Buena quarterback Cael Aretz is a member of the 2020 Cheifs football team. (Photo: Tom Rimback / STAFF PHOTOJOURNALIST)
BRIDGETON – After spending 48 minutes on the sideline showing it, Dennis Conti couldn’t stop saying it.
The first-year Buena coach had just seen his team come from behind to open the high school football season with an 18-7 road win over Bridgeton. You can forgive his exuberance after speaking to his team.
“I love these kids,” Conti said. “Really, I just love these guys.”
Conti came to Buena by way of Wyckoff. Somehow a North Jersey guy found common ground with the Chiefs.
“When we first met him, it was completely new,” Buena quarterback Aretz said. “We were kind of upset because we had a bond without old coach. But coach came in and we started to like him immediately when he introduced himself. We developed a bond quickly.