MARLBORO – I took a trip to title town, also known as Marlboro, to catch up with the Iron Dukes during camp.
Marlboro is the three-time defending Section 9 Class B champion, reaching the state semifinals the past two seasons. Of course, the Iron Dukes are gunning for a fourth title in a row, and are the favorites to pull it off.
Marlboro is aware of the contenders, including John S. Burke Catholic, the defending Section 9 Class C champion. Burke Catholic moved up to Class B and hasn’t been bashful about making it known they want a shot at Marlboro.
“We have our eye on Marlboro and we plan on knocking them off,” Burke Catholic linebacker Mike Martinelli told me this week. “It’s just that everyone thinks that they are top dog and they need to know that we are here.”
Marlboro is certainly aware of Burke Catholic. Although they weren’t as pointed as Martinelli, a few Marlboro players I spoke to referenced Burke Catholic as a big game. The teams’ are set to meet in Class B showdown on Oct. 17.
Below is what Marlboro linebacker Ryan Greavan had to say about the 2014 season. I also talked to Marlboro quarterback Ray Pacella and running back/safety Matt Tamburri at camp. Click on the play list (left corner) to see their video interviews.
Marlboro graduated several talented players, including quarterback Ryan Cary and running back Marsallis Faircloth. Still, the Iron Dukes have plenty of talent, including Greaven, two-way lineman Robert Papuli and running back Matt Marquis. Pacella, a first-year starter, should make plays for the Iron Dukes.
Marlboro will, of course, be a Class B contender again.