Tag: Dave LePoidevin

Bound Brook football getting tremendous support from administration, hits paydirt with first win since ’21

Following an 0-9 season in 2022, there was no doom and gloom around the Bound Brook football program.

That could have easily been the case, but it wasn’t.

To start, the administration already had planned upgrades to LaMonte Field, which got its turf replaced this summer and also installed new LED lights that can put on a show whenever the team scores.

Well, they got to do that plenty Friday night in a 35-13 win over South River, the Crusaders’ first victory since late October, 2021, when they beat Roselle 20-14.

The other positivity came from kids in school. The ones who came out last year – some of whom who were being taught things like “once we punt, we’re on defense,” and “four downs to get ten yards” – stuck around and hit the weight room. Basketball players came out for football, in a true sense of school spirit.

Now, three games into the season, the streak is history, and Bound Brook will try and get on a two-game win streak – something it last did in the first two games of 2021 – when the Crusaders play host to Voorhees (1-3) this Friday night.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk to Bound Brook head coach Dave LePoidevin about ending the streak, and strengthening the Crusader program:

Veteran skill players lead young Bound Brook in Crusaders push for playoff berth

Patrick LePoidevin. Sharrod Tedder. Bryce Cobb. Jayden Brimage.

If you were handed those four young men on a silver platter, you’d take them on your football team.

Bound Brook has them, but the Crusaders still find themselves with two weeks of likely must-win games in order to make the playoffs.

That push continues Friday night when Bound Brook (3-4) entertains longtime rival Manville (5-1) in the Big Central Game of the Week, driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with pregame at 6:45 pm and kickoff at 7:00 from LaMonte Field in Bound Brook. You can click here to listen to the game live.

Other than the four above, Bound Brook is young, with several freshmen starting in key places. Three of the four defensive line starters against Manville will be ninth-graders, “14 years old,” as head coach Dave LePoidevin points out.

Others are inexperienced, like Ronny Pimentel. He’s impressed his head coach, to be sure, but it’s still the junior’s first year of organized football. He’s a baseball player, but LePoidevin convinced him to come out to the gridiron, too.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Dave LePoidevin about Bound Brook’s season, and Friday night’s game against Manville:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 9: The Home Stretch

Episode 9 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland, focuses on the push to the playoffs just one week out from Cutoff Weekend.

Mike Pavlichko looks back at the week gone by and the playoff implications of some of the Week Seven games, then examines who’s in – and who’s on the bubble – down the home stretch of the season.

We hear from founding sponsor Elite QB, with Coach Matt Bastardi’s “Elite Performers of the Week,” and a look at the Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week, Montgomery’s Alex Benitez, who caught the ball, ran the ball, kicked the ball and intercepted the ball in a win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Mike wraps it up with a look at the Week Eight slate.

Crusaders will need to improve line play to get back to winning ways against New Providence

It’s a returning cast of characters for Bound Brook, when the Crusaders face New Providence Friday night in the first of two Big Central Games of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Senior Patrick LePoidevin has thrown for 646 yards and nine touchdowns without tossing a single pick.

And he’s got a lot of skill guys to throw or hand the ball off to.

There’s Jayden Brimmage and Sharrod Tedder on the receiving end. Brimmage has nine receptions for a massive 255 yards (28.3 per catch) and six scores, while Tedder has 32 for 271 and a touchdown.

And while Tedder is second in receiving yards, he leads the ground game with 271 yards on 32 rushes, with a touchdown.

But head coach Dave LePoidevin – the quarterback’s father – says line play has to improve for the team to have continued success in 2021, and that starts Friday night against New Providence, and bruising runningback Charlie Barth, who ran for over 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns last year, while leading the Big Central in tackles with 115 tackles, good enough to finish top ten in the state.

Friday night’s game at New Providence kicks off at 7:00. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino have the call with pregame starting at 6:45. You can listen to the game for free by clicking here.

Click below to hear Dom Savino talk with Bound Brook head coach Dave LePoidevin about the Crusaders’ early season, and Friday’s matchup with the Pioneers: