The Raiders’ last truly successful season had been six years prior, going 8-3 in 2010. After a 5-5 season in 2011, North Brunswick embarked an a rough stretch: five seasons with a combined record of 8-42, as Mike Cipot took over as the new head coach at his alma mater.
The 2017 season, his first, was a nice start at 6-4, but in 2018 the quick turnaround was nearly complete. The Raiders made it to the Central Jersey Group 5 final, losing 6-0 in an all-time classic title game at Sayreville, the first year title games moved back to the home fields of higher seeds.
The Cipot tenure has been quite the success, as the Raiders reached another title game last fall, falling to Hillsborough in the South 5 sectional final.
So while his teams have gone 40-13 in his four seasons with four title game berths in five years, there’s still some unfinished business lingering. With veteran QB Frankie Garbolino returning, Zahmir Dahwud looking to move into one of the top receiver roles, and Jared Tynes disrupting opposing QBs, the pieces are in place for 2022.
And while Sayreville was ranked No. 1 in the Central Jersey Sports Radio preseason top ten, the Raiders earned the top spot in CJSR’s Big Central Media Poll. They’ll meet September 23rd in North Brunswick, by the way, in a critical National Silver Division game. Should make for a fun season.
Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with North Brunswick football coach Mike Cipot: