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HAMMONTON - The Jim Raso era has begun for the Hammonton football program, as he takes over for Pete Lancetta, who stepped down after 26 seasons and accumulating over 200 wins for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils went seven and four last year, their first as a member of the West Jersey Football League. Hammonton beat Triton in the first round of the South Jersey Group Four playoffs before falling to the eventual champion Shawnee in the semifinals.
“I think the biggest difference is we have more uptempo practices, more uptempo lifting," said Zachary Barnard, Hammonton Rising Senior. "Playing more as a unit, on and off the field.”
Raso won two South Jersey titles as a player for the Blue Devils. He also worked as a long-time assistant under Lancetta.
“I played for the school. I went to the school I’ve been coaching at the school," said Raso. "I’d probably say the majority of my thought process and my roots are here. I take a lot of pride in it. The town takes a lot of pride in it, the coaches the kids. It makes it even more special that way.”
There is still a few weeks to go before High School Football practice officially gets underway. Hammonton begins the season on Friday, September 11th on the road against the Kingsway Dragons.
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