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2016 Shore Sports Network All-Shore Football Teams

Shore Sports Network is proud to unveil its 2016 All-Shore teams and season-ending award winners featuring the top performers from the 2016 Shore Conference football season.

Scroll down for bios, pictures and video clips of the first-team All-Shore selections as well as write-ups on the second- and third-team selections.

*Final choice fan vote*

*All-Shore teams in list form*

*Final standings*

*Final statistical leaders*

*Coaches All-Division Teams*

*Final Top 10*

*Offensive Player of the Year*

*Defensive Player of the Year*

*Coach of the Year*

 

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB — Mike Husni, Sr., Toms River North

Senior quarterback Mike Husni and Toms River North are back in the South Jersey Group V title game after a 62-34 win over Howell. (Photo by Ray Richardson).
(Photo by Ray Richardson).

The 2016 Shore Sports Network Offensive Player of the Year, Husni turned in the greatest statistical season by a quarterback in Shore Conference history to lead the Mariners to the Class A South division title, the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V final and the final No. 1 ranking in the SSN Top 10. Husni threw for 2,027 yards and 25 touchdowns while also running for 1,618 yards and 19 touchdowns on 8.6 yards per carry. He is the first quarterback in Shore Conference history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a season, and is believed to be the first quarterback in state history to throw and run for 1,000 yards each in three different seasons. His 44 total touchdowns this year tied the conference record set by Mater Dei Prep quarterback Christian Palmer in 2014. Husni threw for over 5,000 yards and rushed for nearly 4,500 yards in his career while scoring over 100 touchdowns to set multiple program records. A two-time first-team All-Shore selection, Husni holds an offer from FCS program Marist.

 

RB — Mike Gawlik, Sr., Jackson Memorial

Jackson Memorial senior running back Mike Gawlik. (Photo by Ray Richardson).
(Photo by Ray Richardson).

Gawlik concluded his outstanding career by re-writing the Jaguars’ record book, rushing for a Shore Conference-best 2,129 yards and 24 touchdowns on an average of 7.9 yards per carry to lead Jackson Memorial to the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals. Gawlik also had two receiving touchdowns and was tied for second in the Shore in total points with 156. He ran for over 100 yards in 10 of 11 games and had five games of 200 yards rushing or more, including two 300-plus yard games. He ran for a season-high 320 yards and three touchdowns against Toms River South and 312 yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 41 carries in a win over Old Bridge. Gawlik is also a standout defensive back for the Jaguars. He is the Jaguars’ all-time leading single-season and career rushing leader as well as the leader in career touchdowns and touchdowns in a season. Gawlik is a three-time first-team All-Shore selection.

 

RB — Naim Mayfield, Jr., Manalapan

Manalapan running back Naim Mayfield will try to cap the program's first 12-0 season vs. Piscataway in the Central Jersey Group V final. (Photo by Ray Richardson).
(Photo by Ray Richardson).

The Braves’ dynamic junior set the tone for the Shore Conference’s No. 3 offense by rushing for 1,785 yards and 23 touchdowns on an average of nine yards per carry as Manalapan won the Class A North division title and reached the Central Jersey Group V state finals. Mayfield also had a receiving touchdown and returned two punts for touchdowns. Mayfield ran for over 100 yards in nine of 12 games, and in the other three he was taken out early in blowout wins. He had averaged an unreal 24.9 yards per carry by rushing for 274 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries in a 49-0 win over New Brunswick in the first round of the playoffs for his best total of the season. He also ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-34 win over Howell and had 228 yards and three scores in a 34-20 win over South Brunswick in the playoff semifinals. Mayfield figures to be one of the top offensive players in the Shore next season as Manalapan expects to once again contend for a state title.

 

RB — Mike Bickford, Sr., Central

Central senior running back Mike Bickford, the Shore's leading rusher, looks to lead the Golden Eagles past No. 9 Brick in a crucial Class A South game. (Photo by Ray Richardson).
(Photo by Ray Richardson).

Bickford finished off an exceptional career by rushing for 1,737 yards and 17 touchdowns on an average of 8.2 yards per carry in just nine games, leading Central to a 7-2 record under first-year head coach Justin Fumando. Bickford had an incredible game in a win over Brick Memorial with 433 total yards and seven touchdowns, rushing for 363 yards and six touchdowns on 21 carries and also catching a 70-yard touchdown. He ran for 255 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Jackson Memorial and had 287 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in a win over Central Jersey Group IV finalist Brick. A two-time first-team All-Shore selection, Bickford is Central’s career rushing leader with over 5,000 yards.

 

WR — Darrion Carrington, Sr., Toms River North

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

A marquee playmaker on the Shore’s No. 1 offense, Carrington hauled in 35 passes for 927 yards and a conference-best 15 touchdowns, averaging 26.5 yards per reception to help Toms River North clinch the Class A South division title, reach the South Jersey Group V final and finish No. 1 in the final SSN Top 10 with an 11-1 record. Carrington had four 100-yard games, including a season-high 140 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Southern. He also had a punt return for a touchdown. Also an elite student, Carrington will head to the Ivy League to continue his career at Yale University.

 

WR — Bryce Watts, Sr., Toms River North

Senior wide receiver Bryce Watts and Toms River North are looking for their second straight trip to the South Jersey Group V final after winning it all last year. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
(Photo by Ray Richardson)

Blazing speed is Watts’ calling card, and it was on full display this season in helping Toms River North finish 11-1, win the Class A South division title and reach the South Jersey Group V final. Watts caught 33 passes for 798 yards and nine touchdowns to form arguably the state’s best wide receiver duo with fellow senior and All-Shore selection Darrion Carrington. He had three 100-yard games, including 182 yards and three touchdowns on four catches in a 41-21 win over Middletown South that was, at the time, a meeting of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Shore. Watts’ collegiate future is at defensive back, and the Rutgers recruit made 43 tackles with two interceptions while routinely blanketing the opponents’ No. 1 wide out.

 

WR — Brendan Kube, Sr., Middletown North

Middletown North senior Brendan Kube hauls in a 19-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the North 2, Group IV final vs. Sayreville. (Photo by Robert Samuels).
(Photo by Robert Samuels).

After a breakout junior season where he led the Shore in receptions and yards, Kube had another monster season to help Middletown North to its best season in 20 years. Kube once again topped the Shore Conference in catches and yards with 62 receptions for 1,149 yards and nine touchdowns to help the Lions go 9-3 and reach the North 2, Group IV sectional final. He is believed to be the first player in Shore Conference history to post consecutive seasons of 1,000 yard receiving. A great rout runner, Kube was always open for quarterback Donald Glenn and caught at least four passes in 11 of 12 games and had five or more catches in seven games. he had a season-high nine catches for 122 yards in a win over Summit in the playoffs, and had 140 yards and a touchdown in a playoff win over Woodbridge. He had six 100-yard games, including seven catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in Middletown North’s first win over Middletown South since 2000. Kube also had an outstanding year as a strong safety with 110 tackles. A two-time first-team All-Shore selection.

 

OL — Micah Clark, Sr., St. John Vianney

Photo by Robert Samuels.
Photo by Robert Samuels.

Rated as a top-two recruit in New Jersey, Clark (56 above) was a two-way force in the trenches for St. John Vianney to help the Lancers finish 10-1, reach the Non-Public Group III semifinals and win their third straight Class A Central division title. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Rutgers recruit helped the Lancers average 32.1 points per game, good enough for fourth in the Shore, while rushing for 2,190 yards. Defensively, Clark had 52 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and two sacks for the Lancers’ fourth-ranked defense which allowed 12.7 points per game. Clark is a two-time first-team All-Shore selection.

 

OL — Will Sagarese, Sr., Toms River North

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

An all-Class A South pick by the coaches, Sagarese (No. 79 above) was the top lineman on the No. 1 offense in the Shore Conference and helped the Mariners win the A South division title, reach the South Jersey Group V final and finish No. 1 in the Shore at 11-1. Toms River North led the Shore in scoring at 44.3 points per game and averaged a staggering 470 yards per game. Toms River North had two 1,500-yard rushers with quarterback Mike Husni and running back Parker Day, and Husni also threw for over 2,000 yards. The Mariners averaged 309 yards rushing per game.

 

OL — Mike Andrejco, Sr., Wall

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

Andrejco was the top offensive lineman for a Crimson Knights team that captured the South Jersey Group III title to end a 14-year championship drought. Andrejco helped pave the way for Wall to rush for 2,989 yards and 38 touchdowns on an average of 249 yards per game and average 28.5 points per game. Also a standout along the defensive line, Andrejco made 52 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, five sacks and three fumble recoveries for the No. 5 defense in the Shore. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches .

 

OL — Tim Leonard, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

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The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Leonard was the top lineman for the Central Jersey Group III champion Bulldogs, who finished 9-3 and won their fourth straight state championship. Leonard helped pave the way for Rumson to run for 2,518 yards and 32 touchdown, including 1,275 by running back Matt Vecchiarelli and 736 by quarterback Mike O’Connor. An all-Class A Central selection by the coaches.

 

OL — Dylan Pacetti, Sr., Manasquan

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

Pacetti (No. 59 above) was a two-way standout on the offensive and defensive lines for the Warriors, who returned to greatness after back-to-back losing seasons by winning the Central Jersey Group II title and finishing 10-2. Pacetti helped pave the way for Manasquan to run for 2,595 yards and average 26 points per game. On defense he made 47 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and 20 quarterback pressures. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

 

UT — Ashante Worthy, Jr., Freehold

Freehold quarterback Ashante Worthy broke multiple records with a historic performance. (Photo by Bill Normile).
(Photo by Bill Normile).

A switch to quarterback three games into the season ignited a record-setting season for Worthy, who accounted 2,904 yards of offense and 41 total touchdowns to lead the Colonials to the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals after an 0-4 start. Worthy ran for 2,066 yards and 30 touchdowns on an average of 8.3 yards per carry while also throwing for 838 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown, and was also Freehold’s punter. He had several huge games this season, including four games of 288 yards rushing or more, but it was his performance in a playoff game against Pennsauken he’ll be most remembered for. In that 69-56 win that set the NJSIAA record for most combined points in a playoff game, Worthy broke the Shore Conference single-game rushing record and single-game touchdown record when he ran for 465 yards and 8 touchdowns on 43 carries and threw for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns. Worthy was selected as the Class A North Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches. He will be one of the marquee players in the Shore Conference next season.

 

UT — Eddie Lewis, Sr., Mater Dei Prep

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

An FBS recruit, Lewis had a great all-around season to help Mater Dei Prep make history by finishing 12-0 and winning the program’s first state championship as the Seraphs captured the Non-Public Group II crown in thrilling fashion. It was his touchdown with three seconds left on a hook-and-lateral that gave Mater Dei a 26-20 win over Holy Spirit in the state final. Lewis caught 13 passes for 547 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 22.8 yards per catch. An electric special teams player, Lewis also had two punt return touchdowns. He also played defensive back for the Shore’s top unit that allowed just 5.8 points per game and recorded five shutouts. An all-Class B Central selection by the coaches.

 

 

K — Tyler Schulman, Sr., Freehold Township

A converted soccer goalie who came out for the football team his senior year, Schulman made the most of his only season by going a perfect 6-for-6 on field goals with a Shore Conference-long of 42 yards. He also converted 29 of 32 extra points to help the Patriots go 7-3 and secure a second straight playoff berth for the first time in program history.

 

DEFENSE

DL — Jake Krellin, Jr., Middletown South

Photo by Robert Samuels.
Photo by Robert Samuels.

Krellin (No. 8 above) followed up his breakout sophomore season with an unbelievable junior campaign where he was an unstoppable force along the defensive line. Krellin made 109 tackle with an incredible 45 tackles for a loss, and tied for the conference lead in sacks with 15. He also had 16 quarterback pressures, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 2 defensive touchdowns. Middletown South won the Class B North division title outright among a group that featured state champions Wall and Manasquan and state finalist Middletown North, and reached the semifinals of the North 2, Group IV playoffs. Krellin was selected as the Class B North Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

 

DL — Adam Schreck, Sr., Manasquan

Manasquan senior Adam Schreck had a great all-around game in a 28-14 win over Ocean with 3 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a pass deflection, a 21-yard touchdown catch and four extra points. (Photo by Ray Richardson).
(Photo by Ray Richardson).

Schreck was a do-it-all player in all three phases for the Warriors, and his play was a major reason Manasquan was able to go 10-2 and capture the Central Jersey Group II state title for the program’s 12th overall state title and first since 2008. As a defensive end Schreck made 47 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss, 13.5 sacks, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and 18 quarterback pressures. As a tight end he caught 14 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns. He was also Manasquan’s kicker where he connected on 34 of 40 extra points and hit three field goals with a long of 37 yards. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

 

DL — Josh Lezin, Jr., Lakewood

A dominant player for the Piners, Lezin was the first player opposing coaches had to worry about when facing Lakewood because of his game-wrecking abilities. The Class B South Defensive Player of the Year made 82 tackles, including a whopping 31 hits for a loss, while recording 13 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 8 pass breakups, 2 blocked punts and 2 blocked field goals. His play was a main reason while Lakewood went 7-3 and secured a fifth consecutive playoff appearance for the first time in program history. He has generated FBS interest from several programs.

 

DL — Nick Densieski, Jr., St. John Vianney

Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography.
Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography.

A pass-rushing force for St. John Vianney’s defense, Densieski tied for the Shore Conference lead in sacks with 15 while also making 53 tackles (47 solo) and 13 tackles for a loss. The Lancers had the No. 4 defense in the Shore at 12.7 points per game and recorded two shutouts, running their winning streak against Shore Conference teams to 29. Densieski was an all-Class A Central selection by the coaches.

 

LB — Mike Ruane, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Photo by Robert Samuels.
Photo by Robert Samuels.

The Shore Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year, Ruane (No. 33 above) was the leader of a Rumson defense that finished No. 2 in the Shore and helped the Bulldogs capture the Central Jersey Group III title for the program’s fourth straight state championship. A ferocious tackler with great instincts, Ruane made 120 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks for a defense that yielded just 9.8 points per game and recorded four shutouts. Ruane had double-digit tackles in six games and was at his best in Rumson’s biggest games. He had 16 tackles against Middletown South and 13 against St. John Vianney. In the playoffs he had 15 tackles in a win over Cranford and 10 stops in a win over a previously-undefeated Somerville team that was averaging over 50 points per game. He had 17 tackles against Shore on Thanksgiving Eve. Ruane was selected as the Class A Central Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches. A two-time first-team All-Shore selection, Ruane is committed to the University of Massachusetts.

 

LB — Marvin Pierre, Sr., Mater Dei Prep

Photo by Robert Samuels.
Photo by Robert Samuels.

Stats don’t tell the entire story, and that couldn’t be truer than with Pierre, who was as dominant as any linebacker in the Shore Conference this season in helping the Seraphs go 12-0 for the first time while bringing home the program’s first state championship. Pierre had 30 tackles and six sacks as he was out of the game by halftime most weeks with Mater Dei blowing out every team it faced. He was a playmaker on offense as well with 586 yards rushing, 144 yards receiving and 16 total touchdowns. The Class B Central Defensive Player of the Year, Pierre has multiple scholarship offers from FBS programs.

 

LB — Pete LaQuaglia, Sr., Toms River North

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

A sideline-to-sideline tackling machine, LaQuaglia led the Shore Conference in tackles with 168 (97 solo) while also recording 11 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. His played helped Toms River North win the Class A South division title, reach the South Jersey Group V final and finished 11-1 and No. 1 in the Shore. He averaged 15 tackles per game and had double-digit tackles in 11 of 12 games, and made a season-high 21 tackles in a playoff win over Howell. He had 18 tackles in wins over Brick and Central and 17 in a win over Toms River East. He had three sacks in a win over Toms River South. LaQuaglia was selected as the Class A South Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

 

LB — Johnny Buchanan, Jr., St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney's Johnny Buchanan led a tough defensive effort that brought home a win on the road against Brick.

The Lancers junior burst onto the scene this season to lead a defense that allowed 12.7 points per game and recorded two shutouts en route to finishing 10-1, reaching the Non-Public Group III semifinals and winning a third straight Class A Central division title. Buchanan was second in the Shore Conference in tackles with 139 tackles (92 solo) while also recording 10 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interception. Also a punishing fullback, Buchanan ran for 443 yards and 11 touchdowns. An all-Class A Central pick by the coaches.

 

DB — Maxx Imsho, Sr., Middletown South

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

A first-team All-Shore selection for the second straight year, Imsho (No. 22 above) helped the Eagles win the Class B North division title and reach the semifinals of the North 2, Group IV playoffs. The strong safety made 78 tackles with 7 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions and 6 pass breakups, and had one defensive touchdown. Imsho also saw time on offense at running back and wide receiver. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

 

DB — Mike Murdock, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Photo by Ray Richardson.
Photo by Ray Richardson.

A two-time first-team All-Shore selection, Murdock had another standout season in the Bulldogs’ defensive backfield with 90 tackles and three interceptions to help Rumson go 9-3 and win the Central Jersey Group III title for its fourth straight state championship. Rumson had the No. 2 defense in the Shore allowing 9.8 points per game while recording four shutouts. Murdock had three games with double-digit tackles and made at least five stops in 11 of 12 games. He had a season-high 13 tackles plus an interception in a playoff win over Cranford. An all-Class A Central pick by the coaches.

 

DB — Mickey Maldonado Jr., Toms River North

Maldonado emerged as a top defensive back for the No. 1 Mariners and was especially strong against the run with 101 tackles and eight tackles for a loss. He also had seven passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles to help Toms River North win the Class A South division title, reach the South Jersey Group V final and finish 11-1 for the second straight year. He had double-digit tackles four times, including 13 in a regular-season win over Howell and 12 in a win over Central that clinched the division title. His 101 tackles were second most among defensive backs in the Shore. An all-Class A South selection by the coaches.

 

DB — Dwight Wilkerson, Sr., Middletown North

Middletown North senior Dwight Wilkerson erupted for a career-high 280 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 38-7 win over Howell. (Photo by Robert Badders).
(Photo by Robert Badders).

A versatile all-around player for the Lions, Wilkerson made 74 tackles with four tackles for a loss, two interceptions, four passes defended and two fumble recoveries from his safety position to help Middletown North finish 9-3 and reach a state final for the first time since 1996. Wilkerson also ran for 670 yards six touchdowns on an average of eight yards per carry, filling in as the feature back when starter Connor Welsh went down with an injury. He added 38 receptions for 544 yards and four touchdowns to finish the season with 1,214 total yards and 10 touchdowns.

 

UT — Sean Larkin, Sr., Wall

Wall senior running back Sean Larkin (22) had a huge game in the win over RBC with 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns, a 64-yard touchdown pass and a interception on defense. (Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography).
(Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography).

Larkin was Wall’s most indispensable player during its run to the South Jersey Group III championship as a standout on both sides of the ball. He was one of the top running backs in the Shore with 1,506 yards and 25 touchdowns on an average of 7.4 yards per carry. He also had a receiving touchdown and threw a touchdown pass. On defense from his safety position, Larkin made 40 tackles with six tackles for a loss, a sack and two interceptions. He did all that despite missing a game win an injury and missing time in two other games. Larkin was selected as the Class B North co-Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

 

UT — Anthony Lotti, Sr., Freehold Township

Lotti did a little bit of everything for the Patriots to help them finish 7-3 for their first winning season since 2004 and their best season since going 7-3 in 2001. A University of Pennsylvania recruit as a defensive back, Lotti made 64 tackles with two interceptions. He made a season-high 19 tackles in a win over Marlboro and had 11 stops in a win over Neptune. On offense he caught 46 passes for 648 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 298 yards and a touchdown. Lotti was an all-Class A North selection by the coaches.

 

P — Thomas Chapin, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

A fantastic directional punter, Chapin aided Rumson’s standout defense by averaging over 35 yards per punt. Also a standout placekicker, Chapin converted 36 of 39 extra points and made 5 of 6 field goals with a long of 32 for the Central Jersey Group III champion Bulldogs.

 

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB — Donald Glenn, Sr., Middletown North

Glenn led the Shore conference in passing with 2,689 yards while throwing 23 touchdowns to just six interceptions, and led Middletown North to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the North 2, Group IV state final. He is the Shore’s all-time leader in passing yards with 7,498 yards and in passing touchdowns with 71. The Class B North co-Offensive Player of the Year, Glenn will continue his career at Wagner.

RB — Parker Day, Sr., Toms River North

Day had a career year as a major weapon on Toms River North’s juggernaut offense, rushing for  1,516 yards and 24 touchdowns on an average of 9.7 yards per carry. He ran for over 100 yards in nine of 12 games, including two 200-yard games. He ran for 202 yards and four touchdowns in a playoff win over Howell and had 201 yards and four touchdowns in a regular-season win over Howell. An all-Class A South selection by the coaches.

RB — Connor Morgan, Jr., Manasquan

Morgan embodied Manasquan’s physical rushing attack and churned out 1,490 yards and 16 total touchdowns on 260 carries to help the Warriors return to the top with a 10-2 record and the Central Jersey Group II state title, the 12th in program history. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

RB — Chris Chukwuneke, Sr., St. John Vianney

A Villanova recruit, Chukwuneke ran for 1,234 yards and 16 touchdowns on an average of 6.8 yards per carry for the No. 4 offense in the Shore at 32.1 points per game. He also caught 10 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown. Chukwuneke had seven 100-yard games, including a season-high 215 yards and four touchdowns versus Monmouth Regional. On defense, Chukwuneke made 41 tackles and had four pass deflections. He was selected as the Class A Central Offensive Player of the Year.

WR — Nasiem Brantley, Jr., Howell

Brantley was one of the top receivers in the Shore this season with 46 receptions for 773 yards and 11 touchdowns to help Howell reach the South Jersey Group V semifinals. He had four 100-yard games, including 171 yards and two touchdowns on 5 catches in a win over Freehold and 10 catches for 122 yards and touchdown in a thrilling playoff win over Vineland. Brantley also had three interceptions as a defensive back. An all-Class A North selection by the coaches. Brantley and fellow junior, quarterback Eddie Morales, figure to be among the top duos next season.

WR — Joey Aldarelli, Sr., Ocean

With one of the top quarterbacks in the Shore throwing to him, Aldarelli finished tied for third in the Shore in receptions with 50 for 627 yards and six touchdowns. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

WR — Justin Marcus, Jr., Marlboro

Marlboro had its best offensive season in years averaging 28.5 points per game and the 6-foot-5 Marcus was right in the middle with 52 receptions for 726 yards and six touchdowns. His 52 catches were the second-most in the Shore and his 726 yards were sixth in the Shore. On defense he made 43 tackles and had one interception. An all-Class A North pick by the coaches.

OL — Riley Keating, Sr., Marlboro

Keating was the top lineman for a Marlboro offense that was No. 8 in the Shore at 28.5 points per game and had two 1,000-yard rushers and one of the top wide receivers in the Shore. The Mustangs ran for 2,382 yards and 31 touchdowns, averaging 198.5 yards per game, with senior Cameron Caorsi running for 1,382 yards and junior Jonny Helff rushing for 1,059 yards. Keating was an all-Class A North selection by the coaches.

OL — Joe Hurle, Jr., Jackson Memorial

Hurle was the top lineman for a Jackson Memorial group that paved the way for running back Mike Gawlik to run for a Shore Conference-best 2,129 yards and 24 touchdowns, and was an all-Class A South selection by the coaches.

OL — Robert Burke, Sr., Middletown South

Burke’s play along the offensive line helped Middletown South finish No. 10 in the Shore with 28.1 points per game and 323 yards per game. The Eagles had a 1,000-yard rusher in sophomore Anthony Summey while senior quarterback Aneesh Agrawal threw for 1,618 yards. Burke was an all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

OL — Erik Nellis, Sr., Keyport

One of the main reasons Keyport went 10-2 and reached the Central Jersey Group I final was the play of its offensive line, and Nellis led the way in helping pave the way for the Red Raiders to run for 2,718 yards and 32 touchdowns, including 1,673 by sophomore Devin Wollner. Nellis also had 78 tackles on the defensive front and was selected to the Class B Central all-division team by the coaches.

OL — Matt Melamed, Sr., Toms River North

A standout up front for a Toms River North team that averaged 44.3 points per game and 470 yards per game, Melamed helped pave the way for the Mariners to average 309 yards rushing per game and produce to 1,500-yard rushers in quarterback Mike Husni and running back Parker Day. An all-division pick by the coaches in Class A South.

UT — Ja’Sir Taylor, Sr., Brick

A talented all-around player who is verbally committed to Temple University, Taylor ran for 570 yards and 11 touchdowns and had 12 catches for 109 yards to help Brick reach the Central Jersey Group IV final. As a defensive back he made 31 tackles and had one interception. An all-Class A South selection by the coaches.

UT — Kenny Pickett, Sr., Ocean

A University of Pittsburgh recruit, Pickett threw for 1,395 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 492 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was an all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

K — Joey Cavanagh, So., Middletown North

Cavanagh connected on 8 of 10 field goals with a long of 35 while also converting 37 of 42 extra points. He was at his best in the playoffs with five field goals on seven attempts

K — Will Forman, Jr., St. John Vianney

Forman was steady in his first year as the Lancers’ kicker and punter, converting 40 of 43 extra points and connecting on 5 of 7 field goals with a long of 33 yards. He was the Class A Central kicker as selected by the coaches.

DEFENSE

DL — Cishiume Simmons, Sr, Asbury Park

Simmons was a dynamic defensive force that helped lead the Blue Bishops to the Central Jersey Group I title. He recorded 125 tackles, fourth best in the Shore Conference, while registering 12 sacks for a defense that was seventh in the Shore allowing 16.1 points per game. He added five rushing touchdowns and a touchdown catch, and was selected to the Class B Central all-division team by the coaches.

DL — Darryin Valme, Sr., Wall

A top player up front for a Crimson Knights defense that allowed just 13.1 points per game, Valme made 47 tackles with nine tackles for a loss and six sacks to help Wall go 10-2 and win the South Jersey Group III state title. He was also a top lineman for a Crimson Knights’ offense that ran for 2,989 yards and 38 touchdowns. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

DL — Nasir Darnell, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Darnell, who is committed to Harvard University, finished the season with 7.5 sacks while recording 70 tackles, including six hits for a loss. He was selected to the Class B North all-division team by the coaches.

DL — Austin Dewise, Jr., Middletown North

Dewise emerged as one of the top defensive lineman in the Shore with 59 tackles and 12 sacks for a Middletown North defense that was No. 13 in the Shore allowing 18.2 points per game. An all-Class B North pick by the coaches.

LB — Sal Tardogno, Jr., Manalapan

The Class A North Defensive Player of the Year as selected by the coaches, Tardogno led the Braves with 120 tackles (66 solo) with five tackles for a loss, three sacks, seven quarterback hurries, one interception and two fumble recoveries. Manalapan’s defense was third in the Shore allowing 11.6 points per game. Tardogno’s play helped the Braves go 11-1, win the Class A North division title and reach the Central Jersey Group V final.

LB — Kevin Higgins, Sr., Middletown South

Higgins finished with 81 tackles with 18 coming for a loss while recording four sacks and an interception. He also had six quarterback pressures and a defensive touchdown to help Middletown South claim the Class B North division title. An all-Class B North pick by the coaches.

LB — Nick Kish, Sr., Middletown North

Despite playing in 10 of 12 games due to injury, Kish led Middletown North in tackles with 118 while recording one sack and one interception. A coaches’ all-division pick in Class B North.

LB — Ryan Dickens, Sr., Raritan

The University of Connecticut recruit made 83 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, one sack, two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns to help the Rockets finish 6-4 and qualify for the Central Jersey Group II playoffs. He was selected to the Class A Central all-division team by the coaches.

DB — Ahlonte Hair, Sr., Freehold

Hair led the Shore Conference in interceptions with six and also caught 34 passes for 421 yards and 4 touchdowns to help the Colonials rebound from an 0-4 start to reach the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals and finish 6-5. He is an all-Class A North selection by the coaches.

DB — Damaso Jaime, Sr., Manasquan

A dangerous playmaker on offense, defense and special teams, Jaime helped Manasquan finish 10-2 and win the Central Jersey Group II state title as the Warriors bounced back from consecutive losing seasons to claim the program’s 12th sectional title. Jaime made 44 tackles with two for a loss, intercepted five passes, had six pass breakups and returned an interception for a touchdown. As a wide receiver he caught 18 passes for 438 yards and seven touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

DB — R.J. Janeczek, Sr., Wall

A top two-way player for the South Jersey Group III champion Crimson Knights, Janeczek made 42 tackles and intercepted four passes for a defense that allowed just 13.1 points per game, good enough for fifth best in the Shore. As Wall’s top pass catcher Janeczek hauled in 26 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns. He was selected to the all-Class B North team by the coaches.

DB — Shane Richey, Sr., Wall

Another member of Wall’s standout secondary, Richey made 31 tackles and intercepted four passes for a defense that was No. 5 in the Shore with 13.1 points allowed per game. His play helped Wall finish 10-2 and win the South Jersey Group III state title for their first state championship since 2002.

UT — Zyaire Sterling, Jr., St. John Vianney

A threat on offense, defense and special teams, Sterling helped the Lancers finish 10-1, reach the Non-Public Group III semifinals and claim the Class A Central division title for the third straight season. He caught 19 passes for a team-leading 484 yards and five touchdowns and also had a rushing touchdown. On special teams he had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown. As a defensive back he made 36 tackles with six pass defenses. An all-Class A Central selection by the coaches.

UT — John Prato, Sr., Brick

Prato was productive at several different positions to help Brick reach the Central Jersey Group IV final. He played quarterback and wide receiver for the Dragons and caught 19 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 391 yards and five touchdowns. As a defensive back he recorded 78 tackles with two interceptions and a team-high nine pass breakups. An all-Class A South selection by the coaches.

UT — Mike O’Connor, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

O’Connor missed time with an injury but still accounted for over 1,100 total yards and scored 17 touchdowns to help Rumson win the Central Jersey Group III title for its fourth straight state championship. The Colgate University recruit ran for 736 yards and 11 touchdowns on an average of 7.2 yards per carry and threw for 456 yards and six touchdowns with only one interception. He ran for 117 yards and a touchdown when Rumson beat South Plainfield in the state championship game. An all-Class A Central selection by the coaches.

 

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

QB — Fan vote between: George Pearson, Jr., Mater Dei; Luke Corcione, Jr., Manalapan; Eddie Morales, Jr., Howell.

RB — Cameron Caorsi, Sr., Marlboro

Only an injury derailed what looked to be a monster season for Caorsi, who played in just eight games but still ran for 1,382 yards and 16 touchdowns on an average of 6.4 yards per carry. He ran for over 100 yards in every game, including a career-high 306 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Pinelands. He had 154 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Manalapan. An all-Class A North selection by the coaches.

RB — Vito Aleo, Sr., Raritan

Aleo took over for the Shore’s leading rusher last season, Derek Ernst, and provided immediate production in running for 1,231 yards on a Shore-best average of 9.9 yards per carry. He also caught 15 passes for 284 yards and finished with 18 total touchdowns. On defense he made 42 tackles with one sack and one forced fumble. An all-Class A Central selection by the coaches.

RB — Fan vote between: Matt Vecchiarelli, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven; Devin Wollner, So., Keyport; Paul Reed, Sr., Asbury Park; Zack Bair, Jr., Red Bank Catholic

WR — Adrian Rybaltowski, Sr., Freehold Township

Rybaltowski was fifth in the Shore in receiving yards with 748 on 42 catches while hauling in nine touchdowns. His play helped the Patriots go 7-3 and reach the playoffs for the second straight season for the first time in program history. An all-Class A North pick by the coaches.

WR — Scott Scherzer, Jr., Manalapan

The top wide out for the Class A North champion Braves, Scherzer caught 40 passes for 690 yards and seven touchdowns to help Manalapan go 11-1 and reach the Central Jersey Group V final. He was an all-Class A North pick by the coaches.

WR — Chase Stephensen, Sr., Lacey

Stephensen caught 50 passes for 618 yards and three touchdowns, finishing fourth in the Shore Conference in receptions. He also threw three touchdown passes. On defense he had 38 tackles and led the Lions with two interceptions. An all-Class A South pick by the coaches.

WR — Fan vote between: Sam East, Jr., St. John Vianney; Kahmar Rice, Sr., Neptune; Connor Kells, Sr., Point Beach; Kyle Devaney, Jr., Mater Dei Prep.

OL — Justin Szuba, Sr., Brick Memorial 

A Monmouth University recruit, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound senior helped pave the way for Brick Memorial to run for 2,352 yards and 26 touchdowns. An all-Class A South selection by the coaches.

OL — Jamaal Beaty, Sr., St. John Vianney

A Rutgers recruit, Beatty was a standout up front for a Lancers’ offense that averaged 32.1 points per game, rushed for 2,190 yards and threw for 1,245 yards. An all-Class A Central selection by the coaches.

OL — Brandon Voss, Jr., Central

Voss was the top lineman for a Golden Eagles offense that ran for 2,450 yards (272 yards per game) and had senior running back Mike Bickford run for 1,737 yards and 17 touchdowns. An all-Class A South pick by the coaches.

OL — Darryl Valme, Sr., Wall

A standout lineman for a Crimson Knights offense that averaged 28.5 points per game and ran for 249 yards per game. Wall ran for 2,989 yards as a team and had a 1,500-yard running back in senior Sean Larkin. Valme’s play helped the Knights finish 10-2 and win the South Jersey Group III state title. He was an all-Class B North pick by the coaches.

OL — Fan vote between: Trevor Radosevich, Jr., Manalapan; Michael Griggs, Jr., Red Bank Catholic; Ryan McAndrew, Sr., Pinelands.

UT — Chris Maksimik, Jr, Manalapan

One of the most important players for the Braves, Maksimik made his mark as a devastating blocking fullback who helped open holes for Manalapan to run for 2,118 yards as a team, including 1,785 by junior Naim Mayfield. Maksimik also got into the end zone with six rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns. He played defensive sparingly, but was phenomenal filling in for injured starter Tommy Pearce for four games. He had 46 tackles in four starts, including 15 in a regular-season win over Piscataway. His play helped the Braves go 11-1, win the Class A North division title and reach the Central Jersey Group V final. He was selected to the Class A North all-division team by the coaches.

UT — Zyhier Jones, Jr., Lakewood

The Piners quarterback threw for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for over 753 yards and 8 touchdowns to help the Piners finish 7-3 and reach the NJSIAA playoffs for the fifth straight season. He also converted eight two-point conversions and had two interceptions on defense. The seven wins are Lakewood’s most since 2012 and it is the first time the Piners have made five straight postseason appearances. An all-Class B South selection by the coaches.

UT — Fan vote between: James Fara, Jr., Point Boro; Evan Burton, So., Pinelands; Keith Cooper, Sr., Long Branch.

K — Sean Gould, Jr., Point Beach

Gould converted 30 of 31 extra points and hit 4 of 5 field goals with a long of 37 yards. He also had 24 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown and made 44 tackles on defense. An all-Class B Central selection by the coaches.

DEFENSE

DL — Jack Finelli, Sr., Brick

As one of the leaders of the Dragons’ defense Finelli made 55 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles and one sack to help Brick reach the Central Jersey Group IV final. An all-Class A South selection by the coaches.

DL — Cole LaBatch, Sr., Toms River North

A disruptive force along the defensive line for the Mariners, LaBatch made 59 tackles, with seven tackles for a loss, 13 hurries and three forced fumbles to help Toms River North win the Class A South division title, reach the South Jersey Group V final and finish 11-1 and No. 1 in the final SSN Top 10.

DL — Zack Frick, Sr., Keyport

Frick’s play along the defensive line helped the the Red Raiders finish No. 6 in the Shore at 13.6 points per game, play to a 10-2 record and reach the Central Jersey Group I final. He made a team-high 88 tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles, and was also a standout offensive lineman for a team that ran for 2,718 yards and 32 touchdowns. Frick was an all-Class B Central choice by the coaches.

DL — Fan vote between: Aidan Connolly, Sr., Point Boro; Matt Thompson, Sr., Raritan; Liam Adams, Sr., Rumson; Will Gulick, Sr., Middletown South; Izaiah Henderson, So., Mater Dei Prep; Calvin Simmons-Carter, Asbury Park; Joe Nardoza, Sr., Toms River North.

LB — Chris Outterbridge, Sr., Red Bank

Outterbridge made 94 tackles (55 solo) with 12 tackles for a loss and three sacks en route to being selected to the Class A Central all-division team by the coaches. He will continue his career at Sacred Heart.

LB — Dean Helstowski, Sr., Brick

One of the leading tacklers in the Shore, Helstowski made 123 stops with seven tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, three sacks, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown to help the Dragons reach the Central Jersey Group IV final. An all-Class A South pick by the coaches.

LB — Jack Mallett, Sr., Manasquan

The leader of the Warriors’ defense, Mallett made a team-high 91 tackles (55 solo) with 19.5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 11 quarterback pressures to help Manasquan finish 10-2 and win the Central Jersey Group II title for the program’s 12 overall state championship and first since 2008. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

LB — Kyle Dallicardillo, Sr., Wall

The leading tackler for the No. 5 defense in the Shore Conference, Dallicardillo made 92 tackles with five tackles for a loss as Wall allowed 13.1 points per game. Dallicardillo’s play assisted the Crimson Knights in finishing 10-2 and winning the South Jersey Group III state title for Wall’s first state championship since 2002.

LB — Fan vote between: Todd Stueber, Sr., Toms River South; Joe Miele, Jr., Southern; Juwan Mitchell, Sr., Mater Dei Prep; Vinny Gargiulo, Sr,. Colts Neck; Daryn Blackwell, Jr., Toms River; North; Namir Argilagos, Sr., Asbury Park; Tommy Pearce, So., Manalapan.

DB — Sean Kinniburgh, Sr., Manalapan

Kinniburgh helped the Braves go 11-1, win the Class A North division title and reach the Central Jersey Group V final by making 48 tackles with two interceptions and eight passes defensed for a defense that was third in the Shore allowing 11.6 points per game. He was an all-Class A North selection by the coaches.

DB — Matt Ansell, Jr., Red Bank Catholic

Ansell made 85 tackles and intercepted three passes for the Caseys to be selected to the Class B North all-division team by the coaches.

DB — Jimmy Leblo, So., Brick

Leblo debuted as a starter for Brick’s defense and made 94 tackles along with four interceptions to help the Dragons reach the Central Jersey Group IV final. Selected to the Class A South all-division team by the coaches.

DB — Fan vote between: Justice George, Sr., Mater Dei Prep; Anthony Holloway, Sr., Central ; A.J. Calabro, Jr., St. John Vianney; Eli Avivi, Jr., Manalapan, Mike Capra, Sr., Wall; Tommy Antonucci, Jr., Manasquan.

UT — Gene Scott, Sr., Wall

Scott was a force on both sides of the ball as Wall’s tight end and as an outside linebacker, going unsung but earning praise for doing the little things that helped the Crimson Knights win the South Jersey Group III state title and finish 10-2. Scott caught 15 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, but was at his best setting the edge in the running game where Wall ran for 2,989 yards and 38 touchdowns. On defense Scott made 44 tackles with five tackles for a loss, two sacks and two interceptions. An all-Class B North selection by the coaches.

UT — Fan vote between: Luke Frauenheim, Jr, Point Beach; Matt Pennell, Sr., Shore; Hayden Frey, Sr., Point Boro.

P — Cody Weiner, Sr., Manalapan

Weiner averaged 34.6 yards per punt with five punts downed inside the 20-yard line and a long of 50 yards for the Braves, who went 11-1, won the Class A North division title and reached the Central Jersey Group V final. Weiner also converted 52 of 58 extra points. As a defensive back Weiner made 69 tackles and recorded one interception for a defense that was third in the Shore allowing 11.6 points per game. He was selected to the Class A North all-division team by the coaches.

 

Football editor Bob Badders can be reached at badders@allshoremedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Bob_Badders. Like Shore Sports Network on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest video highlights. 

 

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