(A note: Just a few days after this was written, Anthony and his family were riding in a car, when a young child ran onto a street. Anthony reacted quickly, and with the help of another good Samaritan, made sure the youngster was safe and brought back to the side-walk. Just another example of what a tremendous young man this is).
Anthony Gennarelli made quite an impact in his one season playing football at Passaic Valley. A 6’0″, 260 pound fullback, Gennarelli transferred to PV from Passaic Tech and starred for a good Hornets team that finished 6-3 last fall.
Now, the senior has made his college decision. Gennarelli, a resident of Totowa, will attend Montclair State University and play football for the Red Hawks, in 2018.
“I’m very happy about the opportunity to play at Montclair State,” said Anthony, the son of Michelle and Steve Gennarelli. “They have an excellent football program, with great coaches. It’s close to home, and has the major I’m interested in pursuing.”
Gennarelli rushed for over 500 yards as a Hornet in 2017. His most impressive run probably came in a home game against Wayne Hills, on Oct. 21. There, he scored on a 52 yard run in the second quarter, running over a number of Patriots en route to the end zone. He was also a standout defensive player, last season.
“Anthony is probably the toughest fullback I’ve ever coached,” said Passaic Valley head football coach Chet Parlavecchio. “He had some incredible blocks and pancake hits. I don’t think I ever saw him go backwards, either on offense, or defense. This young man can play fullback on the college level. There’s no doubt about it. Not only does he block incredibly, but he can move, too. His open field speed is deceptive.”
Gennarelli was also 26-for-26 on third and short situations in picking up a valuable first down last season.
Gennarelli enjoyed the experience of playing for Parlavecchio.
“Coach Parlavecchio taught me so much about football in one year,” said Anthony. “He’s the best coach I’ve ever had. I wish I had played for him longer. He made me into the player I am today.”
Gennarelli’s long run against Wayne Hills wasn’t forgotten when it came to the Patriots head coach, Wayne Demikoff.
“That kid can flat out play,” said Demikoff. “He’s a hard-nosed kid who only knows one way on the football field, and that’s to go forward. I’m glad we don’t have to face him anymore.”
Off the field, Gennarelli will pursue a degree in Education and hopes to teach history one day.
Gennarelli has an older brother, Steve, and sister, Gianna, as well as a younger sister, Danielle. He is also a proud uncle.
As far as preparing for college football, Gennarelli will continue the routine that has made him a successful player thus far.
“Don Sellari has been my trainer for a while now, and I’ll continue working out with him, in getting ready to play in college,” said Gennarelli. “I’m going to work hard, to be ready for what the college game will bring. I know speed and agility are important at that level.”