Shore Sports Network is proud to unveil its 2018 All-Shore teams and season-ending award winners featuring the top performers from the 2018 Shore Conference football season.

Scroll down for bios and pictures of the First Team All-Shore selections and write-ups on the second- and third-team selections.

*All-Shore final fan vote winners*

*Final standings*

*Final statistical leaders*

*Coaches' All-Division Teams*

*Final Top 10*

*MVP*

*Offensive Player of the Year*

*Defensive Player of the Year*

*Coach of the Year*

FIRST TEAM 

OFFENSE

QB – Steve Lubischer, Sr., Red Bank Catholic 

Red Bank Catholic senior quarterback Steve Lubischer. (Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com).

The Shore Sports Network MVP, Lubischer completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards with 21 touchdowns and just five interceptions to lead the Caseys to the Non-Public Group 3 state title. Lubischer also ran for 377 yards and seven touchdowns on an average of 8.6 yards per carry as the Caseys went 10-0 for their first undefeated season since 1960. He was also selected as the Freedom Division Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches. Lubischer is verbally committed to Boston College.

 

RB – Jermaine Corbett, Jr., Long Branch

Photo by Richard O'Donnell.

The Shore Sports Network Offensive Player of the Year, Corbett was the state rushing champion with 2,021 yards rushing on an average of 8.7 yards per carry to help Long Branch repeat as Central Jersey Group 4 champions, win a school-record 12 games and claim the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game trophy. Corbett had 26 rushing touchdowns and added 236 receiving yards and four touchdowns, plus one kickoff return touchdown. His 31 total touchdowns led the Shore Conference. He was also a situational defensive player in the secondary and made 22 tackles and one interception.

 

RB – Malik Ingram, Jr., Mater Dei Prep

Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com

Ingram was a bulldozer in the backfield for the Seraphs, rushing for 1,914 yards and 22 touchdowns on an absurd average of 11.6 yards per carry. Despite a 14-10 loss by the Seraphs, he ran for 250 yards and a touchdown against Red Bank Catholic in the Non-Public Group 3 final. His play was a major reason why Mater Dei had the Shore’s No. 1 scoring offense at 36.8 points per game. Ingram was also selected as the Patriot Division Offensive Player of the Year. His play helped Mater Dei go 10-2, win a third straight division title and reach a third straight state final.

 

RB – Alex Maldjian, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Photo by Larry Murphy.

The embodiment of the term ‘workhorse’, Maldjian ran for 1,702 yards and 23 touchdowns on an average of eight years per carry to help lead the Bulldogs to a fifth sectional title in six years. Maldjian ran for over 100 yards in nine of 11 games (he missed one full game and half of another with an injury), including three 200-yard games. He had a legendary 49-carry, 271-yard, four-touchdown game in a 42-35 win over Somerville in the Central Jersey Group 3 final and ran for 203 yards and a touchdown on 41 carries in a 26-18 win over Woodrow Wilson in the Central/South Group 3 Bowl Game. Maldjian was also selected as the Colonial Division Offensive Player of the Year.

 

WR – M.J. Wright, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com 

An impressive two-way star for the No. 1 team in the Shore, Wright caught 34 passes for 548 yards and a team-high six touchdowns for a Caseys team that went 10-0 and captured the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. Also a defensive standout at cornerback, Wright had two intercepted and 12 passes defensed for a defense that was No. 2 in the Shore allowing just 10 points per game. He is committed to Fordham University.

 

WR – Isaiah Alston, Sr., Mater Dei Prep

Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com

An imposing 6-foot-3 receiver, Alston caught 33 passes for 546 yards and eight touchdowns on a Mater Dei offense that was No. 1 in the Shore with an average of 36.8 points per game. His played helped the Seraphs go 10-2, win a third straight division title and reach a state final for the third consecutive season.

 

WR – Matt Clarke, Sr., Long Branch

Long Branch's Matt Clarke catches the go-ahead touchdown during Long Branch's 20-17 win over Shawnee in the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game. (Photo by Richard O'Donnell). 

After two years as a third or fourth wide receiver on the depth chart, Clarke ascended to the No. 1 wide receiver spot for the Green Wave and turned in a terrific year to help Long Branch to a historic season. Clarke caught 32 passes for 553 yards and seven touchdowns for an offense that averaged 33.5 points per game. His play helped Long Branch repeat as state sectional champions for the first time in program history and win a school-record 12 games. His 20-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter ended up as the winning points in Long Branch’s 20-17 win over Shawnee in the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game.

 

TE – Ian O’Connor, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Photo by Larry Murphy.

A 6-foot-4 matchup problem with the versatility to play tight end and wide receiver, O’Connor caught 37 passes for 483 yards and eight touchdowns and played a huge role in Rumson claiming its fifth sectional title in six seasons. O’Connor had a 70-yard touchdown catch in a 42-35 win over Somerville in the Central Jersey Group 3 final and also had a touchdown catch in a 26-18 win over Woodrow Wilson in the Central/South Group 3 Bowl Game. He had a season-high 107 yards and a touchdown in a playoff win over Ocean. O’Connor is committed to Lehigh University.

 

TE – Kevin Bauman, Jr., Red Bank Catholic

Photo by Richard O'Donnell.

A 6-foot-5, 230-pound Notre Dame recruit, Bauman averaged 22.8 yards per catch with 15 receptions for 342 yards and two touchdowns to help RBC go 10-0 and win the Non-Public Group 3 state title. Bauman was also a situational defensive end for the No. 2 defense in the Shore.

 

OL – Kevin Cerruti, Sr., Long Branch

Photo by Richard O'Donnell.

The top lineman for Long Branch and one of the best in the state, Cerruti (No. 53) helped pave the way for the Green Wave to average 33.5 points per game and led the way for Jermaine Corbett to rush for a state-best 2,021 yards. Long Branch has one of the most balanced offenses in the Shore as quarterback Marc Dennis added 1,476 yards passing and 21 touchdowns. On defense, Cerruti had 39 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one memorable interception return for a touchdown that came during a 21-14 win over Brick in the Central Jersey Group 4 final. Long Branch repeated as sectional champions for the first time in program history, won a school-record 12 games and capped the season with a 20-17 win over Shawnee in the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game.

 

OL – Paul Liseno, Sr., St. John Vianney

Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com

A two-time SSN First-Team All-Shore selection who anchored one of the Shore’s best lines over the past two seasons., the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Liseno (No. 55) was a mauler up front to help Kavon Chambers rush for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns on an average of 7.2 yards per carry. On defense, Liseno had 34 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

 

OL – Ryan McCann, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Photo by Larry Murphy.

A standout in the trenches for the Central Jersey Group 3 champions, McCann helped lead the way for Rumson to average 300 yards per game, including 194 yards rushing per contest. His blocking helped Alex Maldjian rush for 1,702 yards and 23 touchdowns and Collin Coles throw for 1,275 yards and 15 touchdowns. A signature game for McCann and Rumson’s offensive line came in the Central Jersey Group 3 final when the team ran for 293 yards and four touchdowns on 56 attempts to defeat Somerville, 42-35. McCann will continue his career in the Ivy League at Yale University.

 

OL – Austin Fischer, Sr., Holmdel

(Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com)

Fischer was the top lineman for a Holmdel offense that ran for 2,855 yards on an average of 285 per game and eight yards per carry, and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the Shore at 34.1 points per game. In Holmdel’s split-back veer rushing attack, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Fischer paved the way for Dean Gallo to rush for 1,193 yards, Cameron LaMountain to run for 708 yards and quarterback Jeff DeCicco to rush for 456 yard. His efforts helped Holmdel to a memorable season as the Hornets finished 8-2, won a division title (National Division) for the first time since 2007 and won a playoff game for the first time since 2007. Fischer has multiple offers as a preferred walk-on, including offers from Rutgers and Monmouth University.

 

OL – Tommy Smith, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Photo by Richard O'Donnell 

The anchor of RBC’s offensive line from his center position, Smith helped the Caseys offense average 33.7 points per game on the way to going 10-0 and winning the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. Smith was also a standout on the defensive line for a Caseys defense that was No. 2 in the Shore in points allowed (10 ppg), registering 62 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks. Smith has multiple Division 1 offers.

 

UT – Jimmy Leblo, Sr., Brick

Brick's Jimmy Leblo leaps to intercept a pass vs. Jackson Memorial. (Photo by Richard O'Donnell).

Leblo did a little bit of everything to help the Dragons go 8-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 4 championship game. At quarterback, he ran for a team-high 758 yards and 12 touchdowns and threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Leblo also led the Dragons in receiving with 13 receptions for 315 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 24.2 yards per catch. He finished fourth in the Shore in scoring with 114 points. Defensively, Leblo made 76 tackles from his safety position and tied for the Shore and state lead with seven interceptions.

 

UT – Matt Krauss, Sr., Freehold

Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com

Krauss played all over the field for the Colonials and had the rare distinction of leading his team in passing, rushing, receiving and tackles, and tying for the team lead in interceptions. Krauss ran for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns on an average of 6.3 yards per carry, threw for 715 yards and three touchdowns and caught 21 passes for a team-high 285 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, Krauss made 53 tackles, 35 of which were solo, and intercepted two passes.

 

K – Colin Taptich, Sr., Freehold Township

Photo provided by Freehold Township football program.

Taptich was basically automatic for the Patriots and also converted several clutch kicks to earn First Team All-Shore status among several standout kickers in the Shore this season. He made 15 of 16 extra points with the only miss being a blocked extra point and connected on a Shore Conference-best eight field goals with a long of 38 yards. He was 8 of 10 altogether with his only misses coming from 46 and 47 yards. He had three field goals, including a game-winning 22-yard field goal as time expired, in a 16-14 upset of Toms River North. In a win over rival Freehold, he kicked field goals of 35 and 32 yards. Taptich kicked 12 field goals over the past two years and was 34 for 35 on extra points for his career.

 

Note: Barnegat's Sean Morris, a First-Team All-Shore selection last season at tight end, was not considered for All-Shore status because he missed half the season with an injury. 

 

DEFENSE

DL – Izaiah Henderson, Sr., Mater Dei Prep

Photo by Richard O'Donnell

A 6-foot-4, 270-pounder who is committed to Boston College, Henderson (No. 77) was a monster along the defensive line with 60 tackles, nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble for a Seraphs unit that allowed 11.1 points per game and recorded three shutouts. He was also selected as the Patriot Division Defensive Player of the Year. Henderson helped Mater Dei go 10-2, win a third straight division title and reach a third straight state final.

 

DL – Henry Sullivan, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Photo by Richard O'Donnell

Sullivan (No. 7) turned in another dominant year up front with 96 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a safety for a defense that allowed just 11.5 points per game. He made 10 tackles and recorded a safety against St. John Vianney and had nine tackles each against Red Bank Catholic and Middletown South. His play helped Rumson go 10-2, win the Central Jersey Group 3 title for its fifth sectional title in six years and cap the season with a win over Woodrow Wilson in the Central/South Group 3 Bowl Game. Sullivan will continue his career at Colgate University.

 

DL – Collin McCarthy, Jr., Jackson Memorial

Photo by Richard O'Donnell. 

McCarthy was unblockable along the defensive line for the Jaguars with 83 total tackles, including a ridiculous 43 tackles for loss, plus a Shore Conference-leading 11 sacks and a forced fumble to lead a defense that was third in the Shore allowing 10.1 points per game. His play helped the Jaguars win the Constitution Division title.

 

DL – Ka’Shaun Turner, Sr., Red Bank

Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com 

Turner recorded 80 tackles, 40 of which were solo, 18 tackles for loss and was tied for second in the Shore with 10 sacks to lead a Red Bank defense that allowed 16.8 points per game. He also had five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown as a tight end. Turner’s play was a major reason why Red Bank was able to rebound from a 2-8 season to go 7-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals.

 

LB – Keegan Woods, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Photo by Richard O'Donnell

The Shore Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year, Woods (No. 44) led the state with 178 tackles and added 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles to lead a defense that allowed just 11.5 points per game. He had double-digit tackles in all 12 games, including a season-high 20 tackles in wins over Brick Memorial and Red Bank. He had 19 tackles in a playoff win over Ocean and 18 tackles in games against Middletown South and Red Bank Catholic. Woods had 10 tackles and a sack when Rumson beat Somerville to win the Central Jersey Group 3 title and had 11 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in a win over Woodrow Wilson in the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game. A two-time SSN First Team All-Shore selection, Woods finished his career as Rumson’s all-time leading tackler with 417. His play helped the Bulldogs win the Colonial Division title and claim their fifth sectional title in the last six years.

 

LB – Shitta Sillah, Sr., Mater Dei Prep

Mater Dei Prep senior linebacker Shitta Sillah (9). (Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com). 

A rangy edge defender as an outside linebacker for the Seraphs, Sillah (No. 9), who is committed to Boston College, made 52 tackles and recorded 10 sacks as a standout for a defense that allowed 11.1 points per game and recorded three shutouts. His play helped Mater Dei go 10-2, win a third straight division title and reach a third straight state final.

 

LB – Richie Tallmadge, Sr., Brick

Brick senior linebacker Rich Tallmadge. (Photo by Richard O'Donnell).

Tallmadge was second in the Shore and state with 176 tackles to earn Colonial Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors and lead Brick to an 8-3 record and a spot in the Central Jersey Group 4 final. Among his 176 tackles (16 per game) were 91 solo stops, 12 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also had three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown to lead a Brick defense that allowed 12.3 points per game.

  

LB – Luke Arnold, Sr., Long Branch

Photo by Richard O'Donnell.

A force in the middle for a Long Branch defense that surrendered just 10.3 points per game and recorded five shutouts, Arnold (No. 3) was third in the Shore with 146 tackles while adding three sacks and two interceptions to help the Green Wave repeat as state sectional champions for the first time in program history. Arnold had a season-high 21 tackles and added a sack in a win over Brick Memorial. He also filled in at kicker for two games and converted 5 of 6 extra points. Arnold concluded his career with 352 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions. He was named a Freedom Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches. In a historic season for the program, Long Branch won the Central Jersey Group 4 title, beat Shawnee in the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game and won a school-record 12 games.

 

LB – Steve Cmielewski, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Photo by Richard O'Donnell 

After missing his junior season with an injury, Cmielewski (No. 36) returned with a vengeance for his senior season to help the Caseys go 10-0 and win the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. A ferocious inside linebacker, Cmielewski recorded 102 tackles with a team-high 15 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 9.5 sacks to spearhead a defense that was No. 2 in the Shore allowing just 10 points per game. Cmielewski also produced four rushing touchdowns as a fullback.

 

DB – Jaden Key, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Red Bank Catholic senior Jaden Key. (Photo by Paul Lopez/palimages.com)

An indispensable player on both sides of the ball, Key, who was selected as a Freedom Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year, helped lead the Caseys to the Non-Public Group 3 state title while finishing undefeated for the first time since 1960. Key had a team-high 14 passes defensed and recorded two interceptions. At wide receiver, he was a big-play machine in averaging 25.8 yards per catch with 18 receptions for 466 yards and five touchdowns. He made one of the biggest plays of the season when he blocked an extra point in a 14-13 win over Rumson in the regular season. Key is committed to the University of Pennsylvania.

 

DB – Mike McGuigan, Sr., Brick 

Photo by Richard O'Donnell

McGuigan was not someone to test in coverage as he snared seven interceptions, which was tied for the most in the Shore and the state. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown, which came during a 42-14 win over Middletown South in the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals. McGuigan also had 52 tackles and one forced fumble to help the Dragons go 8-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 4 championship game.

 

DB – Devyn Blount, Sr., Long Branch 

Photo by Richard O'Donnell.

A ball-hawking playmaker who feasted on opposing quarterbacks, Blount (No. 4) tied for the Shore and state lead with seven interceptions as part of a defense that allowed just 10.3 points per game and recorded five shutouts. Blount finished with 39 tackles and returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown. He had two interceptions each in shutout wins over Wall and Manalapan and had a crucial interception in a 20-17 win over Shawnee in the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game. Blount’s play helped Long Branch win the Central Jersey Group 4 title to repeat as sectional champions for the first time in program history and win a school-record 12 games.

 

DB – Clarence Lewis, Jr., Mater Dei Prep

Photo by Richard O'Donnell.

A major playmaker on both sides of the ball, Lewis (No. 3) had six interceptions, including three pick-sixes, along with 31 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as an integral part of a defense that allowed 11.1 points per game. As a wide receiver, Lewis caught 21 passes for 411 yards and six touchdowns. Mater Dei won the Patriot Division title for its third straight division crown, finished 10-2 and reached the Non-Public Group 3 final, its third straight state championship game appearance. The Seraphs had the No. 1 offense and the No. 5 defense in the Shore. Lewis holds multiple FBS offers.

 

DB – Mack Byrne, Sr., Holmdel

Photo by Paula Lopez/PAL Images.

The National Division Defensive Player of the Year, Byrne was a shut-down defensive back who had 34 tackles, four tackles for a loss and two pass breakups on the No. 1 scoring defense in the Shore (7.9 points per game). Byrne also had 11 receptions for 255 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 23.2 yards per catch, to give the Hornets’ run-heavy attack a legitimate downfield threat. Byrne’s play helped Holmdel turn in its best season in a decade as the Hornets went 8-2, won the National Division title for its first division crown since 2007 and won a playoff game for the first time since 2007.

 

UT – Marc Dennis, Sr., Long Branch

Photo by Richard O'Donnell

A tremendous leader who was instrumental in Long Branch’s historic season, Dennis had a great year on both sides of the ball to help the Green Wave repeat as sectional champions for the first time in program history and win a school-record 12 games. As Long Branch’s quarterback, Dennis threw for 1,476 yards and 21 touchdowns with just two interceptions and ran for 388 yards and three touchdowns for an offense that averaged 33.5 points per game. As a defensive back, Dennis had 69 tackles and pulled down three interceptions for a defense that allowed just 10.3 points per game and recorded five shutouts. His play was instrumental in Long Branch winning the Central Jersey Group 4 title and also the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game.

 

UT – Matt Tardy, Sr., Middletown South

Photo by Richard O'Donnell

The leader of an Eagles defense that allowed 15.3 points per game, – 10.6 against Shore Conference teams – Tardy made 75 tackles with nine tackles for loss and recorded seven sacks, 11 quarterback pressures and three passes defensed from his outside linebacker/defensive end position. As a tight end, he caught nine passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Eagles in yards per reception (18.3). Tardy was selected as the American Division Defensive Player of the Year and helped the Eagles win the American Division championship.

 

P – Ryan O’Hara, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Photo by Paula Lopez/palimages.com

An important special-teams weapon for the Caseys, O’Hara had a big season as both a kicker and a punter to help RBC win the Non-Public Group 3 state title and finish undefeated for the first time in 58 years. O’Hara averaged 41.7 yards per punt and dropped 16 of his 26 punts inside the 20-yard line. As a kicker, he was 44-for-45 on extra points and 4-for-5 on field goals, including a 44-yarder that was the longest in the Shore this season. O’Hara is committed to Lafayette College for both football and baseball.

 

 

SECOND TEAM 

OFFENSE 

QB – Rob McCoy, Sr., Mater Dei Prep

McCoy sat out the first four games after transferring from Camden Catholic in the offseason but still put together a tremendous season with 1,190 yards passing and 16 touchdowns plus 407 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in eight games. He piloted the Shore’s No. 1 offense (36.8 ppg) and helped the Seraphs go 8-2, win a third straight division title and reach a third straight state final.

 

RB – Dean Gallo, Sr., Holmdel 

Gallo ran for 1,193 yards and 15 touchdowns on an average of 9.9 yards per carry. He also had a receiving touchdown and two kickoff returns. He finished his career as Holmdel’s all-time leading rusher with 2,786 yards. His play helped Holmdel forge a historic season as the Hornets went 8-2, won their first division title (National Division) since 2007 and won a playoff game for the first time since 2007.

 

RB – Nico Santorelli, Jr., Manalapan 

Santorelli ran for 909 yards and 10 touchdowns on an average of 10.3 yards per carry and added 121 yards receiving and two touchdowns to help the Braves reach the Central Jersey Group 5 semifinals.

 

RB – Makai Mickens, Jr., Red Bank 

Mickens ran for 1,206 yards and 13 touchdowns on an average of 7.2 yards per carry to become Red Bank’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Cliff Tootles in 2004. He added 50 tackles and four interceptions on defense to help the Bucs go 7-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals.

 

RB – Kavon Chambers, Jr., St. John Vianney

Chambers turned in his second straight 1,000-yard season by rushing for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns on an average of 7.3 yards per carry. He also had two receiving touchdowns.

 

TE – Alan Presler, Sr., Manalapan 

Presler had 178 yards receiving and was also a strong blocker for a Brave’ offense that ran for 1,887 yard and 22 touchdowns. His play helped Manalapan reach the Central Jersey Group 5 semifinals.

 

WR – Darius Martorano, Sr., Central

Martorano caught 42 passes for 670 yards and a conference-high 10 touchdown passes. He also ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass. On defense, Martorano had 31 tackles and an interception.

 

WR – Dominick Jacob, Jr., Toms River North 

Jacob averaged 23.3 yards per catch in recording 19 receptions for 443 yards and five touchdowns to help the Mariners go 6-3 and qualify for the South Jersey Group 5 playoffs.

 

WR – Raven Joseph, Sr., Neptune

Joseph was a big-play machine for the Scarlet Fliers with 20 receptions for 450 yards and six touchdowns for an average of 22.5 yards per catch. He also had a kickoff return for a touchdown to help Neptune rebound from a winless season with a 5-5 record.

 

OL – C.J. Hanson, Sr., St. John Vianney 

A 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle who is committed to Rutgers, Hanson helped lead the way for Kavon Chambers to rush 1,011 yards on an average of 7.2 yards per carry.

 

OL – Brady Smith, Sr., Middletown South

Smith was the top lineman on an Eagles team that averaged 21.4 points per game and ran for 1,856 yards. His play helped the Eagles go 8-3, win the American Division title and reach the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals.

 

OL – Nolan Aloia, Sr., Mater Dei Prep 

Aloia was the top lineman for a Seraphs team that had the No. 1 offense in the Shore at 36.8 points per game. He helped lead the way for Malik Ingram to rush for 1,914 yards and 22 touchdowns and quarterback Rob McCoy to throw for 1,190 yards and 16 touchdowns. Mater Dei went 10-2, won a third straight division title and reached the state final for the third year in a row.

 

OL – Zach Piscope, Sr., Brick

Piscope’s play up front helped Brick go 8-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 4 final. He helped pave the way for the Dragons to rush for 2,093 yards and 26 touchdowns and average 25.4 points per game.

 

OL – Tracey  Taylor, Jr., Long Branch 

Taylor was Long Branch’s center and helped lead the way for the Green Wave to rush for 3,028 yards and 34 touchdowns,  pass for 1,476 yards and 21 touchdowns and average 33.5 points per game. Jermaine Corbett led the state in rushing yards with 2,021. He also had 41 tackles on defense as the Green Wave won the Central Jersey Group 4 title and posted a school-record 12 wins.

 

UT – Nigel Mitchell, Sr., Red Bank 

Mitchell ran for 690 yards and four touchdowns on an average of eight yards per carry and caught 20 passes for 260 yards and seven touchdowns to help the Bucs go 7-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals.

 

UT – Canyon Birch, Sr., Manasquan

Birch ran for 1,290 yards and totaled 17 touchdowns as Manasquan’s tailback and recorded 76 tackles with 18 tackles for loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery at linebacker to help the Warriors go 8-3, win the Liberty Division title and reach the Central Jersey Group 2 final.

 

K – Jake Hurler, Sr., Freehold 

Hurler converted 20 of 22 extra points and was 6-for-8 on field goals with a long of 41 yards. He also had 11 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown and recorded 32 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

 

DEFENSE 

DL – Dashon Taylor, Sr., Manalapan 

Taylor recorded 74 tackles with eight tackles for loss and four sacks for a defense that allowed 18.2 points per game. His play helped the Braves reach the Central Jersey Group 5 semifinals.

 

DL – Cory Englehardt, Sr., Brick

Englehardt made 102 tackles with 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery to help the Dragons go 8-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 4 final.

 

DL – Dylan D’Anton, Sr., Manasquan 

D’Anton made 51 tackles with 20 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and six forced fumbles to help Manasquan go 8-3, win the Liberty Division title and reach the Central Jersey Group 2 championship game.

 

DL – Gino Tartamella, Sr., Red Bank Catholic

Tartamella recorded 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 9.5 sacks for a Caseys defense that was No. 2 in the Shore allowing 10 points per game. His play helped RBC win the Non-Public Group 3 state title and finish undefeated for the first time since 1960.

 

LB – Christian Lanzalotto, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven 

Lanzalotto recorded 123 tackles with one sack, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries for a defense that allowed 11.5 points per game to help Rumson go 10-2, win the Colonial Division title, claim the Central Jersey Group 3 sectional championship and win the Central/South Group 3 Bowl Game.

 

LB – John Columbia, Sr., Red Bank Catholic 

Columbia led RBC with 106 tackles and added 14 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks for a defense that was No. 2 in the Shore allowing just 10 points per game. His play helped RBC win the Non-Public Group 3 state title and finish undefeated for the first time since 1960.

 

LB – Charlie Gordinier, Jr., Red Bank Catholic 

Gordinier made 83 tackles with 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, an interception and six passes defensed for a Caseys defense that was No. 2 in the Shore allowing 10 points per game. His play helped RBC win the Non-Public Group 3 state title and finish undefeated for the first time since 1960. Gordinier holds multiple FBS offers.

 

LB – Najiere Hutchinson, Sr., Neptune 

A Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Liberty Division, Hutchinson made 40 tackles with six tackles for loss and three sacks to help Neptune go 5-5 following a winless season. Hutchinson also ran for 549 yards and four touchdowns.

 

LB – Russell Ferrisi, Sr., Mater Dei Prep 

A three-year starter for the Seraphs, Ferrisi was a standout for a defense that allowed just 11.1 points per game and recorded three shutouts. His play helped Mater Dei go 10-2, win a third straight division title and reach a state final for the third consecutive season.

 

DB – Anthony Romano, Sr., Red Bank Catholic 

As the Caseys’ free safety, Romano made 51 tackles and brought down a team-high four interceptions as part of a defense that allowed 10 points per game to finish No. 2 in the Shore. His play helped RBC win the Non-Public Group 3 state title and finish undefeated for the first time since 1960.

 

DB – Jeff Lavarin, Sr., Brick Memorial 

Lavarin made 28 tackles with six pass breakups and a forced fumble on defense and also ran for 419 yards and four touchdowns and caught five passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns to help Brick Memorial reach the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals.

 

DB – Alex Bryant, Jr., Ocean

Bryant was a lockdown corner for the Spartans and had one interception on the season. On offense, he had 15 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns to help Ocean qualify for the Central Jersey Group 3 playoffs.

 

DB – James Pendergist, Sr., Manasquan

Pendergist excelled on offense, defense and special teams to help Manasquan go 8-3, win the Liberty Division title and reach the Central Jersey Group 2 final. He caught 30 passes for 468 yards and totaled five touchdowns at wide receiver. He was a shutdown corner on defense and finished with 32 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, seven passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He also blocked three kicks, went 8-for-9 on extra points and kicked a 32-yard field goal. Pendergist was also selected as the Liberty Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

 

UT – Cole Groschel, Sr., Brick 

Groschel missed parts of the season with injuries but was still an impact player on both sides of the ball for a Brick team that went 8-3 and reached the Central Jersey Group 4 final. Groschel had 43 tackles and three interceptions on defense, caught 16 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 103 yards and also threw a touchdown pass.

 

UT – Dale Sieczkowski, Sr., Manalapan 

Despite missing two games, Sieczkowski ran for 691 yards and six touchdowns, caught nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, recorded 42 tackles and notched one sack to help Manalapan reach the Central Jersey Group 5 semifinals.

 

P – Jack Dematteo, Sr., Manalapan

Dematteo was 30-for-30 on extra points and converted 5-of-8 field goals with a long of 39 yards. He averaged 33.3 yards per punt with a long of 50 and four punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

 

THIRD TEAM 

OFFENSE

QB – Jake Kazanowsky, So., Toms River North 

In his first year as the Mariners’ starting quarterback, Kazanowsky threw for 1,437 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead an offense that average 28.1 points per game.

 

QB – Ryan Clark, Jr., Donovan Catholic 

A dual-threat in the Griffins’ power spread offense, Clark threw for 1,013 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 653 yards and 14 touchdowns to help Donovan go 7-3 for their most wins since 1993.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

QB -- Collin Coles, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven 

In his first year as Rumson’s starting quarterback, Coles threw for 1,275 yards and 15 touchdowns to pilot an offense that averaged 29.3 points per game. Coles was an All-Colonial Division selection by the coaches and helped Rumson go 10-2, win the division title, win the Central Jersey Group 3 title and win the Central/South Group 3 Bowl Game.

 

RB – Dontrell Alston, Sr., Marlboro 

Alston ran for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns and also had an interception return for a touchdown on defense to help Marlboro go 4-6 for its most wins since 2012.

 

RB – Evan Burton, Sr., Pinelands

Burton ran for 1,209 yards and 10 touchdowns on an average of 6.8 yards per carry and also caught 12 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Burton made 35 tackles with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

 

RB – Jarrod Pruitt, Jr., Toms River North 

Pruitt ran for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns on a Mariners team that averaged 28.1 points per game. His played helped Toms River North go 6-3 and qualify for the South Jersey Group 5 playoffs.

 

RB – Billy Guidetti, Jr., Red Bank Catholic 

One of several potent options for RBC’s offense, Guidetti ran for 902 yards and 12 touchdowns on an average of 6.6 yards per carry to help the Caseys win the Non-Public Group 3 state title and finish undefeated for the first time in 58 years.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

RB -- Romeo Thomas, Jr., Colts Neck

Thomas likely would have cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark if had played in all 10 games, but he had a very good season nonetheless by rushing for 960 yards and eight touchdowns on an average of 7.0 yards per carry. Thomas was an All-Liberty Division selection by the coaches. He will be the centerpiece of Colts Neck’s offense in 2019 as the Cougars try to build in the second year under head coach Matt Ahearn.

 

WR – Eli Rife, Sr., Monmouth 

Rife led the Shore in receptions with 48 and was third in yards with 604 while catching five touchdown passes. He added 95 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.

 

WR – Sincere Moore, Sr., Lakewood

Moore led the Shore in receiving yards by catching 39 passes for 679 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 32 tackles and four interceptions on defense.

 

WR – John Manfre, Sr., Freehold Township 

Manfre was the leading receiving in Freehold Township’s Air Raid offense, hauling in 34 passes for 549 yards and three touchdowns. He added 32 tackles and two interceptions on defense

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

WR -- Aidan Campbell, Sr., Middletown North

Campbell, who was a second-team All-Shore wide receiver last season, put together another solid season despite missing three games. The Lions’ top wideout hauled in 23 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 13.8 yards per catch, and was an All-Colonial Division selection by the coaches.

 

OL – Ethan Ardolino, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

A standout along one of the best and most physical offensive lines in the Shore, Ardolino’s work as a guard helped Rumson average 300 yards per game, including 194 yards rushing. He helped clear paths for Alex Maldjian to rush for 1,702 yard and 23 touchdowns as the Bulldogs won the Central Jersey Group 3 championship.

 

OL – Sam Aromando, Sr., Shore

Aromando was the top lineman for a Blue Devils offense that ran for 2,560 yards and 32 touchdowns and averaged 29.9 points per game.

 

OL – Alex Verardi, Sr., Freehold 

Verardi was the Colonials’ top lineman and led the way for quarterbacks Matt Krauss and Sha’Kim Shuler to combine for 1,600 yards rushing and 1,260 yards passing. Verardi was also an impact defender with 51 tackles and six sacks.

 

OL – Ambrose Richards, Sr., Red Bank Catholic 

Richards’ play along the offensive line helped the Caseys’ offense average 33.7 points per game on their way to winning the Non-Public Group 3 state title and finishing undefeated for the first time since 1960.

 

OL – Alec Wells, Sr., Manasquan 

Wells’ blocking helped Manasquan’s power offense rush for 2,170 yards and 24 touchdowns to lead the Warriors to an 8-3 record, the Liberty Division title and a trip to the Central Jersey Group 2 final.

 

OL – Tom Buxton, Jr., Donovan Catholic 

Buxton led the way up front for a Griffins’ offense that ran for 2,093 yards and 33 touchdowns, threw for 1,018 yards and nine touchdowns and averaged 31 points per game. Donovan went 7-3 for its most wins since 1993.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

OL -- Logan Baxter, Sr., Brick Memorial 

Baxter was the top lineman for a Brick Memorial triple-option offense that ran for 2,504 yards and 29 touchdowns en route to reaching the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals. He was an All-Colonial Division selection by the coaches.

 

UT – Casey Larkin, So., Wall

Larkin emerged as a key playmaker in his first varsity season by rushing for a team-high 784 yards and five touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry and catching 24 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He added 53 tackles, one sack and three interceptions on defense to help Wall go 6-3 and reach the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs.

 

UT – Trebor Pena, Jr., Ocean 

Pena led the Spartans in rushing and receiving with 488 yards rushing and six touchdowns plus 29 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, intercepted a pass on defense and kicked five extra points.

 

UT -- Dylan Richey, Sr., Wall

Richey threw for 905 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 441 yards and seven touchdowns to help the Crimson Knights go 6-3 and reach the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs. Richey also played in the secondary for a Wall defense that allowed just 11.8 points per game.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

UT -- Rashid ‘Scooby’ Tuddles, Sr., Manasquan 

Tuddles was an integral two-way standout for a Warriors team that went 8-3, won the Liberty Division title and reached the Central Jersey Group 2 sectional final. As a fullback, Tuddles ran for 683 yards and added 130 receiving yards with eight total touchdowns, and was also a thunderous blocker who led the way for Canyon Birch to rush for over 1,200 yards. On defense, Tuddles made 49 tackles with three tackles for loss, three interceptions, four passes defensed and one interception return for a touchdown.

 

K – Kevin Clohosey, Sr., Neptune 

Clohosey was 15-for-15 on extra points and 6-for-7 on field goals with a long of 40 yards. He kicked walk-off, game-winning 28-yard field goal in a 24-21 win over Point Boro in Week 4.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

K -- Alex Unanski, Sr., Holmdel 

Unanski was 49-for-51 on extra points and kicked two field goals with a long of 40 to help Holmdel to its best season since 2007. The Hornets went 8-2, won the National Division title and reached the Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals.

 

DEFENSE

DL – Vinny Condito, Jr., Middletown South

Condito had 39 tackles with three tackles for loss, five sacks, five quarterback pressures and one forced fumble as the Eagles allowed 15.3 points per game (10.6 ppg against Shore Conference teams). Condito also ran for 426 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles went 8-3, won the American Division title and reached the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals.

 

DL – Isaac Vernon, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven 

Vernon had 75 tackles and seven sacks as part of a stacked Rumson defense that allowed 11.5 points per game and helped the Bulldogs go 10-2, win the Colonial Division title, take the Central Jersey Group 3 crown and claim the Central/South Group 3 Bowl Game trophy.

 

DL – Vin DiMaio, Sr., Shore

DiMaio had two sacks and clogged up running lanes for a Blue Devils defense that allowed just 10.1 points per game. He also played along the offensive line and paved the way for Shore to rush for 2,560 yards and 32 touchdowns and average 29.9 points per game.

 

DL – Steven Holler, Sr., Middletown North

Holler tied for the Shore Conference lead with 11 sacks and finished with 52 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, eight hurries and two blocked punts.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

DL -- Paul Damato, Jr., Marlboro

Damato recorded seven sacks along with 12 tackles for loss and 47 total tackles, and was selected to the Constitution Division All-Division team by the coaches.

 

LB – Brian Ewan, Sr., Barnegat 

Ewan recorded 90 tackles with 16 tackles for loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to help Barnegat go 7-3 and reach the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs. He also had three rushing touchdowns at fullback. Ewan finished his career as Barnegat’s all-time leading tackler.

  

LB – Latrell Bennett, Sr., Long Branch

Bennett had 60 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and a defensive touchdown for a Long Branch unit that allowed 10.3 points per game.

 

LB – Frankie Giannetti, Jr., Toms River East

Giannetti was the Raiders’ top all-around player with 61 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery plus 700 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

 

LB – Tyler Ciemniecki, Sr., Manalapan 

Ciemniecki recorded a team-high 127 tackles (65 solo) and one sack to help Manalapan reach the Central Jersey Group 5 semifinals.

 

LB – Brandon Saghafi, Sr., Holmdel 

The leading tackler for the No. 1 scoring defense in the Shore, Saghafi registered 83 tackles with nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble for a unit that yielded just 7.9 points per game. His play helped Holmdel go 8-2, won its first division title (National Division) since 2007 and win a playoff game for the first time since 2007.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

LB -- Colin Chatto, Sr., Red Bank

Chatto had 80 tackles with six tackles for loss and three sacks for a Red Bank defense that allowed 16.8 points per game. Chatto’s play helped the Bucs rebound from a 2-8 season to finish 7-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals.

 

DB – Ryan Dupree, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Dupree had 89 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown for a defense that allowed 11.5 points per game and helped the Bulldogs go 10-2, win the Colonial Division title, win the Central Jersey Group 3 championship and take home the Central/South Group 3 Bowl Game trophy.

 

DB – Billy Levy, Sr., Long Branch

Levy recorded 84 tackles with one sack and one interception for a Long Branch defense that allowed just 10.3 points per game. His play helped the Green Wave win a school-record 12 games, repeat as Central Jersey Group 4 champions and win the Central/South Group 4 Bowl Game.

 

DB – Dupreme Holland, Sr., Southern

Holland was among the Shore’s leaders with five interceptions and added five passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

 

DB – Tahaj Parland, Jr., Mater Dei Prep

Parland’s play in the secondary was key to the Seraphs allowing just 11.1 points per game. His signature moment was a pass breakup in the end zone on the final play of the game to give the Seraphs a 28-23 win over DePaul in the Non-Public Group 3 semifinals.

 

FINAL VOTE WINNER

DB -- Nick Ferrogine, So., Red Bank 

Ferrogine stepped in as a first-year varsity player and made an immediate impact on a Red Bank team that went 7-3 and reached the Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals. He recorded 72 tackles with three tackles for loss and a forced fumble on a defense that allowed 16.8 points per game.

 

UT – Charlie Cotton, Sr., Barnegat

Cotton ran for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns, made 42 tackles with 15 tackles for loss, recorded one sack and forced two fumbles to help Barnegat go 7-3 and reach the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs.

 

UT – Dante Morris, Sr., Lakewood 

Lakewood struggled to a 1-9 season but Morris was the heart and soul of the Piners and turned in a great individual season with 1,509 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns, 48 tackles and seven sacks.

 

UT – Isaiah Noguera, Jr., Mater Dei Prep

A true all-around threat, Noguera took snaps at quarterback while Rob McCoy was sitting out after transferring in and then switched to wide receiver where he helped the Seraphs average a Shore-best 36.8 points per game. He continued to star in the secondary for a team that allowed 11.1 points per game and was a weapon on special teams as a kick/punt returner.

 

UT – Gil Goldsmith, Sr., Shore 

Goldsmith was a key player in all three phases for a Blue Devils team that went 7-3 and qualified for the Central Jersey Group 2 playoffs. Goldsmith threw for 576 yards and nine touchdowns, ran for 570 yards and eight touchdowns, intercepted two passes and averaged 32 yards per punt with three inside the 20-yard line

 

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