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The Mariners are geared up for a run at the Class A South title behind senior quarterback Scott Buxbaum, a deep group of sophomore receivers, and senior tight end Jesse Tate. How quickly their offensive and defensive lines come together should be a key factor in their success.

ASM Teams to Watch ..................................................................Page 4

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Class A North....................................Pages 6 thru 12


Class A Central...............................Pages 14 thru 21

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Class A South...............................Pages 22 thru 29


Class B North..............................Pages 30 thru 33

Coming off an 8-2 season in which its only loss to a Shore Conference team was an overtime defeat on the road against Central Jersey Group III champion Freehold, RBC returns with a ferocious defense and a methodical offense. The defensive tackle tandem of senior Joe Coscarelli and junior Josh Klecko along with a stellar group of linebackers led by seniors Doug Whitlock and Chris Donald make the Caseys’ front seven as talented as any in the Shore. Senior Ryan Spahr returns at quarterback for a team that will be tested often with a tough Class B North and nondivisional schedule.

Feature Stories Race To The Top .........................................Pages 34 Big Men On Campus.................................Pages 35

Class B North (con’t)..........Pages 36 thru 41

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Class B Central.................Pages 42 thru 48 Class B South......................Pages 49 thru 55 Class C Central.................Pages 56 thru 64 Week-by-week Shore Conf. Schedule ................................. Page 65

Ocean County Field Directions.....................Pages 66 Monmouth County Field Directions..................Pages 67

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This is some lofty territory for the Bulldogs, but they return almost everyone from a defense that helped them win their first NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title in school history. Their defensive line of seniors Jack Miles, Jake Clapp, Mike Alonzo and Jack Eisenstadt should be one of the best in the Shore. Promising newcomer Danny Roberto steps in at quarterback in the no-huddle, spread offense, and if the Bulldogs can consistently put up points, their defense should do the rest.

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The Crimson Knights have been building toward this season since 2009 and now have a veteran, senior-laden group gunning for the program’s first NJSIAA title since 2002. Senior Steve Cluley returns as one of the Shore’s top quarterbacks, and the entire offensive line also returns on what should be a prolific offense.


. Middletown South

There has been talk of this being a down year for the Eagles because of graduation losses, but the bottom line is that they have made an NJSIAA final in nine of the past 10 seasons, so until that changes, they deserve to be mentioned among the best. Senior quarterback Howie Brey and senior linebacker Joe Simone lead a team looking to make a run at the Class A North title and end a three-year losing streak in Central Jersey Group III finals.

Honestly, this team has as much talent as any in the Shore and could certainly make a run at the No. 1 spot. Still, that has been the case before, and the facts are that they have not won a division or state title since 1998. With new head coach Mark Ciccotelli directing an offensive that includes quarterback Jaheem Woods, fullback Jazzmar Clax, wingbacks Ikie Calderon and David Gutzmore and wide receiver Geoff Fairbanks, this team has a chance to be scary if its offensive line can be productive. The defense is a fast and swarming unit that also includes Toms River North transfer Eevan Sutton at linebacker.

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The Mustangs took a big hit from graduation, including ASM Defensive Player of the Year Will Wowkanyn, but have earned the benefit of the doubt given that they’ve reached three straight Central Jersey Group IV finals. Seniors Vincenzo Diodato and Jarred Eccles are two-way standouts who should help the defending Class A South champs make a run at two in a row.

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With record-setting quarterback Ryan Davies returning for his senior season and a healthier offensive line, the Rebels have a chance to make a run at the Class A North title and more. Much of it depends on the production of a new wide receiving corps and some newcomers up front.

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Last year’s No. 1 team lost a ton to graduation, but the cupboard is far from bare. A stout offensive line led by Division I-A prospect Tyrell Smith and a hard-hitting defense led by senior linebacker Jordan Powell still makes the Lions the favorite to repeat in Class B South.


. Manasquan

The Warriors have had a rash of injuries in the preseason, but always seem to be there in the end. Senior quarterback Tyler Saito and senior running back/linebacker Kodie McMahon return as they seek to make it back to the Central Jersey Group II final after a one-year absence.

Other teams to watch:

Manalapan, Matawan, Asbury Park, Red Bank Regional, Ocean, Point Boro, Shore Regional


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Peering into my cloudy crystal ball, here is how I think this season’s divisional races will shape up:

The BReAkdOwN: I think this division is wide open, and it should be the same three teams that were at the front last year. I’ll give Middletown South the slight edge to take it, but I think Howell or defending champion Manalapan are certainly capable of winning this division. If Howell can avoid injuries up front and protect prolific quarterback Ryan Davies, the Rebels’ offense will be lethal. Middletown South has a good quarterback in Howie Brey but is a little undersized on defense, so we’ll see how the Eagles fare. Even though Manalapan lost some big-time players to graduation, this team is still stocked with talent. If all the newcomers get up to speed quickly, the Braves could make it two in a row.

CLASS A CENtrAL The BReAkdOwN: Rumson-Fair Haven is the favorite to bring it home in this division after winning the Central Jersey Group II title last season. The Bulldogs return almost everyone on a stout defense and have some promising skill players. Defending champion Matawan was hit hard by graduation, but still has some electrifying skill players like sophomore quarterback Kashaun Barnes, senior tailback Cassius Williams and newcomer Larry Alston III at wideout. The darkhorse looks to be an up-and-coming Red Bank team with a stellar junior class led by one of the top recruits in New Jersey from the Class of 2013, junior tight end/defensive end Garrett Sickels.

CLASS A SOUtH The BReAkdOwN: Like Class A North, this division is wide open. Brick Memorial is the defending champion but lost an outstanding senior class to graduation. The Mustangs do return talented seniors like Vincenzo Diodato and Jarred Eccles, and with three straight trips to the Central Jersey Group IV final, they can’t be discounted. Toms River North should be right in the hunt as well with senior quarterback Scott Buxbaum, a sophomore-laden group of fast wide receivers, and standout tight end Jesse Tate, a Toms River South transfer. After that, it could be a junior-laden Southern team making noise, resurgent Jackson Memorial behind senior running back Brandon Winston or Toms River East and Mario Steriti making a darkhorse run.




CLASS B NOrtH The BReAkdOwN: The Shore’s most competitive division should be an all-out slugfest this season. Defending cochampion Red Bank Catholic is the favorite thanks to a starstudded defense that should be one of the Shore Conference’s best. Neptune, under new head coach Mark Ciccotelli, has a galaxy of skill talent and also appears poised for a big season. Ocean and Colts Neck should be much improved, while Long Branch boasts top individual talent like senior lineman Ryan Brodie and junior running back Dwight Clark. Monmouth and Freehold were both hit hard by graduation, but the Colonial s have promising young talent that just needs experience.

CLASS B CENtrAL The BReAkdOwN: Asbury Park looks to be the favorite following a season in which it missed the state playoffs after winning three straight Central Jersey Group I titles. The addition of the Conover twins in the backfield and on defense as well as the addition of two promising linemen to an already talented core has the Blue Bishops planning a return to glory. Defending champion Shore Regional and perennial contender Keyport look to be the primary challengers. Shore lost numerous stars to graduation from a team that finished 11-1, but always seems to reload and get in the title hunt. Keyport will start sophomore quarterback Alex Thomson but always seems to be in the mix thanks to a bruising running game.

CLASS B SOUtH The BReAkdOwN: Despite graduating a majority of the starting lineup from last year’s No. 1 team in the Shore Conference, Lacey is still the favorite to repeat as B South champs. With a strong line led by seniors Tyrell Smith and Lex Knapp along with tight end/linebacker Jordan Powell, the Lions should be tough once again. Manchester, which returns 1,400-yard rusher Joe Johnson, and Barnegat, which features Purdue-bound tight end Ryan Morris, should be factors. Brick will also look to make some noise under new head coach Rob Dahl. Central could be a darkhorse behind 1,600-yard rusher Kalyph Hardy.

CLASS C CENtrAL The BReAkdOwN: This division looks to be a three-team race, with Jackson Liberty looking to surprise. Defending champion Manasquan, Wall and Point Boro should battle it out for supremacy. A senior-laden Wall team is poised for a big season and is the division favorite, but Manasquan and Point Boro could certainly find a way. Manasquan returns the duo of running back Kodie McNamara and quarterback Tyler Saito to power the offense, while Point Boro will rely on senior quarterback John Dunbar in its triple option offense. Jackson Liberty, led by 295-pound defensive lineman Remy Martin, will look to break up the three-team party at the front.

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2011 schedule 09-9-11 09-16-11 09-23-11 10-01-11 10-14-11 10-21-11 10-28-11 11-04-11 11-24-11

@Ocean Township @Manalapan Freehold Township Howell @Brick Memorial Marlboro @Brick Township Lacey Middletown North

coaching staff Head Coach: Steve Antonucci, 13th Season Career Record: 129-22 Assistant Coaches: Al Bigos (asst. head coach/def. coord.); Steve Roberts (spec. teams/LB/RB); Jeremy Mercer (OL); Matt Walsh (WR); Andy Nicholes (video coord./spec. teams); Joe Mirault (def. asst.); Tom Grier (off. asst.); Rob Wells (def. asst.); George Barnett (kickers); Rod Murchie, Matt Walsh Jr., Tom Nicholes, Frank Iliano, Rick Taylor (freshmen); Stacy White (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 9-3 (4-1)

Key returners H O W I E B R E Y ( S R ., Q B) J O E S I M O N E ( S R . , R B/ L B) T I M M C A R D L E ( S R . , R B /L B ) M AT T L A M AT T I N A ( S R . , W R /D B)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Middletown South is second all-time in Shore Conference history with nine sectional titles since the inception of the playoff system in 1974. Manasquan has the most with 11. BIG SHOES TO FILL: The defensive line. IMPACT NEWCOMER: Brandon Joseph, Jr., TE/LB/P. P IVOTAL G AME : At home vs. Howell, Oct. 1.




carrying the torch By Scott Stump – Managing Editor Middletown South’s seniors know the legacy they have to uphold, and how intimidating it can be for the next class in line at one of the state’s top public school programs. Going to nine NJSIAA sectional finals in the last 10 seasons is an incredible run, and this year’s seniors are in charge of making sure it doesn’t come to an end. The Eagles also look to make a run at the Class A North title, which was won by Manalapan last season. "There is a lot of pressure," said senior quarterback Howie Brey. "If we don’t make it (to the state final), it’s very disappointing. If we lose it, it’s very disappointing. As a program, South has been there so many years, and we just want to come back again and hopefully win one." Even though they have lost three straight Central Jersey Group III finals and graduated much of the starting lineup, the expectation is to still be one of the last Shore teams standing on that first weekend in December this year. "We could be really good, or we may be really bad," said Steve Antonucci, head coach now in his 13th season. "I’m not sure yet. I like this group because they’ve worked hard, and there’s a little different chemistry in the past that we haven’t had, which I like."

Senior FB/LB Joe Simone

snapping," Brey said. "There are different mesh points between me and my running backs, but we’re getting it down. I get a better visual of the secondary, I have more time to read the end and if he’s coming up field and whether to give it to (fullback Joe) Simone or not." As for the other weapons in the backfield, senior Tim McArdle is a returning starter at slotback, and senior Mike Pignataro and sophomore Jeremy Concepcion are newcomers at the other slotback spot. Simone, a three-year starter at linebacker, will also play offense this season and serve as the primary fullback. Junior Jake Ripnick also should see some carries at fullback. At wide receiver, Middletown South has to replace standout Taylor Rogers. Senior Matt Lamattina is a returning starter at wideout, and senior Rob Dickerson, who also will play some tight end, is another experienced target for Brey in the passing game. Sophomore Andrew Wisialko also should see time at wideout, and junior Brandon Joseph is the team’s other tight end.

The good news is that the Eagles return Brey, a quarterback who rotated in last season. Antonucci has modified Middletown South’s flexbone option offense around Brey’s talents, as the Eagles will employ more pistol sets rather than the usual snaps under center. In the pistol, Brey, who is 5-foot-11, will catch the ball about four yards off the line of scrimmage before making his read. "It’s all about timing when it comes down to the pistol stuff, and our center is getting used to Senior QB Howie Brey the

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The most important unit looks to be the offensive line, which returns three starters. "I hate to pinpoint anything, but it’s been an offensive line thing," Antonucci said about the Eagles’ inability to win in the state finals. "We haven’t been as aggressive on the offensive line as we’ve been in the past." Senior Jon Valentine started at guard last year

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but has been working in at center along with junior Dylan McCabe. Either McCabe or Valentine will play at one guard spot depending on which one ends up as the center, and senior Brian Schroeder, who started at tackle last year, will be at the other guard position. Senior Rob Bartos will be at one tackle spot, while returning starter Chris Grippo, a senior, Taylor Hendrickson and junior Keith Wiley will battle for the other tackle spot. Middletown South also has another offensive weapon in junior placekicker Connor Ryan, a three-year starter who booted a school-record 45-yard field goal during the regular season last year. After flirting with three-man fronts in the preseason, the Eagles will employ their traditional 4-4 base defense but may mix it up with more five-man fronts and other exotic looks this season under veteran defensive coordinator Al Bigos. Wiley, who saw time at defensive end last season, is one of the most experienced returners on a defensive line with several newcomers. Bartos, Hendrickson and Grippo will be in the defensive end rotation, while junior Derek Noah will start at defensive tackle. At the other tackle spot, juniors Mohammed Jarad, Rob Martini and Trevor Finn also should be in the rotation. The linebackers look to be the primary strength of the defense, led by Simone, who should be among the Shore’s best. Next to Simone at inside linebacker will be McArdle, another returning starter. Joseph also could see time at inside linebacker. Dickerson is a returning starter at outside linebacker, and in the hunt for the starting position at the other outside spot are Ripnick, and juniors Brian Patterson and Anthony Citarella. LaMattina, who saw time at linebacker last season, will start at safety in a relatively inexperienced secondary. Junior Will Mahoney also should see time at safety. Pignataro will start at one cornerback spot, while Concepcion and Wisialko are battling for the other cornerback position.

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

@Toms River North Freehold Township Marlboro @Middletown South @Middletown North East Brunswick Manalapan @Brick Memorial @Colts Neck

coaching staff Head Coach: Cory Davies, 21st Season Career Record: 101-107 Assistant Coaches: Derek Reichenbecher (Def. Coord./LB/OL); Mike Sinisi (Special teams/WR/DB); Mike Verrochi (OL/DL); Ryan Klusewicz (RB/DL); Pat Mahan (OL/DL); John Baum (OL/DL); Brian Hunt (WR/DB); Rich Famularo (Quality control); Amy Ghione (Athletic trainer). 2009 Record: 6-4 (3-2)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Prior to 2005 the Rebels had just one playoff appearance (1996) but have made the playoffs in five of six seasons since. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Brandon Yaegel, Sr., WR I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Pat Devine, Sr., WR. PI V O TAL G AM E : Oct. 1 at Middletown South

The trend with Howell's quarterbacks over the last six seasons has been for them to get their feet wet as juniors before exploding as seniors, doubling and sometimes tripling their production. If senior quarterback Ryan Davies can pull that off, the numbers will be downright comical.

will also see heavy action. Juniors Dave Jimerson and Walter DeCanio round out a deep corps of receivers. "There are different names but the positions are somewhat the same," Ryan Davies said. "Yaegel is the deep threat similar to Clark last year and Robinson is like Handy a little bit."

"If Ryan does that he'll have to throw about 100 touchdowns," said his father and Howell head coach Cory Davies. "It's going to be interesting to see what he can do now as a senior with a new nucleus of guys around him." The most important player on the field in Howell's no-huddle, spread passing attack is the quarterback, and Davies returns to lead the way after throwing Junior WR Tory for a state-best and Shore Conferencerecord 2,864 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior. He is one of the top quarterbacks in New Jersey and makes game planning for Howell a nightmare. "It's different for me coming in as a senior because I'm more of a leader where last year I was just a young guy trying to prove myself," Ryan Davies said. Davies' top targets from last season, Michael Clark and Ryan Handy, both graduated, so he'll have a new group of pass catchers that will try to keep the offense rolling. Senior Brandon Yaegel will step into the No. 1 receiver role after catching 11 passes for one touchdown in 2010. Junior Tory Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder, will play inside receiver while 6-foot-4 senior Pat Devine and senior Nick Craig

"We have a great group of receivers that can definitely do great things," Yaegel said. Multiple players will see time at running back with senior John Oftering looking like the starter. Juniors Nick Carelli, Jermaine Flournoy and also Jimerson will see action as well. The offensive line has size but doesn't have a ton of experience. It will, however, get a big boost from the return of 6-foot5, 305-pound senior Tim Robinson Donahue, who will move to center after playing tackle previously. Donahue was set to anchor the line last season but was injured in the first game and missed the rest of the season. Howell struggled in pass protection in his absence. "When he got hurt we knew it was bad, but we didn't really realize how bad it was until we watched the film," Ryan Davies said. "We got crushed on that side of the ball when he was gone. He's a great line leader, too, and he's so big that he can take on two guys without a problem." The rest of the line is comprised of all seniors, with converted fullback Robbie Leaks starting at tackle. Kyle Kutz, a 255pounder, 265-pound Tom Crimeni and 6foot-1, 210-pound Kenny Welsh round out the offensive line. Leaks and Kutz are both

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Senior QB Ryan Davies injured now, however, and are questionable to start the season. "The offensive line might be more important than the receivers on our team," Ryan Davies said. "The games where we struggled was where teams were able to put pressure on us. Middletown South and Manalapan came after us and they got there. When we get time we put up yards and score points." Defensively, the Rebels will run a 4-2-5 that will look like a 4-4 much of the time with the strong safeties walking down into the box. Kutz missed all of last season with an injury but returns to start at defensive end this season. Leaks will be the other defensive end after playing outside linebacker last season. Donahue will play defensive tackle with Crimeni, Welsh and 6foot-2, 265-pound senior Branford Rogers all vying for playing time along the line at tackle and end. Robinson will slide to inside linebacker after playing on the outside in 2010 and will be joined by Oftering. Seniors Evan Pinney and Khalill Blue will also see time at inside linebacker. The outside linebackers/strong safeties are seniors J.P. Rodriguez and Ryan Leonard with Jimerson and DeCanio battling for playing time. The secondary has always been a strong point for Howell's defense because of its players' extensive knowledge of passing offenses. The Rebels also benefit from playing with a lead and forcing teams to throw. Yaegel, Devine and Craig will all split time at cornerback while Davies will start at free safety after only playing quarterback last season. Junior Cody Hubbs will take over the placekicking and punting duties after the graduation of Handy, who was a three-year starter at both positions.

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J.P. Stevens Howell @Middletown North Middletown South @Freehold Township @M.K.A. @St. John Vianney Perth Amboy Manalapan

coaching staff Head Coach: Derek Sininsky, 4th Season (8th overall) Career Record: 25-45 Assistant Coaches: Jason Dagato (Def. Coord.); Matt Wisniewski (WR/DB); Kirk Wagner (FB/DL); Jack Nascimento (SB/OLB); Brian Moore (QB); Nick Scalzo, Cory Varrial (Freshman); Jonathan Phillips (Video Coordinator);Mark Bramble (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 4-6 (0-5)

Key returners P A R K E R H O C H ( J R . , Q B) T O M M Y V E T R A N O ( J R . , R B/ L B) J A S O N K A P L A N ( J R . , R B/ DB ) R YA N A LV E S ( J R . , O L / DL )

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Marlboro's first playoff appearance also resulted in its only state title. The Mustangs won the Class A North division title in 1994 and defeated Piscataway in the Central Jersey Group IV final. They have made the playoffs just once since (1999). BIG SHOES TO FILL: Tommy Vetrano (Jr., FB/LB) I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Parker Hoch, Jr., QB. PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 9 at J.P. Stevens.

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Building Blocks By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer After winning just one game from 2006 through 2009, the 2010 season was a welcome respite for Marlboro's football program. With a heavy senior presence, the Mustangs turned in their best season in over a decade, finishing 4-6 and showing some life at a school where football had become an afterthought.

season. Last season the Mustangs ran more of a pro-style offense that still had option in the arsenal, but tailored it more to the strengths of Galinowski, running back Brian Rodrig and receiver Nick Jensen. This season the team's personnel suits the option much more. "Parker is very smart and very knowledgeable of the game," Sininsky said. "He is a good athlete, and he really loves the offense."

Head coach Derek Sininsky and his coaching staff have the Mustangs on the Junior QB Parker Hoch right track, but The offensive there are still challenges around every line features five new starters with turn. Two years ago, Marlboro decided junior Ryan Alves at center, junior Joe to play with no seniors and took its Fern at right guard, senior Andrew lumps during an 0-10 season. It paid off Garcia at left guard, senior Mike Colley last year with an experienced group that at left tackle and either senior Lou grasped Sininsky's message, but Cevasco or junior Matt Vogel at right because it was such a senior-laden team tackle. Junior Giovanni Sciancalepore the Mustangs now have just one partis also in the mix at guard. time returning starter on both sides of the ball. Junior Parker Hoch takes over as the starting quarterback for the graduated Jordan Galinowski in the Mustangs' double-slot option offense. The fullback is Tommy Vetrano and the slot backs are Stephen Semo and Jason Kaplan. Kaplan started some games at wide receiver and defensive back last

Junior Nick Decollibus and sophomore Chris Coyle will see most of the work at receiver. The Mustangs will continue to run a 4-4 defense that has been the staple of all of Sininsky's teams over the years. Vogel and Alves will be the defensive

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ends and junior Dennis Pang and sophomore Andrew Ahn will be the tackles. Vetrano and Garcia are the inside linebackers and sophomore Dustin Jensen and Colley are the outside linebackers. In the secondary, Coyle and Semo are the cornerbacks with Kaplin lining up at safety. "Vetrano is that typical fullback/linebacker type kid who is going to stuff the run and give you three yards and a cloud of dust," Sininsky said. "He's our captain with Parker, and he's taken that leadership role." There's a good chance this is going to be a tough year for a young Mustangs group, but Sininsky wants them to understand that with hard work there is a light at the end of the tunnel, just like last season. "It really is almost identical to two years ago where we are literally playing every single day for next season," Sininsky said. "There isn't anybody that wants to win more than myself. I'm just being realistic. But we're getting better every day and that's what we're looking for."

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Bouncing Back

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

North Brunswick Toms River North @Manalapan @Marlboro Howell @Freehold Township @Toms River East Southern @Middletown South

coaching staff Head Coach: Joe Trezza, 6th Season Career Record: 15-35 Assistant Coaches: Nick Trezza (OL); Phil Tyburczy (asst. head coach/def. coord.); Tim Heaney (DL); Mike D’Allessio (DB/spec. teams); Brian Kroeper (OL); Dan Terracciano (LB); Frank Constantini (OL/DL); Nick Zinner (WR/DB); Jay Pino (RB); Travis Boff (LB); Dan Ling (DB); Ray Convey, Mike Murawinski (freshmen); Danielle Kanski (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 2 - 8 ( 2 - 3 )

Key returners J O E R A C I O P P I ( S R . , R B /D B) R O B S P I N E L L I ( J R . , W R /D B ) D O M P E D O N E (J R . , L B) N I C K W E L S H (J R . , W R /D B)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Middletown North's last state title came when it won Central Jersey Group IV in 1996. BIG SHOES TO FILL: James Kavanaugh, Sr., TE. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Cody Thompson, Jr., QB PI V O TAL G AM E : At Manalapan on Sept. 23.

After having its momentum halted with a 2-8 campaign last year, Middletown North is hoping to make that a blip on the radar and get back to the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. A new offense and some quality athletes at the skill positions are part of the ingredients that the Lions hope can get them back into the postseason. In 2008-09, they had earned the program’s first consecutive playoff berths since 1984-85 before last season’s step back. “Last year, the whole team realized we didn’t get it done,’’ said Joe Racioppi, a senior running back/defensive back. “This whole offseason we’ve been busting our butts to get back to where we were and go farther.’’ “There is a lot of uncertainty because of the new system and the new players, but the mentality here is still great,’’ said sixth-year head coach Joe Trezza. “The kids are going in thinking they can be successful.’’ After running a Wing-T scheme with some option plays last season to fit his personnel, Trezza has switched to a shotgun, spread offense that will feature four wide receivers and a one-back set. It’s a dramatic change from the Lions’ traditional offense during Trezza’s tenure, as they have usually been more of a powerrunning team. The hope is that it will energize a unit that only produced 9.4 points per game last season. “We’re not a big team, and we figured out we’re more athletic than we’ve been in the past,’’ Trezza said. “Knowing the fact that we can’t really push people around up front, if we can spread people out, it might open up more seams and give a back like Joey (Racioppi) more seams to run.’’ Junior newcomer Cody Thompson will



man the offense in his first year as the starting quarterback, and Racioppi is a returning starter at running back. He was injured late in the season last year and the offense stagnated for long stretches without him. Senior T.J. Curran also should see some carries out of the backfield. “I’m kind of used to (the new offense) because when I was in Pop Warner I played in the shotgun and had four receivers like that,’’ Thompson said. “When you have a quarterback who can throw and run and who wants the ball, you have to give him options,’’ Trezza said. “If we had him under center handing the ball off, we’re only using half his potential.’’ Thompson’s targets at wide receiver are led by returning starter Jesse Fredericks, a senior, along with promising 6-foot-2 junior Rob Spinelli, who started on defense as a sophomore. The slot receivers will be Curran and junior Nick Welsh, and senior James Kavanaugh is another target at tight end. “I think Rob Spinelli is going to have a huge year for us,’’ Trezza said. “He’s a 6-2 receiver who will play in the X-receiver spot, and he’s very athletic.’’ While the Lions don’t have a ton of size up front, they do bring back experience with three returning starters. Senior center Vinnie Morris is a returning starter, and senior Matt Dickey has moved to left tackle after playing at right guard last season. Senior Kevin Conover is a returning starter at left guard. The newcomers are junior Anthony Migliaccio at right guard and the tandem of juniors Tom Klemm and Pat Anderson at right tackle. Freshman Nick Banta will be the placekicker and the punter.

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Senior RB/DB Joe Racioppi Defensively, the Lions, who gave up an average of 26 points per game last year, will have numerous newcomers in their 4-4 base defense. The defensive ends will be seniors Mike Nonnenmacher and Jim Benbow. Junior Mike Galluccio is a returning starter at defensive tackle, and the tandem of sophomore Brandon Distalo and junior James Burr are competing at the other defensive tackle spot. Seniors Sam Coppola and John Vigorito also should see time in the defensive line rotation. Junior Dom Pedone is a returning starter who will anchor a linebacking corps that also includes Spinelli, junior Kyle Gebhardt and senior Derek Brown, the last of whom played in the secondary last season. “We came into the offseason with a mindset of working hard,’’ Pedone said. “We have a small team, but we have speed and skill.’’ The secondary looks to be a strength, as Racioppi is a returning starter at cornerback, Welsh is a returning starter at safety, and Curran will be at the other cornerback spot after starting four games there last season. “The defense has to step up,’’ Racioppi said. “We can’t be giving up 30-something points every game and expect our offense to do the same thing.’’

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

@Jackson Middletown South Middletown North @Freehold Township @Old Bridge @Howell Brick Memorial Toms River North Marlboro

coaching staff Head Coach: Ed Gurrieri, 2 nd season Career Record: 8-3 Assistant Coaches: Joe Tetley (OL); Tim Fleming (WR); Bill Smith Sr. (OLB); Andy Sliwoski (asst.); Reggie Grant Sr. (asst.); Steve Vella, Bobby Schreck, Jon Harrison, Bill Smith Jr., Corey DeCastro (freshmen); Shannon Tomasula (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 8 - 3 ( 5 - 0 )


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Manalapan's Class A North title in 2010 was its first outright division title since 1996. B IG S HOES TO F ILL : John Sieczkowski, Sr., RB. I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Saeed Blacknail, So., WR. PI V O TAL G AM E : At home vs. Middletown South, Sept. 16.

When a team loses a large chunk of talent to graduation, there are two theories that can apply to the next group that will have to replace that group. Either the cupboard is bare, or there is just more talent in waiting that was stuck behind a great senior class. Manalapan would like to think that it is in the latter camp, as the Braves graduated All Shore Media Offensive Player of the Year Josh Firkser, a 2,000-yard rusher who is now at Wagner, and quarterback Mike Bimonte, who is now a freshman at Rutgers. They were just part of an outstanding class that helped the Braves capture the Class A North title and reach the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV semifinals. However, the feeling is that their loss does not mean that the Braves are going to take a step back on the heels of an 8-3 season. "We know we are good enough, so it's not that big of a deal when people say things like that,'' said senior linebacker Alex McPherson, a three-year starter who has attracted Division IAA interest. While the offense was hit hard by graduation, seven of 11 players return on defense for the Braves in their 3-4 alignment. That unit should help hold the fort while the newcomers on offense get acclimated in the earlygoing. "You can't really run inside on us,'' said senior noseguard Jesse McEnery. "We have a tough inside defense.'' McEnery is a returning starter in the middle on the defensive line and will be flanked by junior Jonny Appice, another returning starter, at one defensive end spot. Junior Matt Colella and senior Kelvin Johnson are in the rotation at the other defensive end spot. Sophomore Andy Lizama could also see some time in the middle to spell McEnery. The linebacking group could be one of the best in the Shore Conference, led by McPherson and senior John Sieczkowski, another 3-year starter who has attracted Division I-AA interest. Those two will be at outside linebacker, and senior Brandon Pearce is a returning starter at inside linebacker. Senior Anthony Maietta will be at the other inside

linebacker spot, where sophomore Chris Noesges could also see time. Senior Jason Prignoli is also in the rotation at outside linebacker. The secondary returns starters Vito Gadaleta at cornerback and Vinny Harris at safety, both of whom are seniors. Junior David Debner is a newcomer at the other cornerback spot, and junior Ryan Mallozzi steps in at the other safety position.

Senior LB Alex McPherson

In the passing game, the Braves have one of the tallest and more talented groups in the Shore. Junior Anthony Firkser, Josh's younger brother, is a returning starter at wide receiver who Junior is now 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. Also WR Anthony Firkser On the offensive side, a star basketball player, Firkser came junior Mike Isabella steps out for football for the first time last in at quarterback for year in order to play with his brother, Bimonte, who was a three-year starter. With a and has emerged into a physical receiver who solid offensive line and a strong running game, will be tough to handle one-on-one for any there will not be heavy pressure on him to win cornerback. games by himself. "(Firkser) has all the physical tools,'' Gurrieri "I think what we want to do is play sound said. "He uses his basketball talents to body defense, be physical up front, run the ball and people up, and he has great jumping ability. let the quarterback just manage the game,'' said We've got to get him the ball.'' Manalapan coach Ed Gurrieri. "We definitely He will be joined by Gadaleta, 6-foot-3 have receivers who can make plays, so we just sophomore Saeed Blacknail, and 6-foot-4 have to get them the ball in the right spots.'' junior Dennis Girolamo. Sieczkowski has the daunting task of Up front, senior Jimmy Danella is a threereplacing Firkser, who ran for a school-record year starter at center, and Appice will now play 2,053 yards and scored a school-record 32 both ways, starting at left tackle, after starting touchdowns during last year's banner on defense as a sophomore. Senior Mitch Moy campaign. The good news for Manalapan fans will be at left guard, Pearce will be at right is that Sieczkowski is talented enough that the tackle, and 270-pound junior Christian PierreBraves may not miss a beat at a program that Louis and junior Derek Brooks, the nephew of has produced a 1,000-yard rusher every year former Manalapan star running back Cory since 2003. Brooks, will battle for minutes at right guard. "I'm just trying to do my own thing,'' Sophomore R.J. Krause is a newcomer who Sieczkowski said. "I just follow the linemen.'' will start at tight end. "I might be prejudiced, but I feel like Noesges will handle the placekicking and (Sieczkowski) could've started on a lot of senior Pat Monohan will be the punter. teams at running back,'' Gurrieri said. Freshman Mike Caggiano also has shown promise as a kicker and is one to watch for the Sophomore Tyler Leonetti also should see future. some carries at tailback along with Depner. McEnery returns with experience at fullback to blow open holes for that group.

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Perth Amboy @Howell @Middletown South Manalapan @Marlboro Middletown North Southern @Jackson @Freehold Boro

coaching staff Head Coach: Mike D'Antonio, 2 nd season Career Record: 2-8 Assistant Coaches: Mike D'Ambrosio (Off. Coord./OL); Gene Blanco (Def. Coord./LB); Dan Shine (DL); Mike Gaeta (DB); Mark Migliori (QB); Dan Cooper (WR); Mike Stoia, Brian Glick, Jim Buchanan (Freshmen); Cindy Carter (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 2-8 (1-4)


at a glance RANDOM FACT: Senior wide receiver Traevon Conover is the nephew of former Freehold star lineman and Detroit Lions offensive tackle Scott Conover. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Drew Intile, Jr., RB/DB. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Todd Bitsko, Jr., LB PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 9 vs. Perth Amboy.




Back to school By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer When Freehold Township head coach Mike D'Antonio and his staff went through last season to diagnose what needed to be fixed for 2011, the biggest problem was obvious. "When you score 80 points all year that has to be unacceptable to the coaches and also to the players," D'Antonio said. "We were in the bottom third in yards, and we didn't score nearly enough, so we knew that was an area we had to attack." D'Antonio and his staff weren't hired until late May of last season, and that threw a monkey wrench into the task of preparing for the fall. This offseason he and his coaches went to school on the flexbone option offense, going to various clinics, requesting old game tape and talking to anyone and everyone they could find that has ever run the offense. They hope the residual effect is two-fold: score more points and take pressure off a defense that played fairly well considering it didn't have much help.

"We are young and we're going to make mistakes, but they can make up for a lot of those mistakes with their athleticism," D'Antonio said. The slot backs are juniors Drew Intile and Dan Bloodgood and senior Zach Lotti in a rotation. Also seeing time at wide receiver will be senior Kasson Patterson and senior Mike Nowin. The offensive line has four juniors on it, starting with left tackle Matt Kuziewmski. Mike Ryslik, a 255-pounder, is the left guard while the lone senior of the group, Alex Reid, is the center. Pat Williams is the right guard and 6-foot-5, 235-pound junior Manny Maragoto is the right tackle.

Taking over as the starting quarterback will be senior Ryan MacFarlane, who was the backup quarterback last year while starting at wide receiver and defensive back. The only other returning starters on offense are junior fullback Shane McGhee and senior wide receiver Traevon Conover.

Reid. Maragoto and 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior DeShawn Troutman are the defensive ends with junior Brandon Wong also in the mix. The inside linebackers are junior Todd Bitsko and Lotti, and the outside linebackers are Patterson and junior Justin Albarran with senior Austin Frazette pushing for playing time. Intile and junior JP Blanco are the cornerbacks with Bloodgood as the strong safety and McGhee as the free safety. Conover will split time between outside linebacker and cornerback and MacFarlane will be the backup at both safety positions.

"We played tough defensively but we were put in bad spots a lot because things just didn't work out offensively," D'Antonio said. So it's safe to say there's plenty of optimism in the program now that the staff is in its second year. The Patriots are very young with only a few returning starters, but it's a skilled group they hope can learn on the fly.

Senior QB Ryan MacFarlane

"Time of possession is going to be a big thing for us this year," D'Antonio said. "If we can control the ball better on offense, it's really going to help our defense out." "(Offensive coordinator Mike) D'Ambrosio has done a great job with this offense, and we're going to win a couple games people don't think we can win," McFarlane said. "We're going to surprise people." On defense, the Patriots will run a 3-4. Three players have been seeing time at nose tackle - 230-pound junior Dylan Rivera, 6foot-3, 240-pound senior Greg Merkel and

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Nowin will be handling the kicking duties and Bloodgood will be the punter. The areas of concern have been addressed in the offseason and training camp and now the Patriots are eager to show the rest of the Shore Conference what they've learned. The Class A North division with Manalapan, Middletown South and Howell isn't going to just let that happen, however. The Patriots are going to have to earn it.

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sticking together

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

@Lakewood Point Pleasant Boro St. John Vianney @Red Bank Regional Rumson @Matawan @Manasquan Barnegat Raritan

coaching staff Head Coach: Frank Papalia, 3rd Season Career Record: 6-14 Assistant Coaches: Rick Haupt (asst. head coach/off. coord.); William Beining (assoc. head coach/QB); Joe Zaccone (spec. teams/strength & conditioning/WR/DB); Scott Cannon (spec. teams/DL); Ken Kapler (DB/WR); Gary Foulks, Frank Finocchio (freshmen); Mark Haupt (video coord.); Shannon Davis (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 4-6 (1-4)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Head coach Frank Papalia worked in the Washington office of a San Diego congressman for three years before he got into teaching and coaching. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Matt Muh, So., QB I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Matt Muh, So., QB. PI V O TAL G AM E : At Red Bank Regional on Oct. 1.

If Holmdel is going to surprise some teams in a tough Class A Central division this season, the Hornets are going to have to stick together through adversity. “I know it’s kind of a cliché, but this group is really close,’’ said head coach Frank Papalia. “You can see it in the weight room, and you can see it out here (at practice). In years past, we’ve had some talent, but they’re not always on the same page. I truly think that unity and leadership are our strengths.’’ “We’re a lot more unified this year,’’ said senior lineman Chris Germinario. “Some kids’ egos last year got ahead of them. I felt like the offensive line was the only part of it that stayed unified the whole time, but this year, the whole team is like that.’’


Senior DE Matt Nasra

“We’ll have some wrinkles other than Matt Muh, but we’re going to put the ball in his hands and let him have some fun with it.’’ “The quarterback from last year (Cantelli) helped me out a lot with more reads,’’ Muh said. “I’m definitely more of a pocket passer than him, so I’m not going to be running around all over the place.’’ In a one-back set next to Muh will be junior running back Rob Cantelli, Mike Cantelli’s younger brother and a versatile athlete who is also a lacrosse star. Muh will have plenty of targets in the passing game, including senior wideouts Scott Alvino, Saraim Kumar and Dylan Hyland. Playing slot receiver will be seniors Jimmy Ilvento and Nick Foley, with senior Tim McDonnell and sophomore Mark Scherzer also seeing

Coming off a 4-6 Sophomore QB Matt Muh season in Papalia’s second year as head time there. coach, the Hornets have to replace quarterback Mike Cantelli and most of their other skill Newcomer Matt Nasra, a 6-foot-3, 235players. pound senior, is a basketball player who has come out for football and will be a big target at Holmdel has switched to the no-huddle, fourtight end. Senior John Cardaci also will see wide receiver spread offense, molding it time at tight end. around promising sophomore quarterback Matt Muh, who saw varsity time as a freshman. Up front, senior Mike Nolan will be at center, They will look to use their speed and force Germinario and junior Brandon Gross will be teams to cover the entire field. Papalia and his the guards, and juniors Frank Delucia and Kyle staff took visits to the University of Delaware Kameika will man the tackle spots. Foley will and Gettysburg College to study the offense in be the placekicker, while Muh will also be the preparation for this season. punter in addition to playing quarterback. “We went to learn from a lot of people in On the defensive side, Papalia has returned to order to cater it to Matt Muh,’’ Papalia said.

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coordinating that unit after delegating that responsibility in his first two seasons as head coach. Papalia was previously the defensive coordinator under head coach Andy Carlstrom when Holmdel won a school-record 10 games in 2007 before becoming the head coach. “I just absolutely missed it,’’ Papalia said. “I just needed to be back doing it. It’s my passion in football, and hopefully it rubs off on the kids.’’ “Everyone is excited about having ‘Coach P’ coaching the defense,’’ Nolan said. “That’s what he does best, so we know we should be solid on that side of the ball.’’ The Hornets are switching from a 4-3 to a 4-4 base defense, and a solid group of linebackers should be the backbone of the unit. Nasra will be a pass rusher up front at defensive end, where Delucia will be at the other end spot. Germinario and Kameika will be the starters at defensive tackle. Junior Brett Lambert will be at middle linebacker, with Nolan at one outside linebacker spot. Juniors Evan Wong and John Tascione will fight for minutes at the other outside linebacker position. “We just have a lot of athletes who like playing football and like hitting,’’ Nolan said about the defense. Ilvento and Rob Cantelli will both see time at safety, while Foley and Kumar will be at cornerback, with Alvino and sophomore Matt Dixon also in the rotation at cornerback. After allowing 25 points per game last season, defense has been a primary emphasis in the preseason. “We knew how young we were going into this, so we thought that emphasizing defense would help because that will help us win and take some pressure off Matt (Muh),’’ Ilvento said

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

Central Regional @Matawan Rumson Holmdel @Raritan St. John Vianney @Barnegat @Monmouth Regional Long Branch

coaching staff Head Coach: Nick Giglio, 3rd Season (10 th overall) Career Record: 32-68 Assistant Coaches: Brad Olsen (TE/LB); Nick Varenelli (OL/DE); Jeff Mauro (RB/DT); Nick Ciambrone (WR/DB); Dean Athens (QB); Ron Puryear, Ken Ciancia (Freshmen); Michael Zadlock, Joel Gray (Volunteers); Christina Emrich (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 4-6 (1-4)

Key returners G A R R E T T S I CK E LS (J R ., TE/DE) D IL LO N S TA MB A UG H (J R ., OL/LB) T YH EE M C R A WF OR D (S R ., WR) P AT Q U I NN (S R ., FB/LB)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Red Bank’s only NJSIAA title came in a wild 46-44 win over Hightstown in 1975 in Central Jersey Group II. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Ta j h i To m a i n o , J r. , R B . I MPACT N EWCOMER : I s s a c C o a t e s , J r. , D L P I V O TA L G A M E : At Matawan on Sept. 17.

High expectations can be a blessing or a curse, but for a Red Bank Regional program that has risen from the ashes, they are sign that things are headed in the right direction in search of their first winning season since 2003. “Expectations are really high,” said senior quarterback Terrance Scanlon. “It's almost like it's the first year here for all of us because we've never had expectations or standards to live up to. Now we have something, and it's like starting on a new slate.” “We've learned a lesson that when you work hard you get more out of it,” said senior middle linebacker/running back Pat Quinn. “Guys are definitely more excited coming into the season because we know we have something to look forward to, but we still have to take it day-byday and game-bygame.”

Taking over the starting quarterback duties full time will be Scanlon. The 6-foot-3, 190pound senior split time between quarterback and wide receiver last season, starting three game under center. He has garnered collegiate interest from Monmouth and Wagner. The running back corps includes Quinn, junior Jahimere Hinton, senior Ajhan Wilson and junior Tajhi Tomaino. Tomaino, who saw time at both running back and receiver last year, will play both positions this season. He will be joined on the perimeter by senior Tyheem Crawford, a returning starter, who gives Scanlon a major weapon on the outside with his speed and athleticism. Another receiver who will see time is 6-foot-3, 175pound senior Nick Patterson.

Shifting from offensive line to tight end will be junior Garrett Sickels. One One of the biggest of the Shore reasons for Red Bank's Conference's most optimism comes in the heavily-recruited form of its returning Senior QB Terrance Scanlon players, Sickels players, especially at the already has offers skill positions on from Tennessee, offense. The Bucs will still be an option Florida, Central Florida, Rutgers, Georgia team but have switched from a spread wingand most recently, Stanford, as a defensive T to a split-back veer offense. end. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is yet “We feel we are in one of the toughest another option for Scanlon in the passing divisions in the Shore Conference (Class A game and also supplies an experienced Central) and with the size matchups we are blocker to assist the running game. going to face we don't really stand toe-to-toe “I played tight end my freshman year and with those teams,” Giglio said. “We have to last year I was at left tackle because that's get our running backs to the line fast and where the team needed me,” Sickels said. help the line out. We feel we have a “My job is to do my best to help out the perimeter passing game and that's something team, but I'm definitely excited to be back at that works in our favor, and obviously in the tight end.” option you don't have to block everybody.”

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Junior TE/DE Garrett Sickels The offensive line features a pair of returning starters on the right side in senior Tyler Karalewich, a guard, and junior Anthony Sarbello, a tackle. Junior Dillon Stambaugh played his way into the starting lineup last season as a sophomore and will be a two-way starter this season. Also an accomplished wrestler for the Bucs, Stambaugh will line up at center along the offensive line. The left side of the line has 240-pound senior Mike Wagner at guard and junior Wylie Bogden at tackle. Defensively, the Bucs will run a 3-3-5 odd stack, which is becoming one of the more popular defenses in the Shore Conference because of the ability it gives coaches to create confusion at the line of scrimmage. For the defense to work, however, the three down lineman need to be solid, and Red Bank feels it has the players to make it happen. Junior Issac Coates, a 285-pounder, will be the nose tackle with Sickels and Karalewich as the defensive ends. A strong group of linebackers includes Quinn as the middle linebacker with Stambaugh and Wilson as the outside linebackers. Senior Charlie Bonanno will also see playing time at outside linebacker. The strong safeties, who can play back and are also walked up close to the line of scrimmage, are Crawford and Hinton. The cornerbacks are Tomaino and 5-foot-11 senior Seph Williams, and the free safety is junior Ross Gisondi. “With that defense we have people that can run and people that can stand up and play linebacker – and we have multiple people there,” Giglio said. “But we need the front three to stabilize the line and let the linebackers run, and we feel we have the kids to do that.” On special teams, senior Mike Malley will be the kicker and Gisondi will be the punter.

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riding the momentum

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By Scott Stump - Managing Editor

@Freehold Boro Red Bank Raritan @Rumson Long Branch @Barnegat Holmdel @New Brunswick @St. John Vianney

coaching staff Head Coach: Joe Martucci, 27th Season Career Record: 188-88-1 Assistant Coaches: Sam Turner (def. coord.); Jay Bellamy (def. backs); Charlie Marsh (def. asst.); Joe Martucci Jr. (LB); Ed Hernandez (RB); Rob Carnovski (spec. teams); Kenny Mandeville (RB). John Kaye, Paul Zambito (freshmen) and Matthew Goetz (athletic trainer) 2010 Record: 11-1 (5-0)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Legendary former Matawan running back Kenny Mandeville has joined the staff as a running backs coach this season. BI G SH O ES T O FI LL : Kashaun Barnes, So., QB I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Larry Alston III, Sr., WR/S. PI V O TAL G AM E : At Rumson-FH on Sept. 30.

Matawan may be breaking in a host of new faces after losing its most talented senior class in 20 years, but the way last season ended has given the new group plenty of fuel. “We’ve got some unfinished business in our minds,’’ head coach Joe Martucci said. “We’re just trying to stay healthy, get better, and get back in the hunt.’’ The Huskies entered last year’s NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II championship game undefeated but were stunned, 13-7, by a Rumson-Fair Haven team that they had beaten 48-21 during the regular season. “We have to take that and use it to drive us on the field and motivate us,’’ said senior running back Cassius Williams. The defending Shore Conference Class A Central champs will be trying for their third straight trip to the sectional final, as they won the CJ II title in 2009. The main obstacle looks to be Rumson-Fair Haven in both of those quests. The talent is certainly there, so it’s more experience that is a question mark. Sophomore quarterback Kashaun Barnes inherits the position full time after seeing some time as a freshman, and is one to keep an eye on. Barnes has to replace current University of New Hampshire freshman Jared Allison, a four-year starter at quarterback At 6-foot-2, Barnes has more height than the 5-foot-9 Allison and the ability to make plays with his feet. “(Barnes) seems to have that ability to extend the play,’’ said Matawan coach Joe Martucci. “He’s not Jared as far as the speed and the quickness, but he does some similar things. He picks things up, and he doesn’t seem to make the same mistake twice.’’ Barnes will have one of the top running

backs in the Shore Conference, Williams, lining up behind him. Williams averaged a whopping 10 yards per carry as a junior while splitting carries with Allison and the now-graduated McArthur Underwood and Keith Beaty. Now he will carry most of the load. “It’s a big responsibility, but I’ve been thinking about this moment the whole time I’ve been in high school,’’ Williams said. “Those guys were going to have to leave sometime, so I was going to have to be ready to step up.’’ “I think Cassius can be as good as any back who has come through the school, in all honesty,’’ Martucci said. “Our offensive line has to get much better and mature and learn to play together, but he’s as good as any back we’ve ever had.’’ The main question mark is the offensive line, which is breaking in five new. Senior David Leibowitz will be at center, with senior Francis Palumbo at right guard and senior Anthony Quaglieri at left guard. The left tackle will be senior Matt Morenz, and junior Seamus Weldon and senior Santana Simmons are battling it out for the right tackle spot. Sophomores Doug Weber and Chris Veary could also see time in the offensive line rotation. In addition to Williams in the backfield, junior fullback Glenn Cross also returns. Senior Chris Walton should also get some carries along with exciting newcomer Larry Alston III. Alston transferred to Matawan from a high school in Georgia in the fall of 2010. He starred on the Matawan basketball team in the winter, and now will play his first and only football season with the Huskies. At 6foot-2 and 220 pounds, the senior has good speed and athleticism. The wide receiver/safety, who also will run the ball at times, already boasts a scholarship offer from Temple.

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Sophomore QB Kashaun Barnes “He’s going to make a major difference both offensively and defensively,’’ Martucci said. “He’s a D-I kid, no question.’’ Joining Alston at wide receiver will be a deep group that includes senior Justin Bartlett and junior Shawn Johnson. Senior Solomon Simpkins, Juwan Bellamy and Deaven Nicholson also will be targets for Barnes along with returning tight end Anthony Castaneda, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior. Sophomore Mike Cramer will serve as the team’s placekicker and punter. Defensively, the Huskies are also breaking in several new starters in their 4-3 base defense, Castaneda, Morenz and Simmons make up the rotation at the two defensive end spots. At defensive tackle, senior Devon Rice is a returning starter and will be joined by Weber, with Palumbo, Quaglieri and junior Stanley Hall in the rotation. Junior Dan Incle returns with experience at outside linebacker along with Cross. Senior Mike Green steps in at middle linebacker. The secondary has a chance to be a standout unit with Simpkins, a talented cover cornerback, returning along with the speedy Williams at the other cornerback spot. Alston steps in as one of the starting safeties, and Nicholson will be at the other safety spot. Junior Olajuwon Thomas adds depth to the starting group

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2011 schedule 09-16-11 09-23-11 09-30-11 10-07-11 10-14-11 10-22-11 10-29-11 11-04-11 11-23-11

Rumson @Holmdel @Raritan Msgr. Donovan Toms River South @Red Bank Regional @Marlboro Central Regional Matawan

coaching staff Head Coach: Andy Carlstrom, 1st Season (4th overall) Career Record: 0-0 (16-15 overall) Assistant Coaches: John Bird (def. coord.); Anthony Dura (RB); Brian Lucas (OL); Garrett Marron (OL); Jeff Papcun (WR); Jim Papcun (DB); Jim Reid (QB); Pat Smith (LB); Ricky Vesce (DL); Bill Newman, Mike Dragonetti, Mike Morgan, Tom Lucas, Lou Liberatore (freshmen); Ruthanne Rutledge (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 4-6 (2-3)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: In 2008, head coach Andy Carlstrom led Holmdel to its first division title since 1999. BIG SHOES TO FILL: A n t h o n y A m b r o s e , S r. , L B I MPACT N EWCOMER : D r e w D i a k o s , J r. , O L . P I V O TA L G A M E : At Red Bank on Oct. 22.




a new direction By Scott Stump – Managing Editor One of the first things new St. John Vianney head coach Andy Carlstrom feels he has to change has nothing to do with X’s and O’s. “We have to change the culture,’’ Carlstrom said. “That is the biggest challenge for us. It’s a matter of bringing a culture of high expectations and expecting to win every time you step on the field.’’ Carlstrom, a former head coach at nearby Holmdel High School, becomes St. John Vianney’s third head coach in four years after replacing Skip Edwards, who stepped down after a 4-6 season in 2010. Carlstrom has experience building programs into champions, as he led Holmdel to a school-record 10 wins and a division title in 2007.

Federico and sophomore Nate Litowski will see time at fullback in certain packages. The most versatile player looks to be junior Eli Smith, who will line up anywhere from running back to wide receiver to quarterback. “We have very good speed and a very mobile quarterback who’s tough and can run, so we can run zone read and we can throw the ball to our athletes and spread it out,’’ Carlstrom said. “We have all of our athletes in open space making plays, so it’s a lot better than last year,’’ Barnitz said.

Carlucci’s primary targets in the passing game at wide receiver will be Smith, junior Ishmael Hyman and 6foot-2 senior “I think the same Anthony Pante. potential is The offensive line definitely here,’’ returns only one Carlstrom said. The New head coach Andy Carlstrom starter, senior goal is to build an Andrew Bilotti, excellent football who is a 6-foot-3, 280-pound senior center. program. I am hoping to be here for a very The guards will be senior Tyler Lucas and long time.’’ junior Logan Pasquale, and junior Drew “The big thing is the kids believe in coach Diakos and senior Matt Novellino will be at Carlstrom and we trust everything he says, tackle. Diakos is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound while it hasn’t been like that in the last transfer from a school in Virginia and should couple years,’’ said senior lineman Andrew give the line a boost. Bilotti. “He gives us a lot of confidence and “We have fewer blocking assignments in never puts us down.’’ this new offense, so if we understand what Carlstrom has implemented a University we’re doing, we’ll be fine as long as we fire of Oregon-style spread attack that will be off the ball hard,’’ Bilotti said. commanded by returning starter Anthony The placekicker position is still up for Carlucci, a senior quarterback who is a dual grabs as the Lancers try to replace All-Shore threat. Senior Steve Barnitz is a 5-foot-7, kicker/punter Anthony DiPaula, who is 145-pound back with good speed who is a starting at punter as a true freshman at returning starter at tailback. Senior Chris

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Senior QB Anthony Carlucci Rutgers. The punter will be either Hyman or senior Chris Baker. With a combined 70 players in the varsity program, the Lancers will be able to be a strict two-platoon team this season, with no one playing on both sides of the ball. “I’ve never had a situation where I can have kids only play one way before, so I’m expecting big things out of the defense,’’ Carlstrom said. The Lancers return seven of 11 starters on defense. The main question mark is up front in the 4-3 scheme that Carlstrom is implementing, as the defensive line returns only one starter. Senior Raffaelo Spagnola and junior Chris Green are newcomers at defensive end, while senior Ed Littig is a returning starter at defensive tackle. Senior Brandon McCabe, who started at tight end last year, will be at the other defensive tackle spot. Promising sophomore Justin Gille is a 6foot-5, 220-pounder who also should see time on the defensive line. The linebackers are all returning starters, led by senior middle linebacker Anthony Ambrose. Junior Tom Turi is a returning starter at strongside linebacker, and junior Chris Colapinto is back at weakside linebacker. “We have a much more positive, upbeat approach in practices,’’ Ambrose said. “There is just a lot more excitement.’’ The secondary is also deep, as both safeties, Baker and senior Kevin Barden, are returning starters. Seniors Joe Gugliara and Pat Curry will start at cornerback, and junior Steve Callari also should see time in the defensive back rotation.

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Bobby Smith

Monmouth University All American Javelin & All NEC Fooball Runing Back

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2011 schedule 09-09-11 09-17-11 09-24-11 09-30-11 10-06-11 10-21-11 10-28-11 11-05-11 11-24-11

New Brunswick @Manasquan @Matawan St. John Vianney Red Bank Regional @Rumson Pt. Pleasant Boro @Long Branch @Holmdel

coaching staff Head Coach: Anthony Petruzzi, 2 nd season Career Record: 6-4 Assistant Coachs: John Principe (def. coord.); Dave Monro (off. coord.); John Oxley (DB); Keith Rescorl (DL); Mike Nunes (WR); A.J. Roque (QB); David Ernst (RB); George Gibson (OL); Matt Dempsey, Joseph Schroeck, Chris Raitano, Nicholas Sparacello (freshmen); Amanda Stump (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 6-4 (2-3)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: New quarterbacks coach and former Matawan star A.J. Roque is the cousin of former Raritan star quarterback Andrew Mandeville. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Drew Stenger, Jr., S. I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Connor Flynn, Sr., TE P IVOTAL G AME : Oct. 6 at home vs. Red Bank.




getting Back on track By Scott Stump – Managing Editor Raritan head coach Anthony Petruzzi knows the recent history of the Rockets' program as well as anyone, so he understands last season was a rare occurrence in Hazlet. "I have been around since 1996, and last year is only the third time I remember not making the playoffs - once as player, once as an assistant, and once as a head coach,'' Petruzzi said. "It didn't sit well with us at all.'' Petruzzi's memory is correct, as Raritan had made the state playoffs in 11 of 13 seasons before falling short last year in a season of near-misses and last-second losses. Now the Rockets will have to try to find their way back to the postseason after losing all of their starting skill players to graduation along with Division I linemen Shane Mertz (Northwestern) and Christian Marchena (Delaware) as well as two-way star Kevin Furlong. "Whenever you have D-I people leave, people start to question what you're going to do without them,'' said senior linebacker Jamie Pasquin. "Still, it's only one or two players, and that's not the problem. Last year, there wasn't that much intensity in practice, and one-point losses, that's where they come from.''

Raritan's pro-style offense after starting two games in place of injured starter Jared Gurczeski last season. He has been working with new quarterbacks coach A.J. Roque, a former star at Matawan and Kean University. "Our new quarterback coach has been helping me with my mechanics, my accuracy, my footsteps and has really made a difference this year,'' Kalarjian said. "Plus, playing those games last year really helped my confidence.'' Raritan's top two wideouts, Furlong and Tim Pizanie, have graduated, so it will be up to the group of 6-foot-5 senior tight end Connor Flynn, senior wideout Steve Corona and junior wide receiver Jordan Joaquin to pick up the slack along with junior Nick Pasquenza. DelRusso and Winetsky also will be figured into the passing game when they are healthy. Corona is a vertical threat, while Joaquin is a sure-handed possession receiver.

Up front, the Rockets have two returning starters, including one senior, as they try to replace Mertz and Marchena. Kolbert is projected to start at center when he returns, with senior Nick Rice next to him as a returning starter at guard. Juniors Pat Thorpe and Pete Burton are competing for time at the other guard Senior LB Jamie Pasquin Before the spot. Junior Matt Rockets can worry Beslanovitz is a about making a returning starter at tackle, with sophomore Erik playoff run, they have to find a way to stay on Friedman stepping in as a new starter at the the field. Their two starting running backs, other tackle spot. Another sophomore, Pat Toal, junior Stephen Winetsky (wrist injury) and could see time in the offensive line rotation. senior Dom DelRusso (concussion) have already been sidelined, and Winetsky's injury Junior C.J. Pulcine and senior Vic Iannello could potentially keep him on the shelf for may end up splitting the kickoff/placekicking most or all of the season. Starting junior duties, and DelRusso is the punter. lineman Matt Kolbert also had appendicitis at Defensively, the strength in the Rockets' 4-3 the start of camp to all but wipe out his base scheme looks to be the linebackers, who preseason, and other starters have missed time are all seniors and returning starters. Rivera and with assorted nagging injuries. senior Nick Pydeski are in the middle, while Offensively, senior quarterback Tyler Pasquin plays the rush linebacker spot. Raritan Kalarjian returns with some experience in will use multiple fronts and will normally only

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Senior QB Tyler Kalarjian have two linemen with their hands on the ground and everyone else in a stance, but normal 4-3 principles apply. The defensive line is entirely new, so they will have to get up to speed quickly. Playing at one hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker spot up front will be junior Rob Cowan, and at the other spot, the group of junior Alex Sanchez, sophomore Tyler Jones and senior Nick Gigantino should all see time. Ianello will start at one defensive tackle spot, with the group of Toal, Burtone and junior Christian Cruz seeing time at the other tackle position. That group will be backed up by the trio of Rivera, Pydeski and Pasquin, the most experienced unit on the team on both sides of the ball. "We have much more intensity and more leadership this year,'' Pydeski said. The secondary loses Furlong, one of the top safeties in the Shore Conference, and most of its other experience. Pasquenza and senior Tom Hennessy will be at cornerback, with junior Eric Mojica also seeing time there. The safeties will be Pulcine and junior Drew Stenger. The Rockets enter under the radar in Class A Central, where Rumson-Fair Haven, Matawan and an up-and-coming Red Bank team will garner most of the preseason headlines. Those three teams also could be obstacles in CJ II if Raritan makes it back to the postseason. "Personally, I don't care - people can say what they want,'' Pasquin said. "At the end of the day it's up to us to prove who we believe we are. (Missing the playoffs) is not something that's accepted around here, so we came back with a different focus this year. We're not in it for a 6-4 season.''

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2011 schedule 09-09-11 09-16-11 09-24-11 09-30-11 10-08-11 10-14-11 10-21-11 11-05-11 11-23-11

Barnegat @St. John Vianney @Red Bank Regional Matawan Monmouth @Holmdel Raritan Asbury Park @Red Bank Catholic

coaching staff Head Coach: Shane Fallon, 14th Season Career Record: 89-46

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defending the crown By Scott Stump – Managing Editor Rumson-Fair Haven enters this season in uncharted territory for its program.

University, Wagner, Bryant University and Rhode Island.

The Bulldogs are basking the glow of their first NJSIAA sectional title since the inception of the current state playoff system in 1974. They were the story of championship weekend as they shocked previously undefeated Matawan, 13-7, to capture the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II crown, their first state sectional title, after having lost to the Huskies during the regular season.

Flanking that tandem in RFH’s 4-3 base defense will be returning starters Jack Miles and Jake Clapp at defensive end. Senior Matt Jewett, a starting offensive lineman, also could see some time on the defensive line.

Now they will try to add to that school history by becoming the first team to win two in a row.

Assistant Coaches: Jerry Schulte

“We've never won a state title before so it's certainly uncharted territory,’’ said head coach Shane Fallon, who enters his 14th season with 89 career wins. “Now we have to see how we're going to handle success. So far we're pleased with the way our kids are responding in practice.’’

(def. coord./LB); Bryan Batchler (spec. teams/DB); Joe Murphy (OL); Jason Lippart (WR); John Corneliusen (QB); Joe Passo (WR); Colin Hart (RB); Jeremy Schulte (DE); John Bellevance, Brent Gaynor, Jerry Gagliano (freshman); Mary Karlo (athletic trainer).

With seven of 11 starters returning on what should be one of the Shore’s top defenses and some promising newcomers on offense, the ingredients are there for RFH to make a serious run at the Shore Conference Class A Central title, a second straight CJ II championship and their first season of 11 or more wins.

2010 Record: 9-3 (4-1)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Rumson's previous state title before last season came when it was awarded the Central Jersey Group II crown in 1966, which was before the current playoff system was created in 1974. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Travis Clark, Jr., LB. IMPACT NEWCOMER: Danny Roberto, Jr., QB PIVOTAL GAME: At home vs. Matawan, Sept. 30

Senior Brian Truex is a returning starter at outside linebacker, and junior Travis Clark is a returning starter who will play middle linebacker. He should help fill the void left by All-Shore linebacker Mike Huttner, who is now playing lacrosse at Cornell. Senior Will Volker will be at outside linebacker. “It’s definitely a mature group on the defensive side of the ball,’’ Fallon said. “We try to play physical and play downhill. I think our kids last year were

“We’re not going to look at ourselves as defending state champs,’’ said senior running back/safety Connor Riley. “We’re just another team out there, fighting to get a state championship ring.’’ The main strength of the team should be a front seven on defense that can be as good as any unit in the Shore Conference. All four starters return on the defensive line, led by senior defensive tackles Mike Alonzo and Jack Eisenstadt. Alonzo is a three-year starter who has received interest from Rhode Island, while Eisenstadt is a twoyear starter who has garnered interest from James Madison, Monmouth Senior RB Connor Riley

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thinking, and as the season progressed, they stopped thinking and started reacting. They know their reads and their responsibilities.’’ In the secondary, Riley is a returning starter at safety. Next to him will be senior Mike Morralle, one of the fastest players on the team, who has received interest from the University of Pennsylvania,

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Senior DT Jack Eisenstadt Harvard, and Monmouth University. Senior Nico Giaimo, who saw time in the secondary last season, will be at one cornerback spot. Senior Dan Babiak, who started four games at safety last season before a bout of mononucleosis ended his year, will be at the other cornerback spot. Offensively, the Bulldogs increase the pace even more in their no-huddle, spread offense. Junior Danny Roberto replaces graduated standout Mike Villapiano. Roberto is the younger brother of former RFH standout quarterback Michael Roberto. “(Roberto) played last year in the Monmouth Regional game and did well,’’ Riley said. “He’s ready. We’re all confident, and we trust him.’’ Riley returns at tailback after splitting carries last season, and junior newcomer Connor Walsh has looked very promising in the preseason as well. In the passing game, Roberto will have an array of weapons. Giaimo is a returning starter at wide receiver and heads up a group that will also include Morralle, junior John Ryan, and seniors Blake Potter, Kevin O’Connor, Mike Nociolo, Nick Riguardi and Louis Aikins. In addition, Clapp and Eisenstadt are large targets at tight end. One area of inexperience is on the offensive line, where Jewett, who will play tackle, is the only returning starter. Junior Gunnar Tilly will be at center, with senior Taylor Avino at one guard spot and the trio of seniors Tim Binns and Joe Brunetto and junior Dan Wojciehowski battling it out for the other guard spot. Junior Andrew Brunetto will be at the other tackle spot. Volker will be the placekicker and the punter.

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2011 schedule 09-09-11 09-16-11 09-23-11 09-30-11 10-06-11 10-14-11 10-22-11 11-04-11 11-24-11

Howell @Middletown North Jackson @Toms River South Colts Neck Southern Brick Memorial @Manalapan @Toms River East

coaching staff Head Coach: Chip LaBarca Jr, 6th Season (7th overall) Career Record: 47-24 Assistant Coaches: Dave Oizerwitz (def. coord./DB); Mike Oizerwitz (WR); Gabe Roonan (OLB); Dan Curcione (ILB); Dean Helstowski (OL); Bob Cassidy (DL); Anthony Penna (QB); Vincent Spadavecchia (RB); Bill Dowd, Mike Clemente (freshmen); Dan Czarniewski (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 7-3 (5-1)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Chip LaBarca Jr.'s father, former Toms River South and Keansburg coach Chip LaBarca Sr., was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame this summer. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Scott Buxbaum, Sr., QB. IMPACT NEWCOMER: Jesse Tate, Sr., TE/DE PIVOTAL GAME: Oct. 22 at home vs. Brick Memorial




the search for Balance By Scott Stump – Managing Editor After essentially being a one-man gang on offense last season, Toms River North is hoping that a diversified attack can help the Mariners get back into the playoffs and make a run at the Shore Conference Class A South title this fall. With dynamic running quarterback Demetri Davis having graduated, it will be up to senior Scott Buxbaum and a deep group of skill players to help the Mariners get over the hump in their quest for a division title and a postseason berth. As much as Toms River North was almost exclusively a running team behind the fleet-footed Davis last season, the Mariners should have more balance this season in their pro-style attack. "I know we have a lot of playmakers, so I want to make sure I get them the ball,'' Buxbaum said. "The receivers are young, but they can go for a touchdown on any play. I just need to spread it around, get them the ball in space, and they can go.'' Sophomore wideouts Kyle Carrington, R.J. Bromell, Joe Fields and Damian Singleton all have excellent ability to run after the catch and can stretch the field. Several of them saw time as freshmen, so they are already used to the speed of the varsity game.

was a little kid, so it's been a pretty easy adjustment,'' Tate said. "I'm fitting in really well.'' Giving the Mariners some balance should be returning starter Chris Hunter, a senior tailback who is a punishing, between-the-tackles runner. Senior Nick Pizzola also should see carries at tailback. When the Mariners go to sets employing a fullback, junior Matt LaMonica should see time. "We'll be able to keep teams off balance because we will have a good running game,'' Buxbaum said. "Defenses aren't going to be able to key on any specific formations or players.'' The offensive line returns two starters, junior center Garrett Kroeger and senior guard Anthony Fiorenzo. Junior Matt Sudol and senior Grant Duffield are competing for minutes at the other guard spot, while the trio of juniors William Besnecker, Tyler Brochu and Michael Hader are competing to fill the two tackle spots.

"They just have their confidence now,'' said Mariners head coach Chip LaBarca Jr. "Now they are just out there playing, while last year they were just trying to fit in.'' A major addition to the passing game is Toms River South transfer Jesse Tate, a senior tight end who is 6foot-3 and 230 pounds and has received interest from Lafayette, Monmouth, Wagner and Harvard. "Jesse Tate is a big target over the middle and a good, reliable receiver,'' Buxbaum said. "I've known (Buxbaum) since I

"It's a Very hard-working group, a lunchpail group,'' LaBarca said. "They're not super big, but they're going to work hard and hustle.'' Junior Chris Gulla returns as the kicker and the punter, and should be one of the best in the Shore Conference. Toms River North has perennially been one of the Shore's better defenses under LaBarca, but lost some top talent to graduation like Davis and linebacker Cody

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Senior TE Jesse Tate Groves. This is not a star-studded unit like the Mariners have had in recent seasons, but a group where each player must do his job for their 3-4 alignment to be effective. Kroeger is a returning starter at nosetackle, where promising freshman Adam Kakar, who is 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, should also see time. Tate will also play defensive end, and juniors Nicholas DiGiacomo and Brandon Kennedy will also be in the rotation at defensive end. The linebacking corps was dealt a blow when starter Eevan Sutton transferred to Neptune in the offseason, but it does return senior inside linebacker Ryan Verdon. Pizzola and senior Kyle Ellis also will be at inside linebacker, with seniors Kyle Lake and Dan Stout and junior John Newnom in the rotation at outside linebacker. The secondary was hit hard by graduation, but does have promise even though there are no returning starters. Romell, Singleton and senior Hunter Mantz will be the cornerbacks, with Carrington and junior Quintin Garvin starting at safety. One thing that has helped is that the Mariners don't have as many two-way players, which allows practices to be more effective than last year. An emphasis has been placed on finishing games. Last year, the Mariners had Brick Memorial on the ropes but lost in the fourth quarter in a game that decided the Class A South title, and also were leading Manalapan before losing in the final seconds on an 80yard touchdown play that ultimately denied them a state playoff berth for the first time since LaBarca's inaugural season in 2006. "I think the ingredients are there,'' LaBarca said. "It's just a matter of certain guys getting experience.'' P hot o s b y: Bill N ormile billno rmile. ze nf o lio. co m

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2011 schedule

consistent contenders

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

@Brick Township Jackson Toms River East @Southern Toms River South Middletown South @Toms River North @Manalapan Howell

coaching staff Head Coach: Walt Currie, 5th Season Career Record: 29-17 Assistant Coaches: Pete Brennan (Def. coord/ILB/SS); Mike Cintron (Special teams coord/QB); Anthony Argondizza (DL); Mike Bonventre (RB); James Bright (OLB); Garry Cittadino (DB); Ryan Graham (DL); Rob Merola (OL); Ed Sarluca (DB); Dave Vivino (Long snappers); Tim Brennan, Keith Farr (Freshmen); Vinnie Russo (Administrative asst.); Sue Penrod (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 9-3 (5-0)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: The Mustangs were one of three Shore Conference teams to allow under a 100 points last season (78). Lacey (60) and Shore Regional (98) also allowed under 100, and all three teams played 12 games. BIG SHOES TO FILL: The defensive line. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Tom Sindel, Jr., OL/DL. PI V O TAL G AM E : Oct. 22 at Toms River North.

A championship program is about many things: consistency, the ability to adapt, strong leadership from within and stability from class to class. Brick Memorial has shown all those qualities in recent seasons, and the Mustangs feel they once again have the goods to get back to where they've been the last three years - the Central Jersey Group IV title game. "Every year the coaches say we have a state championship program and it's up to us to work as hard as we can to achieve that," said senior Vincenzo Diodato.

have a little more of a pass game. We want to make sure we can attack a defense from any formation with option football. It's still the cornerstone of what we do." "I think it's what we need as a club to get to the next level," Eccles said. "We'll use some more passes, more leads, more trick plays. It's been looking good."

On offense, the Mustangs return just four starters from last season's team and will be breaking in a new quarterback after two-year starter "Even though we lost a lot Mike DiGuilmi of seniors, the people behind graduated. There has them are just as good, and been a competition that's what a championship between juniors program is all about," said Senior Ray Contrucci Ryan Cieplinski and senior Jarred Eccles. "It's a Cody Pinho and competition every day." senior Anthony Fontana. The running back While the goals are still the same for the position is where the Mustangs are most solid defending Class A South champs, the one area with Eccles and Diodato each returning as that will look a little different is the Mustangs' starting 'A' backs. Senior Ray Contrucci saw flexbone option offense. Option football will plenty of time last year and will be one of the still be their bread and butter, but you will see starting slotbacks along with senior Justin it out of several different formations while Hockaday, who has had an impressive they also incorporate some I-formation and offseason and training camp. Diodato and even shotgun. Already a difficult offense to Eccles will both see time at tight end, a new prepare for, Brick Memorial is banking on position in Brick Memorial's offense, when giving teams different looks and making their they go to those formations. The receivers will option that much harder to defend. be senior Jack Phair and junior Kahron "We're going based on our personnel and Walker, with impressive 6-foot-2 freshman we're kind of evolving from a strict flexbone Joe Hans pushing for time. to a multi-bone where we can run some I, The offensive line has experience at the some trips and other various things to take guard position with junior John Devaney at advantage of our personnel," Currie said. left guard and 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior "We're going to be a little more versatile and Richie Kuhn at right guard. Both are returning

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starters, although Kuhn is moving to guard from right tackle. The center would have been senior Chris D'Elia, but the returning starter decided not to come out for the team. Taking over that position will be junior Tom Sindel, who had one start last season but saw time. The tackles are 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior Ben Irvine on the left side and 6-foot-2, 230pound senior Ryan Townley on the right. Senior Dane Cuccinello is also in the mix, but suffered an injury during the preseason that may keep him out of the first two games. Last year's defense for Brick Memorial was among the best in the Shore Conference. The Mustangs allowed just 6.5 points per game, recorded four shutouts and did not allow more than 14 points in any of their 12 games. Devaney will be the nose guard with Cuccinello also in the mix but uncertain right now because of his injury. The defensive ends are Kuhn and Sindel. The linebackers and walk-up strong safeties are the strength of the unit with talent and experience at all five positions. The middle linebacker is junior Anthony Miller and the outside linebackers are Eccles and Diodato. Also in the mix at middle linebacker are Irvine, Pinho and sophomore Nick Costa. Contrucci moves up from free safety to strong safety and will be joined by Hockaday. The cornerbacks are Fontana and senior Zach Santos while the free safety is sophomore Mike Basile. "Stopping the run is what Brick Memorial is all about," Eccles said. "We're going to have a strong front seven that is in your face all the time. No matter who graduates, that's what we're always going to be about." The Mustangs graduated three-year starter Jordan Loiodice in the kicking department, and taking over as both the placekicker and punter will be Cieplinski.

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2011 schedule

recapturing glory

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

Manalapan @Brick Memorial @Toms River North Toms River East @Southern Edison @Toms River South Freehold Township Jackson Liberty

coaching staff Head Coach: Walt Krystopik, 1 st season Career Record: 0-0 Assistant Coaches: Corey Lavin (QB); Jeff Brown (OL); Dominick Amoroso (RB); Keith Anderson (WR/TE); Tom Bradley (DL); Rob Schultz (LB); Dave Palmese, Joe Vigliano, Chris Rash, Luke Wainczak (freshmen); Scott Royer (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 6-4 (1-4)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: New assistant Corey Lavin threw the game-winning touchdown pass for Jackson with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter of the 2005 Central Jersey Group IV final to beat Brick Memorial, 30-28. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Rosco Rogers, Sr., DT. I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Kenny Bradley, So., LB. PI V O TAL G AM E : At Brick Memorial, Sept. 17.

Even though Jackson Memorial failed to qualify for the state playoffs for the third straight season last year, new head coach Walt Krystopik feels that it laid the groundwork for a return to the postseason in 2011. "Last year was a big step forward,'' Krystopik said. "We introduced a lot of new things. This is our second year with this offensive system, so we're trying to take the next step with it.'' The hope is that the Jaguars will end a three-year drought that came after making the playoffs for nine straight seasons, which included winning three NJSIAA titles during that span. Krystopik is now leading the way after having previously served as the defensive coordinator under Mike Smith, who stepped down after last season to spend more time with his family. Krystopik has brought in links to Jackson's glorious past, as several members of the 2005 team that won the Central Jersey Group IV title are now on Krystopik's staff. The hope is to get back to those heights while also making a run at the Class A South title. "We're trying to get back to where we've been,'' said Krystopik. While former offensive coordinator Rob Dahl left to become the new head coach at Brick, Jackson will still be employing the shotgun spread offense it installed last season. Senior Jim Celidonio takes over at quarterback for the graduated Fred Scheer and has a great weapon in the backfield in senior tailback Brandon Winston, a 1,000yard rusher from a year ago. Winston was one of the Shore's most consistent backs, rushing for 100 or more yards in nine of 10 games. "Jimmy is a bigger, quicker kid, but he needs to develop some of the qualities Freddy had,'' Krystopik said. "Freddy was a great leader who never really got rattled. As for Winston, he's



linemen who saw time in the rotation last season. Junior right guard Max Mondello and Senior Johntel junior right Thomas is a returning tackle John starter at slotback, and Gaboff both sophomore Justin return after Gullo also returns at seeing some slotback after seeing time last season. time as a freshman at Junior Ben the end of last season. Collins will be Senior Nick Petrizzo the center, and also should get some senior Mike carries. Lopez is at left guard. At left At wide receiver, the tackle will be a Se nio r RB Bra nd on Win st o n Jaguars added an rotation of intriguing prospect in juniors Nick senior Dallas Winston, who is better known Trent and Anthony LoVocco. as a star wrestler who finished second in the state at 189 pounds in the NJSIAA Vinnie Sanzone will be the placekicker, Individual Championships last winter. while Leary or Winston will handle the Winston also can play some tight end in punting. certain packages. Defensively, the Jaguars have the most "He has great hands, and you know from experience returning in the linebacking his wrestling experience that he can handle corps and in the secondary. Up front, himself as a blocker,'' Krystopik said. Collins, Cowen and seniors Chris Russo, Matt Moran and Rosco Rogers will make up the defensive line rotation, with Moran and Russo having seen time last year. definitely a guy we're going to lean on. He has to be a steady force to make everybody else's job easier.''

Sophomore Kenny Bradley steps in at middle linebacker, and he will be flanked by seniors Dimitrie Christodoylakis and Dylan Harrington, both of whom started half of the season last year. Brandon Winston is a returning starter at cornerback, where Thomas and Petrizzo will rotate on the other side. Leary and junior Chris Sims will be the safeties. Senior Maurice Jackson also figures to be in the mix at safety once he returns from a knee injury in a week or two. "Defensively, our pursuit to the football is our strength because we have good speed there,'' Krystopik said. Jackson defense Senior Ian Leary will also be at wideout along with seniors Joe Holowchuk and James Cowen. Up front, the Jaguars don't return any starters, but do have some

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Red Bank Catholic @Colts Neck @Toms River South Brick Memorial Jackson @Toms River North Toms River East @Freehold Township @Middletown North

coaching staff Head Coach: Chuck Donohue Sr, 14 th Season (37th overall) Career Record: 209-146-4 Assistant Coaches: Matt Abbato (Def. Coord.); Dennis Pidgeon (RB/DE/Special teams coord.); Andrew Beckett (DL); Eric Fierro (QB); CJ Tomelden (DB); Dan Ivanchich (WR); Joe Fleck, Dan Roy (Freshmen); Corey Braun (Manager); Joe Caucino (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 5-5 (2-3)

Key returners D A N H I G G I N S (J R . , Q B ) A L E C M O R R I S ( S R . , W R /D B ) T. J . B E L L I S S I M O (S R . , R B) D . J. P A N D O L P H O ( S R . , T E )

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Head coach Chuck Donohue Sr. is one of just three active Shore Conference coaches with more than 200 career wins. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Josh Ghigliotty, Sr., DL. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Mike Gesicki, So., WR/DB. PI V O TAL G AM E : Oct. 1 vs. Brick Memorial.

When last year began, Southern Regional head coach Chuck Donohue Sr. was both excited and cautious. On one hand he knew he had a promising sophomore class coming up in the ranks. The downside was that he had to play them right away. "Last year they shouldn't have been on the field," Donohue said. "You're always going to have those one or two kids where you put them in situations where they can succeed, but we had to use them every day. You shouldn't have to play sophomores at the Group IV level." Southern took its lumps last season but still managed to finish 5-5 playing a Class A South schedule. The growing pains the Rams suffered through last season should pay dividends this season as several starters return on both sides of the ball for what could be a team that challenges for the division title. "We had a lot of people thrown in last year that were young and inexperienced, but it helped us out," said junior quarterback Dan Higgins. "You could even see our progress toward the end of the year." "Last year we only had about eight seniors, and we pretty much got thrown to the wolves," said senior wide receiver Alec Morris. "It was pretty much a whole team of kids just coming off their sophomore or freshman years just getting beat up. But that whole year of growth is going to make us better, and we've had a tremendous offseason." For pretty much the entirety of Donohue's 14-year tenure at Southern, the Rams have been a power running team with large linemen on both sides of the ball. This year's squad will have a drastically different look to it as the Rams are in the second season running the spread and will throw it even more than they did last season. The main



Anthony Speziale, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, will also see time at tight end.

reason is the weapons they have on the outside and their quarterback, Higgins. Higgins started two games last season and will be the full-time starting quarterback this season. Donohue likes Higgins' arm strength and accuracy, and also praised his versatility. "He reminds me physically of the things

The offensive line does not have any returning starters and has several players in the mix for the five starting positions. Senior Dylan Spina, junior Nick Jinks and senior Josh Ghigliotty are rotating at the tackle positions while junior Ryan Boyle, sophomore Bailey Bellissimo and senior Kyle Readel are battling for the starting guard positions. The center will be either Bellissimo or junior Mark Heslin. Defensively, Southern will run a 5-2 scheme that features eight players that started at least one game last season. There are no set starters on the defensive line, but five players are all seeing time at both tackle and end. Ghigliotty, Bellissimo, Boyle, senior Zeb Collins and senior Frank Miele are all currently in a rotation. Boyle is the lone returning starter among the group.

that (former Lacey quarterback Craig) Cicardo can do," Donohue said. "That kind of guy. Not a blazer, but he'll make the first guy miss and put his shoulder down. I think he's a very good passer, too."

The inside linebackers are Bush and senior Alex Cattelona, both of whom are returning starters. The outside linebacker will be either Speziale or senior Kevin Junior QB Dan Higgins Fitzpatrick. Whomever doesn't start there will be the weakside linebacker. Southern was forced to shuffle its lineup Higgins has great weapons starting at when a projected starting linebacker, junior receiver in Morris, junior Kevin Barreau and Nick Munafo, injured his neck during the 6-foot-5, 200-pound sophomore Mike preseason. He'll be out of action for at least Gesicki, who starred for the Rams six weeks. basketball team as a freshman. The secondary is the strong point of the "We have weapons to send down the field defense with five players that started at least that teams have to cover," Donohue said. one game last season. The cornerbacks are "And then when you start matching tight Hen, senior Steve Hodgson and junior ends and running backs underneath against Richie Weisz in a rotation and the safeties linebackers you are in good shape." are Morris, Gesicki and senior Joe Fiorelli. The running back will be senior T.J. Bellissimo, a returning starter, and the fullback rotation includes seniors Matt Guinee, Matt Kelly and Jackman Bush. The tight end is 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior D.J. Pandolpho, who is also a returning starter.

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On special teams, the kicker will be sophomore Rob Yaiser and the punter will be Higgins. Bush is the long snapper, and Donohue said he is probably the best long snapper Southern has had.

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@Toms River East Southern Toms River North @Brick Memorial @St. John Vianney Jackson @Wall Pinelands @Lakewood

coaching staff Head Coach: Ron Signorino Jr., 1 st season Career Record: 0-0 Assistant Coaches: Matt Martin (Off. Coord.); Rich Malek, Tom Malek (Co-def. Coord.); Kyle Austin (OL); Darian Dillard (WR); Ron Signorino Sr. (Slot backs); Brett Hardie (RB); Bill Rankin Jr. (QB); Joe Osborn (DB); Joe Kelly (LB); Dan Petersen (DL); Ray Guzzi (DL); Debbie Morante (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 0-10 (0-5)

Key returners Z A C K L I G O U R I ( S R . , R B/ L B) TY LER M ARKLE ( SR., OL/ D L) MI KE TO M KOW I CH ( SR., OL/ K) M A I N O R P U E R T O (J R . , D B)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Toms River South's first division title came in 1938 when there actually were no divisions, just one conference champion. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Nick Osborn, Sr., LB. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Darius Hart, So., RB/LB PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 9 at Toms River East.

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From the ground Up By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer For a program with great tradition and a tremendous amount of pride, the last few seasons have been very hard to swallow for Toms River South. The Indians, although they made the playoffs in 2006, have not had a winning season since 2003. They have a pair of two-win seasons during that span and hit rock bottom last season with an 0-10 record that can only be described as unthinkable. After the program's first winless season since 1963, the Indians needed a culture change, and a return to the old ways that has seen them win three NJSIAA sectional championships, 14 division titles and make 16 playoff appearances. They needed someone who understood what playing at Toms River South was all about, and they got their man this offseason. Taking over the reins of Toms River South is new head coach Ron Signorino Jr., a former player and the son of legendary Indians head coach Ron Signorino Sr. He has assembled a staff of former Indians players and coaches with the goal of turning around the program one game at a time.

and move forward." Another major challenge has been learning his players' strengths and weaknesses and trying to fit players into spots in a new offensive system. The Indians will run the flexbone in 2011 and have many players who will likely see time at various positions. Last year's starting quarterback, senior Matt Larsen, is among those battling for the starting job with junior Trevor Signorino, the coach's son and a Monsignor Donovan transfer, and junior Dallas Mederios. Also in the backfield will be senior fullback Zack Ligouri and a slotback rotation of senior Anthony Mannato, junior Rob Hailey and sophomore Darius Hart. Sophomore Otis Kearney will also see time at fullback. Ligouri is 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds and will be a player the Indians lean on heavily on both sides of the ball. He's taken a leadership role since the offseason began and has impressed Signorino with his work ethic. "I don't know if I've had a player work as hard as he's worked so far," Signorino said. "He's a tremendous young man and the team respects him as one of our leaders. There's no question we're going to need him to step up his game as a guy who totes the leather and makes stops on defense."

senior Mike Tomkowich and the starting right tackle will be either senior Vinnie Roma or sophomore Sergio Hernandez. "Right now it's about trying to get the right kids in the right spots because our system is totally different from what they were doing last year," Signorino said. "Putting the puzzle together is the fun part, though. It's been a challenge, but we're getting better every day." The Indians will run a 3-4 defense with seniors Donnie Wilson and Anthony Ravallo working in at nose tackle. Wilson will also see time at defensive end with Relyea and Markle. The inside linebackers are Ligouri and junior Giovann Achurra with 220-pound senior Alex Feltri also in the mix. The outside linebackers are senior Nick Osborn, Hailey, Ventor and sophomore Russell Messler all competing for time. The secondary has junior Mainor Puerto as a starter along with sophomores Egan and Hart in a rotation. Mannato and Kearney are the safeties with Westmark and sophomore Billy Kosh also probable to see time.

"People ask what our expectations are, but what trumps that is our vision," Signorino said. "Our vision is to bring back as many South guys - former players and coaches - who have played in and coached in that tradition and pride-filled era of South football. The players now don't know anything about that, and we're working hard to relay those messages to them."

"We're really excited," Ligouri said. "We know the past three years have been rough, but we're going to prove something and we're going to be the seniors that start it off."

The first step is to change the culture, and that is where Signorino leans on each and every member of his staff. At this point in the program's resurrection, a sound mentality is more important than X's and O's.

There are five receivers vying for playing time, starting with senior Mike Purporo and junior Tommy Ventor. Sophomores Brian Morrison and Jared Egan and senior Ryan Westmark are also in the mix at receiver.

Success isn't going to happen overnight, and no one understands this more than Signorino. A foundation has to rebuilt, and that is the main goal this season.

"All these guys on the staff know what it's like to play in or coach in championship games, and that's something that is so foreign to our players," Signorino said. "The past is the past, but good or bad we can learn from it

The offensive line features senior Tyler Markle at left tackle. Senior Robert Relyea and juniors Sean Conway (6-foot-2, 250 pounds) and Jordan Hayes are battling for the two starting guard spots. The starting center is

"We always want to win and that goes unspoken," Signorino said. "We truly believe as a staff that we will be a great football team. It's just a matter of when the pieces come together."

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"We're really trying to get back to that 'Hitting Indians' style of defense," Ligouri said. "We're taking it one step at a time, and the key has been everyone just doing their part and not trying to do everything themselves." The placekicker will be Tomkowich and the punter will be Ligouri.

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Toms River South Sayreville @Brick Memorial @Jackson Lacey @Southern Middletown North @Red Bank Catholic Toms River North

coaching staff Head Coach: Charlie Diskin, 6th Season (7th overall) Career Record: 40-22 Assistant Coaches: Jim Dempsey (def. coord.); Brian Wilkinson (LB/spec. teams); Pete Gudzak (DL); Joe Arminio Jr. (QB); Kevin Kanarkowski (TE); Anthony Allocca (DL); Kyle Sandberg (DB); Matt Maddeo (WR); Mike Nemeth (OL); Bill Hewitt, Steve Bernath, Sam Iacobone (freshmen); Dave Solt (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 5-5 (3-2)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Toms River East's only NJSIAA sectional final appearance came in a 17-0 loss to Brick in South Jersey Group IV in 1981. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Matt Gudzak, So., LB. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Matt Gudzak, So., RB/LB. PI V O TAL G AM E : At Brick Memorial, Sept. 23




the Youth Brigade By Scott Stump - Managing Editor Entering this season, Toms River East head coach Charlie Diskin has one main goal for a young team that will have to navigate the perils of Class A South. "Get experience fast,'' Diskin said before laughing. While the Raiders do return senior standout Mario Steriti, a running back/linebacker who is a four-year starter, he will be surrounded by a host of new faces on both sides of the ball this season. The offense in particular will look to improve after a 5-5 season in which it only averaged 11 points per game.

starters in senior center Jason Rodd and senior guard Matt Schmidt. Senior Kyle Higham will be at the other guard spot, while the tackles will be a rotation of 300-pound senior John Dietrich, and seniors Cody Bartels and Glenn Kohles. They will look to give Funicelli time to find the wide receiver trio of sophomores Zach Rosengrant, Ryan Connelly and junior Johnny Villarini.

Steriti, who has started in the secondary for three years, moves up to linebacker this season. Gudzak and Gallagher will be the other linebackers. Rosengrant and Funicelli are the starting cornerbacks, and Guarnieri is a returning starter at safety. Junior Angelo Manzo will be the other safety.

"I love leading the team,'' Funicelli said. "I love having all the weight on my shoulders, and I hope when it comes down to the season starting, I can get the job done.''

"The way we have to generate more points is blocking, simple as that,'' Steriti said. "If we block, we have the athletes to make plays.'' The offensive line returns a pair of

Schmidt as the lone returning starter up front at defensive end. Rodd and junior Froilan Hernandez are the defensive tackles, and Kohles and senior Gavin Reilly, the latter of whom saw time last year, round out the defensive end rotation. "We're young on defense, but we have great speed,'' Steriti said.

Senior Joe Funicelli steps in for the graduated Joey Clarizio at quarterback and will have a deep backfield behind him in the Raiders' multiple wing offense.

Steriti, senior Matt Guarnieri, junior Patrick Gallagher, and promising sophomore Matt Gudzak give Toms River East a nice blend of power and speed in the backfield.

Senior RB Mario Steriti

Senior QB Joe Funicelli Sophomore Jerry Caporale replaces Clarizio, who was one of Ocean County's top kicker/punters, as the placekicker. Sophomore Frank Serritella will handle the punting. Defensively, the Raiders quietly had one of the Shore's best units last season, only allowing 14 points per game. There will be plenty of youth and newcomers in their 4-3 scheme this season, with

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"It's a good group,'' Diskin said. "I think they're talented. It's just been a little slow going as far as them understanding the systems because there are a lot of new guys.'' "As cliche as it sounds, it comes down to heart,'' Steriti said. "It's just going to be about outworking teams. That's what it's going to take.'' Photo by Cliff Lavelle

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

@Long Branch Southern @Monmouth Ocean Township @Toms River North @Red Bank Catholic Freehold Boro Neptune Howell

coaching staff Head Coach: Greg LaCa va, 3 rd Season (8th overall) Career Record: 19-52 Assistant Coaches: Tom Letson (Def. Coord./LB); Greg Hope (DB); Sam Kinningham (OL/DL); Chris Cuccia (DE); K.C. Keenan (WR); John Andl (QB); Dennis Cotter (DL); Robert Kilmurray (OL); Vince Tesi, Larry Nikola, Kevin Gaul (Freshmen); Michelle Cohen (Athletic trainer). 2 0 1 0 R ec o rd : 2-8 (1-5)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Colts Neck's lone playoff victory came during its inaugural season in 2000. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Adam Schatzmann, Sr., FB. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Frank Lefkowitz, Jr., OL. PI V O TAL G AM E : Oct. 1 vs. Ocean.

Sometimes statistics are deceiving, and a lot of the time two numbers separated by a dash do not tell the entire story. Take Colts Neck's 2010 season. The Cougars finished a disappointing 2-8, their worst finish since an 0-10 mark in 2004, but were right there with several of the Shore's top teams. They lost by three to a Monmouth Regional team that made the playoffs, fell to Toms River North by eight, lost to Red Bank Catholic by a touchdown, were clipped by state champion Freehold in overtime and lost to Neptune in double overtime. Now with another year of experience under their belts, the Cougars are taking aim at reversing those losses from a year ago to make a run at a division title and a playoff berth. "The last two years were rough and we lost a lot of close games last year, but we've got a lot of experience coming back, and it's all going to come together this year," said senior quarterback Dylan Cottrell. With a big, physical, experienced offensive line, a solid stable of running backs and a versatile quarterback, the Cougars have the goods on offense to improve on their 16.8 points per game from a year ago.



"Vic is a power back, I'm 220 pounds and the whole line is over 215 pounds," Schatzmann said. "We're going to have a good year running the ball.'' The offensive line has three returning starters in 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior left tackle Stefan Gaszynski, 220-pound senior left guard Drew Margiotta and 250-pound senior Matt Kemp at right tackle. Senior John Fierro (6-foot-1, 250 pounds) is the center and 210-pound junior Frank Lefkowitz is the right guard. "We have a big offensive line with a lot of experience, and myself and the backs feel safe behind them," Cottrell said.

Cottrell returns for his second year as the starting quarterback in Colts Neck's multiple-pro offense. The fullback is senior Adam Schatzmann and the tailback is senior Victor Scalici, who ran for 559 yards and three touchdowns last season while sharing carries with Pat Murtha. Also seeing time at tailback will be sophomore Anthony Garguilo.

The tight ends will be senior Ryan Oros and junior Connor Canonico. Senior Corrado Cina is a returning starter at wide receiver and he will be joined by junior Timmy Vangelas, who saw time last year.

Defensively, the Cougars will run an aggressive 5-3 multiple scheme under defensive coordinator Tom Letson. Their defense actually Senior QB Dylan Cottrell had the secondbest points per"We have three guys that can run it so you game average in the division at 16.7 last know you can get a break and the team will season, and they are trying to build on that still be fine," Scalici said. "We can all stay positive stat. Eight starters return from last fresh."

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year's unit, starting with junior nose tackle Giovanni Zefferrino. The defensive tackles are senior returning starters Tyler Ross and Mike Wagner and the defensive ends are Oros and senior Joe Iacono. All three linebackers return as Margiotta will be the middle linebacker and Schatzmann and Scalici are the outside linebackers. Senior Kevin Baker is a returning starter at cornerback, and he will be joined by senior Anthony Vocaturo. The safety is senior Zach Heller, who is also a returning starter. "Our defense is very unorthodox, and we'll give teams looks that they haven't seen before," said head coach Greg LaCava. Returning as the placekicker is senior Reiner Smit, who has a chance to be one of the top kickers in the Shore Conference. The punter will be Canonico. Colts Neck certainly looks like a team ready to make a big jump in the win column and inject itself right into the playoff picture, but the gauntlet that is the Class B North schedule is unforgiving. The Cougars were close last season but fell just short in a handful of games. Now they get a chance to prove their record last year does not tell the story of what kind of team they are. "We don't feel like we've earned anything yet," Margiotta said. "Just because we played those teams close doesn't mean much. We want to come out on top this time."

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@Bishop Ahr @Red Bank Regional Long Branch @Freehold Boro Monmouth Regional Ocean Township @Lacey @Colts Neck @Asbury Park

coaching staff Head Coach: Mark Ciccotelli, 1st season (9th overall) Career Record: 0-0 (48-36 overall) Assistant Coaches: Dom Lepore (def. coord.); Brian Duffy (OL); Al Saner (OL); Sal Spampanato (off. asst./RB/LB); Frank Iachetta (OL); Pete Christathakis (DL); Rodney Taylor, Mike Seber (freshmen); Noel Kavanaugh (WR/DB); Frank Palumbo (video coord.); Glen DePalo (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 6-4 (4-2)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Neptune will face last year's head coach, Don Sofilkanich, and his new team when it opens the season against Bishop Ahr. BI G SH O ES T O FI LL : Eevan Sutton, Sr., LB I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Jazzmar Clax, Sr., LB/RB. PI V O TAL G AM E : At Red Bank Catholic, Sept. 16.

A palpable buzz has surrounded Neptune during this preseason, and the reason for it is clear. A team that has not won a division or NJSIAA title since 1998 feels that all the pieces are finally in place to return the Scarlet Fliers to glory. A talent-laden senior class and the addition of Freehold transfer Jazzmar Clax along with head coach Mark Ciccotelli, whose Freehold teams won two Central Jersey Group III titles in the past three seasons, has Neptune optimistic that this is the year it finally gets over the hump against top competition. A year ago, there was similar optimism when former Asbury Park head coach Don Sofilkanich came aboard after winning three straight state titles, but it fizzled in a 6-4 season before Sofilkanich left to take the head job at Bishop Ahr. Now Neptune is looking to finally turn its potential into reality. "It's all about discipline and hard work,'' said senior linebacker David Gutzmore. "Now we just have to go out and execute. There's no holding back.'' "Being the third coach here in the last four years, I'm just trying to get them to believe in me and in our philosophy,'' Ciccotelli said. "I need to show them that I'm not going to leave and that I'm going to be there for them. All we worry about is controlling the controllables playing hard and showing toughness.''

speed to Neptune's defense. Dante Brown will be at noseguard, with Shaquille Gittens at one defensive end spot and David Calderon at the other defensive end position. The linebackers include Clax, Sutton, Gutzmore, senior returning starter Ikie Calderon and Andrew Figueroa. Junior Myles Martin and Sekou Harris also should see time at linebacker. Ikie Calderon has received interest from Monmouth, Temple, Rutgers and Stony Brook, with Gutzmore also drawing interest from the same schools. "It's put up or shut up in this defense,'' said Clax, who had 91 tackles and 7 sacks for Freehold last year. "You can't hide in this defense.'' "We're just looking to go out there and take somebody's head off,'' Calderon said. Senior Jaheem Woods is a returning starter in the secondary at safety, and Dimitri Richardson and Kyle Lewis will be the cornerbacks. Offensively, the Scarlet Fliers are getting acclimated to Ciccotelli's flexbone option attack after running the Wing-T last season under Sofilkanich. Woods is a returning starter at quarterback and one of the most explosive offensive players in the Shore Conference, with great running ability to complement a strong arm. He has received interest from Rutgers, Temple, Syracuse, and Miami.

A defense with impressive speed looks to be the backbone of the team under new defensive coordinator Dom Lepore, a former head coach at Freehold Township. The Scarlet Fliers are running a 3-3-5 stack and have added two talented pieces at linebacker in Clax and senior Eevan Sutton. Clax has multiple Division I-A offers and said his current top five includes Minnesota, Maryland, Arizona State, Temple and Rutgers. Sutton started at linebacker for Toms River North last season and adds even more Senior QB Jaheem Woods

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Senior RB/LB David Gutzmore

Jenkins and talented newcomer Geoff Fairbanks. Fairbanks is a junior transfer from Colonia who had more than 800 yards receiving last season and has good vertical speed. An Achilles' heel in recent years for Neptune has been the play of the offensive line, which is now being coached by former Rutgers lineman Brian Duffy. Seniors James Clouse and Larry Calhoun were the only linemen that Ciccotelli would say have a firm grip on a position, so clearly this unit is a work in progress. On special teams, Figueroa will handle the punting and placekicking. It adds up to a team looking to make a serious run at a division title in arguably the Shore's toughest division, Class B North. The Scarlet Fliers also hope to reach their first Central Jersey Group III final since 1998, after having lost to Ciccotelli's Freehold teams in the state playoffs in two of the past three seasons. "It's got to be all of us together,'' Clax said. "We have to stick together in the trenches.'' "We have to be able to deal with adversity and not break if things aren't going our way,'' Calderon said. Certainly there will be teams gunning for the Scarlet Fliers after all the attention they have received with the new coach and the three transfers, and Freehold certainly will be eager to see them on Oct. 1. "I would expect them to come after us, and we'll come after them,'' Ciccotelli said. "They have tough kids there, and we have them here.''

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Middletown South @Long Branch Freehold Boro @Colts Neck Wall @Brick Township @Neptune Red Bank Catholic @Monmouth Regional

coaching staff Head Coach: Don Klein, 5th Season Career Record: 24-18 Assistant Coaches: John Della Pesca (Off. Coord./WR/DB); Jason Frabasile (Def. Coord./RB/DB); Ron Hilliard (OL/DL); Jon Molinelli (RB/LB); Pat O'Neill (QB/DB); Valentine Barnaby (TE/DL); John Bosmans, Joe Siciliano (freshmen); John DeSemmi (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 3-7 (1-5)


at a glance

BIG SHOES TO FILL: Ryan Breen, Sr., DE I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Sam Sottile, Sr., OL/MLB PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 9 vs. Middletown South



revenge tour By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer A 3-7 record, two shutout losses, 30 or more points allowed five times. The 2010 season wasn't just uncharacteristic for Ocean Township, it was unacceptable. "It absolutely was," said head coach Don Klein. "We went over and changed the way we did things like break down film and prepare game plans and other things. That's not the kind of season we ever expect to have at Ocean." This season the Spartans plan on coming back with a vengeance and reclaiming what is usually a spot in the Shore Conference top 10 and a shot at both division and state sectional titles. They certainly have the talent and experience to do it, and they're eager to get back on the field and prove that last year was just a fluke. "Our motto is ‘revenge,’" said junior quarterback Andrew Mehr. "We just want to get back at the teams that beat us last year and start moving forward." The Spartans averaged just 16.3 points per game last season, and first and foremost they have an eye on getting back to a punishing ground game that has been their trademark over the years. A whopping nine returning starters are back on offense, including every skill player, in Ocean's multiple offense. Mehr returns as the starting quarterback after learning under fire during his sophomore season. Mehr's targets include 6-foot-2, 220pound senior tight end A.J. Caruso and senior Junior QB Andrew Mehr

R ANDOM FACT: Last year was Ocean's first losing season since 2002.


wide receivers Dan McGuckin and Withler Marcelin, all of whom are returning starters. But what has the Spartans truly excited about their offense is a potentially lethal backfield behind an experienced and physical offensive line. Senior Greg Moore returns after running for more than 1,400 yards over the past two seasons. Moore had a nagging hamstring injury that stuck with him for the entirety of last season, but he enters his senior year healthy and primed for a big season. He has generated collegiate interest from the Big East, the Northeast Conference and the Colonial Athletic Conference. "The whole offseason I rested my body and made sure I was smart about training," Moore said. "We'll have a good line this year so I'm very excited and Colton is a big boy. I worked a lot on my speed so I can hit the holes quicker." Moore is speaking of senior fullback Colton Bigelow, a 5foot-11, 220-pound battering ram who will be a big factor in the running game. Bigelow is an Ocean resident, but spent his first two seasons

wrestling at St. John Vianney. He transferred back to Ocean before his junior season, but played in just two games after sitting out the mandatory 30 days because of the NJSIAA's transfer rules. "I've really been looking forward to this year being able to get right out of the gate and play with my friends that I've been playing with since we were little," Bigelow said. "With Greg back there I'm just trying to open up a hole for him and watch him go." The Spartans' offensive line has depth and features three returning starters, led by 6foot-3, 275-pound senior left tackle

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Senior RB Greg Moore Ryan Breen, who has interest from Monmouth, Delaware and several other FCS schools. Senior Tim Herod is also a returning starter at left guard while 260-pound senior Ritchy Germain returns as the right guard. The two new players along the line are junior center Chris Pappayliou and junior right tackle Matt Hicks, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 320 pounds. Brad Stengel, a 285-pound senior, is the top backup and senior Sam Sottile, who decided to come back out for the team after starting as a sophomore and not playing as a junior, is in the mix. On defense, Bigelow returns as the starting nose tackle in the Spartans' 3-3-5 odd stack scheme and plans on being a disruptive force in the middle. The defensive ends are Breen and senior James Jones, a returning starter. The middle linebacker is Sottile, who started as a sophomore. The outside linebackers are sophomore Dan Loizos, who started as a freshman, with Caruso, senior Hamed Alavi and junior Nick Pappayliou all seeing time. The strong safeties are McGuckin and Marcelin, both returning starters, and the corners are junior Mark Diedrichsen and sophomore Cole Mehr. Moore played linebacker the last two seasons, but moves to free safety this season. Klein said his responsibilities are similar to what Troy Polamalu does in the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense, which is to say he has no responsibilities as far as coverage goes. His one job is to create turnovers, and he has the freedom to do that in whichever way he pleases. "It's very fun," Moore said. "When you play linebacker you can only do so much, but now I basically get to do whatever I want to make plays." Diedrichsen will be both the placekicker and the punter, and Caruso will be the long snapper.

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question marks regarding Wall’s ability to claim the No. 1 ranking are whether it will have an effective running game to keep opposing defenses off Cluley and get hard yards in playoff games. With that offensive line, the ingredients are certainly there. If Wall is ever going to solve a Middletown South or someone similar in a big spot, this is the year.

hen making the preseason rounds last season, two teams stood out to me above all the rest - lacey and matawan

always in the hunt

The feeling was that no one was beating either of them, which was almost true, as Rumson handed Matawan its only loss in upset fashion in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II final. However, up to that point, the debate had raged about whether Lacey or Matawan was the true No. 1 team in the Shore before Lacey left no doubt by finishing as the conference’s only unbeaten team.

middletown south, manasquan, lacey These three programs have become synonymous with championship football, so they deserve to be in the conversation regardless of who graduates. Lacey took a serious hit to graduation, so it might be asking too much for the Lions to go unbeaten again. They face Middletown South in a nondivisional game, so one of these teams will knock the other out of a shot to finish at the top.

this year is an entirely different story I have seen plenty of talented teams, but not any that seem as bulletproof as those two from last year or other teams like the Knowshon Moreno-led Middletown South teams of the mid-2000s, or the Brad Newman-Mike Mele Manasquan juggernaut of 2006 or the Andrew Mandeville-led Raritan team of 2004. That’s what I think is going to make this season so exciting, because in any given week, the No. 1 team could go down with a loss. There are several teams that I think can make a serious run at No. 1 and even some darkhorse squads that could shock everyone, so let’s take a look at the good news-bad news scenarios of some of the teams who look to be at the front of the pack in the race to the top.

It might take Manasquan toppling Rumson and finishing unbeaten to stake a claim to the final No. 1 spot because the Warriors’ regular-season schedule doesn’t have many opportunities for statement games. However, with Rumson in Central Jersey Group II and Wall on Thanksgiving, the chances are there for them to make a big statement if they can find a way to win those games.

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the Favorites

Brick memorial, toms river north, neptune

Defensively, this could be the nastiest unit in the Shore Conference, with a front seven to rival any group around. The defensive ends next to the tackle tandem of senior Joe Coscarelli and junior Josh Klecko are new, but with linebackers like seniors Chris Donald and Doug Whitlock right behind, the newcomers should be able to learn on the job. To me, the main question is an offense that lacks a home run threat. The Caseys’ offensive line is always one of the Shore’s best, and the way it will win games is by leaning on teams until they crack in the fourth quarter and players like new tailback John DiStefano can break a run or senior quarterback Ryan Spahr can survey the field for a big gain in the passing game. I could see the Caseys dropping a low-scoring, 14-7-type game in the brutal B North, which could deny them the No. 1 spot.

The difference in these teams is that Toms River North has done it before, going unbeaten in 2007 to finish No. 1. While Brick Memorial has been outstanding in making three straight Central Jersey Group IV finals, it usually has been with underdog runs after multiple regularseason losses. The Mustangs are going to have to make it to the playoffs unbeaten to be in the conversation, which has been a tall order.

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rumson-Fair haven Much like RBC, Rumson should have an outstanding defense with an excellent front seven. The entire defensive line returns, led by the tandem of Mike Alonzo and Jack Eisenstadt, and two of the three linebackers are back, led by junior Travis Clark. The main question with Rumson is an offense breaking in a new quarterback and several new receivers. However, in addition to tough divisional foes like Matawan and Red Bank, a nondivisional slate that includes Asbury Park, and, especially, RBC, could be the roadblock to No. 1 for Rumson. RBC has beaten the Bulldogs seven straight times, so it may take ending that drought for Rumson to achieve the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history.

The most intriguing of all the teams is Neptune. The Scarlet Fliers boast the big names like Jaheem Woods, Jazzmar Clax, Ikie Calderon, and David Gutzmore, but they just haven’t gotten the results to go along with the hype. It’s been 13 years since they won a division or state title, so they would have to turn the tide on more than a decade of history to finally make believers out of everyone.

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asbury Park, matawan, manalapan Asbury Park has a legitimate shot to make a claim at No. 1 if it can go undefeated because it has nondivisional games against Rumson and Neptune. Winning both of those would go a long way toward defying the “Group I teams should never be No. 1’’ axiom. Matawan snuck up on everyone two years ago and finished No. 1 when people underestimated the Huskies, so we’ll see if a team with a bunch of good skill players can do it again now that many think they lost too much to graduation. Same goes for a Manalapan team that also got hit hard by graduation, but still has plenty of talent. Maybe this season will turn out even better than last year, when the Braves entered with the burden of high expectations.

wall The Crimson Knights’ offensive line should be one of the Shore’s best with everyone back, including multiple Division IAA prospects. Plus, senior quarterback Steve Cluley returns as one of the conference’s top signal-callers. The main

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anonymity paving the way for everyone else ’ s glory H ow ever, this s eas on in the S hor e Con fer ence, a herald ed tr io o f off ens ive linemen w ill be har d to mis s . They are alread y o n the r adar of numerous F o otball Bo w l S ubd ivis io n (F BS ) s choo ls an d among the top recru its in N ew J er s ey in their res pective clas s es . H ow Lacey s enio r Tyrell S mith , Lo ng Br anch s enior Ryan Br o die and M on s ignor D onovan ju n ior Br ad H en s on got to this po in t is diff er en t fo r all three, but the 20 11 s eas o n h as beco me their time to s h in e.

A Steady Progression When Ryan Brodie first ascended to the varsity level as a sophomore, head coach Dan George simply wanted to see if the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder could battle to win a starting spot. Brodie was able to lock

down a position, so the next step in his evolution was playing both ways for the first time as a junior. He got a rude awakening about what kind of conditioning was necessary to be productive while rarely coming off the field. “Sophomore it was, ‘Can he solidify his spot?’’ George said. “Junior year was, ‘Can he play both ways?’ Now it’s, ‘Can he start dominating games?’’ “I’ve just been working hard on my strength, my footwork, everything,’’ Brodie said. “I’ve also been working hard on my conditioning. We had a scrimmage the other day, and I was out there the whole time and felt like it was nothing.’’ Brodie’s progression over the past two years certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed, as he boasts double-digit scholarship offers from a host of BCS programs. He currently has Rutgers, Purdue, Cincinnati, Miami and South Carolina as his top five, but said he will also be looking into Maryland and West Virginia, who offered him during the preseason. Certainly Rutgers has an advantage in that one of Brodie’s best friends is former Long Branch star quarterback Miles Shuler, who is now a freshman wide receiver at Rutgers. Before he can get to all that, however, the senior left tackle will be counted on to be a leader on a young team that does not return any other starters on the offensive line. He

will be a key run blocker for junior tailback Dwight Clark, who also has received FBS interest on the heels of a 1,000-yard season. “Brodie has gotten a lot stronger and his footwork has improved,’’ Clark said. “He also is making his teammates better and showing good leadership.’’ With a young team competing in the highlycompetitive Class B North, George is looking for Brodie to free up some teammates to make plays by being disruptive on defense and forcing defensive coordinators to scheme around him on offense. “I want him to be a force that people have to gameplan against and do things to make sure Ryan Brodie doesn’t really hurt them,’’ George said. “It’s the next step in his progression – being able to take over games.’’

From Raw to Refined While Brodie has made steady progress, Lacey’s Tyrell Smith has made a quantum leap. Smith transferred to Lacey from Lakewood as a sophomore and was a completely raw prospect with only rudimentary skills. However, he also showed great athleticism and agility, as he is a member of the basketball team as well, so the ingredients were there. Lacey’s coaching staff, led by the legendary head man Lou

Vircillo, worked with him tirelessly to mold him into a prospect. “We knew what kind of talent he had, so we just wanted to get him in a routine of working hard and refining his skills,’’ Vircillo said. “I think from junior year to this year, he has really understood how hard he has to work and is doing everything we ask of him.’’ Smith watched from the sidelines as a sophomore, but became a starter on the Shore Conference’s No. 1 team as a junior last year. He was part of a veteran offensive line that paved the way for a dominant offense and played defensive tackle during Lacey’s 12-0 season. Smith has also continued to add size, as the senior left tackle is now up over 300 pounds at 6-foot-5. “I’ve just been working hard, and the coaches have been staying on me,’’ Smith said. “I remember when I first came here (from Lakewood), it was a little tough, but it has only made me better.’’ “We just wanted to make sure that when he got to a Division I-A school that he wouldn’t be in shock when he saw how hard you have to work,’’ Vircillo said. He has offers from


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@Southern Regional Neptune @Long Branch Freehold Boro Colts Neck @Monmouth @Ocean Township Toms River East Rumson

In recent seasons, Red Bank Catholic's football program has continued to cement its place among the Shore Conference's elite, but there has always been one line missing on the Caseys' resume.

Assistant Coaches: Matt Ahearn (off. coord.); Biff Wilbur (RB/LB); Harry Flaherty (TE/DE); Joe Lanza (OL/DL); Keith Hugger (spec. teams/DB); Mike Rosenfeld (WR/DB); Tony Flego, Joe Gallagher (freshmen); Mike DeSocio (athletic trainer).

"We were all a little bitter about (the realignment),'' said senior offensive lineman Ryan Byrne. "We want to play the best, and we think that we can play with the best. Still, in the back of our heads, that first playoff win is lurking.''

2010 Record: 8-2 (4-1)

Before the Caseys can even worry about the playoffs, they have to navigate a tough Class B North schedule and a challenging nondivisional slate while dealing with the expectations of being one of the Shore's top teams. Leading the way is a


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: RBC's Greg & Matt Golden are the nephews of University of Miami head coach Al Golden, who is also an RBC graduate. B IG S HOES TO FILL : John DiStefano, Sr., RB. I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Chris Whitlock, Jr., WR/DB. P I V O TA L G A M E : Sept. 16 vs. Neptune. .


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Head Coach: Jim Portela, 3rd Season Career Record: 14-6

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rounding out the resume

In the last five years, they have finished ranked No. 1 in the Shore and captured multiple division titles, but they are still searching for their first state playoff victory since 1998. During their rise, they have competed in Non-Public Group IV, one of the most difficult state brackets in the country, featuring perennial juggernauts like Don Bosco Prep, Bergen Catholic and St. Peter's Prep. This year, they have been realigned by the NJSIAA into Non-Public Group III, which is still a challenging bracket featuring the likes of Holy Spirit, Delbarton, Pope John XXIII and St. Joseph-Montvale, but not as seemingly impossible as Group IV.

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Up front in RBC's 4-3 scheme, the Caseys return arguably the best defensive tackle tandem in the conference in senior Joe Coscarelli and junior Josh Klecko. Coscarelli was an All Shore Media first-team selection last year after registering 107 tackles, 13 hits for a loss and 7 sacks. Klecko, the son of former New York Jets All Pro Joe Klecko and the brother of former Marlboro and Temple star Dan Klecko, was a force as a sophomore. Coscarelli has received interest from Delaware, Stony Brook and St. Francis (Pa.), while Klecko has received interest from Rutgers and Temple. The defensive ends are both new, as juniors Ron Robinson and Richie Curran move into the starting lineup. Senior Jim Portela, the son of the head coach, also should see time in the defensive end rotation along with senior Frank Gabriel. Byrne, junior Andrew Higgins and senior Kevin Crean will be part of the defensive tackle rotation, as Coscarelli and Klecko will also be rotating on the offensive line for the first time this season. The linebackers are as formidable a group as there is in the Shore, as senior Chris Donald returns at middle linebacker and senior Doug Whitlock is back at weakside linebacker. Junior Dylan Hroncich will be at strongside linebacker, with senior Anthony Dorsi also pushing for time at that spot. Sophomores Andrew Porzio, Matt Golden and Ryan Schoer also could see time in the linebacker rotation. Donald has received interest from Boston College, Rutgers, UConn, Delaware, Fordham and Villanova, while Whitlock is getting interest from James Madison, Army, and Delaware.

defense that should be one of the Shore Conference's most ferocious units, a talent-laden group that returns some of the top players in the Shore. Senior TE/LB Doug Whitlock

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Senior DL Joe Coscarelli In the secondary, senior Kyle Vill is a returning starter at cornerback, and junior Chris Whitlock and senior James Hickey are fighting for time at the other cornerback spot. Seniors J.V. Mennie and Christian Devine also could see some time at corner. Juniors Mike Corcione and James Taylor will be the safeties, with junior Scott Huhn also getting some minutes at that spot. Offensively, the Caseys will have to replace two-time, 1,000-yard rusher Andrew Casten, who is now at Harvard, along with tight end Jack Tabb, who is at North Carolina. RBC has had a 1,000-yard rusher for eight straight years, and senior John DiStefano now inherits the mantle of starting tailback for the Caseys. Hickey may also see some carries at tailback, and Donald and Hroncich form a bruising tandem at fullback. For the first time since 2006-07, RBC's starting quarterback returns for a second season, as senior Ryan Spahr will again run the show in the Caseys' pro-style offense. RBC has perennially produced one of the best offensive lines in the Shore, and this year's group will feature Portela at center, Byrne and Gabriel as the tackles, Dorsi at guard and the rotation of Coscarelli and Klecko at the other guard spot. Robinson, Curran and senior Andrew Claggett also look to be in the rotation. In addition, 6-foot-4, 250pound sophomore Quenton Nelson, a transfer from Holmdel, should also be in the mix once he sits his NJSIAA-mandated 30 days for the transfer rule. Doug Whitlock is a returning starter at tight end and should be one of the Shore's best, and senior Mike Stickle steps in for Tabb at the other tight end spot. Schoer and Matt Golden also could see time at tight end. Spahr also has a deep group of wide receivers, led by senior returning starter Greg Golden and Taylor. Chris Whitlock, Vill, Mennie, seniors Mike Schissler and Ryan Connolly also could see time at wideout. Sophomore Pat Toomey will handle the placekicking, and Spahr will be the punter.

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Colts Neck Ocean Township @Neptune Red Bank Catholic @Matawan @Freehold Boro @Monmouth Regional Raritan @Red Bank Regional

coaching staff Head Coach: Dan George, 13th season (15th overall) Career Record: 84-45 (100-51 overall) Assistant Coaches: John Amabile (off. coord.); Mike Bland (spec. teams/DL); Nick Tranchina (def. coord./LB/OL); Chad King (DB); Greg Penta (QB); Terry King (WR); Dennis O’Keefe, Frank Pannullo, Derrell Sapp, Mike Dennis (freshmen); Chris Grande (athletic trainer). 2 0 1 0 R ec o rd : 4-6 (3-3)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: N e w a s s i s t a n t J o h n Amabile is one of six Shore Conference coaches in history with more than 200 career victories. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Avry Griffin, Jr., QB. IMPACT NEWCOMER: Shabazz Shuler, So., WR/DB. P IVOTAL G AME : At home vs. Ocean, Sept. 16

Sitting in a desultory locker room after their first loss to Thanksgiving rival Red Bank Regional in seven years last season, a concrete realization sunk in for the returning players on Long Branch's football team following a 4-6 season in which they missed the state playoffs. Sometimes talent alone isn't enough. "This year one of our main goals is unity,'' said senior linebacker Joscil Jackson. "Last year, we were fighting during games and the whole nine, but this year we're really coming together as a team and that's why I think we're going to shock everybody.''

they employed around former quarterback Miles Shuler, a current Rutgers freshman, to the multiple-I running attack that characterized great Long Branch teams of the past. The primary threat in this year's offense looks to be Clark, who rushed for 1,000 yards as a sophomore and should play an even bigger role this season. He has received interest from Rutgers, Penn State and Syracuse and could be a breakout player in the Shore this season after operating in Shuler's shadow last year.

"It hurt us bad because we had a talented team, and when we didn't make it to the playoffs, people shut down,'' said junior tailback Dwight Clark. "It made the team we have now realize that we have to work hard together or we're not going to make it to the playoffs.''

"We expect the same thing (from Clark) that we expected from Miles,'' said senior tackle Ryan Brodie, a major Division I-A prospect in his own right. "I think that 'Wight is going to have a very big year this year. He's going to get a lot of touches.''

Clark's presence will help take the heat off junior quarterback Avry Griffin, who has to replace Shuler. Griffin saw time in the loss to There is still plenty of Red Bank when Shuler individual talent at Long Senior OL/DL Ryan Brodie missed the second half with Branch, but the Green Wave an injury. Jackson and senior literally are green this season Kadeem Williams will be at as a host of inexperienced underclassmen will fullback to open holes for Clark. play a significant role in the team's fortunes Griffin's targets in the passing game will be a competing in the relentless Class B North. host of newcomers. Junior Curtis Gunther, "This senior class finished with under 15 kids sophomore Shabazz Shuler, who is Miles's on the team as freshmen, so we knew this day cousin, junior Tre Smith and sophomore Kenny was coming,'' said head coach Danny George. Barrows will all see time at wide receiver. "Therefore, it's an opportunity for the Junior Dominic Mincieli is a returning starter at underclassmen.'' tight end, but may miss the first few games after having minor knee surgery during the In addition to new faces on the field, the preseason. Senior Terence Bowles also will coaching staff has also added John Amabile, a play at tight end. Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Famer who won a combined five NJSIAA The main question mark is the offensive line, titles during stints as head coach at Wall and which consists of Brodie, a three-year starter, Neptune. Amabile, who was an assistant at and a whole new group. The 6-foot-5, 270Monmouth Regional last year, will serve as pound Brodie has double-digit scholarship Long Branch's offensive coordinator as the offers and said his most recent list of schools he Green Wave transition from the spread offense

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Junior RB Dwight Clark is strongly considering includes Rutgers, Purdue, Cincinnati, Miami, and South Carolina. He just added offers from Maryland and West Virginia and said he will be looking into those programs as well. "Brodie got a lot stronger and bigger,'' Clark said. "His footwork is better, and he's getting his teammates better next to him.'' Brodie will start at left tackle on a line that will only include one other senior, guard Gerard Carpenter. Sophomore Auturo Rios will be at center, junior Vinnie Roselli will be at the other guard spot, and junior Johnny Augustine will be the right tackle. Senior Brian Dougherty also should see time in the offensive line rotation. Sophomore Dion Williams will be the kicker, and junior Asson Morris will do the punting. Defensively, the Green Wave return five starters, including two up front in their 4-3 base defense. Brodie, who played both ways for the first time last season, is back at defensive end. Dougherty, who was well over 300 pounds last season but has dropped 40 pounds in the offseason, is a returning starter at defensive tackle. Junior Anthony Howard will be the other defensive tackle, and sophomore Myshon Pennington will be the other defensive end. Roselli also could see time in the defensive line rotation on a unit that will have to find a way to stop multiple physical, talented running attacks in Class B North. Mincieli is a returning starter at middle linebacker, and Jackson returns at outside linebacker. Williams will be the other outside linebacker. Clark returns at safety to anchor the secondary, which will feature Shuler and Morris at cornerback and Brett Roach as the other safety. Junior Corey Morris also could see time at cornerback.

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(Games to be broadcast on 105.7FM and 1160/1310AM) 9/10 TR East at TR South (7pm) 9/1 Lacey at Brick (7pm) 9/24 Brick Mem. at TR East (7pm) 10/1 TR South at TR North (7pm) 10/8 Ocean at Wall (7pm) 10/15 TR North at Southern (7pm) 10/22 Neptune at Ocean (7pm) 10/29 Raritan at Point Boro (7pm) 11/5 Brick Mem. at Howell (6pm)


9/16 10/2 11/25

(Games to be broadcast on WOBM 1160/1310AM) Wall at Jackson Liberty (7pm) Jackson Mem. at TR East (7pm) Wall at Manasquan (11am) NJSIAA Playoff Games = TBD

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Proving them wrong

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

Matawan Monmouth Regional @Ocean Township Neptune @Red Bank Catholic Long Branch @Colts Neck @Msgr. Donovan Freehold Township

coaching staff Head Coach: Dave Ellis, 1st season Career Record: 0-0 Assistant Coaches: Geoff Massimini (def. coord./DB/RB); Mike DeLucia (OL); Jeremy Balina (LB/WR); Dominic Collifone (DL); Jason Blum, Robert Keyes (freshmen); Mike Stehle (a thletic trainer). 2010 Record: 10-2 (5-1)

Key returners S TA C E Y S U N N E R V I L L E ( S R . , D E ) J A H R E E L O C K L E A R ( S R . , R B /L B ) D AY S H A W N P E R R Y ( S R . , R B/ D B) K E N N Y T AY L O R ( S R . , D E )

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Freehold offensive line coach Mike DeLucia played at Rutgers with Brian Duffy, who is the new offensive line coach at rival Neptune. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Kevin Smith, Jr., QB IM PA C T N E W C O M E R : Kevin Smith, Jr., QB. P I V O TA L G A M E : At home vs. Neptune on Oct. 1.

Motivation has definitely not been an issue for this year's Freehold football team. The handful of returners from last year's NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III champions know what everyone from outside their program is thinking - the Colonials lost the head coach that led them to two state championships in three years, they lost their top returning player to transfer, and nearly their entire starting lineup graduated, so the program will take a big step back. "We come into this season with a chip on our shoulder,'' said senior defensive end Stacey Sunnerville. "We come into this season looking to show that we can still contend and that we can still get to Rutgers (for the state championship game).''

Freehold will still employ the spread option attack that it used under Ciccotelli, and the personnel is almost entirely new. Junior Kevin Smith, who did not play football last season, has come back out for the team and will be the starting quarterback. A converted linebacker, Smith is a tough, downhill runner who has the ability to smash defenders over in the flexbone option. Senior Jahree Locklear will be at fullback, with experienced senior Dayshawn Perry and junior Cequan SmithRush as the slotbacks, giving Freehold a nice blend of power up the middle and speed to the edge. Senior Dillon Garcia also could see time at slotback. Junior Rayshon Webber will start at one wide receiver spot, and the deep group of senior Dan Kvederas, junior Greg Watson, and sophomores Tyrod Smith-Rush and Danny Parr will make up the rotation at the other wide receiver position. Parr will also return punts.

Senior FB Jahree Locklear

The defending Class B North co-champs will do it with an almost entirely new crew, as All-Shore players like quarterback Sterry Codrington, versatile standout Derrick Bender and all the members of one of the Shore's top offensive lines have graduated. Only four players return with any significant varsity experience. Former defensive coordinator Dave Ellis is the new head coach, replacing Mark Ciccotelli, who is now the head coach at rival Neptune. Also, senior linebacker Jazzmar Clax, a Division I-A prospect, transferred to Neptune in the offseason. Freehold won a CJ III title in 2008 and returned a large group of starters the following season, but failed to make the playoffs in 2009. Ellis, who has been on the staff for seven years, thinks there is a different feel to this year's team than in that 2009 season. "I don't feel the same atmosphere with these guys,'' Ellis said. "They don't feel like (last year) was their title. They are out to prove themselves that they can step in and have good success at Freehold.''

The offensive line is young, but averages about 240 pounds across and has good promise. Sophomore John Bostick will start at center, junior Parker Stokes will be at right guard, and junior Ryan Kasten, the younger brother of graduated ASM first-teamer Mike Kasten, will be at left guard. Junior Brayden Donnelly will be at left tackle, and sophomore Nick Krause will be the starting right tackle. Sophomore Darrin Shields was projected to start at right guard and is currently out with a concussion, but should see time in the rotation when he returns. Junior Matt Parke also looks to be in the rotation at center and guard. "They have potential, and they will work hard to get us where we need to go,'' Locklear said. "We have some talent up front,'' Ellis said. "It's just a matter of maturity and making the transition into the starting role, and they have

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Junior QB Kevin Smith a great coach in Coach (Mike) DeLucia.'' Senior Edgard Galindo will handle the punting and kickoffs, and Watson will be the placekicker. Defensively, the Colonials will run the 3-35 stack that has become a swarming unit under Ellis in recent seasons. The defense has looked solid in the preseason, showing great closing speed on opposing running games. Junior Chris Rashella will be at noseguard, with senior Steve Beech also seeing time there. Sunnerville, who started four games last season, returns at defensive end, and senior Kenny Taylor, who started at the beginning of last season, returns at the other defensive end spot. Tyrod Smith-Rush and junior Danny Martucci also will see time at defensive end. Locklear will start at middle linebacker, with senior Brandon Hellmer at strongside linebacker and junior Jason Erdman at weakside linebacker. Playing the hybrid safety/linebacker spots will be Perry, who was at cornerback last season, along with Webber and Garcia. Junior Ian Curry and sophomore Dante Brown will be the cornerbacks, with Watson also seeing some time there. "They've done everything we've asked them, and we've improved every scrimmage,'' Ellis said. "I definitely like the direction we're headed.'' The Colonials will look to make headway in the rugged Class B North, which looks to be the Shore Conference's toughest division from top to bottom. Clearly the most eagerly awaited game is a showdown with Neptune on their home field on Oct. 1. "We've got that one circled on the calendar,'' Taylor said. "It should be sooner. I wish it was tomorrow.'

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a new chapter

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

@Carteret @Freehold Boro Colts Neck @Rumson @Neptune Red Bank Catholic Long Branch Red Bank Ocean Township

coaching staff Head Coach: Jason Morrell, 1 st season Career Record: 0-0 Assistant Coaches: Rich Mosca (def. coord./RB); Dan Wendel (QB/DL/spec. teams); Joe Nappi (OL/DL); Jared Chunn (WR/DB); Joe Yglesias, Kevin Delia (freshman); Lee-ann Pearce (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 4 - 6 ( 2 - 4 )


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Monmouth's lone state playoff victory came over Ocean in 2006 in Central Jersey Group III. BIG SHOES TO FILL: J'Quan Phillips, Jr., TE. IMPACT NEWCOMER: Jeff Farrah, Jr., QB. P IVOTAL G AME : At Freehold, Sept. 17.

After reaching the NJSIAA playoffs for just the second time in program history last season, Monmouth Regional's football program is now faced with a hurdle that it has never been able to clear in its existence. Making the playoffs two seasons in a row. With the graduation of nearly all of its offensive skill players and a majority of its defense, it will be up to a new group of Falcons to try to continue the momentum and become the first Monmouth team to ever make consecutive playoff appearances. The players also are adjusting to an almost entirely new coaching staff, as former assistant Jason Morrell takes over as head coach. He replaces Sal Spampanato, who is now an assistant at Neptune, and the majority of the assistants are also new. They look to build off a 4-6 season in which the Falcons reached the Central Jersey Group II playoffs and also scored a regularseason win over Central Jersey Group III champion Freehold.

under Spampanato, just with some different verbiage and little wrinkles. Senior Tyier Hester is the only returning starter among the skill players and will be at wingback. Junior Jeff Farrah is the new quarterback, and junior Sheldon McCue, who started on defense last season, will be at fullback. Sophomore Dylan Brown also should see some carries at fullback, and junior Jonny Radcliffe will be the other wingback with Hester. Sophomore Mike Reardon also should see some carries at wingback. Farrah's targets in the passing game will be the trio of seniors Mike Hallowich and Charles Felix and junior Jose Suarez at wide receiver. Baklouk and senior Max Neis give the Falcons a pair of returning starters at tackle. Junior Alec Guarino will start at center, and seniors Evan Imber and Chris Rolke will be the guards. Senior J'Quan Phillips is the tight end.

"The opportunity to Senior RB Tyier Hester McCue will be part of building a handle the tradition that hasn't kickoffs, and senior Bobby Misso will be the really been built is very exciting,'' said Morrell, placekicker. who is also the school's head wrestling coach. Under new defensive coordinator Rich Mosca, "The turnover is huge. There are a bunch of a former head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson little issues that we have to deal with as well. University-Madison, the Falcons will use a 4-3 We didn't in the past have a system of belief in scheme after employing a 4-4 look last year. place, and we're trying to build that now. Wins The defensive line is all new, with Baklouk and and losses are like letter "Z'' in the alphabet for junior Lydell Wilson at defensive end, where us and we have to do "ABCD'' right now, senior Cam Keyes also could see time. Imber which is to get these kids to make a full and Nies will be the defensive tackles. commitment.'' "We're trying to develop a program here and build a consistent team that will last for years,'' said senior lineman Anthony Baklouk. Offensively, the Falcons will run a spread Wing-T very similar to the offense they ran

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Junior QB Jeff Farrah secondary returns a pair of starters in Hester at cornerback and junior Quadir Rainey at safety. Suarez will be the other cornerback, and Hallowich will be the other safety. "Coach Mosca has done an outstanding job with these kids,'' Morrell said. "It comes down to, 'Can we stay healthy?''' With 44 kids in the program and a daunting Class B North schedule littered with smashmouth teams, depth is certainly a concern. The good news for the future is that Monmouth will field a freshman team this season after not having one last year. "We go against teams with several players who have D-I interest, so we get to see what we're about and where our team is at,'' Osby said about the tough schedule. "We're just hoping everyone can stay healthy.'' "We're probably the underdogs going into the season, but I think we're going to surprise a lot of people,'' Baklouk said. With an entirely new coaching staff and almost an entirely new starting lineup, this group hopes to add some positive history to a program that has not experienced a lot of it. "With the coaching staff we have now, I think we're going to be able to do a lot of great things this season, maybe even better than last season,'' Osby said.

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Middlesex @Cardinal McCarrick @Spotswood Keyport @Asbury Park @Pt. Pleasant Beach Shore Dunellen @Keansburg

coaching staff Head Coach: Steve Sciarappa, 2 nd season Career Record: 3-7 Assistant Coaches: Gary Carmody (asst. head coach); Dennis Tobin (RB/DB); Shannon Hoadley (OL/DL); Dave Kircher (OL/DL); Bill Dickinson (WR/DB). 2010 Record: 3-7 (2-3)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Mater Dei is the last Shore Conference parochial school to reach a state sectional final, which they achieved in 1999. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Brendan Donnelly, Jr., LB. I MPACT N EWCOMER : Christian Palmer, Fr., DB. P I V O TA L G A M E : Sept. 17 at Cardinal McCarrick.




Keeping the momentum By Scott Stump – Managing Editor After finishing 1-34 in its previous 35 games, Mater Dei Prep won three of its last five games last year for its best season since 2006, and now the challenge is to keep the momentum going. "We're on the up and up,'' said senior fullback linebacker Mike Miles. "Especially after winning our rivalry game with Keansburg on Thanksgiving, we're just trying to carry the momentum from last year and pick up where we left off.'' "Our biggest goal all offseason was to be able to pick up right where we left off last year,'' said second-year head coach Steve Sciarappa, who is also the school's principal. If the Seraphs can stay healthy on a team that has 30 players in the program, they have a chance to continue to be competitive in Class B Central and against their Greater Middlesex Conference competition outside of the division. Offensively, senior Jesse Meyer is a returning starter at quarterback in Mater Dei's runheavy veer offense, which is similar to what Air Force employs. After Senior QB only scoring a combined 10 points in their first five games last season, the Seraphs scored 74 in their final five games, including a 40-point showing in a win over Immaculate Conception. "Last year was my first year in this

offense, so it was a little difficult,'' Meyer said. "Now that it's my senior year, I can tell anybody on the team what they have to do on any play, which makes it a lot easier. When we started to click last year was when everybody bought into the offense and did their job and wasn't questioning what they had to do.'' Miles, a converted lineman, is a returning starter at fullback and so is senior Lantz Jones at halfback. The offensive line returns everyone as well, as junior Shane Sullivan will be at center, sophomore Matt Eckert and senior Brad Rauen will be the guards, and sophomores Ron Perez and Sean Fraser will be the tackles. Meyer's primary targets in the passing game will be junior Mike Farrell and freshman Jason Mandile at wide receiver. Meyer will be the placekicker and Farrell will handle the punting. "We're going to be able to do Jesse Meyer something we weren't able to do last year, which is move the ball effectively,'' Sciarappa said. "We don't have that guy who is going to scare the bejesus out of you like the Conovers at Asbury Park, but we should be effective.''

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Defensively, the Seraphs return everyone up front in their 3-4 scheme. Perez will be in the middle, with Eckert and Sullivan returning as the defensive ends. Miles has switched from defensive end to inside linebacker, where he will be joined by his younger brother, Sam, a sophomore. Juniors Brendan Donnelly and Jack McCloskey will be the outside linebackers. Jones and Meyer started at linebacker last year and are now the safeties. Freshman Christian Palmer and junior Jack McCloskey are the cornerbacks. "In the beginning of the summer, we were questionable because we're very young, but with core guys back and moving some people around, we're looking pretty solid now,'' Miles said. Sciarappa's return after having three head coaches in three years has also helped stabilize the program and continue the forward momentum. "Last year there was a lot of uncertainty, but this year there is a lot of enthusiasm,'' Sciarappa said. "They expect to win.'' "We used to be going into games with teams thinking it was going to be a walkthrough, almost like a bye week for them,'' Miles said. "I don't think it's like that any more. With the success we've had, teams have to gameplan against us because they know that we're a threat now.''

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@Highland Park Keansburg Pt. Pleasant Beach @Shore Mater Dei @Keyport @South River Rumson Neptune

coaching staff Head Coach: Matt Ardizzone, 3rd season Career Record: 6-14 Assistant Coaches: Rob Ward (assoc. head coach/def. coord.); Tron Goldfarb (WR/LB); Syron Davis (RB/DB); John Key (spec. teams); Tim Fosque (OL/DL); John Grasso (asst.); Larry Hill, Leroy Hayes, Barry Baity (freshmen); Nancy Abady (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 5-5 (3-2)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: The last time Asbury Park went undefeated was in 1984, when it won the Central Jersey Group II title under current assistant Leroy Hayes. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Robert Barksdale, So., QB/Armond Conover, Sr., QB. IMPACT NEWCOMER: Ra’zahn Howard, Jr., OL/DL. P IVOTAL G AME : At Shore Regional on Sept. 30.

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Back in Blue By Scott Stump – Managing Editor After winning three straight NJSIAA sectional titles, Asbury Park missed the postseason last year in disappointing fashion as its offense sputtered against top competition. That unit averaged only 12 points per game against teams that finished .500 or better during a 5-5 season. This year, the Blue Bishops have a different - and much more welcome problem. There may not be enough footballs to go around for their impressive array of skill players. "First and foremost, we have more athletes,'' said senior wide receiver Tahj Hammary. "We run that spread offense, and we can't be stopped. This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of team with all these athletes. "And everybody is going to eat. We'll all get our piece of the pie.''

to stop us this year,'' Armond Conover said. "It's a nice problem to have,'' head coach Matt Ardizzone said. "It allows us to give defenses a lot of different looks, and our speed can be tough to defend.'' The Conover twins started on the varsity team as freshmen at Lakewood in 2008 before transferring to Asbury Park a year later. They were ineligible as sophomores and juniors for disciplinary and academic reasons before joining the basketball team this past winter and helping the Blue Bishops win the Group I title. They hope their return to the gridiron coincides with another championship for Asbury Park, which won three straight Central Jersey Group I titles from 2007-09. "When we first put on the equipment again, it was like a sigh of relief,'' Amir Conover said. "We are foaming at the mouth to get out here again, and we're trying to get this team back on track.''

The addition of dynamic senior twins Amir and Armond Conover has given Asbury Park an arsenal not normally seen at small Group I schools. The twins Armond Conover will split are not the time with sophomore Robert only key Barksdale at quarterback and additions to see time in the backfield, and the team, as a Amir is another weapon as a pair of big running back. Add those two linemen also to a group that already have joined includes senior running back the fold on a Islam Joshua along with unit that does explosive senior wideouts not have one Danron Morrissey and senior. Junior cousins Tahj and Thomond left tackle Hammary, and you have way Domingo more offensive options than Perez, a 260any other team in the Shore pounder who Conference Class B Central was expected division. to start last Senior QB/RB Armond Cono ver Their spread offense, which year before his incorporates some Wing-T family moved plays, should be a diverse unit, as Joshua is to Florida during the preseason, has returned. more of a downhill, power runner, while the The Blue Bishops also have a very promising Conovers and Barksdale have the speed to junior in right tackle Ra’zahn Howard, a 6make plays on the perimeter. foot-3, 270-pound prospect who transferred from Winslow Township in South Jersey. "We're going to just give teams a whole lot of different looks, and I think it's going to be hard "The game of football is won at the line of

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Junior OL/DL Ra'zahn Howard scrimmage, so those two are going to be a big, big help,'' Armond Conover said. "You don't see that kind of size in Asbury, usually,'' Tahj Hammary said. "That's once in a blue moon.'' Junior Nick Famularo is a returning starter at right guard, and junior Quran Harris and sophomore Damon Brown are battling for the starting center spot. Junior Steven Nonez will be at left guard. Senior Corey Goodson, who started on the 2009 championship team but was ineligible last year, will be at tight end along with senior Khalief Hinton. Junior Shahiem Tillman will handle the placekicking, and Tahj Hammary will do the punting. Ardizzone is even more excited about the defense, which has been swarming in the preseason. The Blue Bishops run an attacking 4-4 scheme under defensive coordinator/associate head coach Rob Ward. "We have great speed on defense which allows us to be aggressive,'' Ardizzone said. "I think that can be the backbone of our team.'' Famularo is a returning starter at defensive end, and Goodson and Nonez will see time at the other defensive end spot. The imposing tandem of Perez and Howard will be at defensive tackle, where Goodson may also see some time. Joshua, a returning starter, and Amir Conover will be at inside linebacker, with the two Hammarys returning as starters at outside linebacker. Junior Imere Stroman also could see some time at linebacker. Morrissey and junior Jaquele Goodman are returning starters at cornerback, where sophomore Malik King could also see some time. Barksdale and Armond Conover will rotate at the safety spot.

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trying for a repeat

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

@Keansburg @Keyport Asbury Park @Manasquan @South River Highland Park @Mater Dei Metuchen Pt. Pleasant Beach

coaching staff Head Coach: Mark Costantino, 20th Season Career Record: 117-75-1 Assistant Coaches: Mike Whitacre (OL/DL); John Remedios (OL/DL); Pete Vincelli (RB/DB); Bob Biasi (WR/LB); Jack Levy (QB/DB); Martin Mullarney, Joe Rankin, John Vaccarelli (Freshmen); Nora MCormick (Athletic trainer). 2 0 1 0 R ec o rd : 11 - 1 ( 5 - 0 )

Key returners N I C K G R I G O S ( S R . , F B /L B ) S T E FA N O S K O U S A R I S ( S R . , R B /L B ) B R E N D A N D U L A ( S R . , Q B /D B) G A R Y D I E T R I C H (S R ., O L /D L )

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Shore has won five sectional titles in its program history. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Nick Grigos, Sr., FB/LB. IMPACT NEWCOMER: Chris Okupski, So., DT. P IVOTAL G AME: At home vs. Asbury Park, Sept. 30.



Sophomore DL Chris Okupski One of the hardest things to do in football is win back-to-back championships. From the NFL right down through the NCAA and high school, consecutive championships are a rare and special occurrence. That difficulty is compounded at the Group I level in New Jersey, where the graduation of a large and productive senior class generally signifies a rebuilding year or two. But for Shore Regional, last season's NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I champions, the only plans it has revolve around defending its Shore Conference Class B Central division title and going after the program's sixth state title.

Dula started in the secondary last season as a junior and will now take over as the starting quarterback in Shore's Delaware Wing-T offense. The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder has the versatility Shore likes in its quarterbacks. He'll be able to tuck and run when the opportunity presents itself and also has a good arm for throwing the deep ball. That's an element Shore always likes to have in its arsenal as it did last year with Ruane and Carroll.

The Blue Devils will have their go-to guys in the running game but have a stable of six players that will all see time, similar to last season. Grigos will return as the starter at fullback “Back-to-back state while junior Jack champs,” said senior Kelly will also be in lineman Gary Dietrich. the mix. The “That's the ultimate halfbacks are senior goal.” Stefanos Kousaris, who played regularly The Blue Devils last season and had a finished 2010 with an touchdown during the 11-1 record and captured Senior RB/LB Nick Grigos state sectional final, the program's first state senior Nick Mahoney sectional championship and juniors Mark since 1997. However, exiting was a talented Costantino and Chris Masica. senior class that included quarterback Evan Ruane, running backs Mark Coleman and “We're very happy with the fullback and Pat Maggio and wide receiver/kicker Shane halfback positions,” said head coach Mark Carroll. Some experienced linemen on both Costantino. “We just have to stay healthy sides of the ball were also lost. The and if we do that we'll be right in it.” cupboard isn't bare, though. Several players Dula's targets on the outside at receiver will who either started or saw significant time be 6-foot-2 senior Tom O'Horo, junior Tyler last season are returning, and it's those Vivian and senior Rob Carracino, the latter players who will be asked to lead Shore of whom played tight end last season. Senior back to the promised land in 2011. Jake Armstrong will be the starting tight “Right now we have the leadership and the end. winning mentality because a lot of us were a Anchoring the offensive line will be the part of last year's team,” said senior guards, returning starters Dietrich on the left quarterback Brendan Dula. side and senior Henry Edmondson on the “We remember last season and what we right side. Junior Dennis O'Halloran will be had to do, so now we understand what it the center and the tackle spots are still up for takes to get back to Rutgers,” said senior grabs with juniors Mike Lamb, Brendan running back Nick Grigos. Blair and senior Elpidio Cruz battling for

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the two starting spots. The offensive line was a bit of an uncertainty at this time last season only to come together nicely and become one of Shore's strengths. On defense, Shore will continue to run its multiple 4-4 scheme and returns seven starters from last season's unit that allowed just 8.2 points per game. Dietrich and Edmondson are both returning starters at defensive end with Blair and junior Luis Bernardes also in the mix. A pair of sophomores, Matt Proto and Chris Okupski, will be the starting defensive tackles, and although they are young, they bring substantial size to the middle of the line. Proto is 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds while Okupski is a mammoth 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. If the defensive line can control the trenches it will set the table for an experienced group of linebackers to shut down the run. Grigos returns as a starting inside linebacker and will be joined by Armstrong. The outside linebackers are Kousaris and Carracino, both of whom are returning starters. Kelly and junior Dan Ballie will see time at inside linebacker and senior Brendon Herman and junior Connor Rogers are in the mix at outside linebacker. The secondary features a pair of returning starters in O'Horo at one cornerback spot and Dula as the safety. The other starting cornerback will be Vivian with Costantino also in the rotation. Costantino is also a backup safety along with Mahoney, but all three will see regular playing time in the defensive backfield. Shane Carroll gave the Blue Devils a steady presence in the kicking department over the last three seasons, and with his graduation the kicking duties will be taken over by Kelly while the punting job will go to Bernardes.

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@Metuchen Shore Keansburg @Mater Dei @Pt. Pleasant Beach Asbury Park Carteret @Spotswood @Highland Park

coaching staff Head Coach: Mike Ciccotelli, 34th Season Career Record: 215-117-3 Assistant Coaches: Jay Graham (def. coord.); Nick Christathakis (OL/DL); Brian Brady (OL/DL); Ezra Hill (DB/RB); Johnny Kemp (RB); Efrain Cabrera (asst.); Jimmy Maguire (QB); Kyle Keelen, Stephen Bauer (freshmen). 2010 Record: 8-3 (4-1)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Keyport has won six sectional titles in Mike Ciccotelli's tenure, the most of any active coach in the Shore Conference. B IG S HOES TO FILL : Richie Smith, Sr., RB. I MPACT N EWCOMER : Alex Thomson, So., QB. P IVOTAL G AME : Sept. 17 vs. Shore Regional.




a new look By Scott Stump – Managing Editor In Mike Ciccotelli's legendary 34-year tenure as head coach at Keyport, the Red Raiders have always been known as a physical running team in their Delaware Wing-T offense, but this season could be a little different. The reason for that is 6-foot-4 sophomore quarterback Alex Thomson, the younger brother of former star lineman Bryan Thomson. The younger Thomson is the new starting signal-caller, and the Red Raiders plan on putting him in the shotgun and throwing the ball more than usual. They still will run the Wing-T out of the shotgun, but want to take advantage of Thomson's throwing ability. "He throws the ball pretty well,'' Ciccotelli said. "That's why we went to the gun Wing-T a little bit. He's the first quarterback I've had over six feet tall in years. We've always had the short guys and relied on playaction stuff.'' Senior Richie Smith is a returning starter at fullback, with senior Kevin Churak at halfback and senior Sam Bellamy at wingback. Both of them started on defense last season and will

move into the backfield. Lamair Hill, a starting running back from last season, is no longer with the team. Senior captain T.J. Frick returns at guard, and the other guard spot is being contested between juniors Rich Shevlin and Nick Smutz. Junior Connor Thomson, Alex's older brother, will start at center, and tackle Omar Elgohail is a returning starter. Dave Hamilton, who was a tight end last season, is now at left tackle, and junior Tyler Alvarez moves into the tight end spot. The Red Raiders have to replace their top wideout, Mike Konish, and Thomson's two main targets this season will be junior Greg Armstrong and senior Nick Williams. Junior Angelo Miragliotta will be the placekicker and the punter. "If we can stay injury free, we can do the things we've done in the past, plus adding the gun Wing-T, which will hopefully make people have to stay honest instead of filling the box and just coming,'' Ciccotelli said. "I think we'll use the tight end a little bit more (in the passing

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Senior RB Richie Smith game), as well as the backs out of the backfield.'' Defensively, the Red Raiders will use a 35 scheme under coordinator Jay Graham, led by a stout group up front. Connor Thomson is a returning starter at noseguard, and Frick and Hamilton are returning starters at defensive end. Smith returns at outside linebacker, where Bellamy, junior Johnny Olsen and senior Ryan Hynes will also roam. Shevlin will be the middle linebacker. Shurak and Armstrong are the cornerbacks, and Miragliotta will start at safety. "I think defensively, we should be pretty sound,'' Ciccotelli said. After finishing 8-3 and reaching the Central Jersey Group I playoffs last season before losing to eventual champion Shore Regional, the Red Raiders have been realigned into Central Jersey Group II. Ciccotelli is more focused on making a run at the Class B Central title against Group I teams like Shore Regoinal and Asbury Park than making headway in the state playoffs. "We're mainly worrying about what we can do in the division,'' he said.

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Cardinal McCarrick @Asbury Park @Keansburg Keyport @Middlesex Mater Dei @Dunellen Spotswood @Shore

coaching staff Head Coach: John Wagner, 1st season (26th overall) Career Record: 0-0 (150-92-2 overall) Assistant Coaches: Jeff Bower (RB/DB); Rich DelDuca (OL/DL); Bill Evans (WR/DB); Brandon Near y (TE/DE); Paul Stro wins (QB); Cali Whedon (a thletic trainer). 2010 Record: 2-8 (1-4).


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Point Beach's first and only playoff victory was a 29-22 win over Green Brook in the 1982 Central Jersey Group I bracket. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Christian Martino, Sr., QB. I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Joe Wegrzyniak, Fr., LB. P IV O TA L GA M E : Sept. 9 vs. Cardinal McCarrick.

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a new Era By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer Point Beach hasn't made the playoffs or had a winning season since 2001, and has won just seven games in the past five seasons.

not going to be here another 25 years. I want to win right now, and we have the kids to get it done."

camp started.

Winning football games at one of New Jersey's smallest public schools isn't easy, but in 2011 the Garnet Gulls will be led by a coach who knows all about winning at the small-school level.

The Gulls will run the Delaware Wing-T under Wagner after running the flexbone the last two seasons. Martino is the quarterback and the rest of the backfield is all returning starters with senior Cody Coleman at fullback and juniors Andre Cochran and Kyle Samaritano as the halfbacks. The tight end is senior Jordan Pettinatto with sophomore Bill Barry also slated to see time. The starting split end will be 6-foot-2 senior Mark Jurkowski, with 6-foot-2 junior Nic Zegar as the No. 2 wide receiver.

"We've been

Point Beach's new head coach is John Wagner, who last coached at Roselle Park in 2005. Wagner spend 25 years at Roselle Park, going 150-92-2 with nine state playoff appearances and nine Mountain Valley Conference titles. Roselle Park captured state championships in 1992 and 1993 with undefeated squads. Wagner is looking to bring his winning ways to Point Beach, and so far the reviews have been good.

Wagner's goal with his offensive linemen is for them to be flexible and interchangeable, so he has been working different guys at different spots "Coach Wagner throughout came in and was training camp. like a dad in how The center is 6he showed us what foot-4, 250we were doing Senior RB Cody Coleman pound junior wrong and what Mike Criscitelli we needed to do to and he is backed up by sophomore Sean win games," said senior quarterback Struncius. The tackles are 240-pound junior Christian Martino. Tim Morris and senior Tony Vergari. The "I've been in Group I a long time," Wagner guards are junior Quinn Kusma, 6-foot-2, said. "There are certain things you have to do 205-pound junior Lucas Jordy and senior at this level to have success." Drew Henderson in a rotation. The players are excited about their new "We've been rotating seven or eight coach and new offensive and defensive linemen and a couple of tight ends," Wagner schemes, and Wagner is equally excited about said. "We want a lot of guys to be ready to turning around the Gulls' recent fortunes. play to get as many people involved as we "The saying is that when you get to a new team it takes three years to start winning," Wagner said. "I want to win right now. I'm

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Junior RB Andre Cochran working on our offense since right after school," Coleman said. "The running backs and the line would get together on our own five days a week." Most of the same players will start in the Gulls' 4-3 multiple defense, which is why playing several players is so important. The defensive tackles are Morris and Coleman with Henderson and Vergari also in the mix. Jordy and Cochran are the defensive ends. Coleman will also play nose tackle when they go to a 50 front. The middle linebacker is Kusma and the outside linebackers are Pettinatto and Barry with senior Andrew Barnes and freshman Joe Wegrzyniak also expected to see time. The cornerbacks are junior Danny Tighe and Samaritano with Cochran as the third cornerback. Jurkowski, freshman Jake Fioretti and Martino will all see time as the safeties. "I'd say the defense is a little behind the offense at this point, but we'll get there," Coleman said. "We have the same guys going both ways so we just need a little more conditioning." Zegar will be the placekicker and has range from about 40 yards. Martino will be the punter. "We're really excited for this season," Martino said. "We've really been coming together as a team and everyone is showing a lot of heart. We can't wait until Cardinal McCarrick." "We lost some games last year by just a few points and this year we're looking to make those games go our way," Coleman said. "It's about time Beach started to get some wins."

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

@Shore Asbury Park Keyport @Pt. Pleasant Beach @Middlesex Cardinal McCarrick Dunellen @South River @Mater Dei

coaching staff Head Coach: Brian Kmak, 9th Season Career Record: 39-43 Assistant Coaches: George Kostas (off. coord.); Tim O’Halloran (WR/DB); Jason Wombough (OL/DL); John Thornton (OL/DL); Jason Ali (LB/RB/spec. teams); Steve Mangles (DL/RB); Kelli Hudson (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 0-10 (0-5)

Key returners RYAN K URTZ (J R ., QB/DB) B RAD B AKER (J R ., OL/DL) N ICK L OZITO (S R ., OL/DL) T OM L ACEY (J R ., RB/LB))

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Keansburg has won three NJSIAA sectional titles, with the last one coming in 1996. I MPACT N EWCOMER : Ryan Kurtz, Jr., QB. P I V O TA L G A M E : At home vs. Pt. Beach, Oct. 1.

Only four years removed from playing in a state sectional final, Keansburg watched as the bottom fell out last year during a forgettable 0-10 campaign in which the Titans were outscored 422-48. At a tiny school with less than 400 total students, ebbs and flows are bound to happen, but at a program that had been perennially competitive, it was an eyeopening experience. "We have never gone through something like that, so the first thing we had to do was create a sense of urgency,'' said head coach Brian Kmak, who is entering his ninth season. "I told them when they were working out during the summer that the only thing worse than 0-10 is 0-20, so they have to come here every day and work hard. We've got to keep pounding away.''


Junior OL/DL Brad Baker offense, that's huge.''

attack. Assistant George Kostas also takes over as offensive coordinator after veteran coach Tom O'Keefe stepped down after last season for personal reasons. Keansburg will change from the shotgun to more of a pistol look in which Kurtz will line up closer to center. "We wanted to be a little more deceptive, so we went to the pistol because after looking at our films, we became a little predictable on offense,'' Kmak said. "I think it's going to give everybody a whole new look and nobody is going to expect what they're going to get,'' Kurtz said. "Everybody who ran the score up, we're coming back for them.''

Junior Chris Figaro is a returning starter at running back and senior The silver lining Dylan Jordan to last season is that will be the Ha large group of back. Juniors sophomores gained Tom Lacey and varsity experience. Keith Malave On a team that only and sophomore Junior QB Ryan Kurtz had four seniors, Romello Union the Titans played also should see seven sophomores on offense and eight on some carries out of the backfield. Juniors defense, so nearly their entire lineup returns Kevin Shepherd and Matt Smith are this year. returning starters at wide receiver, and senior Bobby Flanagan is a returning starter "I remember (legendary former at tight end. Junior Chris Ungaro, who grew Manasquan coach) Vic Kubu said to me up in Keansburg, moved to Texas and has years ago, 'Any time you have to start a now returned, also should see time at tight sophomore, count that as one loss,''' Kmak end. said before smiling. "Last year, that was true, but I think we'll be better for it.'' "I think our strength is going to be in our skill positions,'' Kmak said. "Our The other good news is that they appear to quarterback spent almost the entire be settled at the quarterback spot after offseason going to quarterback camps. He having used three different players in that knows he's the guy, and I think the kids have area last season. Junior Ryan Kurtz, who confidence in him. Last year, I don't think started toward the end of last season, is anyone from the kids to the coaching staff entrenched as the starter in the Titans' spread had confidence in that position, and in our

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Four starters return up front, as junior Brandon Nelan will be at center, juniors Brad Baker and Sean McBride are returning starters at tackle, and senior Nick Lozito returns at guard. Junior Ron Howard is a newcomer at the other guard spot. Sophomores Chris Viola and Terry Murray also could see time in the offensive line rotation. Jordan will handle the placekicking and the punting. The Titans also have a host of returners in their 3-4 defense, which will be run by Kmak. Baker is a returning starter at noseguard and should be one of the better defensive linemen in Class B Central. McBride and Lozito will be the defensive ends, with Viola also seeing time up front on defense. "If (Baker) can do his job in the center and clog that up, I think we have athletic and physical guys on the edges and in the secondary that can get to the football,'' Kmak said. "Nobody gave up last season, and we can just only get better from last year,'' Baker said. "There's been 100 percent improvement from last season.'' Shepherd and Lacey are returning starters at outside linebacker and Nelan is a returning starter at inside linebacker. Ungaro will step in at the other inside linebacker spot, where sophomore Carlos Fontanez also could see some time. Flanagan and Malave add depth to the outside linebacking group. Smith and Figaro are returning starters at cornerback, and Kurtz is a returning starter at safety, although he may not play as much in the secondary in order to focus on playing quarterback. Jordan and senior Andrew Croke are the other safeties. The hope is to eventually make last season a distant memory, and translate the returning experience into victories for a team that will bring the bulk of its lineup back in 2012. "It's not our way,'' Kurtz said about last season. "I've never seen that in my whole life, and I never want to see it again.''

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

Brick Memorial @Lacey Manchester Central Regional @Pinlands Ocean Township @Barnegat Middletown South @JFK (Iselin)

Since longtime head coach Warren Wolf stepped aside three years ago there has been a never-ending cycle of drama surrounding Brick's football program. Now, with a new head coach that has Brick roots, it seems the program can finally get back to worrying about football.

Career Record: 0-0

Taking over the reins of one of the Shore's most tradition-rich programs is Rob Dahl, a former player and assistant coach under Wolf who was recently the offensive coordinator at Jackson Memorial. Dahl is young and enthusiastic and has the town behind him, and he's aiming to bring Brick back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Assistant Coaches: Don Marino (Off. Coord/RB); Brian McNamara (Def. Coord/DB); Kurt Weiboldt (K/Special teams); Kevin Stockhoff (QB); Tony Compitello (OL); Russhon Anderson (WR); Len Zdanowicz (DL); Jason Groschel (LB); Matt Fuller, Chris Blackburn, Mike Mecklin (Freshmen); Jim Barber (Athletic trainer).

"It's always challenging having a new head coach with new systems, but it's great having a guy the whole town supports and it's a great feeling when the whole town is backing you again," said junior running back Doug Cuccinello.

coaching staff Head Coach: Rob Dahl, 1st season

2010 Record: 4-6 (2-3)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Brick won the inaugural South Jersey Group IV title in 1974, beating Camden 21-20. BI G SH O ES T O FI LL : Doug Cuccinello, Jr., LB. I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Ryan Griffith, Sr., WR/LB. PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 17 at Lacey

and a 1,300-yard passer. The starting quarterback will be senior Brandon Kieslor, who will be entering his second year as Brick's signal-caller. "When I found out we were running the spread I was so pumped," Kieslor said. "There's a lot of different things we can do out of it, and it should be hard to stop." Also returning as a starter is Cuccinello, who had a solid rookie season with 831 rushing yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. Even though Brick is running the spread it will be committed to the running game, so Cuccinello will get many opportunities to be an impact player. "I feel a lot more confident coming into this year, whereas going into last year as a sophomore I was a little scared and a little nervous," Cuccinello said. "He's a hard-nosed kid and we'll have some downhill schemes in there for him as well so it won't always be zone-read runs," Dahl said.

"The kids are working hard and I feel the program is going in the right Tom Winters, a 6direction," Dahl said. Senior QB Brandon Kieslor foot-1, 220-pound "The goal for us is to senior, returns as the get better every single starting tight end. The day. That's the key here. Get better every three starting wide receivers are seniors week, work hard and things will fall into Jesse Lyon and Kevin Matthews, both of place." whom are returning starters, and either junior Brendan Darcy or senior Ryan Dahl ran the offense at Jackson Memorial Griffith. Lyon will the the slot receiver. last season, and he brings with him a spread offense that produced a 1,000-yard rusher

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Junior RB Doug Cuccinello starter in senior center Kevin Francese. The left side of the line has 225-pound junior Andrew Cruz at tackle and senior Gage Slyman at tackle. The right guard is senior Brian Murphy and the right tackle is junior Gian Rios. On defense, Dahl and his staff will continue to preach the qualities of a physical, fly-to-the-ball unit in their 4-3 multiple scheme. The defensive tackles will be Cruz and Murphy, the latter of whom is a returning starter. The defensive ends are Francese and junior Dan Watson, a returning starter. Two of the three linebackers started last year as Cuccinello will be the middle linebacker and Winters will be at outside linebacker. Griffith will start at the other outside linebacker spot. In the secondary, Matthews and Lyon are the cornerbacks with senior returning starter Joe Bench and senior Kevin Vorhees as the safeties. "We have kids on defense that will run through a wall for you, and that's what we want on defense," Dahl said. Sophomore Steve Ferlisi will handle both the placekicking and punting duties. With a new coach and new schemes, Brick is excited about its prospects this season and plans on being a factor in the Class B South race and getting back to the playoffs. "Where other teams lost a lot of players from last year, we have a lot of guys coming back," Winters said. "We're definitely looking to burst onto the scene this year."

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Wall Brick Township @Pinelands @Manchester Barnegat @Toms River East Central Regional Neptune @Middletown South

coaching staff Head Coach: Lou Vircillo, 31st Season (35th overall) Career Record: 244-106-3 Assistant Coaches: Jason England (Off. Coord.); Shane Allen (DL/OL/ST); Al Hagofsky (RB/LB); Joe Tobin (WR/DB); Watson Heilala (OL/DL); Danny Fornoff, Mike Fumarola (Freshmen); Lee Emery (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 12-0 (5-0)


at a glance R A N D O M F A C T : Lacey has won four state titles, 11 division titles and made the playoffs 19 times in its 30-year program history. B IG S HOES TO FILL : Brandon Boos, Jr., QB. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Kyle Spatz, Jr., RB/S. PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 10 vs. Wall.




tradition never graduates By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer Considering what Lacey lost to graduation following last season's 12-0 South Jersey Group III championship campaign, it would be understandable if the Lions took a step back. Well, to outsiders maybe. You certainly won't find anyone with tempered expectations within the Lions' proud and tradition-laden program. "The players graduate but the tradition and the expectations stay the same," said senior lineman Lex Knapp. Yes, Lacey will have to replace great players such as Craig Cicardo Jr., Jarrod Molzon, Jake Dabal, Matt Uveges, Mike D'Addario, Dave Viera, Zach Torrell and several more, but the cupboard is far from bare even if the names aren't yet of the household variety. Just four players with starting experience return in 2011, but there are many players from an undefeated JV team that will now get their chance on varsity after waiting behind last year's stars.

very confident with him," Knapp said. "He's going to do a great job." This year Lacey will be going back to its traditional power Iformation running attack after using some spread and zone-read over the last few seasons to take advantage of its personnel. The Lions have two quarterbacks that will see time in sophomore Tom Kelly, who is more of a passer, and junior Brandon Boos, who brings more of a multi-dimensional look to the offense. The fullback will be senior Jake Timony, who was injured last year. Also seeing time at fullback will be junior Tim Grochowski and junior Liem Dolly. The starting tailback is slated to be junior Kyle Spatz, who starred at the youth and JV levels. Also seeing time at tailback will be sophomore Chris Jensen, the younger brother of former receiver Pat Jensen, and sophomore Dillon Popper. The receivers are 6foot-1 junior Luke Fernandez and senior Joe DeTroia, with the 6-foot3, 225-pound Powell returning as the starting tight end.

"We've seen a lot of The offensive line improvement from the Junior RB Kyle Spatz features two returning younger guys," said starters and three seniors, senior Jordan Powell. and should once again be "We are the ones with a strength of the team. Senior Tyrell Smith, the experience and we know what it takes to a 6-foot-5, 300-pound behemoth who is one be successful, so it's our job to lead by of the top offensive line recruits in the state, example." will be the left tackle and 250-pound senior Another major change comes on the Jake Fernandez will be the left guard. At coaching staff where Jason England will center is Knapp, an all-Class B South take over as the offensive coordinator for selection by the coaches last season. The Craig Cicardo Sr, who is now coaching at right guard was slated to be senior Evan The College of New Jersey. Cicardo humbly Bahrle but a bicep injury has him sidelined played a big role in Lacey's success over the for an indefinite period. Starting in his place years, but England was also involved in the will be junior Tyler Walsh. The right tackle game plan process and the kids know him will be 6-foot-2, 260-pound junior Joseph well. Elefante. "He was the one looking down from the "It's going to be that traditional Lacey booth and giving Coach C the calls so we're offense where we just pound it down your

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throat," Knapp said. When you think of Lacey one of the first things that comes to mind is an aggressive and physical defense. Even with so many new players on that side of the ball it is still a sure bet the Lions will once again field a stingy defense that is a tough matchup for opponents. The Lions will continue to employ a 3-4 base defense and will have three players working in at nose tackle. Senior Robert McCarthy, a 260-pounder, Grochowski and Bahrle have all been in the mix for the starting spot. The defensive ends are Smith, Knapp and Fernandez in a rotation. There will be three players that will work in at inside linebacker starting with Timony. Walsh and Dolly are both competing for the other starting job but will see time regardless of who wins out. Powell is a returning starter at outside linebacker and he will be joined by either junior Casey Sirotniak or senior David Pankow. In the secondary, Jensen and Boos will be the cornerbacks and the safeties will be Fernandez and sophomore Chris Tutella, with Spatz also seeing time. "We're going to come after you on defense," Smith said. "We're like trained killers." Lacey had an elite kicking duo last season with Molzon and Matt Ruhnke, so a lot will fall on the shoulders of Dolly, who will be the new placekicker. Timony will be the punter. Lacey is once again the favorite in Class B South but will face stern tests from Barnegat, Brick and Manchester. The Lions also have a very tough nondivisional schedule with Neptune, Middletown South and Wall. All of those teams will certainly like to get back at Lacey for the defeats suffered last year. "The way we killed teams last year, we know everyone is going to be coming for us," Smith said.

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Continued from page 35 Marshall and Tulane as well as interest from Penn State, UConn, Syracuse and Temple. The raw prospect is now a veteran on a Lacey team that lost a lot to graduation but still looks like the favorite to win Class B South. Smith and the Lions are certainly ready for the challenge.

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Florida and interest from Notre Dame, West Virginia and

“He’s kind of a poster child for what we’re getting done at Monsignor Donovan,’’ said head coach Dan Duddy. “We’re all about working hard in a great academic setting, and building virtue and football players.’’

"The way we killed teams last year, we know everyone is going to be coming for us," Smith said.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Henson attended numerous camps and clinics over the summer and has been cognizant of working on his pass blocking. Monsignor Donovan runs the triple option, so Henson does not get many opportunities to drop back into pass protection.

The Small-School Star Unlike the other two linemen, who play for perennial Group II and Group III contenders, Monsignor Donovan’s Brad Henson has become the face of a smallschool program looking to make a name for itself. The fact that he already boasts offers from Rutgers, Boston College and Central

keep sharp because I know it’s something colleges want to see,’’ Henson said. “Runblocking is so big in our offense that I just worked on getting stronger and blowing people off the ball, but I want to continue to get better at my pass-blocking.’’

Michigan heading into his junior year shows that talented players will still be found even if their high school teams don’t enjoy the spotlight of some bigger schools.

Long Branch’s Ryan Brodie

Just like Smith and Brodie, Henson is hard to miss on the football field even if Lacey's Tyrell Smith he does play an anonymous position. In 2011, there will be at least three teams where watching the guys blocking in the trenches will be as fun as watching the running backs behind them.

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

@Red Bank Regional Pinelands Barnegat @Brick Township Manchester Township @Lacey Lakewood @St. John Vianney Pt. Pleasant Boro

coaching staff Head Coach: Vincent Casale, 4th Season Career Record: 8-22 Assistant Coaches: Walt Ramsay (Off. Coord./QB); Willie Jacobs (Def. Coord.); Chris Loveland (LB); Mike Casale (RB); Mike Jordan (OL); Tige Dillard (DB); Patrick Ramsay (WR); Charlie Monanian, Greg Elias (Freshmen); Angelo Mazzuca (Quality control); Garrett Henshaw (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: : 1-9 (0-5)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Central's last playoff appearance came in 2001. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Vinnie Davis, Jr., LB. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Troy Endreson-Sigrist, Jr., DT PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 16 vs. Pinelands.

Despite having a 1,600-yard running back in 2010, Central Regional suffered through a 1-9 season that had a lot to do with inexperience. Now, with another year under their belts, the Golden Eagles hope a veteran squad and an explosive running back can have them in the playoff hunt. "Last year we had a lot of younger kids playing and now we have a lot of experience back," said head coach Vincent Casale. "We'll be much improved this year." With eight returning starters on offense and seven on defense, Central is aiming at a bounce-back year. It all starts on offense with senior running back Kalyph Hardy. A tremendous athlete who also won the Region VI 160pound wrestling title and placed third in the state, Hardy is the Shore Conference's leading returning rusher after gaining over 1,600 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns last season. With senior fullback Keith Stokes leading the way behind an offensive line that returns three starters, Hardy could be in for a monster season. "Kalyph wants to have a big year, but more importantly he wants the team to have a good year," Casale said. "That's the most important thing, how many times can you go into the fourth quarter with a chance to win." "I've been playing with Kalyph since we were freshmen and I know that if the holes are there, he's going to score," said senior lineman Albie Labagnara. Junior Blake Jambor will also see time at fullback. Juniors Vinnie Davis and Rob Martinez will spell Hardy at tailback. Labagnara, the left tackle, is one of the three returning starters along the offensive line. Anthony Giordano, a 225-pound center, returns as a starter along with senior tight end John Azaceta. Senior Joe Seymour will step in as the starting left guard while a pair of juniors will anchor the right side of the line. Ernie Ropas will be the right guard and 6-foot-2, 240-pounder Avery Jackson will



certainly helped when the school's auxiliary gym was converted into a 50x100 weight room. Central looks to be bigger and stronger this season, especially in the trenches.

play right tackle. The quarterback under center in Central's Iformation offense will be senior Mike Grieco, a returning starter. Also seeing time will be sophomore Javon Hardy, who brings a running element to the position. Sophomore Marquez Drumright has also been receiving reps during training camp. Grieco's role will be increased this year as

"Every lineman on the team can bench over 225 in reps where last year we had like one kid that could do that," Labagnara said. "It has definitely helped." The main area of emphasis on defense for Central has been stopping the run as they were gashed by several teams for big yardage last season. The good news for the Eagles in their 4-4 defense is that they are big up the middle, starting with 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior Troy EndresonSigrist and Giordano as the defensive tackles. The ends are Azaceta and Labagnara. Senior Paul Butler will see time at tackle, as well, while senior Bryan Monachello is in the mix at defensive end. The linebackers are the most experienced unit on the defense with Stokes and Jambor returning as the inside 'backers with Hardy moving down from the secondary to start at outside linebacker. Davis and Gordon will both see time with Hardy at outside linebacker.

Central has put an emphasis on throwing more. "We will throw the ball at least 15 times a game," Casale said. "Last year we threw only about four or five times, and we've worked very hard in the summer on our passing." "Both guys have strong qualities that can help our team," Labagnara said. "Mike is a good passer who thinks quick, and Javon is like having another running back in the backfield." The Eagles are deep at receiver and will start a pair of returning starters in senior Josh Dwight and senior Kyle Gordon. Senior Kyle Barker is basically a returning starter, as well, having seen a ton of time last season. Junior Tom Clark and sophomore Tom Koenig are also a part of the rotation at wide receiver. Another point of emphasis during the offseason was weight training, and it

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Barker returns as a starter at cornerback and will be joined by Clarke and Dwight in a rotation. The safety is Grieco, who is also a returning starter. "The reason a team like Lacey has been so successful all these years is they play sound defense," Casale said. "You need that to win no matter what division you're in." The kicker will be junior Austin DeRose and the punter will be Azaceta, who averaged 38 yards a punt last season. Central is sure teams on its schedule will look at the 1-9 record from a season ago and assume they have an easy game, but the Eagles are out to prove they won't be a pushover against any opponent. "People think this is the same old Central, and it's not," Hardy said. "Everybody is waiting to see the same old Central where when things went wrong we gave up. That's not this team."

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@Msgr. Donovan Central Regional @Lacey @Brick Township @Lakewood Manchester Jackson Liberty Toms River South Barnegat

coaching staff Head Coach: Sean DeRosa, 9th Season Career Record: 24-47 Assistant Coaches: John Tierney (Off. Coord./OL/DL); Dan Abbato (Def. Coord./RB/LB); Brian Appleby (WR/DL); Rob Sanzari (OL/LB); Justin Loomis (WR/DB); Stacey Ayles (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 5-5 (2-3)

Key returners J OHN R OMAN (S R ., RB/DB) D AN M AC P HEE (S O ., QB/DB) K EN B OZARTH (J R ., OL) G ERARD G RIMES (J R ., QB/DB)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Sean DeRosa led Pinelands to its first and only playoff victory in program history, a 20-19 win over Middle Township in 2004. BI G SH O ES T O FI LL : John Roman, Sr., RB I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Mike Yak, So., TE/LB. PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 10 vs. Monsignor Donovan.

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a new crew By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer There are just over a handful of teams in the Shore Conference that have the ability to constantly weather the storm of graduation. For the rest of the teams, when graduation hits, it sometimes packs quite a punch.

have to control the ball," DeRosa said. "We are a totally different team than last year and there might be things we were good at last year that maybe now we're not as good at."

Pinelands was loaded with seniors last season, and it paid off with a 5-5 record and an offense that averaged 30 points per game and produced the greatest statistical season a Shore Conference running back has ever had. The Wildcats are paying the piper this season, however, as they have no returning starters back and will be introducing new varsity starters at all 22 positions.

Pinelands will run a 50 front on defense and has a big nose tackle in which to work with. Sophomore Larry Oeser is 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, and he will be flanked by defensive tackles Paul Lombardi, a junior, and Peter Nolan, a senior. The defensive ends are Yak and senior Niko Hogan. Lagonegro is one of the starting linebackers and will be joined by sophomore Kenny Bongiovanni.

"We are very young, but we are excited about this group from the freshmen up through the senior class," said head coach Sean DeRosa. "We have a bunch of really good kids that are really good athletes. We'll have our growing pains, but we'll fight through the adversity week after week." The Wildcats will have to replace key veterans all over the field, including running back Matt McLain, who broke the Shore Conference single-season rushing record with 2,544 yards and 26 touchdowns. The good news is that a program that has struggled with numbers in the past is looking very good at the lower levels.

The secondary looks to be the Wildcats' strength on defense with Roman and Bonicky as the cornerbacks and Grimes and Dan MacPhee as the safeties. "It's been pretty hard but we've been working hard in practice trying to make up for all the seniors we lost," Grimes said. "Everything needs to be taught all over again, basically," Dan MacPhee said. "We're starting fresh and not many people have

QB Dan MacPhee played varsity, but we're young and we'll build for next year as well." Matt MacPhee will be the placekicker and freshman John Kubricki will be the punter. There is no doubt this will be a challenging season for Pinelands, and with such a young group it is important they build for the future while also taking care of the present. "We're just trying to win it one play at a time," DeRosa said. "We're still trying to win every game but the kids are going to have to get out of their comfort zone and play over their heads a little bit."

"We're building a foundation right now," DeRosa said. "We're not having those classes with eight kids in it any more. We have 28 freshmen and 24 sophomores." In the Wildcat's multiple-I offense, junior Gerard Grimes and sophomore Dan MacPhee are battling for the starting quarterback position. The fullback is slated to be junior Justin Lagonegro and the tailback will be senior John Roman with senior Mike McDermott serving as the backup. Sophomore Mike Yak will be the starting tight end and the wide receivers will be sophomores Matt MacPhee and Cody Bonicky. The Wildcats will start two freshmen on the offensive line as Dave Defeo will be the left guard and David Staton will play left tackle. Sophomore Greg McLaughlin will also see time at left guard. The center is 235-pound junior Jash Sisombath. The right guard is senior Joe Petillo, who is a first-year player. The player that has a chance to anchor the line is 6-foot-5, 255-pound junior Ken Bozarth, who will play right tackle. Bozarth is also an excellent student, posting a 4.6 GPA. "It's hard to go from a season where you can do basically whatever you wanted to offensively to a point where we are going to

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going for two

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South Plainfield @Barnegat @Brick Township Lacey @Central Regional Jackson Liberty Pinelands @Pt. Pleasant Boro @Monsignor Donovan

coaching staff Head Coach: Gerard O’Donnell, 6th Season Career Record: 22-26 Assistant Coaches: Steve Fence (off. coord./WR); Dave Beauchemin (spec. teams/QB); Joe Taylor (OL); Dan Barker (LB); Bob Picton (DL); John Portuese, Scott Moore (freshmen); Joe Hackett (asst.); Cathi Yayac (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 6-4 (2-3)

Key returners J OE J OHNSON (S R ., RB/DB) T IM R OGERS (S R ., QB) S TEVEN B ICK (S R ., OL/LB) D AN T UMA (S R ., LB)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Brian Malast holds the Manchester single-season rushing record with 1,677 yards in 1999. BIG SHOES TO FILL: B a r r i n g t o n R o s e , S r. , T E / W R . I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Tommy Sokol, Sr., TE/DL/K/P. P IVOTAL G AME : At Barnegat, Sept. 16.

After becoming just the second Manchester team to ever reach the state playoffs last season, this year's group of Hawks is out to make history. "Now that we finally got a taste of it, we want to get back,'' said senior running back Joe Johnson. "We don't want it to seem like it was a one-time thing. We feel that it was just the start, and we want to prove that we can be different from the normal Manchester team.'' "Making it twice in a row is something that's never been done here before, so that's the clear goal,'' said head coach Gerard O'Donnell. At a program fresh off its first winning season since 1999, Johnson is certainly a nice centerpiece to start with, as the senior is coming off a junior season in which he rushed for 1,414 yards, the second-highest single-season total in program history, along with 16 touchdowns. He already has a scholarship offer from Monmouth University and interest from Holy Cross, Lehigh, Albany and Lafayette. Now the challenge is repeating that production with every opposing defensive coordinator zeroing in on him one season after Manchester averaged 23 points per game. "It's something that's been on our mind, especially (senior) Tim (Rogers) at quarterback,'' Johnson said. "A lot of teams are going to stack the box and see what they can do. Tim has taken it personally, and he's going to work his hardest to make sure we have a dynamic passing game.'' "With the departure of our two wideouts (Monwell Brown and Nate Nickens) from last year, you could see nine guys in the box to stop Joe,'' O'Donnell said. "That puts the onus on the new kids trying to replace those two.''


"The preparation for Game One and going through a scheme, that's the true test.''

Rogers is a returning starter, and the group of senior tight end/wideout Barrington Rose and S en ior RB Jo e juniors Jalen Hunter and Anthony Cook will be his primary targets. Senior Russ Rogers will be at fullback, and the Hawks have also gotten a boost from the return of senior Tommy Sokol, who will play tight end. Sokol played significant minutes as a sophomore, but did not come out for the team last year for personal reasons. He also gives Manchester a crucial lift on special teams, as he is a standout placekicker and punter. "I think we had seven different kids attempt an extra-point last year, so it's huge to have him back on special teams,'' O'Donnell said. Manchester returns four starters up front, as seniors Steven Bick and Zach Helme will be the guards, and seniors Ken

Se nio r QB Tim Rog ers Johnson and Brian Puglisi are the tackles. Junior Vinnie DiPaola steps in as the starting center. In Manchester's 4-3 defense, Rose, Cook, junior Damon Marini and senior Kevin Bond form the defensive end rotation, while senior Tyler Martin and junior Chris Chillemi will be the defensive tackles. Sokol and Ken Johnson also should see time at tackle. "I think we have athletes on the defensive side of the ball,'' O'Donnell said.

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Bick is a returning starter who will play middle linebacker, and senior Dan Tuma returns at outside linebacker. The other Jo hn so n outside linebacker spot features a rotation of Rogers and juniors Keith Decker and RoMello Muldrow. Senior Nick Galletta, who saw time last year, and junior Antoine Brown will be the cornerbacks, and Joe Johnson returns at safety to anchor the secondary. Senior A.J. Thomas, who also saw time last season, will be the other safety. "We gave up a lot of third-down conversions no matter what the distance last year, so we've worked a lot on pressure situations for the defense,'' Johnson said. "We're playing with a chip on our shoulder on defense because we need more than just a dynamic offense to beat top teams.'' "We're shutting down the run pretty much, but we have to work on our secondary play and defend the pass more, and we'll be OK,'' Bick said. The Hawks look like a contender in Class B South, where Lacey remains the favorite after cruising to the title en route to an undefeated season last year. It will take a balanced offense and a defense that has to improve on the 23 points per game it surrendered last year. Still, the ingredients are there to get back into the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III bracket and make a run at the program's first state playoff victory. "That's the whole reason we're playing the season,'' Bick said. "We want to be the best team in school history.''

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@Rumson Manchester @Central Regional @Lacey Matawan Brick Township Red Bank Regional @Holmdel Pinelands

coaching staff Head Coach: Rob Davis, 6th Season Career Record: 23-28 Assistant Coaches: Kevin Smith (Def. Coord/DB); Dave Smith (WR/DB/Special teams); Mike Burke (RB/LB); Mike Leone (OL); Greg Oravets (DL); Chris Clerico (TE); Wayne Jackson (DL); Paul Covine, Jared Burke, Andrew Villiez, Bob Fitzpatrick (freshmen); Wayne Wedderman (Athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 6-5 (4-1)

Key returners RYAN M ORRIS (S R ., TE/DE) M ARK M C C OY (S R ., QB/DB) M ATT S CHOFIELD (S R ., RB/LB) PAT M ORAN (J R ., WR/K/P)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Barnegat's last two tight ends have or will both play at the Division I-A level. Jarrett Darmstatter is presently at Boston College while current tight end Ryan Morris has committed to Purdue. BI G SH O ES T O FI LL : Mark McCoy, Sr., QB I M PA C T N E W C O M E R : Zach Andrews, So., OT. PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 16 vs. Manchester

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played with him for a long time, and we trust him. We're not worried about that."

By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer Last season Barnegat took its biggest step in its six-year program history, finishing above .500 for the first time and advancing to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II semifinals. But to get to the next level it's going to take something different, and the Bengals believe they have those missing pieces.

chops to be a factor in the running game. "It's a very big part of the team and to have a good offensive line coming back is important," Morris said.

Barnegat will, however, be featuring some new players at its glamour positions of quarterback and wide receiver. Senior Mark An offense that always finds ways to score McCoy, a baseball standout who will be points in head heading to coach Rob Wake Forest Davis' spread next fall, takes passing attack over as the hasn't always starting had the ability to quarterback consistently run with the the football. On graduation of the flip side, three-year Barnegat's starter and Achilles' heel on current Tulane defense has University been stopping freshman the run and Nick preventing SanGiacomo. teams from A left-hander eating up large who chunks of clock. obviously has A solid a solid arm, backfield McCoy will Senior Matt Schofield tandem and an allow experienced line Barnegat to on both sides of continue to run its passing offense and even the ball are hoping to change those trends and add a few more wrinkles to capitalize on his lead the Bengals to new heights in 2011. strengths. "It looks like our offensive line could be our "He was always coming up in the ranks and strong point this season," said senior Matt he's played multiple positions already for us," Schofield. "And we're stacked in the box on Davis said. "He has a rocket arm, and he's a defense." great competitor. He's tough, There are three returning starters from last multidimensional and he's a fiery guy. He's a year along the line with junior Nick Anderson good leader, and he knew his time would at right tackle, senior Vinny Calderon at right come." guard and 230-pound senior Billy Caffyn at "I've been waiting for this year ever since center. The left side of the line has the least freshman year, so I'm very excited," McCoy experience, but makes up for it with great said. size. Junior Matt Lauer started both playoff games for Barnegat last season and comes in Even with the graduation of SanGiacomo at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds. He will be the left there shouldn't be any chemistry issues since guard next to sophomore left tackle Zach McCoy played quarterback in middle school Andrews, who stands 6-foot-3 and 290 and with the Junior Bengals with his current pounds. You also have to factor in standout senior class. tight end Ryan Morris. The 6-foot-6, 250pound Purdue recruit is more known for his pass-catching ability but certainly has the

The backfield will feature a pair of returning starters in a rotation as senior David Smithman and Schofield will share the load in the single-back sets. Smithman is the returning starter while Schofield moves back to his natural position after playing on the offensive line last season to fill a need. "I get a little head start blocking now," laughed Schofield. "And I get to run the ball a bit so it should be fun. We should be a good combo. He's the fast one and I'll run everyone over." The Bengals lost All-Shore wide receiver Mike DeTroia to graduation but have solid receivers back in sure-handed junior Pat Moran and 6-foot-2 speedster Jordan Salt, a senior. Also working in as the third starting wide receiver will be senior Jim Nacion and 6-foot-4 junior Pat Zanzalari. "If one guy is covered another will be open and if they have to double-team anyone then someone will be wide open," McCoy said. "We should be very hard to stop." In Barnegat's 4-3 multiple defense, seven starters return, including five among the front seven. Calderon, a returning starter, and Anderson will be the defensive tackles with 250-pound junior Matt Frigon also in the mix. The defensive ends are Morris, a returning starter, and junior Kiernan Stewart, who started four games last season. Schofield returns as a three-year starter at middle linebacker while Smithman, a returning starter, and junior Chris Stoma are the outside linebackers. The secondary will feature Nacion and Salt as the corners with 6foot-3 junior Matt Knierim and sophomore Ryan Ulrich also slated to see time. McCoy returns as the starting strong safety and Moran is also a returning starter at free safety. "This year we want to have a really good defense," Schofield said. "In the past we've given up a lot of yards, but we really want to have a shut-down defense. We've had a great offense and now it's time to have a great defense." On special teams, Moran will handle both the kicking and the punting.

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By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

@Pinelands Lakewood Manasquan @Jackson Liberty @St. John Vianney Pt Pleasant Beach @Wall Freehold Boro Manchester

coaching staff Head Coach: Dan Duddy, 6th Season Career Record: 17-33 Assistant Coaches: Paul Barna (Off. Coord.); Jim Papalia, Chad Dougherty (Co-Def. Coord.); Kyle Watson (QB); Adam Sacco (DL); Dan Ciccala (WR); Greg Hyslop (LB); Bob DiStefano (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 2-8 (1-4)

Key returners R.J. D’A NTON (S R ., QB) B RAD H ENSON (J R ., OL/DL) C HRIS C ARBONE (S R ., TE/LB) A NTHONY S ASSO (J R ., RB/DB)

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Monsignor Donovan has firmly established its identity as an option offense that aims to be among the top-five offenses in the Shore Conference on a yearly basis. So in averaging just 19 points per game and finishing 15th in rushing offense in 2010, the Griffins gave themselves plenty of motivation for a bounce-back year.

from the center position after playing tackle as a sophomore. Henson stands 6foot-6 and weighs 285 pounds and has been receiving collegiate interest from

"We want that No. 1 offense again like we had in 2009," said senior quarterback R.J. D'Anton. "We have guys in the backfield and on the outside that can make plays. We want to get back into the top five, and I think we can do it." D'Anton is one of six returning starters in the Griffins' Navy-style option. He'll be joined by junior fullback Anthony Sasso and junior slot back Grant Klimek, both of whom started as sophomores. Senior Garrett Hanifin will be the other starting slot back after seeing some time as a junior. D'Anton will be entering his second year running the offense, and head coach Dan Duddy expects big things from him in his senior season. "Sometimes R.J. thinks a little too much, and he's more than ready to run the offense without doing that," Duddy said. "When he plays without thinking too much, we fly up and down the field." "R.J. has plenty of experience and we are confident with him running behind us," said junior offensive lineman Brad Henson. Henson will anchor the offensive line

Head Coach Dan Duddy Boston College and other Division I-A schools. Both tackles are returning starters with junior Tom Farrell at left tackle and senior Pete Linfante at right tackle. The left guard will be 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior Andrew Ullmann and the right guard is 215-pound senior Tim Crosio. The tight end is 6-foot-2 senior Chris Carbone and the receivers are 6-foot-1 senior Grant Paulus, and sophomore Vincent Grasso. While the Griffins have a firm identity on offense, they are still trying to be consistent from game to game on defense. Seven starters return in their 4-3 defense that allowed 28.8 points per game last season. Henson will play defensive tackle along with 6-foot-4, 275-pound junior Ryan Azzolini and 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior Steven Kenny. The defensive ends

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are both returning starters in junior Mike Dimaria and Ullmann. All three linebackers are returning starters with senior Chris Fanara as the middle linebacker and Carbone and Paulus as the outside linebackers. Connor Hanson, a 6-foot-3 junior, will rotate at cornerback with Grasso and Hanifin. The safeties are Klimek and Sasso, both of whom are returning starters. "On defense we have kids that love to hit," Henson said. "We just have to find a way to maintain our enthusiasm and energy all game. We have a lot of guys going both ways so we have to be in shape." "The mentality on defense has to be getting off blocks and running downhill to the football," Duddy said. "We're not going to have one guy flying around making all the tackles. We need a bunch of guys moving their feet and getting to the football." On special teams, Klimek will handle both the kicking and punting. The Griffins were 6-4 in 2009 but fell back to 2-8 last season. They play in a tough division with the likes of Point Boro, Manasquan and Wall, but they still feel they can approach the level of play they were at two years ago. "Coach Duddy is a great coach and the thing about him is that he inspires kids to play outside their ability," Henson said. "We might not have the best athletes, but we do the best with what we have."

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Holmdel @Msgr. Donovan @Wall Jackson Liberty Pinelands @Pt. Pleasant Boro @Central Regional Manasquan Toms River South

coaching staff Head Coach: L.J. Clark, 1st season

Career Record: 0-0 Assistant Coaches: Charles Crudup (WR/DB); Jared Kight (OL); Ray Franklin (OL/DL); Pat Halpin (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 3-7 (0-5)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: L.J. Clark played linebacker for Lakewood and is a 1999 graduate. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Solomon Cobbs, So., RB I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Mike Randolph, So., WR/DB. PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 10 vs. Holmdel.

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Back from the dead By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer In the long and storied football career of Warren Wolf, the 2010 season as the head coach at Lakewood is merely a footnote compared to what he accomplished in his 50-plus years at Brick High School. Unless, of course, you were on that 2010 Lakewood team. In his one and only year as Piners head coach, Wolf helped them end a 33game winning streak and finish with a 3-7 record, their best mark since going 5-5 in 2002. The players have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and are hoping to carry the momentum into this season.

Junior Marquise Oliver is a returning starter at wide receiver and at 6-foot-2 gives Beverette and solid target on the outside. Joey Keraitis, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, senior Bashir Wilson and senior Anthony Wright are among the receivers on the roster for the Piners. Sophomore Mike Randolph is a player Clark said has "electric bigplay ability" and could be a major weapon for Beverette. Three returning starters are back on the offensive line - senior tackle Dondre Craig, senior guard Jalen Thomas and senior center Javon Brown. Rajuan Woods, a 6-foot-4 senior, senior Quamere Jackson and juniors Victor Lugo, Isiah Nicholson, Jimmy Jackson, Rashaun Conover, Mike Villalba and Ari Arguilar give depth to a unit that had maybe one reserve lineman last season.

Junior QB Tyrice Beverette

"After winning three out of the last four games last year the buzz around summer camp felt different than in years past," said new Piners head coach L.J. Clark, who was an assistant under Wolf. "The kids now know that they can win if they put the hard work in. Hopefully the winning ways of coach Wolf stay with the Piners this year." Lakewood will run multiple sets on offense and will be led by dynamic junior quarterback Tyrice Beverette, who will be entering his third year as a starter. Last season he ran for 349 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns. With the graduation of 1,000-yard rusher Ahmier Dupree, the Piners will need another back to step forward in their Delaware Wing-T attack. Sophomore Solomon Cobbs is back after getting some carries last season and looks to be the starter.

games, where now there are 38 players on the roster. Lakewood will run a 3-5-3 on defense and returns four starters while having to replace graduated star Da'Quan Kenney at defensive end/linebacker. Thomas will be at defensive tackle, Jimmy Jackson and junior Herbie White will start at linebacker, and Beverette will return to his starting safety role. All 11 of the team's defensive linemen will likely see some time on the field, which is a luxury Lakewood has not had in some time. Junior Diego Vega, Quamere Jackson, senior Jose Hernandez and Oliver will all be in the mix at linebacker. In addition to Beverette, the secondary will feature Wilson, Keraitis, junior Tyron Wimberly and Cobbs. "We plan to be an exciting team to watch both offensively and defensively," Clark said. "The main goal is to play four quarters and compete hard. If we can do that good things will happen. There's a lot of talent in Lakewood, it all just has to come together."

"The wins last year have led to us having more players than the usual very low numbers we've had," Clark said. Last year the team struggled to get 30 players dressed for

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@Lacey Jackson Liberty Lakewood @Pt. Pleasant Boro @Ocean Township Msgr. Donovan Toms River South @Colonia Manasquan

Two years ago, a large group of sophomores was thrown into the varsity fire in anticipation of building up to a senior class that could return Wall to playoff glory.

Head Coach: Chris Barnes, 12th Season (18th overall) Career Record: 107-68

This group enters with arguably the highest expectations of any Wall team since the Crimson Knights went undefeated in 2002, the last time they captured a state sectional title.

Assistant Coaches: Al Tirpack (def. coord.); Mike Galos (OL); Bill Pietsch (spec. teams); Jim Rochford (WR); Larry McKnight (off. backs); Bob Grace (off. backs); John Legere (DB); Cory Tirpack (DE); Anthony Iachello (WR/DB); Chad Tirpack (DB); Steve Scholl (OL/DL); Mike Cerminaro (TE); Brent Shibla (DL); Jim Cadigan (DL); Todd Schmitt, Shamus Hodnitt, Chris Cappiello, Rob Cancro, Cody Smith (freshmen); Rob Scholl (video coord.); Mike Hackett (athletic trainer).

“We don’t want to let it get to our heads,’’ said senior quarterback Steve Cluley. “We know it’s there. Last year


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Wall head coach Chris Barnes played running back at Syracuse from 1984-87. B IG S HOES TO F ILL : Connor Mulholland, Sr., WR IMPACT NEWCOMER: Jordan Petitta, Sr., WR. P IVOTAL G AME : Nov. 24 at home vs. Manasquan.


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the time is now

Now the time has arrived for a team that returns almost its entire lineup on offense from a unit that averaged 33 points per game last season. The Crimson Knights reached the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinals last year before falling to eventual champion Freehold. Now they aim to finish the job while snatching away the Shore Conference Class C Central title from rival Manasquan along the way.

2010 Record: 7 - 4 ( 4 - 2 )


Hampshire, University of Connecticut and Syracuse. He will have the most veteran offensive line in the Shore Conference blocking for him, as all five starters and senior tight end Derek Gardner return. Senior Matt McDonough will be at center, seniors Matt Pisarcik and Matt Ford will be the guards, and seniors Matt Vialonga and Mike Tomasuolo will be the tackles. Senior George Quackenbush and 6foot-5 junior Evan Sweeney could also see time in the offensive line rotation. “This is one of the best groups we’ve ever had,’’ Barnes said. “Size, athletic ability, intelligence – they’re a good group.’’ “I think we have a better offense than we did last year, so the sky is the limit for us,’’ Ford said. The Wall line will also be paving the way for a new tailback, senior Jim Guiliano, who started at safety last yea. He hopes to become enough of a threat to keep teams from focusing exclusively on stopping Cluley and the passing game. Junior John Louro also could get some carries at tailback.

was kind of a preview of what we can be. That next step is the state championship.’’

“Jim is a real tough kid,’’ Gardner said. “Don’t take him lightly. He may be new to running back, but he knows what he’s doing.’’

“It’s an experienced group, and their expectations are high,’’ said head coach Chris Barnes, who is entering his 12th season at Wall. “But the only rankings we care about are the ones at the end of the year.’’ Cluley, a three-year starter, returns after going 72-for-129 for 1,356 yards and 17 touchdowns passing last season while also running for 413 yards and 5 touchdowns. He currently has scholarship offers from Albany and Monmouth University, as well as interest from James Madison, Senior QB Steve Cluley New

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Wall offensive line decided to come out for the team after prodding from Cluley and Janeczek. Senior Harry Paytas is a returning starter at wideout, and senior Conor Mulholland also returns after seeing time as Wall’s third receiver as a junior. Another weapon should be senior placekicker Tyler Block, who is a returning starter. Defensively, the Crimson Knights will employ a 4-3 look under veteran defensive coordinator Al Tirpack. Senior Adam Molinelli is a three-year starter who was previously an offensive tackle but will now play defensive end. Vialonga will be at the other defensive end position, with Gardner also seeing time there. The defensive tackle rotation will feature McDonough, Ford, Pisarcik and senior Nick Marabeti, giving Wall a wealth of experience in the middle. “The key is that we’re big and physical up front,’’ Barnes said. “Our front four is going to be pivotal early on.’’ Flores and Leddy are competing for the middle linebacker spot, with juniors Kevin Waters and Russell Lorusso in the mix at one of the outside linebacker positions. At the other outside linebacker spot, seniors Evan Gittelman and Tyler Hetzel should see time. The secondary returns experience at cornerback, where seniors Mike Russo and Rich Bomenblit are returning starters. Junior Mike Cusack and senior Nick Doritza also could see time at cornerback. The safeties will be a rotation of Paytas, Mulholland, Guiliano and Petitta, with Cluley possibly seeing time as well. Photo by Cliff Lavelle

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By Scott Stump – Managing Editor

JFK (Iselin) @Wall Pt. Pleasant Boro Msgr. Donovan @Lakewood @Manchester Township Manasquan @Pinelands @Jackson

coaching staff Head Coach: Tim Osborn, 5th Season Career Record: 13-27 Assistant Coaches: Jim Sharples (def. coord.); Anthony Myers (WR); Jeff Struble (QB); Frank Giannetti (DL); Tristin Collins (asst.); Jason Lynch (video coord.); Ryan Hesnan (DB); Sean Monahan (freshmen); Nicole Figaro (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 4-6 (3-2)


at a glance R ANDOM FACT: S e n i o r R e m y M a r t i n , a 295-pound defensive tackle, used to be a BMX bike rider before he came out for football a s a j u n i o r. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Ahmed Foster, Jr., DE I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Bob Davies, Jr., QB. PI V O TAL G AM E : At Wall, Sept. 16.

Just when head coach Tim Osborn thought his Jackson Liberty program had turned the corner last year, inconsistent play led to a frustrating finish to a season that started with a flourish.

Senior Justin Billups has shown some good explosiveness in the preseason and takes over for the graduated Kristian Ruiz at tailback, where senior Bryon Daniels should also see some carries.

The Lions stunned perennial contender Wall in Week Two, beating the Crimson Knights for the first time in school history, but couldn't build on that achievement on their way to a 4-6 season in their fourth year of existence as a varsity program.

"I just worked hard in the offseason because I knew I was going to be doing my thing this year,'' Billups said. "We're a very athletic offense with a lot of good skill players, and I think our offense can be very good.'' Junior Jeremy Sousa will be a target for Davies and Wright in the passing game as a slot receiver and tight end. Senior Ahmed Shalabi also will be at wideout.

"I really thought last year was going to be the year we would really do some things, but we just weren't consistent,'' Osborn said. "We have some young guys stepping in this season, but I think this team has the potential to achieve some of the things we thought might happen last year.''

Up front, senior Josh Gonzalez is a returning starter who will be at right tackle on a Senior DT Remy Martin line with several The Lions have newcomers. never had a winning season or reached the Junior Chris Cruz NJSIAA playoffs, so those are the two main will be at left guard, and junior Corey goals this season as they compete in Class C Foltzer will see time at left tackle. Senior Central, where traditional powers like Nick Tiso will be the center, and 295-pound Manasquan, Wall and Point Boro are senior Remy Martin, a defensive standout, lurking. also will play offense this season, lining up at right guard. Senior Charles Burgard also They have a good base of skill players to should see time in the offensive line work with in their multiple pro-I offense, rotation. although they are dealing with a key injury. Mike Ostrowski will be the kicker, while Projected starter Tyler Wright, a senior, is Martin will undoubtedly be the Shore's most out with a shoulder injury that may put him imposing punter this year. on the shelf for a game or two. In his place is junior quarterback Bob Davies. Defensively, the Lions will run a 3-3-5 stack that will take advantage of Martin's "Bob Davies is stepping up and getting ability to tie up blockers and clog the more relaxed in the pocket,'' said senior middle. Gonzalez and junior Ahmed Foster wideout Jon Morgan. will be the defensive ends, with seniors Tom

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Junior QB Bob Davies Stoudt and Tommy Gallaro also seeing time at defensive end. "Remy is so athletic in the middle that we feel this scheme suits our personnel,'' Osborn said. "Teams are going to have to double- and triple-team him, which should open it up for other guys to make a lot of plays.'' "Doubles, triples, low blocks - basically any block possible,'' Martin said about what he has seen from opponents. "I have to fight through it and work moves.'' Tiso, Sousa, and seniors Angelo Bartoline, Sean Gelsleichter, Brandon Roman and Kyle Clowney give the Lions some depth at linebacker, while Morgan and Sclafani will be the cornerbacks. Shalabi is a returning starter at safety. While the Lions won't be getting all the attention heading into the season in Class C Central, they figure to create some if they can get to six wins or secure a state playoff berth. "I think this is the year,'' Martin said. "We've got a good group, and I think we can do it.'' "We don't have any excuses of why we're losing,'' Morgan said. "We're not new any more. That's not an excuse any more.''

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2011 schedule 09-09-11 09-17-11 09-23-11 10-01-11 10-08-11 10-22-11 10-29-11 11-05-11 11-24-11

@Point Pleasant Boro Raritan @Msgr. Donovan Metuchen Shore @Jackson Liberty Holmdel @Lakewood @Wall

coaching staff Head Coach: Jay Price, 1 st season Career Record: 0-0 Assistant Coaches: Rich Read (off. coord./OL); PJ Gibbs (def. coord.); Lou Certo (WR); Art Gordon (RB); Brian Lee (QB); RJ Read (QB); Dave Hallion (OL); Matt Voskian (DL); Rich Griffith, Andy Manser, Jack Hawkins (freshmen); Kevin Hyland (athletic trainer). 2010 Record: 9-2 (5-0)

Key returners K O D I E M C N A M A R A ( S R . , R B /L B ) TYL ER SAITO (SR., QB ) CHRISTIAN MOR GAN (SR., DL) C O L E M C M A H O N (S R . , DB )

at a glance R A N D O M F A C T: N e w h e a d c o a c h Jay Price played linebacker for Manasquan and is a 1988 graduate.




same as it Ever was By Scott Stump – Managing Editor The coach may be new and there may be some added wrinkles on offense, but the goals remain the same as they always have at Manasquan.

the baseball team.

"We always plan on playing 12 games,'' said senior running back Kodie McNamara.

"It's just one of those things that's completely out of our control, so we have to move on,'' Price said. "Tyler couldn't lift a weight this summer, but he would show up, sit there and coach kids on. He's been like a coach in the offseason and a great motivator and leader.''

Junior WR Connor Grogan

"I'm getting there,'' Saito said. "I'm not 100 percent with the elbow yet, and I probably won't be until next May.''

The Warriors came up one short of that goal last season when they were knocked off by Matawan in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II semifinals, but they return armed with a strong senior core that went undefeated as freshmen and a talented group of newcomers. McNamara also Former assistant Jay has been out with a Price has taken over as hamstring injury, the head coach for Pete and top defensive Cahill, who stepped lineman Christian down to take a vice Morgan suffered a principal job at the high bilateral fracture of school. A veteran staff his L5 verterbra Senior QB Tyler Saito remains intact, so the that is impinging on change in title has not nerves, according distracted business as to Price. He may be usual at one of the state's top programs. out for an extended stretch, which is blow to "It's just a different name on a piece of the front seven on defense. paper,'' said senior quarterback Tyle Saito. Offensively, the Warriors have to replace "Everything is exactly the same.'' standout tailback Tariq Turner, who rolled up The main issue for Manasquan right now is keeping its top players on the field, as several of them sat out of most of the Warriors' preseason scrimmages with injuries. It is the continuation of an unfortunate trend, as Manasquan's defense was ravaged by injuries last year.

"You come in, pencil positions down and then the next thing you know, four two-way players are gone,'' Price said. "On the positive side, we've gotten looks at people who could be the next guy, so it's a blessing and a curse.'' Saito, a returning starter, did not play in any scrimmages but does plan to be in the lineup for the season opener against rival Point Boro. Saito had to have surgery on his left (nonthrowing) elbow this past May because of an injury sustained while playing first base on

1,761 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns last season as the centerpiece of the offense. McNamara saw plenty of action to spell Turner or replace him when he was battling nagging injuries.

"I know we lost Tariq, but we've got a lot of other offensive players coming back as well, so we're confident in our offense,'' McNamara said. "As the tailback, you almost feel the pressure of the load of the offense on you, but I'm used to that.'' "Kodie is going to fill in that spot and be fine, without a doubt,'' Saito said. The Warriors will also work in sophomores Joe Murphy and Joe Fittin at tailback in their multiple-I attack to take some of the wear and tear off McNamara. Saito will also be operating out of a pistol look about four yards

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behind center in order to use his athleticism and passing ability now that he is in his third season of varsity action. The wide receiving core returns with experience and will feature seniors Lou Schiavone, Josh Aromando, Bryan Abadrabo and junior Connor Grogan. Senior Tyler Dwyer, who saw time last season, is another target at tight end. Senior Sean Place is a returning starter on the offensive line, where he will move from tackle to center. Seniors Andy Trengrove and Curtis Jenkins are newcomers at the guard spots, and senior Kevin Dolan, who saw time last year, will be at tackle along with senior Matt Trubenbach-Byrne. Abadrabo will be the kicker, while Saito will handle the punting. A host of newcomers will be up front on defense in Manasquan's 4-3 alignment. Seniors Dominic Vigliante and Pat Gianforte are the defensive ends, where junior Grant Castellanos also should see some time. Gianforte, Place, and sophomore Matt Forst, the younger brother of Rutgers lineman Art Forst, will try to hold the fort at defensive tackle until Morgan returns. Senior Adam Iatesta, who was projected to start last year before he suffered a seasonending knee injury in the preseason, will be at middle linebacker. McNamara is a returning starter at outside linebacker and a glue player who is able to play multiple positions. Senior Zack Vasilenko will be the other outside linebacker. "Kodie is the Swiss Army knife who does a little bit of everything,'' Price said. Senior Cole McMahon is a returning starter at safety who will anchor the secondary. Seniors Chris Miller and Ed McGrady will be the cornerbacks, with Aromando rotating in. Grogan will start at the other safety spot, with Abadrabo and Fittin adding depth at the position. Photo by Cliff Lavelle

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BIG SHOES TO FILL: Kodie McNamara, Sr., RB. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Adam Iatesta, Sr., LB. PI V O TAL G AM E : At Pt. Boro, Sept. 9.

FOr ADvErtiSiNg iNFOrMAtiON Contact: Steven Meyer 732-233-4460

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2011 schedule

Back to where it all Began

09-09-11 09-16-11 09-23-11 09-30-11 10-14-11 10-21-11 10-28-11 11-04-11 11-24-11

By Bob Badders – Senior Staff Writer

Manasquan @Holmdel @Jackson Liberty Wall @Msgr. Donovan Lakewood @Raritan Manchester @Central Regional

coaching staff Head Coach: Sean Henry, 1 st season Career Record: 3-2 Assistant Coaches: Mike McArthur (RB/LB/Asst. head coach); Pat Dowling (RB/DB/Def. coord.); Dave Johnson (WR/DB/Special teams); Rob Orrok (QB/DB/Off. coord.); Ryan Canary (OL/DL); Kevin Hynes (OL/DL); Rusty Miller (OL/DL); Mike Hurden (DL); Matt Cilento (RB); Pat Brady, Dave Drew (Freshman); Tim Spenard (Athletic Trainer). 2010 Record: 5-5 (3-2)

Key returners J OHN D UNBAR (S R ., QB) D AN T RAINOR (S R ., RB/DB) K YLE M C G ARRY (S R ., WR/DB) J ACK V ITALE (S R ., RB/LB)

at a glance R ANDOM FACT: Point Boro has not had a losing season since finishing 4-6 in 2003, and has won at least nine games four times since then. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Kyle McGarry, Sr., WR. I MPA C T N E W CO M E R : Matt Glidden, So., RG. PI V O TAL G AM E : Sept. 9 vs. Manasquan

With the goal of returning to the glory of recent championship seasons, Point Boro is going back to the tried and true offense that got it there. Under semi-new head coach Sean Henry, a former Panthers player and assistant who took over with five games remaining after former head coach Calvin Thompson stepped down last season, the Panthers have gone back to the flexbone option offense that led them to three state sectional final appearances and the 2005 South Jersey Group II title. In past seasons the Panthers still ran the option, but did so out of a multitude of formations. This season it's about getting back to their roots. "We did it at the end of last season and executed well, and we just have the right personnel for it," said senior quarterback John Dunbar. "It's simpler and more dynamic at the same time. It suits us very well."

and will be out for the year. At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Dunbar is a double threat at the position with his athletic ability and strong arm. He has plenty of weapons at his disposal with senior 'A' back Jack Vitale returning in a starting role and senior slot back Dan Trainor also a returning starter. The Panthers have good depth in the backfield with 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior Ryan Prout also seeing time at 'A' back and juniors Chris Oliphant and Kurt Van Benschoten and senior Ja'shon Woodard working in at slot back.

Senior WR/DB Kyle McGarr y

"When (former offensive coordinator and current Brick Memorial head coach) Walt (Currie) was here I had the benefit of learning it from him and with our personnel we have the guys that fit the system," Henry said. "The biggest piece is John Dunbar. He's a true flexbone quarterback and if he continues to get better he can be a special player this season." Dunbar will be the starting quarterback after splitting time with Chuckie Krohn last season. Krohn, who was slated to be a slot back this season, injured his knee during the offseason

A vertical passing game has been a big part of the Panthers' offense since 2004. Over that span they have had tall, big-play receivers in Matt Puorro, Bobby Stowe and, last season, current Virginia Tech freshman Ryan Malleck. Senior Kyle McGarry, who started last season opposite Malleck, will be Dunbar's downfield threat this season. At 6foot-3 and 205 pounds with good leaping ability, McGarry gives the Panthers one more weapon and opposing defenses one more thing to gameplan for.

"We always have one big receiver and I'm hoping I can be that guy and help the offense," McGarry said. "Throw it up there, and I'll go get it." Kevin O'Connor, a 6-foot-2 senior, will also start at receiver, and others in the mix include 6-foot-2 junior Brett Blank, 6-foot-1 senior Sean Skinner and 6-foot-3 junior Carter Klotz. An area that Point Boro's receivers take pride in and always seem to excel at is blocking. Puorro, Stowe and Malleck were all known for their effective and sometimes thunderous 'stalk' blocks, and McGarry and company know that is equally an important part of their jobs as

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Senior QB John Dunbar catching passes. "You have to work on blocking if you're going to be a Point Boro receiver," McGarry said. "We focus on that a lot in practice and it's a big part of our running game." Rounding out what looks to be a potent offense is a sizable and experienced offensive line that features four returning starters. Senior Eddie Kendall is the left tackle and 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior Dru Kegreiss is the left guard. The right guard is the only newcomer of the group, 220-pound sophomore Matt Glidden. He'll line up next to senior right tackle Brian Cuthbert. The center is 6-foot, 235pound senior Andrew Matter. "When we start clicking in a game, I don't think we can be stopped," Vitale said. "If everything is working well we run out the clock. We eat up time." On defense the Panthers will switch from a 3-3-5 to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Pat Dowling, the former head coach at Brick. Point Boro will have great size in the middle of the defensive line with Kegreiss, a returning starter, and 6-foot-3, 305-pound junior Pat McGann as the tackles. The ends will be Matter and Cuthbert, and Kendall will also see time along the line. If the defensive line plays well it could signal big things for the Panthers' defense, which returns six starters among its back seven. All three linebackers are returning starters with Van Benschoten as the middle linebacker and Vitale and Prout as the outside linebackers. Trainor returns as a starter at cornerback and will be joined by either Woodard or junior Joe Fitzsimmons. The strong safety is Oliphant and the free safety is McGarry. "Our first concern is stopping the run and just playing old school, smashmouth Point Boro football," Vitale said. Handling the kicking and punting duties once again will be Blank, who returns as one of the top kickers in the Shore Conference.

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2011 week - By - week shore conference Football schedule FriDAy, SEPt. 9 Neptune at Bishop Ahr, Asbury Park at Highland Park, Barnegat at Rumson-FH, Brick Memorial at Brick, Manasquan at Pt. Boro, New Brunswick at Raritan, Central at Red Bank, Perth Amboy at Freehold Twp., TR South at TR East, RB Catholic at Southern, JFK-Iselin at Jackson Liberty, Manalapan at Jackson Mem., South Plainfield at Manchester, North Brunswick at Midd. North, Midd. South at Ocean, Monmouth at Carteret, Msgr. Donovan at Pinelands,

6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

S A t U r D A y , S E P t . 10 Wall at Lacey, Matawan at Freehold, Middlesex at Mater Dei Prep, Keyport at Metuchen, Shore at Keansburg, Holmdel at Lakewood, Marlboro at J.P. Stevens, Colts Neck at Long Branch, Howell at TR North,

1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

F r i D A y , S E P t . 16 Lakewood at Msgr. Donovan, Manchester at Barnegat, Pinelands at Central, Sayreville at TR East, Freehold Twp. at Howell, Pt. Boro at Holmdel, Jackson Liberty at Wall, Midd. South at Manalapan, TR North at Midd. North, Neptune at RB Catholic, Rumson-FH at SJ Vianney,

6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Jackson Mem. at TR North, Lacey at Pinelands, Midd. North at Manalapan,

.S A t U r D A y , S E P t . 24 Pt. Beach at Asbury Park, Keansburg at Keyport, Rumson-FH at Red Bank, Colts Neck at Monmouth, Mater Dei Prep at Spotswood, Long Branch at Neptune, Raritan at Matawan, Southern at TR South,

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

noon noon noon 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

F r i D A y , S E P t . 30 Asbury Park at Shore, Central at Brick, Msgr. Donovan at Jackson Liberty, TR East at Jackson Mem., SJ Vianney at Raritan, Lacey at Manchester, Wall at Pt. Boro, Matawan at Rumson-FH, TR North at TR South,

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Keansburg at Asbury Park, Shore at Keyport, St. Joseph-Metuchen at Marlboro, Mater Dei Prep at Cardinal McCarrick, Raritan at Manasquan, Ocean at Long Branch, Southern at Colts Neck, Monmouth at Freehold, Brick at Lacey, Red Bank at Matawan, Jackson Mem. at Brick Mem.,

noon noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

F r i D A y , S E P t . 23 Manasquan at Msgr. Donovan, Lakewood at Wall, Barnegat at Central, TR East at Brick Mem., SJ Vianney at Holmdel, Manchester at Brick, Freehold at Ocean, Freehold Twp. at Midd. South, Marlboro at Howell, Pt. Boro at Jackson Liberty,

6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Asbury Park at Keyport, Pinelands at Lakewood, Lacey at TR East, Keansburg at Cardinal McCarrick, Freehold Twp. at Marlboro, Monmouth at Neptune, Long Branch at Freehold,

noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m.

tHUrSDAy, OCt. 6 Colts Neck at TR North, Freehold at RB Catholic, Howell at Midd. North, Monmouth at Rumson-FH, Wall at Ocean, Red Bank at Raritan,

6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

FriDAy, OCt. 7 Jackson Liberty at Lakewood, TR South at Brick Mem., Brick at Pinelands, Manchester at Central, Keyport at Pt. Beach,

Msgr. Donovan at Wall, Brick at Barnegat, Midd. North at Freehold Twp., Manalapan at Howell, Manasquan at Jackson Liberty, TR East at Southern, Highland Park at Shore, Jackson Mem. at TR South, Keansburg at Dunellen, Lakewood at Pt. Boro, Pinelands at Manchester, Marlboro at Midd. South, Mater Dei Prep at Pt. Beach, Raritan at Rumson-FH,

6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Mater Dei Prep at Asbury Park, Shore at Manasquan, Barnegat at Lacey, Middlesex at Keansburg, Long Branch at Matawan, Msgr. Donovan at SJ Vianney, Jackson Mem. at Southern,

noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

F r i D A y , O C t . 14 Pt. Boro at Msgr. Donovan, Matawan at Barnegat, Midd. South at Brick Mem., Pt. Beach at Middlesex, Shore at South River, Ocean at Brick, Colts Neck at RB Catholic, TR South at SJ Vianney, Rumson-FH at Holmdel, East Brunswick at Howell, Southern at TR North, Jackson Liberty at Manchester, Edison at Jackson Mem., Manalapan at Old Bridge, Pinelands at TR South,

Carteret at Keyport, SJ Vianney at Red Bank, Central at Lacey, RB Catholic at Monmouth, Ocean at Neptune, Holmdel at Matawan, Brick Mem. at TR North,

noon noon 1 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

F r i D A y , O C t . 28 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Metuchen at Shore, Lacey at Midd. South, Barnegat at Holmdel, TR North at Manalapan, Manchester at Pt. Boro, Southern at Midd. North, TR East at RB Catholic,

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

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Jackson Liberty at Pinelands, Long Branch at Monmouth, Red Bank at Barnegat, Brick Mem. at Manalapan, TR South at Wall, Southern at Freehold Twp., Midd. South at Brick, Lakewood at Central, Midd. North at TR East, Pt. Beach at Dunellen, RB Catholic at Ocean, Pt. Boro at Raritan,

5 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

S A t U r D A y , O C t . 29 Asbury Park at South River, Freehold at Colts Neck, Keyport at Spotswood, Shore at Mater Dei Prep, Holmdel at Manasquan, SJ Vianney at Marlboro, Neptune at Lacey,

noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

FriDAy, NOv. 4 Howell at Brick Mem., Freehold Twp. at Jackson Mem., Freehold at Msgr. Donovan, Keyport at Highland Park, Barnegat at Holmdel, Matawan at New Brunswick, Marlboro at Perth Ambody, Central at SJ Vianney, Spotswood at Pt. Beach,

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Rumson-FH at Asbury Park, Manasquan at Lakewood, Wall at Colonia, Dunellen at Mater Dei Prep, Raritan at Long Branch, Red Bank at Monmouth, Brick at JFK-Iselin, Neptune at Colts Neck, South River at Keansburg, .

F r i D A y N O v . 18 Manchester at Msgr. Donovan,

noon 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m

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W E D N E S D A y N O v . 23 Freehold Twp. at Freehold, Jackson Liberty at Jackson Mem., Matawan at SJ Vianney, Pt. Beach at Shore, Rumson-FH at RB Catholic,

5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

t H U r S D A y , NOv. 24 Pinelands at Barnegat, Raritan at Holmdel, Manalapan at Marlboro, Howell at Colts Neck, Neptune at Asbury Park, Mater Dei Prep at Keansburg, Ocean at Monmouth, Long Branch at Red Bank, Midd. North at Midd. South, Manasquan at Wall, Pt. Boro at Central, TR South at Lakewood, TR North at TR East,

DEC. 2-4 NJSIAA sectional championship games

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Barnegat Field Address: 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat directions: From the north - Parkway to exit 67 (Barnegat). Make a left at the end of the exit ramp onto Bay Avenue. At second light make a left onto Barnegat Boulevard North. Go approximately one mile and make a left onto Bengal Boulevard. School is on the left. From the SouthParkway to Exit 63. Follow route 72 east to route 9 north. Make a left onto Bay Avenue. Make a right onto Barnegat Boulevard North and follow above direction.

Brick Field Address: 346 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick directions: From north - Parkway exit 91. Stay right off exit. Go straight at light, follow to Route 88. Cross Route 88, go under Parkway overpass and school is just ahead on right. From south- Parkway exit 90. School is short distance on right from off-ramp.


you on Chambers Bridge Road. Take first jughandle U-turn and go west on Chambers Bridge Road. Cross Route 88 and follow to second light, where there is a convenience store on the left and a gas station on the right. The right and go over the Parkway. Pass the 7-Eleven and take the jughandle left turn for Lanes Mill Road. Go straight across, bear right just pass Lanes Mill Elementary School. High school is on right. From north - Parkway exit 91. Bear left after the toll. Follow jughandle around, turn right at light at gas station. Follow directions above after going over the Parkway.

Jackson Liberty

Pinelands regional Field Address: Nugentown Road, Little Egg Harbor directions: Parkway Exit 58. Take Route 539 east

Road in Toms River. Make a left onto Cox Cro and follow about two miles to 527 (Whitesville Road). Make a left onto 527 and follow for about 4-5 miles. Make a right onto South Hope Chapel Road/CR-547. School is just ahead on the left. From north - Parkway exit 98. Take I-195 west to Exit 21. Bear left and turn onto Route 527 South. Follow for 6-7 miles and turn right onto South Hope Chapel Road (just after 527 becomes 528 at Whitesville Road). School is about a half mile on the right.

about three miles. Turn right on Nugentown Road. School is three miles on the right.

Jackson Memorial F ield Address: Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson directions: From south - Route 9 north to Route 571. Go about 10-12 miles west to Route 528 intersection. Turn right on Route 528. Continue on Don Connor Boulevard and make a right. School is a quarter mile on the left. From north Parkway exit 98. Take I-195 west to exit 21. Bear left and turn onto Route 527 South. At second light turn right onto Route 528. Continue to Don Connor Boulevard and make a left. Follow directions above.

Lacey F ield Address: Haines Street, Lacey directions: Parkway Exit 74. Turn right on Lacey Road. Follow less than two miles, take jughandle left turn for Manchester Avenue. Go to the first light, turn right on Haines Street. School is on the right.

Lakewood F ield Address: 855 Somerset Ave, Lakewood directions: From south - Parkway exit 90. Take immediate jughandle U-turn to go west on Chambers Bridge Road. Turn left onto Route 88, follow to New Hampshire Avenue and turn right. Take New Hampshire to end, turn left onto Ridge. Go about 1 ½ miles to school on right. From north - Parkway exit 91. Stay right off exit. Go straight at light, follow road to Route 88 intersection. Turn right on Route 88 and follow rest of directions above.


Central regional

F ield Address: 101 Colonial Drive, Manchester directions: Parkway to Exit 82A. Take Route 37 west

Field Address: Forest Hills Parkway, Berkeley directions: From north - Parkway exit 77. Turn left off

about five miles to jughandle for Colonial Drive. Cross 37 and follow back to school parking lot.

exit onto Double Trouble Road, follow it to traffic light. Turn left on Forest Hills Parkway. School is just ahead on right. Parking entrance is at far end of school or at middle school lot. From south - Parkway exit 77. Turn right on Forest Hills Parkway. School is just ahead on right. Parking entrance is at far end of school or at middle school lot.


F ield Address: 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson directions: From south- Route 9 north to Cox Cro Road

Brick Memorial Field Address: 2001 Lanes Mill Road, Brick directions: From South - Parkway exit 90. Ramp will put


Point Pleasant Beach Field Address: St. Louis and Chicago Avenues, Pt. Pleasant Beach directions: From north - Route 35 south. After crossing Manasquan River, follow signs for Broadway/Beach and make U-turn onto route 35 North. Make a quick right onto Broadway. Make a right onto St. Louis Avenue and follow until you see the field. From south - Route 35 north. Make a right onto Broadway and continue with above listed directions.

Point Pleasant Boro Field Address: Laura Herbert Drive, Point Pleasant directions: From north - Parkway Exit 91. Stay left off exit and take jughandle around to light at gas station. Turn right and follow Burnt Tavern Road to Route 70. Turn left on Route 70 and at next intersection turn right onto Herbertsville Road. Stay on Herbertsville Road to intersection with Route 88. Go straight through light to school less than a mile on the right. From south - Route 88 east to Beaver Dam Road and make a right. School entrance is ahead on right.

Southern regional Field Address: 600 North Main St. (Route 9), Stafford directions: Parkway exit 63. Take Route 72 east about two miles and bear right onto Route 9 north. Take Route 9 about three miles and school is on the left.

toms river East Field Address: Raider Way, Toms River directions: Parkway Exit 82, Take Route 37 east to Coolidge Avenue jughandle. Go north on Coolidge one mile to Raider Way. Turn left, school entrance is on the left.

toms river North Field Address: Old Freehold Road, Toms River directions: Parkway Exit 82. Take Route 37 East. At first light take a jughandle left onto Route 166 north. Bear right at next traffic light onto Old Freehold Road. School is about three miles ahead on right.

toms river South Monsignor Donovan F ield Address: 711 Hooper Avenue, Toms River directions: Parkway to Exit 82. Take Route 37 east and turn right on Hooper Avenue. Go south on Hooper about a half mile and turn left at the first light. School is on the right.

Field Address: 101 Hyers Street, Toms River directions: Parkway exit 82. Take Route 37 east. Turn right onto Hooper Avenue. The field is a half mile down on the right behind the Ocean County Courthouse.

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Field Address: Indiana Avenue, Long Branch directions: Parkway exit 105. Take Route 36 east, bear onto route 71 past Monmouth University and turn left on Westwood Avenue. Make a right onto Bath Avenue and then a right onto Indiana Avenue. School is ahead on right.

Field Address: Memorial Field, Summerfield School, Neptune directions: From south - Parkway Exit 100. Take Route 33 east a few miles to Green Grove Road. Turn left onto Green Grove Road, school is just ahead on the left. From north Parkway exit 100B. Follow rest of directions from above.

Manalapan Asbury Park Field Address: 1003 Sunset Avenue, Asbury Park directions: From south - Parkway exit 100A. Take Route 66 east to traffic circle. Follow Route 35 north to Sunset Avenue. Turn right; school is about two miles on left. From north Parkway exit 102 to Asbury Avenue east. Asbury Avenue runs into Route 66 and then same as above.

Colts Neck Field Address: 59 Five Points Road, Colts Neck directions: Route 34 to Route 537 west toward Freehold. School is two to three miles ahead on the left.

Freehold Boro Field Address: 2 Robertsville Road, Freehold directions: Take Route 18 to Route 79 south. Turn left onto Robertsville Road. Filed is one block ahead on left.

Freehold township Field Address: 281 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold Township directions: Take Route 9 to Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524). Go west on Route 524. School is one mile ahead on left.

Howell Field Address: 405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road, Howell directions: Route I-195 west to Lakewood-Farmingdale exit for Route 547 west (toward Farmingdale). Go about 200 yards to Squankum-Yellowbrook Road, turn left. School is about two miles on left.

Holmdel Field Address: 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel directions: Parkway exit 114. Go west on Red Hill Raod. At first intersection, turn right onto Crawfords Corner Road. School is one and a half miles ahead on the right.

Keansburg Field Address: 140 Port Monmouth Road, Keansburg directions: Parkway exit 114. Turn right off ramp onto Red Hill Road. At first light, turn left onto VanShoik Road. VanSchoik becomes Laurel Avenue. Take Laurel across Route 35 to Route 36. Turn right on Route 36 and take to jughandle left turn for Main Street. At first light, turn right onto Port Monmouth Road. School is down on the right.

Keyport Field Address: Jackson Street, Keyport directions: Parkway exit 117. Take Route 35 south and bear left onto Route 36 south. Take jughandle left onto Atlantic Street. Turn right on Jackson Street and go two blocks. Field is at the end of the street.

Ocean township

Field Address: 30 Church Lane, Manalapan directions: Route 9 to Route 522 west. Turn right on Tennent Road, then left on Church lane. School is a half mile on right.

Field Address: 550 West Park Avenue, Ocean Township directions: Route 35 to West Park Avenue. Go east on West Park Avenue, school is a half mile on the right.



Field Address: 159 Broad Street, Manasquan directions: From north - Parkway exit 98. Take Route 34 south two miles to Manasquan/Sea Girt Exit. Go under Route 34 and follow Atlantic Avenue through circle. School is about one mile ahead on left. From south - Parkway exit 98. Take route 138 west to route 34 south, follow rest of above directions.

Field Address: 419 Middle Road, Hazlet directions: From north - Parkway exit 114. Make a left off the exit onto Red Hill Road, which turns into Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel north across Route 35 to Middle Road. Turn left, school is on the right. From south - Parkway Exit 114. Turn right onto Red Hill Road, which turns into Laurel Avenue. Follow Laurel north across Route 35 to Middle Road. Turn left, school is on the right.

Marlboro Field Address: 95 Route 79, Marlboro directions: Route 18 north to Route 79 north. School is a few miles ahead on left.

Matawan Field Address: 450 Atlantic Avenue, Aberdeen directions: Parkway exit 117. Bear left off exit (passing northbound tollbooths) and get in left lane of Route 35 south. Turn left onto Route 35 north and follow sign back to the Parkway. Before toll booth, turn right on Clark Street. At light, turn left on Lloyd Road. At next light, turn right on Church Street. At next light, turn right on Atlantic. School is just ahead on the right.

Mater Dei

red Bank regional Field Address: 101 Ridge Road, Little Silver directions: Parkway exit 109. Take Newman Springs Road east to end to Route 35 (Broad Street), turn left. At the second light, turn right on Harding Road. School is one and a half miles on right.

red Bank Catholic Field Address: Count Basie Field, Henry Street, Red Bank directions: Parkway exit 109. Take Newman Springs Road east to Henry Street - Red Bank Volvo is n the corner. Turn left, field entrance is just ahead on the left.

rumson-Fair Haven

Field Address: 538 Church Street, Middletown directions: Parkway exit 114. Turn right on Red Hill Road, follow to end. Turn left onto Kings Highway, and right on Harmony Road, Take Harmony Road across Route 35 and turn right on Cherry Tree Farm Road. School is one and a half miles ahead on left.

Field Address: 74 Ridge Road, Rumson directions: Parkway exit 109. Take Newman Springs Road east to Route 35 (Broad Street), turn left. At the second light, turn right on Harding Road. After about three miles, Harding becomes Ridge Road. Pass Red Bank Regional High School and go about three more miles. Rumson-Fair Haven will be on the left.

Middletown North

St. John vianney

Field Address: 63 Tindall Road, Middletown directions: Parkway exit 114. Turn right onto Red Hill Road and follow to end. Turn right onto Kings Highway. Make a right and follow to Route 35 south to the jughandle for Tindall Road. Take the jughandle and then make a right to Tindall Road. The school will be a half mile on right.

Field Address: 540 Road, Holmdel directions: Parkway exit 117. Bear left off exit (passing northbound tollbooths) and get in left lane of Route 35 south. Turn left onto Route 35 north and follow sign back to the parkway. Before tollbooth, turn right onto Clark Street. At light, turn left on Lloyd Road. At first light, turn left onto Church Street. At next light, turn right onto Line road. School is on left.

Middletown South Field Address: 501 Nutswamp Road, Middletown directions: Parkway exit 114. Go east on Red Hill Road to light for Dwight Road. Turn right on Dwight Road to Middletown-Lincroft Road. Cross Middletown-Lincroft Road to Nutswamp. School is a half mile on the right.

Field Address: Route 36 east, West long Branch directions: Parkway exit 105. Take route 36 a few miles, cross route 71. School is just ahead on the right.

Monmouth regional


Field Address: 1 Normal J. Field Way, Tinton Falls directions: Parkway to exit 105. Take jughandle at first traffic light to Hope Road and go north to Tinton Avenue. Turn left on Tinton Avenue and go about half a mile to school entrance on the right, just before Parkway overpass.

Field Address: 18th Avenue and New Bedford Road, Wall directions: Parkway exit 98. Take Route 138 east about two miles to second light, turn right onto New Bedford Road. Follow to school entrance on left.

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