Make it 5-for-5.
All five Wayne Hills football team captains for 2018 will play on the collegiate gridiron this fall, as Anthony Puntolillo announced his intention to play at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pa.
Puntolillo, a linebacker and fullback for the state champion Patriots in 2018, only knew one speed when it came to play for the Patriots. He’ll apply that same passion to the next step in his athletic career.
“I made my decision to attend Delaware Valley for the next four years because it felt like home to me,” said Puntolillo. “The coaches were very comforting on my visit and gave me a great tour of the campus. It is also one of the best (NCAA) D-3 schools in the country, and I wanted to play good competitive football coming out of high school.”
Delaware Valley has put together some incredible seasons in football. Last year’s team was 9-2, the 2017 squad finished 11-1 and the 2014-2016 teams were also each 9-2. In addition there was an 11-1 campaign along with a 9-3 and 8-3 season over the past decade.
Anthony is the son of Georgia and Anthony Puntolillo. His younger brother, Christian, is expected to play a major factor for the 2019 Patriots. Anthony hopes to play linebacker on the collegiate level.
Wayne Hills football coach Wayne Demikoff feels Puntolillo will do well at the next level.
“Anthony is an aggressive player,” said Demikoff. “He has been a tough play maker for us over his career at Wayne Hills. I think his best football is still ahead of him. He played both sides of the ball and had impact due to his tough, aggressive style.”
Anthony always took pride in his Wayne Hills gear. (Click on photo for larger image)
Puntolillo had a tremendous senior year for Hills, which finished 11-2 and won a tenth state championship in the program’s history last fall. The Patriots also won the first NJSIAA ‘Bowl Game’, defeating Philliipsburg, 35-21, at MetLife Stadium, on Nov. 30.
Anthony was second on the team in tackles, with 96 last fall. He also had five tackles for losses, two quarterback sacks and registered an interception. A blocking fullback on offense, he helped paved the way for an explosive attack which accounted for over 4,900 yards.
Puntolillo (second from left) was named a team captain for the 2018 football season at Wayne Hills, along with, left to right, Joe Rondi, Bence Polgar and JoJo Mongelli and Jaaron Hayek. Coach Wayne Demikoff is third from right in the photo. (Click on photo for larger image)