2010 RECORD: 6-5

2011 PREDICTION: Spoiler - EHT is inexperienced but will feature plenty of speed.

GAME TO WATCH: Sept. 9 at Absegami - It's the season opener but the winner takes a big step toward the CAL American Division title.

Egg Harbor Township's 2011 schedule

Date Opponent Time
Sept. 9 at Absegami L, 20-6
Sept. 16 vs. Bridgeton W, 13-10
Sept. 23 at Millville L, 30-6
Sept. 30 at St. Augustine Prep W, 17-14
Oct. 6 vs. Hammonton L, 48-15
Oct. 14 vs. Atlantic City W, 16-13
Oct. 28 at Vineland W, 35-0
Nov. 4 vs. St. Joseph L, 37-0
Nov. 11 at Shawnee L, 29-7
Nov. 24 vs. Mainland Regional 10 a.m.

Egg Harbor Township 2011 football roster

No. Name Position Year
1 AJ Vance WR, DB Sr.
2 Zjon Henriques TE, OLB Sr.
3 Chris Treadway DB, RB Sr.
4 Ken Doughty QB, DB Jr.
5 Victor Nagbe RB, LB Jr.
6 Ben Balesteri WR, DB Jr.
7 Dominick Tarsitano WR, OLB Sr.
9 Desmond Garris RB Sr.
10 Elijah Lewis WR, DB Jr.
11 Eric Wiafe DL, TE Jr.
12 Dylan Tarsitano QB So.
13 Rahim Harris RB, DB So.
15 Maxie Legette WR, DB Jr.
16 Tim Mason WR, DB, K Jr.
17 Trey Zito QB, OLB Sr.
19 Gianni DiBabbo TE, LB So.
21 Alex Coyle DB, WR Sr.
22 Hajilik Smith DB, WR Jr.
25 Brian Mosley WR, DB Sr.
26 Curtis Fitzpatrick RB, LB Jr.
27 Jake Lindacher WR, DB, K Sr.
28 Van Monger RB, DB Jr.
30 Mike Capetola WR, DB Jr.
31 Luis Rivera FB, LB Jr.
32 Calvin Rice RB, DB Jr.
34 Brandon Kopp RB, DB Jr.
35 Xavier Evans LB, FB Jr.
36 Matt Clayton LB, FB Jr.
37 Rocky Figueroa DL, FB Sr.
39 George King FB, OLB Sr.
40 Wolf Trumbauer FB, LB So.
42 Chris Vega WR, DB So.
43 Jamal Preston RB, LB Jr.
44 Tyler Waller NG Sr.
46 Marcus Hames RB, DB Sr.
47 Chris Milhan TE, LB Sr.
49 Ely Ramirez OG, OLB Jr.
51 Jon Ahl OL, DL So.
53 Tyrone Hoyle FB, LB Sr.
54 Cory Fama OC, LB Sr.
57 Jason Santiago OL, DL So.
58 Brandon Solano OG, DT Jr.
61 German Rodriguez OG, DT Sr.
67 Colin Surman OG, DT Sr.
68 Joe Valenti OC, DT Jr.
69 Kevin Heffron OG, OLB Sr.
72 Brian Thomkins OT, DT Jr.
74 Ryan Beckman OT, DT Jr.
75 Ray Maldonado OT, DT Sr.
76 Ryan Quintana OT, DT Sr.
82 Albruce Touaev WR, DB Sr.
87 Erik Wilkes WR, DB Jr.
95 Davonta Pittman NG Sr.