The Dennis Conti era for Buena football debuts in style


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.

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