Varsity Football - Boys
MKA is one of the very best places in New Jersey to get a high school education, and our athletic programs strive to reach that standard as well. The football program here at MKA is truly all-inclusive. Whether you are a future Division 1 athlete or someone who has never played football before, we will do our very best to ensure that you will love playing football in your time at MKA. My goal as a coach is to make you become the best player you can possibly be, as well as the best person you can be. Our program is built on teamwork, enthusiasm, and selflessness; these pillars are a strong foundation on which to build. We want to continue our recent run of excellence in football and continue to bring the program to even greater heights.
MKA Football Recent History: In the previous decade (2010-2019), the Cougars won 52 games, reached the NJSIAA Playoffs 6 times, and advanced to the NJSIAA Semi-Finals 3 times. Wins over Mater Dei, Cedar Grove, Verona, Hackley (NY), and Glen Ridge are amongst the many impressive ones the team has had during that time. The team has also won its league, the Metropolitan Independent Football League (MIFL), twice, earning the league's top honors in both 2014 and 2015. In 2020, the Cougars won 4 games and were postseason eligible, although no playoffs were played. The program has continually sent players to participate in football at the next level, as 14 players since 2010 have gone on to participate in football programs at either the FBS, FCS, Division II or Division III levels, including at Albany, Fordham, Bucknell, Penn, Duke, Michigan, and Syracuse, amongst many others.
Head Coach: Anthony Rea
Prior Coaching Experience: Coach Rea coached Varsity Football at MKA for five years, most recently as the Offensive Coordinator in 2012. MKA went 19-13 over his final three seasons, with three playoff berths and two consecutive trips to the Non-Public, Group 2 Semi-Finals in 2011 and 2012. He spent the 2013 season on the William Patterson University staff where he was the Running Backs’ Coach. Coach Rea is also one of the Assistant Boys' Basketball coaches, serving on Coach Tony Jones' staff the last two years.
Athletic Accomplishments: Coach Rea played Cornerback at Gettysburg College during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was a three sport athlete at Summit High School and Competed in Football, Basketball, and Track. Coach Rea's Summit High School football team won the Iron Hills Conference-Hills Division Championship in both 2002 and 2003 and his basketball team won both the Iron Hills Conference- Hills Division Championship and the North 2, Group 2 Sectional Championship in the 2003-2004 Season.
2/56 - Mahmoud Hassaneen (Sr.) -- North Arlington
3 - Jaylen Ankrah-Jones (So.) -- East Orange
5 - Ryan Abfier (Sr.) -- Montville
6 - Jordan Fishback (Jr.) -- South Orange
7 - Austin Davis (Jr.) -- Essex Fells
8 - Nic Lembo (Jr.) -- Essex Fells
10 - Jake Pryor* (Sr.) -- Bloomfield
11 - Miles Black (Fr.) -- Montclair
12 - Brodie Snyder* (Sr.) -- South Orange
13 - Kalvin Thomas (Fr.) -- Orange
20 - Jack Scuorzo (Fr.) -- Montclair
21 - Payam Ekrami (So.) -- Cedar Grove
22 - Geoffrey Vaiana (So.) -- Wyckoff
24 - Felix Fornasier (Sr.) -- Montclair
40 - Carl Flocco (Fr.) -- Montclair
50 - William Simms (So.) -- East Orange
51 - Craig Brill (So.) -- Mahwah
52 - Ethan Bell (Fr.) -- Basking Ridge
57 - Ben Morganstein (Fr.) -- South Orange
58 - Nate Conforti (Fr.) -- North Caldwell
71 - Kofi Oduro-Manu (Sr.) -- East Orange
81 - Lincoln Hedberg (Fr.) -- Montclair