Barringer football preview, 2021: Veteran coach sees young team ready to battle




a close up of a helmet: Barringer ushers in a new era under legendary Newark head coach David McCombs.


© Steve Hockstein | For/NJ Advance Media
Barringer ushers in a brand new period below legendary Newark head coach David McCombs.

Barringer Blue Bears

Coach: David McCombs (1st season, twenty fourth general, 106-74-3).

Final yr: 0-3

2021 Beginning SI ranking: 46.00

Division: Tremendous Soccer Convention, American Pink Division

Division opponents: Belleville, Millburn, Nutley, Orange, West Essex

Key gamers: John Camacho, Sr., QB; Malachi Dudley, So., HB/LB; Ronald Penafiel, Jr., OT/DT; Tajiri Grey, Sr., TE/DB; Rakir Brown, So., FB/LB; Azariah Rivera, Sr., OT; Akrum Kawuma, Jr., LB; Sayyid Statford, Sr., DB; Ricardo Rodriguez, So., OC/DT; Isai Barraza, Jr., Okay/DB/HB.

Outlook: David McCombs has not been a head coach since he retired as Newark Shabazz’ longtime skipper in 2009, however the qualities he beloved in his Bulldogs again in these youthful days are nonetheless the traits which have him excited over again 12 years later. And none of it has something to do with dimension, 40-yard sprint time or the quantity of faculty scholarships provided.

“This workforce is persistent, younger and feisty,” McCombs mentioned of a crew that can be taking part in with quite a few underclassmen in beginning roles when senior quarterback John Camacho and his Blue Bears take the sphere at Colleges Stadium in Newark Sept. 3 towards Belleville

These sorts of traits – all about hustle and self-confidence – might in addition to have scripted on the again of McCombs’ jersey when he was a star at Shabazz within the late Nineteen Seventies after which William Paterson, and later as he guided these Bulldogs to a 106-74-3 file over his legendary teaching tenure. His first teaching tenure, that’s.

McCombs has not been away from this sport he loves throughout that lengthy stretch, he simply hasn’t been the person in cost. Amongst his stops as an assistant (typically as defensive coordinator) have been Kean College, Bloomfield Excessive, and the final 4 at Barringer below Dwayne Williams. So, when McCombs speaks so enthusiastically about this scrappy perspective he likes to see, he’s hardy reacting off first impressions.

Barringer performed solely three video games final yr resulting from COVID-19 disruptions and misplaced all three by moderately massive margins. However the Blue Bears have been 5-5 that earlier yr with McCombs on the workers. And one of many sophomores who acquired a style of varsity ball that autumn was Camacho, whom McCombs classifies as “athletic and clever,” and likewise with loads of that fierce dedication.



a close up of a blue helmet: Barringer ushers in a new era under legendary Newark head coach David McCombs.


© Steve Hockstein | For/NJ Advance Media
Barringer ushers in a brand new period below legendary Newark head coach David McCombs.

Senior tight finish Tajiri Grey may emerge as one among Camacho’s high receivers, whereas sophomore halfback Malachi Dudley, sophomore fullback Rakir Brown and junior halfback Isai Barraza deal with the majority of the operating chores together with Camacho. That offers a very good indication of simply how younger and inexperienced Barringer is true now. However youth might be coached, and McCombs accepted the place to just do that after having left Shabazz with completely nothing else to show. However that all the time gutty method? That tends to be a bit of extra inherent.

Heading up the safety corps for Camacho can be junior deal with Ronald Penafiel (6-4, 260), senior deal with Azariah Rivera and sophomore middle Ricardo Rodriguez. Anchoring the protection are Penafiel and Rodriguez at DT, Dudley, Brown and junior Akrum Kawuma at linebacker and Grey, Barraza and senior Sayyid Statford within the secondary.

2021 Schedule:

Sept. 3: vs. Belleville, 7

Sept. 10: at Millburn, 7

Sept. 17: at West Essex, 7

Sept. 24: vs. Columbia, 7

Sept. 30: at Paterson Eastside, 6

Oct. 8: at Orange, 7

Oct. 16: vs. Nutley, 1

Oct. 29: at Bayonne

Nov. 25: vs. East Orange, 10:30

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Mike Kinney might be reached at [email protected]. Comply with him on Twitter @MikeKinneyHS.

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