Sadiq Palmer, Charlie Volker and More Shore Football Alumni Shine
As we watch this Shore Conference football season unfold, there are plenty of former Shore stars doing their thing at the next level.
Here is a round-up of strong performances by Shore football grads from Saturday's action across the college football spectrum, from FBS to Division III. I kept it to players who made an impact during the game, so if they only had one tackle or a single catch or something like that, I did not include them here because it would be an endless list.
If I missed anyone, feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will update it.
---UMass nearly shocked an SEC team, Mississippi State, in a wild 47-35 loss, and two former Shore stars played a big role for the Minutemen. True freshman wide receiver Sadiq Palmer (Red Bank) caught his first collegiate touchdown pass, a 19-yard strike in the fourth quarter for his only catch of the game. The UMass kicker is Mike Caggiano (Manalapan), who went 5-for-5 on extra points in the loss.
---Princeton lost 42-28 to Lehigh, but it was a career day for Rumson-Fair Haven's all-time leading rusher. Sophomore running back Charlie Volker had a career-high 82 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns in the loss. He also had 4 catches for 16 yards. Also, helping to clear the way for Volker up front was freshman Reily Radosevich (Manalapan), who started at right tackle.
---Penn State sophomore linebacker Manny Bowen (Barnegat) had a career-high 7 tackles, including one for a loss, in a 49-10 loss to No. 4 Michigan in the Nittany Lions' Big Ten opener. Defensive end Garrett Sickels (Red Bank) added 2 tackles, and tight end Mike Gesicki (Southern) had 5 catches for 23 yards. Gesicki's 14 catches for the season rank second on the team.
The silver lining was that Penn State's 260-pound kicker, Joey Julius, claimed another victim.
---Wide receiver Keith Kirkwood (Neptune) had 2 catches for 45 yards as Temple rolled over Charlotte, 48-20, to make for a nice homecoming weekend.
---Defensive back Ikie Calderon (Neptune) had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery in Eastern Michigan's 27-24 win over Wyoming.
---You know there had to be some fun trash talk between old Red Bank Catholic teammates after Duke stunned Notre Dame, 38-35. Liam Smith is a freshman offensive lineman for the Blue Devils, while his old linemate, Quenton Nelson, is the starting left guard and a potential NFL first-round pick for the Fighting Irish.
---Junior Alex Thomson (Keyport) is Wagner's starting quarterback, and he went 13-for-25 for 62 yards passing and ran for 20 yards and a touchdown as the FCS Seahawks lost 42-10 to FBS Boston College. Junior defensive back Jesse Flaherty (Red Bank Catholic) had 4 tackles in the loss.
---Junior defensive back Darrius Hart (Toms River South) had 5 tackles and an interception for Maine in a 31-20 loss to James Madison in a match-up of nationally-ranked FCS teams.
---Star safety Mike Basile (Brick Memorial) had a team-high 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a 43-yard interception return as Monmouth University fell 35-7 to FCS power Charleston Southern. Defensive lineman Dimitrius Smith (Jackson Memorial) added 4 tackles in the loss.
---Anthony Firkser (Manalapan) had 4 catches for a team-high 78 yards as Harvard dispatched Brown 32-22 in the Ivy League.
---Kyle Mullen (Manalapan) had 4 tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards, in Yale's 27-13 loss to Cornell.
---Senior linebacker Brett Lambert (Holmdel) had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery in Fordham's 31-17 over the University of Pennsylvania. Lambert's old Holmdel teammate, wide receiver Robbie Cantelli, also is a member of the Rams. He had one catch for 12 yards.
---Freshman running back Chad Freshnock (Middletown North) is already making his presence felt in a major way at Bucknell. He exploded for a career-high 161 yards rushing on 33 carries in a 23-17 loss to VMI in triple overtime. Also, Bucknell's starting quarterback is Matt Muh (Shore Regional), who was 20-for-32 for two touchdowns and two interceptions as well as 226 yards in the loss. Doug Whitlock (Red Bank Catholic) also had 3 tackles in the loss.
---Defensive backs Tyrice Beverette (Lakewood) and Jaheem Woods (Neptune) had 9 and 8 tackles, respectively, in Stony Brook's 38-10 loss to Sacred Heart.
---Wide receiver Tim Vangelas (Colts Neck) had 2 catches for 29 yards and a touchdown for Lafayette in a 31-14 loss to Villanova.
---William & Mary's starting quarterback is senior Steve Cluley (Wall), who was 23-for-41 for 231 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in a 27-10 loss to Elon.
---Junior running back Khani Glover (Jackson Mem.) had 12 carries for 25 yards and freshman defensive lineman Erik Graham (Shore Regional) had a sack in The College of New Jersey's 17-0 loss to Christopher Newport University.
---Senior running back John DiStefano (Red Bank Catholic) had a big day with 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 35 carries and wideout Julanee Prince (St. John Vianney) had 3 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown to help Montclair State knock off Rowan, 21-14.
---Sophomore running back Mike Cordova (Red Bank Catholic) had 81 yards rushing and a touchdown on 27 carries in Stonehill's 45-34 win over St. Anselm College.
---Joe Odebode (Toms River South) had 4 tackles for East Stroudsburg in a 31-14 loss to Shippensburg.
---New Haven quarterback Ajee Patterson (Neptune) was 19-for-27 for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for 18 yards and a touchdown in a 48-21 win over Pace. Patterson's old Neptune teammate, Myles Martin, led Pace with 12 tackles in the loss.
---Senior defensive back Pat Moran (Barnegat) had 9 tackles and an interception for William Paterson in a 24-13 loss to Kean University.
---David Gutzmore (Neptune) had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, in Seton Hill's 59-17 loss to California (Pa.).
---Sophomore Liam Casey (St. John Vianney) had 4 tackles, including one for a loss, in FDU-Florham's 54-13 loss to Stevenson.
---Sophomore cornerback Nate Corvil (Freehold Twp.) had 6 tackles and an interception and sophomore linebacker Jack Fitzsimmons (Point Boro) had 7 tackles for Muhlenberg in a 30-24 loss to Johns Hopkins.