*Rosters updated on June 16*

The rosters for the 2018 Shore Sports Network All-Shore Gridiron Classic have been announced and feature a star-studded group of athletes, including 13 players who received SSN First Team All-Shore honors this past season.

The 41st All-Shore Gridiron Classic, presented by InVision Eye Care, is New Jersey’s longest-running high school football all-star game and will take place on Thursday, July 12, at Brick Memorial High School. It will be preceded by the annual Shore Conference 7-on-7 championship game and will include the latest Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame members being inducted at halftime.

Monmouth County came away with a 17-8 victory last year and Marlboro’s Cameron Caorsi set a Gridiron Classic record with 168 yards rushing to give Monmouth a 21-18-1 lead in the all-time series. Heading into to this year’s game Monmouth County has an absolutely loaded roster as it looks to make it two wins in a row.

Monmouth County will have 12 SSN First Team All-Shore selections on its roster led by an electrifying group of skills players. Freehold quarterback Ashante Worthy, Howell quarterback Eddie Morales, Rumson-Fair Haven running back Peter Lucas, Red Bank Catholic running back Zack Bair, Howell wide receiver Naseim Brantley and Long Branch wide receiver T.J. Fosque were all first-team offensive players last season. Add in Long Branch quarterback Juwan Wilkins, Marlboro wide receiver Justin Marcus, Red Bank Catholic wide receiver Brandon Lombana and Mater Dei Prep wide receiver Kyle Devaney, plus more, and Monmouth County has a collection of offensive talent that has the potential to break records.

As Shore Sports Network’s inaugural football MVP, Worthy had the greatest statistical season in Shore Conference and state history to lead the Colonials to an 8-4 record and a trip to the Central Jersey Group IV championship game. He ran for a modern state single-season record 2,860 yards with 41 touchdowns and added 2,106 yards passing and 20 touchdowns. HIs 61 combined touchdowns between rushing and passing set a state single-season record, and he became the first player in state history to rush and throw for 2,000 yards in a single season.

Freehold quarterback Ashante Worthy. (Photo by Paula Lopez).

Only in the historic year that was the 2017 season could Lucas’s totals be third best behind Worthy and Manalapan running back Naim Mayfield, but he nonetheless had an incredible season, as well. In his first and only year as Rumson’s starting running back, Lucas set the school record for rushing yards and touchdowns by rushing for 2,196 yards and 31 touchdowns (33 total) on an average of 9.9 yards per carry to help Rumson go 10-2 and reach a fifth straight sectional championship game. Lucas, who was selected as the Class A Central Offensive Player of the Year, ran for over 200 yards in six of 11 games.

Outdone at quarterback only by Worthy’s incomprehensible season, Morales was a great leader who helped the Rebels to their best season in nearly a decade. The Monmouth University commit led the Shore in passing with 2,156 yards and 24 touchdowns with a 70 percent completion rate. He also ran for a team-high 725 yards and 10 touchdowns to power Howell to a 9-2 record and a trip to the South Jersey Group V semifinals. Morales also had 20 tackles and two interceptions on defense and caught a touchdown pass.

An ankle injury late in the season derailed a tremendous senior season for Bair, but for six-plus weeks he was one of the most electric players in the Shore for an RBC offense that averaged 39.8 points per game to rank No. 3 in the conference. Bair ran for 1,087 yards and 15 touchdowns on a conference-best 13.8 yards per carry and added a receiving touchdown, a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Among the most dynamic players in the Shore, Brantley excelled on offense, defense and special teams with 20 total touchdowns to help the Rebels go 9-2 and reach the South Jersey Group V semifinals. Brantley caught 48 passes for 785 yards and tied for the conference lead with 13 touchdown catches. He also ran for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass. At defensive back, Brantley made 29 tackles with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown. As a kick returner, Brantley had two kickoff returns for touchdowns and a punt return for a score.

RBC running back Zack Bair. (Photo by Robert Samuels).

Fosque emerged as one of the Shore Conference’s top wideouts to help lead the Green Wave to the Central Jersey Group IV championship and a 9-3 record. Fosque caught 37 passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 19 yards per reception.

Monmouth County also has standouts on the defensive side with Middletown North’s Austin Dewise at defensive end and a secondary that features Red Bank Catholic’s Matt Ansell and Long Branch’s Kevin Porch.

Ocean County’s all-stars include Point Boro quarterback James Fara, a SSN First Team All-Shore pick, as well as Panthers backfield mates Tanner Gordon and Brandon Cipriano, Brick Memorial running back Tony Thorpe and defensive back Blaine Netterman, the Lacey duo of quarterback Coleton Klaus and Jason Giresi, Point Beach’s quarterback/linebacker Luke Frauenheim, Toms River North linebacker Daryn Blackwell and Southern running back Matt Barnett.

As the leader of Point Boro’s triple-option offense, Fara had a great season to lead the Panthers to an 11-1 record, a third straight Class B South division title and a trip to a sectional final for the first time since 2007. Fara was fourth in the Shore in rushing with 1,628 yards and 24 touchdowns on an average of 7.8 yards per carry and also threw for 611 yards and seven touchdowns with a 60 percent completion rate. Point Boro had the No. 7 offense in the Shore averaging 32.5 points per game.

Point Boro quarterback James Fara. (Photo by Paula Lopez).

Cipriano was a key dual-threat player for an offense that averaged 32.5 points per game, rushing for 825 yards and 12 touchdowns on an average of 11.9 yards per carry and catching 25 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns. A Class B South all-division selection, Cipriano’s play helped the Panthers go 11-1, win a third straight Class B South division title and reach the Central Jersey Group II final.

The Class A South Offensive Player of the Year, Thorpe ran for 1,372 yards and 14 touchdowns on an average of 6.2 yards per carry to lead Brick Memorial to a 7-3 record and a share of the Class A South division title. A three-year starter, Thorpe concluded his career as Brick Memorial’s all-time leading scorer and rusher.

Selected as the Class B Central Defensive Player of the Year, Frauenheim was the heart and soul of a Point Beach team that reached the Central Jersey Group I championship game. Frauenheim made 59 tackles with two sacks and two interceptions as a linebacker, and as Point Beach’s quarterback threw for 1,438 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 785 yards and four touchdowns.

Klaus completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,372 yards and 10 touchdowns while also rushing for 213 yards and four touchdowns, while Giresi ran for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns to help lead the Lions to a 7-3 record and a playoff berth in South Jersey Group III.

Here are the complete rosters for both teams.

2018 Shore Sports Network All-Shore Gridiron Classic

Rosters

Monmouth County

Ashante Worthy, QB, Freehold

Eddie Morales, QB, Howell

Juwan Wilkins, QB, Long Branch

Danny Vital, QB, Keansburg

Peter Lucas, RB, Rumson-Fair Haven

Zack Bair, RB, Red Bank Catholic

Devonte Spann, RB, Matawan

Naseim Brantley, WR, Howell

Scott Scherzer, WR, Manalapan

T.J. Fosque, WR, Long Branch

Johnny O’Beirne, WR, Holmdel

Kyle Devaney, WR, Mater Dei Prep

Justin Marcus, WR, Marlboro

Ryan Mazik, WR, Howell

Jashawn Martin, WR, Keansburg

Brandon Lombana, WR, Red Bank Catholic

Shawn Scully, WR, Colts Neck

Salvatore Giglio, WR, Red Bank

Jerome Hansen, TE, Keyport

Thomas Olausen, OL, Mater Dei Prep

Evan Hilla, OL, Manasquan

Jaylen Page, OL, Asbury Park

Andrew Worthington, OL, Ocean

Chris Manginelli, OL, Marlboro

Alec Larsen, OL, St. John Vianney

Sean Greaves, OL, Raritan

Justin Johnson, OL, Rumson-Fair Haven

Scott Prendergast, OL, Howell

Mike Karycinski, OL, Matawan

Austin Dewise, DL, Middletown North

Kyle Smith, DL, Long Branch

Antonio Deieso, DL, Manalapan

Emmett McNamara, DL, Red Bank Catholic

Damian Rybaltowski, DL, Freehold Township

Mike Rosati, DL, Shore

Braeden Benforth, DL, Neptune

Joe Osterbye, LB, Keansburg

Connor Morgan, LB, Manasquan

Anthony Guarino, LB, Monmouth

Tim McKernan, LB, Wall

Pasa Fields Jr., DB, Long Branch

Tommy Antonucci, DB, Manasquan

Kevin Porch, DB, Long Branch

Matt Ansell, DB, Red Bank Catholic

Connor Welsh, DB, Middletown North

Elijah Sherin, DB, Long Branch

Donte Abrams, DB, Asbury Park

David Gelb, K, Manalapan

 

Ocean County

James Fara, QB, Point Boro

Coleton Klaus, QB, Lacey

Louie Gallo IV, QB, Toms River East

Tony Thorpe, RB, Brick Memorial

Evan Otten, RB, Toms River East

Jalen Glenn, RB, Manchester

Jason Giresi, RB, Lacey

Tanner Miick, WR, Lacey

Brandon Cipriano, WR, Point Boro

Gannon Wyche, WR, Jackson Liberty

Nick Silvia, WR, Toms River East

Hunter Roberts, WR, Toms River South

Brennan Richardson, WR, Pinelands

Matt D'Amore, WR, Jackson Memorial

Blake Horgan, TE, Central

Chris Hirtes, TE, Brick

Joe Hurle, OL, Jackson Memorial

Gabe Fattizzi, OL, Point Boro

Dan Morales, OL, Manchester

Rahmi Halk, OL, Brick

Charlie Cushman, OL, Donovan Catholic

John Carr, OL, Lacey

Nick Florio, OL, Toms River South

Brandon Voss, OL, Central

Tony Lipari, OL, Point Beach

David Kohler, OL, Pinelands

Joe Castellano, OL, Brick Memorial

Teddy Suarez, DL, Toms River South

Ryan Emmets, DL, Central

Tommy Ferrante, DL, Toms River East

Willie Garner, DL, Brick Memorial

Anthony Bonavito, DL, Point Boro

Nick Johnson, DL, Jackson Liberty

Joe Miele, LB, Southern

Daryn Blackwell, LB, Toms River North

Nate Chiarello, LB, Point Boro

Juan Abraham, LB, Barnegat

Lino Delgiudice, LB, Central

Tanner Gordon, LB, Point Boro

Luke Frauenheim, LB, Point Beach

Blaine Netterman, DB, Brick Memorial

Neil Harrington, DB, Central

Jonathan Banks, DB, Central

Jonathan Gonzalez, DB, Central

Jerry Ward, DB, Manchester

Anthony Tobia, DB, Lacey

Myles Jackson, DB, Lakewood

Mickey Maldonado, DB, Toms River North

Billy Mullen, LS, Brick Memorial

Shane Black, K, Central

 

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