Joe Frappolli ties the all-time South Jersey football wins record

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Burlington — Joe Frappolli ties the all-time South Jersey football wins record. As expected, the Florence head coach tied the record in front of his home crowd, at the new Pit.

The longtime coach, who has been leading the program for the last 34-years, won his 230th game, which is the same amount of wins that former Delsea head coach John Oberg had in his coaching career.

Frappolli’s Flashes beat the visiting Maple Shade Wildcats, 46-0, in the second Friday night game at the new school.

Florence Flashes

Florence Flashes

“We worked really hard over the years,” Frappolli said. “The longevity and success are truly contributed to all the players that have come through the program. Our whole school community, especially our fans — our fans have transitioned well into Friday night Flashes. It’s nice to see them all out.

Also, our coaching staff, who have been here for a long time. I’m humbled by the whole thing; especially I could reflect on this and think for the grace of God, I probably wouldn’t be here.”

Frappolli was offered a head coaching job in Connecticut. Yet, he decided to stay at home and decline the offer.

“I was offered a job there,” he said. “And I made a decision to stay here (in Florence). At that time, I never thought I would be a head football coach. I went to get my Master’s work and tried to be the best baseball coach I could be.”

Frappolli found out that being a football coach in his hometown was more suited for him. He used to play for the Flashes football team, was able to have his family in attendance, including his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and son, who is also an assistant coach and the freshman’s head coach, as he tied the record.

Recently, he was able to get best wishes from Herb Kemp and Bo Ryan, the current Wisconsin head coach — both guys went to Wilkes University with Frappolli — and many former players.

“That’s special,” Frappolli said. “There’s no question about it. I’m a downtowner at Florence. And to marry my high school sweetheart, Donna, that’s special. It’s special to be the head coach and the Athletic Director at Florence Twp. Memorial High School.”

Yet, his parents were unable to be in attendance. But Frappolli had them with him in spirit.

“Before tonight’s game, I visited the grave of my mom and dad, which is something I usually do before each game,” he said. “I just hoped to carry their name and made them proud.”

Quentin Loftin ran all over the Wildcats defense. He had 77 total rushing yards with 3 first-half touchdowns. His second touchdown in the first half was a 39-yard TD catch.

“Quentin’s always good,” Joe Price said. “The line was blocking good, especially Chris Salaga and Ryan Ingham.”

The line was a big factor in the Flashes running the ball. The line helped Price get a 44-yard touchdown in the first half. Even with the backup line in, Kevin Linico and Marcus Rawls used the Flashes blockers to score touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter, respectively.

Jimmy Martinson barely was able to see time last season being the backup quarterback behind Sr. Robert Hutchison Jr. Yet, Martinson had his best game of the young season, in his second career start.

Martinson had 7 completions for 40 yards, including his first touchdown of the season to senior Tyler Foehr.

“That just fell right into my hands,” Foehr said of his amazing 16-yard TD catch. “It got tipped by a Maple Shade player and I caught it in the end zone.”

On the other sideline was Tony Nicolino, who used to play against Frappolli in high school football games. Nicolino and Frappolli are friends, yet Frappolli started to feel bad for his friend.

“Tony’s trying to work really hard with his program,” Frappolli said. “There was a point tonight when I felt that we were so dominant on defense, I been on the other side over the years. They played us pretty tough last year and they graduated a lot of players.”

The Flashes defense only allowed 18 yards of total offense for the Wildcats. The Flashes defense was so tough that it got into Chris Szymczak‘s head. Szymczak was so frustrated by the defense that he got his self-ejected in the 4th quarter.

Szymczak was 0 for 5 passing for negative 1 yards. Joe Quicksell came in for Szymczak. But the Flashes defense also stopped him. He only had one completion to Brian Schaefer for only 1 yard.

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