Refreshed from a year off, Fiore ready to rejuvenate Elizabeth

Elizabeth coaches talk to some of the players after practice at Williams Field on August 11, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Believe it or not, it was a decade ago when Elizabeth won the first-ever North 2, Group 5 title, going 99-yards in the final minute of the game at Kean University to beat Piscataway, led by future Temple and current Carolina Panthers QB P.J. Walker.

Since that 11-0-1 season, the Minutemen have been mostly OK. They won nine games in 2014 but lost in the sectional finals to Linden. And in that span, have only won seven ore more games once besides that 2014 year. In the last three years, they’ve failed to win more than three games, with just seven total victories.

Meanwhile, up in the North Jersey Super Football Conference, John Fiore won four titles and made seven title games in eleven seasons with Montclair, before taking a year off last year to recharge the batteries, and spend more time with family.

Now, he’s hoping to have the same effect on the Elizabeth program, and so far, all signs point in that direction.

Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko got a chance to speak with Fiore after the team’s third practice of the preseason. Click below to listen to Part One of their conversation, as Mike and John talk about leaving Montclair, and Fiore’s move to Elizabeth:

Check back on cjsportsradio.com Sunday for Part Two of the interview, as Mike and John discuss the state’s playoff formula, the future of football, and moving to the fledgling Big Central Conference.

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