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Seton Hall Prep's first-year head coach Vito Campanile directs team in recent pre-season scrimmage vs. Hudson Catholic. The youthful Pirates open new season on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Union City, looking to get new era off on a positive note. (Photo by Richard Morris/SHP)

Campanile Feeling Excitement At SHP
As Young Pirates Prepare For Opener
By Steve Tober
For sidelinechatter.com

WEST ORANGE- Vito Campanile admits he doesn’t know a great deal yet about what might be ahead in the Super Essex Conference; however, he’s already well versed on his first opponent.

It’s simply a fact of life at the moment at Seton Hall Prep that no one is getting ahead of himself when it comes to being able to yet fully assess what the ultimate prospects may be for what is shaping up as an exciting but still very much new-look team under a first-year head coach about to embark on the 2015 season opener in an independent, non-conference tilt at Union City.

“I know it’s a cliché, and we’ve heard it so many times, but we are definitely taking it just one day at a time and simply concentrating on our first game week,” said the energetic new SHP head coach. “I’m excited to get started and I know the players are really looking forward to our season opener.

“We’ll be young with maybe 16 of the 22 starting positions filled by underclassmen, but I’ve simply told the kids, regardless of what grade they are in, to be resilient and accountable and simply work hard every day and they have really accepted the daily grind of getting ready for a new season and doing what has to be done to be prepared for our first opponent, which is a very talented and well-coached football team.”

SHP travels to Union City on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, (1 p.m. kickoff), to take on coach Wilbur Valdez’ always very athletic and physical squad.

How the Pirates will fare in the SEC-American with 4-time defending division champion Montclair and other talented squads such as Bloomfield remains to be seen, but for now, Campanile is concerned about Union City and Union City only.

“I just don’t feel we can look past anyone and being such a young and inexperienced team simply emphasizes that point,” he said. “Union City has a great mix of speed and strength and Wilbur does such a great job with his team.

“They’ve been a Top 20 team in the state in recent years for a reason and we’re going to have to play at the top of our game against them, that’s for sure.”

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