Sept. 1, 2016: Scrimmage @ St. John-Vianney

Seton Hall Prep Football is back as they dominated in their scrimmage against St. John-Vianney High School in Holmdel Thursday, Sept. 1 in preparation for their season opener at Peddie High School Saturday, Sept. 10.

Head Coach Vito Campanile said he was happy with his team’s performance, but there’s still a lot to work on before the season opener this weekend.

“The reason it’s a game scrimmage is because we want to get those first mistakes out of the way, and I think we did a pretty good job of that,” Campanile said. “We certainly had enough of them.”

Campanile said The Prep played well despite committing too many penalties and suffering from a few breakdowns in coverage.

“That’s why we do this,” he said. “To get better at it. And we’re getting better every week.”

The Prep saw encouraging performances from starting quarterback Cam Carti and senior wide receiver Dwayne Warren, who connected on two touchdowns for a total of more than 115 yards in the first half.

Senior captain and Boston College commit Paul Theobald had a big second quarter, as he returned an interception for a touchdown and then later recovered a fumble to stop John-Vianney from scoring.

“He’s all state for a reason,” Campanile said. “He’s as good of a player as I’ve been around. If we can keep him healthy and keep him doing what he’s doing, he’s a force.”

The Prep will look to build off the momentum gained in Thursday’s scrimmage heading into the season. Campanile said they have to eliminate penalties and work on transitioning from special teams to offense and defense.

“I think we know what to do,” he said. “We know who to block, we know our coverages; it’s just coming out and being prepared to execute.”

Highlights of the scrimmage can be found here. 

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