By Joe Santoliquito, Marple Newtown Patch
October 12, 2011
NEWTOWN SQUARE–Anthony Rosanio doesn’t mind his role.
The Marple Newtown junior tailback is in the mix with Tigers’ stars Cimirrow Moat and Joey Pham. And the 5-foot-7, 155-pound Rosanio creates as many problems with his speed as they do.
Other teams cannot afford to sleep on him–especially after Rosanio rushed for 65 yards and a career-best two touchdowns in Marple Newtown’s 49-7 Central League victory over Harriton last Friday night.
“Our offensive line did a great job, our linemen blew them back every play,” Rosanio said. “I had [offensive guard] Chris Kurkian out in front of me for my two touchdowns.”
Rosanio may be a junior and may be a secret weapon for the Tigers as many teams look to shut down Moat.
“Personally, I don’t get the ball that much and everyone is looking to stop Cimirrow,” reflected Rosanio. “Coach [Ray] Gionta gives me the ball as a change of pace. I’m a junior, and not too many teams have seen me before.”
This year, the team is meshing well together and the vibe of the overall team has created unity.
“The energy on our team is tremendous,” said Rosanio. “No one is out for themselves. We’re all in and everyone does their jobs and we execute our plays. The seniors have a whole different attitude this year. Cimirrow [Moat] leads our offense in everything, and Kurkian really gets us fired up. Connor Breslin is an animal at center. Everyone is in.”
Marple Newtown has a big challenge this week, traveling to Conestoga in a Central League showdown Friday at 7 p.m.
But the Tigers’ confidence is very high.
“We feel we can compete with any team we play against, if we play the way we’re capable of playing,” Rosanio said. “We always have sky-high confidence. We concern ourselves with what we need to do to win.”