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The Sussex Stags were founded in 2014 by Steve Massoti Sr. and Gary Haase. Prior to that year the last Semi-Pro Football team in Sussex County was the Jersey Stags, who played in 2010 and 2011 under Coach Haase and compiled an overall 16-5 record. The Sussex Stags are a completely new Franchise with some of the same players and coaches from the Stags of old. We are extremely excited to bring quality Semi-Pro Football back to Sussex County. The Sussex Stags completed their first season in 2015 with a semi-final playoff appearance and a 6-5 final record. With many players back for 2016 and a ton of incoming talent, the Stags finished 8-4 and lost in the EFL Championship game to the Syracuse Strong. Local player Ben Cramer led the EFL in Rushing with 1,514 yards and 21 touchdowns. QB Joe Enslin tossed 21 TD passes and 1419 yards. The 2016 Defense was led by All League players Phil Londono, George Sherman and Bobby congleton.
The 2017 season was the best yet! Under new head coach and former player, Mike "Chief" Keefer the Stags finished with a record of 14-2 and the number #1 Ranking Semi-Pro team in NJ. The team was loaded with talent on both sides of the Football and finished with 10 all league players.
2018 Season is getting underway. The Stags will take the field under new ownership. 3 Year veteran player and fan favorite, Garrett Gardner is now in charge of the front office. Coach Keefer and company are working hard in the off season to secure the Stags a title. Stay tuned for more...
2018 Season came to an end on 10/6/18. The #1 Seeded Sussex Stags lost a heartbreaker to the Tri-County Owls. The Stags were eliminated from the playoffs and finished the 2018 campaign with a 12-2 record. Running Back Jeff Mack led the league in rushing yards and Frankie Simmons and Mike Cousar were 2 of the top players in the league on Defense.
The 2019 Season will be underway shortly. Owners Garrett Gardner and Pat Thompson will be working hard to put together a new coaching staff after the retirement of Mike Keefer, who in 2 years at the helm had an overall record of 26-4. Stay tuned for some new exciting news in Stag Country!
Will Allen, an assistant Coach in 2018, has been promoted to the position of Head Football Coach. Coach Will is already busy behind the scenes putting together a solid staff.
As of 2017, , the Sussex Stags have joined a new league, major league football (mlf)
The foundation has been laid and we are now building the DYNASTY!