Video Interview: Coach Rotondi & Manny Abreu

After opening the season with 3 TDs on only 4 carries and leading his squad to a season opening victory against Barringer, a decisive victory versus Dickinson followed the subsequent week. Union Hill HS Coach Joe Rotondi had his hands full as rival Memorial came calling in Week 3 of the season.

Coach Joe Rotondi's star player, Manny Abreu, is living up to the hype. Through 3 games, the stud LB has averaged just a shade under 12 tackles per game (his 35 tackles on the season are tops in the Hudson County League), to go along with 1 INT, and 1 fumble recovery. Offensively, Abreu has rushed the ball for 189 yards and 4 scores.

Union Hill is off to a fast start so far, notching a trio of victories to open up the season and defeating the opposition by a whopping 38-5 average margin. But it hasn't all been about Abreu in '06. Though the future D-1 player is doing his part, Coach Rotondi has all of his guys playing at a high level.

Offensively, Steve Ulecia - only a Sophomore - has racked up 356 rushing yards on the season to go along with 4 TDs. The 5-foot-9 and 180-pound RB will be a player New Jersey HS football fans will have to keep an eye on for a number of years. Steve's older brother Chris has rushed for 311 yards and 5 TDs so far - his total of 30 points on the season are 3rd in Hudson County this year.

Defensively, Cesar Angulo is second on the Hillers with 23 total tackles, placing him behind Abreu on the team and 3rd in the league overall. Angulo has also recorded a defensive TD, picking off Memorial and returning the INT for a 45-yard score.

Raugly Sosa, a name familiar to Scarlet Knight fans as he is the the younger brother of current Rutgers offensive tackle Pedro Sosa, has racked up 4.0 sacks on the young season and together with Abreu are first and second, respectively, in Hudson County.

SOR.com caught up with Coach Rotundi and Manny Abreu after the Hillers' latest victory over rival Memorial HS.


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