Among Livingston's senior leaders heading into the new season are quad captains, from left, Luke Nardone, Brian Russo, Zach Greenberg and Will Egner. The Lancers are looking to build off positives of last year's 7-3 campaign. (Sideline Chatter photo)
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Breschard has now had three straight teams that have finished .500 or better, had his best campaign yet for the Lancers came in 2018 when the team not only finished 7-3, but also finished very strong, even after not making the 8-team playoff field in North 1, Group 5. The Lancers won final three games including two NJSIAA Regional Crossover contests which is terrific testament to the full season of commitment engendered through Breschard’s guidance.
“Coach Breschard and his entire staff do such a tremendous job all season long and football is important in our school,” said Nardone. “We love coming to work hard each and every day and the attitude on this team is always a positive one.”
Among the Livingston players who have moved on to the next level is the Sideline Chatter Essex County Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Joe Cullen, who was also an outstanding running back and is now playing college ball at Franklin & Marshall. Last season’s quarterback, Jack Ernst, is on the squad at Muhlenberg, while left tackle Alan Cheng (Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.) and center Chris Durst (sprint football at Caldwell University) are also playing at the next level.
“In my case I learned a lot from Jack and he had a really good season for us last year,” said Egner, who has been a starter at outside linebacker and has also been a capable backup quarterback throughout his scholastic career. “I have confidence that I can now step into the starting job at QB and help lead our offense.
“We had some really talented players graduate from our team, but we have experience and talent back and we’re excited to get the new season underway.”
Livingston’s 2019 Regular Season Schedule:
Friday, Sept. 6, vs. Randolph, 7
Friday, Sept. 13, at Bayonne, 7
Friday, Sept. 20, vs. Pope John, 7
Thursday, Sept.26, at East Side (Schools Stadium), 7
Saturday, Oct. 5, vs. West Orange, 1
Friday, Oct. 11, vs. Bloomfield, 7
Friday, Oct. 18, at East Orange Campus, 7
Friday, Oct. 25, vs. Montclair, 7
Friday, Nov. 1, at Columbia (Underhill Field), 7
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Livingston has plenty of positives to build around including fourth-year head coach Bob Breschard (top photo) and talented returning players such as Luke Nardone (17, bottom photo) seen raising ball in end zone after key reception for a score in last year's Freedom Blue Division contest at West Orange. (Photos by Gene Nann-genenann.smugmug.com)
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