Football – Matawan’s ‘Original 6′ Look to Future
Story by Patrick Hennessy:
When Shawn Ramcheran and Aliem Shaw both verbally committed to Sacred Heart early Monday morning, they not only fulfilled personal dreams, but also made an entire community proud. Growing up in Matawan, watching stars such as Jared Allison, Malik Gumbs, Cassius Williams and Keith Beaty, the goal was to always be like them and leave a legacy of success.
The journey to that success does not start in high school like most towns do. In Matawan, that journey starts at the youth level, playing in Pop Warner and AYF. From a young age, Shaw and Ramcheran were seen as a bright future for Matawan and the next breed of successful Matawan football players along with Anthony Brown, Khalil Haskins, Calvin Beaty, and Dejohn Rogers. Youth football coaches such as Charlie Rogers, George Brewton, Jamal Hill, John McKinney, and Anthony Brown Sr (father of SJV star Anthony Brown) were the first to recognize the potential these 6 held. Brown attended SJV to start his freshman year and was later followed by Haskins and Beaty. Those 3 created a legacy of their own at Saint John Vianney, heading one of the greatest Shore Conference teams ever.
Ramcheran, Shaw and Rogers all made their mark at Matawan, winning a State Championship their junior season and writing their names in the Matawan football history books forever. After Rogers transferred to powerhouse Paramus Catholic, Ramcheran and Shaw were left to finish of their high school careers together, hand in hand, like brothers.
“Knowing I get to continue a tremendous journey with my brother is definitely a plus. Playing Mighty Might football together to winning a high school state championship, we've left a legacy here in Matawan and we plan on making an impact in a pioneer uniform,” said Ramcheran.
Sacred Heart is getting two quality kids, athletes and competitors in Shaw and Ramcheran. Both were 4 year varsity starters and put up magnificent numbers. Shaw was an all state and all shore selection 3 years in a row and totaled 436 tackles (solo and assisted) and 31 sacks. Ramcheran himself was also an all shore selection the last two years and accounted for 124 tackles (solo and assisted) and 9 interceptions, while also adding 70 catches and well over 1,000 yards for 12 touchdowns. Ramcheran was also one of the most dangerous returners in Shore Conference history.
“It's so accomplishing,” said Shaw,” I can't wait to begin another bond with a new family.”
Although the original 6 for Matawan all took different journeys, they all left their own legacy. Brown became one of the best quarterbacks in Shore Conference history and has committed to Boston College. Haskins holds an offer from Utah and Beaty holds an offer from Rhode Island. Rogers won a ring with Matawan and holds 3 offers from Monmouth, Bryant, and none other than Sacred Heart. Ramcheran and Shaw built their legends at Matawan, and all 6 hold one thing in common. They have all helped put Matawan on the map.
Story by Patrick Hennessy