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Nick Alvarez (22) is a strong defensive back returning for Seton Hall Prep as Pirates place great deal of faith on a core group of seniors. (Photos by Richard Morris/SHP)

Seton Hall Prep's newly-instituted multiple attack centers around QB Zach Keller

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The SHP ‘D’ will run out of a 4-3 this season in an attempt to be more aggressive and physical to the football.

SHP will have one of the Super Essex Conference’s best kicking tandems in placekicker Ryan McSherry (34 of 36 extra points, 4/6 field goals in 2013) and punter Michael Blank (38.7 punt avg.), who is also a valuable split end and safety.

Blank is receiving college interest from Lafayette, Sacred Heart, Holy Cross and Bucknell.

The schedule is different not only with the aforementioned state powers Union City and St. Peter’s Prep on the independent portion of the slate, but also in the SEC-American with West Essex and in an SEC crossover at Caldwell.

Last year, SHP finished 5-2 for third place in the American Division. The Pirates lost at Don Bosco Prep, 55-7, in the first round of the Non-Public, Group 4 playoffs. The Essex County parochial school’s last win in the playoffs was in 2010 when it defeated Paul VI of Haddonfield, 47-13, in the first round.

Seton Hall Prep 2014 Regular Season Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 5, at Union City, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12, vs. Columbia (West Orange HS), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20, vs. St. Peter’s Prep (WOHS), 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2, at Caldwell, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11, at East Orange Campus (Robeson Stadium), 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18: vs. Montclair (WOHS), 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 24, at West Essex, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31, at Bloomfield, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 8, at West Orange, 7 p.m.

Veteran Seton Hall Prep head coach John Finnegan has done some tweaking to both the offensive and defensive formations for the Pirates as they enter a brand new campaign.

Zach Keller should have a number of viable targets to throw to in Pirates aerial arsenal

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