2014 Shore Sports Network Jersey Mike’s All-Shore Football Teams
Shore Sports Network is proud to unveil its 2014 All-Shore teams and season-ending award winners featuring the top performers from the 2014 Shore Conference football season, sponsored by Jersey Mike's.
The All-Shore teams, along with the players and coaches of the year, were selected by a committee consisting of Shore Sports Network’s Scott Stump, Bob Badders, Kevin Williams, Ed Sarluca and Matt Harmon. Check out our video wrap-up of the 2014 season below as we discuss a banner year with a record six state champions from the Shore, teams to watch in 2015, our selections for All-Shore, and more.
Scroll down for bios, pictures and video clips of all the first-team All-Shore selections as well as write-ups on the second- and third-team selections.
QB – Carmen Sclafani, Sr., Brick
A two-time, first-team All-Shore selection, Sclafani helped the Green Dragons win the Class A South title for their first division title since 2008 while also reaching the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals thanks to another prolific season. For the second time in three seasons, he threw for over 1,000 yards and also ran for over 1,000 yards, and he registered his third straight 1,000-yard rushing season. He went 83-for-156 for 1,399 yards and 18 touchdowns passing and also ran for 1,427 yards and 16 touchdowns on an average of 9.8 yards per carry. In his three-year varsity career between a year at Toms River North and two seasons at Brick, he threw for 3,315 yards and 34 touchdowns and ran for 3,624 yards and 43 touchdowns to put himself among the most prolific quarterbacks in Shore Conference history. He also posted those numbers playing in one of the Shore Conference’s toughest divisions and helped Brick hand No. 1 Jackson Memorial its only loss, 30-24 in overtime, by putting up 266 yards and four touchdowns between rushing and passing. He has received FCS offers and interest. He was voted the Class A South Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches.
QB – Christian Palmer, Sr., Mater Dei Prep
In his third year as the Seraphs’ starter, Palmer exploded for the best statistical season by a quarterback in Shore Conference history to help the Seraphs tie the school record for wins in finishing 8-3 and reaching the Non-Public Group I semifinals. He was 84-for-170 for 1,993 yards passing with a Shore Conference-leading 27 touchdown passes. Palmer also ran for 1,265 yards and 17 touchdowns on 116 carries for an average of 10.9 yards per carry to rewrite the Mater Dei record book with a Shore-leading 3,258 total yards in becoming the first Seraphs quarterback to go over 1,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in the same season. His 44 combined touchdowns between rushing and passing are believed to be a single-season Shore Conference record. In the playoff semifinals against eventual champion and perennial state power St. Joseph’s-Hammonton, he threw for 217 yards and three touchdown passes against a team that did not give up more than eight points to any other New Jersey opponent all season. He also had 394 yards of total offense and a combined six touchdowns in a playoff win over Morristown-Beard. As a junior, he ran for 787 yards and 11 touchdowns and threw for 553 yards and three touchdowns before exploding this season. He was voted the Class B Central Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches.
RB – Dahmiere Willis, Sr., RB, Long Branch
In his first and only season as Long Branch’s starting tailback, Willis exploded for a Shore Conference single-season record 2,589 yards rushing on 314 carries (8.2 ypc) to earn Shore Sports Network Offensive Player of the Year honors. He helped the Green Wave finish 8-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group III semifinals while passing the previous Shore record of 2,544 yards set by Pinelands’ Matt McLain in 2010. Willis had six games of 200-plus yards rushing and two games of more than 300 yards. He also set the single-game school record with 370 yards rushing against Central Jersey Group III champion Matawan in a regular-season game, and his 27 touchdowns are also a school record. His 2,589 yards are also the second-highest single-season total in New Jersey history. He finished his career with 3,229 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns and also was a three-year starter in the secondary for the Green Wave, where he had 57 tackles and an interception as a senior. He was also named the Class B North Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches.
RB – Mike Bickford, So., Central
Bickford exploded on the scene in his first varsity season as a sophomore this fall, racking up a school single-season record 2,052 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns on 285 carries (7.2 ypc) to earn Class B South Offensive Player of the Year honors by the coaches. He helped the Golden Eagles to their best season in 20 years, as they finished 8-3 and won a share of the Class B South championship for their first division title since 1994. They also won their first state playoff game since 1994 with a 28-14 win over Oakcrest in South Jersey Group III in which Bickford ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns. He became the second 2,000-yard rusher in school history, beating the mark of 2,050 set by Kalyph Hardy in 2011. Bickford also is a standout linebacker, finishing with 65 tackles, eight pass break-ups and an interception return for a touchdown.
RB – Imamu Mayfield, Sr., Manalapan
Mayfield helped Manalapan win its fifth straight Class A North title and its first NJSIAA title in history, a 21-7 victory over South Brunswick in the Central Jersey Group V championship game. He finished the season with 1,827 yards rushing on 248 carries for an average of 7.4 yards per carry and led the Shore Conference with 31 touchdowns. In the state final against South Brunswick, he ran for 82 yards and a touchdown and also had a 61-yard catch that set up another touchdown. In a 21-3 win over Central Jersey Group IV finalist Middletown South during the regular season, he rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown. In a 39-14 win over Old Bridge in the first round of the playoffs, he exploded for a career-high 277 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. He finished his career with 2,296 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns, and was named the Class A North Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches.
WR – Isaiah Searight, Sr., Monmouth Regional
Committed to Fordham University, Searight re-wrote the Monmouth Regional record book to lead the Shore Conference in multiple receiving categories this fall. The 6-foot-4 senior led the Shore Conference with a school-record 76 catches, 13 shy of the single-season Shore record, and he also led the Shore with 887 receiving yards. His nine touchdown catches ranked third in the conference. He had five 100-yard receiving games, including 12 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown against Central Jersey Group II champion Rumson-Fair Haven, 10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against Central Jersey Group III champion Matawan, and 12 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown against Class A Central champion St. John Vianney. Searight also played safety for the Falcons, making 74 tackles.
WR – Dan Calabro, Sr., St. John Vianney
Calabro was one of the primary targets in the high-scoring passing attack directed by fellow first-team selection Anthony Brown in Calabro’s one year with the Lancers after transferring from Colts Neck. He finished with 40 catches, led the Shore Conference with 11 touchdown catches, and was fifth in the Shore with 702 receiving yards. He helped the Lancers tie the school record for wins in a 10-1 season that included their first division title since 1982 and their first state playoff victory since 1981. He also starred as a safety on defense, finishing second on the team with 80 tackles while also registering four interceptions.
WR – Sadiq Palmer, Jr., Red Bank Regional
One of the most explosive skill players in the Shore, Palmer had a breakout junior year in his second full season on varsity. He finished with 36 catches for 748 yards (20.8 ypc) and seven touchdowns and scored 13 total touchdowns between receiving, rushing, interceptions on defense and a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns. Palmer also was a standout safety for the Bucs with three interceptions. He has received interest from the Big Ten programs and several other FBS schools. Palmer helped the Bucs rebound with a 5-5 season after a one-win season in 2013 and earned All-Class B North honors from the coaches.
OL – Tyler Rauch, Sr., Jackson Memorial
The Jaguars’ senior left guard (#75, above) was a driving force on one of the best offenses in the Shore Conference as the Jaguars finished 11-1, won their first Central Jersey Group IV title since 2005, and finished No. 1 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10. Jackson averaged 35 points per game, rolling up 3,035 yards on the ground with an average of 6.8 yards per attempt as a team and amassing 4,204 total yards for an average of 350.3 yards per game. The Jaguars produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, Mike Gawlik and Vinny Lee, in the same season for the first time in school history. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Rauch, who earned All-Class A South honors from the coaches, was praised by the Jackson staff for his consistency and for rarely making any mistakes on his assignments.
OL – Liam Smith, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
One of the top linemen in New Jersey for the Class of 2016, Smith helped the Caseys win the Non-Public Group III title, their first state championship since 1976, as well as their fifth straight division title to earn All-Class B North honors from the coaches. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound tackle was a key cog in an RBC offense that scored a school-record 543 points to lead the Shore Conference with an average of 45 points per game. The Caseys ran for 2,804 yards as a team on an average 7.5 yards per attempt and had 4,289 total yards for an average of 357.4 yards per game. Smith already boasts offers from Duke, Miami, Old Dominion, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.
OL – Joe Sellmeyer, Jr., Manalapan
A second-team All-Shore pick as a sophomore, Sellmeyer (#53 above) was the leader of a Manalapan offensive line that paved the way for 1,800-yard rusher Imamu Mayfield and 1,500-yard passer Dan Anerella to earn All-Class A North honors from the coaches. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound guard led the way for a unit that averaged 37.2 points per game and produced 2,522 yards rushing on an average of 6.5 yards per attempt and 4,048 total yards for an average of 337.3 yards per game. He helped the Braves win the Central Jersey Group V title for their first state championship in program history as well as their fifth straight Class A North crown. Also an outstanding student, he has interest from Ivy League and Patriot League programs.
OL – Ryan Kroeger, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
A future teammate of fellow first-team selection Isaiah Searight at Fordham University, Kroeger (#74 above) was a two-way standout up front for a Caseys team that won its fifth straight division title and its first state title since 1976 by claiming the Non-Public Group III crown. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior guard earned All-Class B North honors in an RBC offense that scored a school-record 543 points to lead the Shore Conference with an average of 45 points per game. The Caseys ran for 2,804 yards as a team on an average 7.5 yards per attempt and had 4,289 total yards for an average of 357.4 yards per game. Kroeger also had 50 tackles, 18 quarterback pressures and 4 sacks while playing on the defensive line for one of the Shore’s top defenses.
OL – James Wilson, Sr., Middletown South
Committed to Youngstown State, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior (#78 above) was the leader of a Middletown South offensive line that helped the Eagles finish 9-3 and reach their 11th state final in 14 seasons before bowing 21-18 to top-ranked Jackson Memorial. The Eagles, who averaged 30.7 points per game, ran for 2,865 yards, led by 1,800-yard rusher Cole Rogers, on an average of 6.7 yards per attempt and finished with 4,105 total yards for an average of 342.1 yards per game.
UT – Eddie Hahn, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
One of the top all-around players in the Shore Conference, Hahn starred all over the field for a Caseys team that won its first state title since 1976 and its fifth straight division title in addition to posting a school-record 11 wins. In his first full season as the starting quarterback after rotating as a sophomore, he was 81-for-127 (64 percent accuracy) for 1,485 yards, averaging 18.3 yards per completion and throwing 20 touchdown passes despite rarely playing in the fourth quarter for much of the season because of blowout wins. He also ran for 531 yards and 12 touchdowns on an average of 7.5 yards per carry. Also a talented safety, he had 32 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed. Hahn was also RBC’s punter, averaging 34.1 yards per punt on 21 attempts with a long of 55 yards. He saved his best for last, going 9-for-10 for 234 yards and a touchdown passing and also running for 47 yards and a score in a 45-20 win over Delbarton in the Non-Public Group III championship game. He currently has an offer from North Carolina State and interest from several other FBS programs.
UT – Anthony Brown, Jr., St. John Vianney
Another superstar quarterback in the Shore Conference, Brown had a breakout season as a junior in the first year under coach Mark Ciccotelli’s system to lead the Shore with 2,198 yards passing and finish second with 25 touchdown passes. A dual threat, he also ran for 805 yards and 9 touchdowns to give him 3,003 total yards and 34 total touchdowns. One of the most consistently productive quarterbacks in the Shore, he directed a Lancers’ offense that finished second in the Shore at 42.8 points per game and also handled the punting duties while seeing a handful of snaps in the secondary, where he started as a sophomore. St. John Vianney tied the school record for wins (10), won its first division title since 1982, and won its first state playoff game since 1981. He had 205 total yards and three total touchdowns in a win over Central Jersey Group II champion Rumson-Fair Haven, finished with 214 total yards and two touchdown passes in a win over Central Jersey Group III champion Matawan, and had 278 yards passing and two touchdown runs in a loss to Delbarton in the Non-Public Group III semifinals. Brown already has offers from New Hampshire and Syracuse, with more of them sure to roll in during the offseason.
K – Matt Mosquera, Jr., Middletown South
In his second varsity season, Mosquera had the greatest single season ever by a Middletown South kicker and one of the best in Shore Conference history. He went 14-for-15 on field goal attempts, with his only miss being a 48-yard attempt, tying the single-season Shore record of 14 field goals set by All-Shore first-teamer Mike Creamer of Matawan last year. His longest field goal was 41 yards, tied for second-longest in the Shore this season. Mosquera also was 44-for-44 on extra points and is now a perfect 84-for-84 on PATs for his career, one of the best streaks in state history. He also is 20-for-21 on field goals for his career. Making his performance even more impressive is that unlike other kicking specialists, Mosquera is also Middletown South’s starting quarterback. He threw for 1,240 yards and five touchdowns to help the Eagles finish 9-3 and reach the Central Jersey Group IV final.
DL – Kyle Mullen, Sr., Manalapan
One of the top defensive players at any position in the Shore, Mullen had a huge year at defensive end for a Braves defense that allowed 12.5 points per game, finishing with a team-high 136 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks and four fumble recoveries to help the Braves win their first NJSIAA title and their fifth straight division title, earning Class A North Defensive Player of the Year honors from the coaches. He had 14 tackles and two sacks in a 21-7 win over previously undefeated South Brunswick in the Central Jersey Group V championship game, and also had 20 tackles and three sacks in a 21-3 win over Central Jersey Group IV finalist Middletown South in the regular season. A two-year starter, Mullen also played tight end, catching 15 passes for 242 yards and six touchdowns. He has an offer from Columbia and interest from other Ivy League and Patriot League teams.
DL – Da’shon Copes, Jr., Toms River North
One of the most disruptive young defensive players in the Shore, Copes had a breakout year in his second varsity season while playing in one of the Shore’s most competitive divisions to help the Mariners go 6-5 and reach the playoff semifinals after a one-win season in 2013. Copes, who is a two-time All-Division selection by the coaches, was a force up front in the Mariners’ 3-4 scheme with 91 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks. He had 5 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss against top-ranked Jackson Memorial, seven tackles and a sack against division champion Brick, 11 tackles against playoff semifinalist Neptune, and 13 tackles and three sacks in an upset of previously undefeated Lenape in the first round of the South Jersey Group V playoffs. He also had 11 tackles in a loss to Cherokee in the semifinals. He looks to be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate once again heading into next season.
DL – Doug Zockoll, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
One of the top pass-rushers in the Shore, Zockoll finished with a team-high 11 sacks and 25 quarterback pressures at defensive end along with 54 tackles and five pass break-ups. He was a standout for a Caseys team that won its first state title since 1976, a school-record 11 games, and its fifth straight division title while allowing only 9.3 points per game against arguably the Shore’s toughest schedule. He had four sacks in a 35-7 win over Central Jersey Group V champion Manalapan in his best game of the season.
DL – Brody Graham, Sr., Jackson Memorial
A two-way force for a Jaguars team that won the Central Jersey Group IV title and finished ranked No. 1 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10, Graham had 77 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, and 3 sacks at defensive end for a unit that allowed 14.5 points per game against one of the Shore’s toughest schedules. His ability to set the edge helped the Jaguars slow down opposing running games, and he also was outstanding at tight end on the other side of the ball. He had 12 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns, but really stood out as a ferocious blocker in Jackson’s run game, which produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior will continue his career at the University of Pennsylvania.
LB – Jamie Gordinier, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
Selected as the Shore Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year, Gordinier, a two-time, first-team All-Shore selection, finished with 117 tackles, 13 quarterback pressures and 7 tackles for a loss while anchoring the defense for a Caseys team that won its first state title since 1976, a school-record 11 games, and its fifth straight division title while allowing only 9.3 points per game. He finished his career with 10 tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for a loss in a 45-20 win over Delbarton in the Non-Public Group III final. Gordinier had 11 tackles, including one for a loss, in a 44-14 win over three-time defending Non-Public Group III champion St. Joseph’s-Montvale in the playoff semifinals and had 13 tackles in a 33-27 overtime loss to No. 1 Jackson Memorial in the Caseys’ lone defeat. He also had 15 tackles in a win over Long Branch as the Caseys slowed down SSN Offensive Player of the Year Dahmiere Willis. One of New Jersey’s top linebackers, Gordinier is verbally committed to the University of Miami.
LB – James Bedell, Sr., Shore Regional
Bedell was the leader of the Shore Conference’s stingiest defense, as the Blue Devils finished 11-1 and captured Central Jersey Group I and Class B Central titles thanks to a unit that allowed a Shore Conference-low 61 points (5.1 ppg) and posted six shutouts. Bedell finished with 146 tackles, ranked second in the Shore, including 17 in a 42-12 win over South Hunterdon in the state final, 15 in a shutout of Central Jersey Group II champion Rumson-Fair Haven, 13 against a high-scoring Mater Dei Prep team, and 15 against state finalist Dunellen. He also had three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Bedell was selected as the Class B Central Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches. He also was a starter on the offensive line for a team that that ran for 2,944 yards. Also a talented long-snapper, he has received FBS interest from the likes of Rutgers and Virginia for that position.
LB – Zach Tetro, Sr., Jackson Memorial
The heart of the Jackson defense, Tetro (#44 above) was selected as the Class A South Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches and led the Jaguars with 108 tackles and 9 sacks on a team that allowed 14.5 points per game and won the Central Jersey Group IV title while finishing 11-1 and ranked No. 1 in the Shore Conference. He had five tackles and a key sack late in the game against Middletown South in the state final and had a season-high 16 tackles, two for a loss, in a 33-27 win over Non-Public Group III champion Red Bank Catholic that ended the Caseys’ 40-game winning streak against Shore competition. He also had 12 tackles in a pair of wins over playoff qualifiers Toms River North and Brick Memorial, including a fumble return for a touchdown that won the game against Memorial. He was an All-Class A South pick by the coaches.
LB – Dylan Rogers, Jr., Middletown South
Rogers set the single-season school record with 122 tackles, passing luminaries like former Shore Conference Players of the Year Nick Macaluso and Sean Campbell in the process during his second year as a starter. He also had 11 tackles for a loss, 9 quarterback pressures, 6 sacks, 3 pass break-ups and a forced fumble. Rogers was the leader on an Eagles’ unit that tied the school record with six shutouts and allowed 9.6 points per game. Middletown South finished 9-3 and reached its 11th state final in the past 14 years before falling to No. 1 Jackson Memorial. Rogers was sensational in defeat with 23 tackles in the loss to the Jaguars.
DB – Khalil Haskins, Jr., St. John Vianney
A shutdown cornerback for the Lancers, Haskins finished third in the Shore Conference with six interceptions and routinely took the other team’s top wide receiver out of the gameplan. Haskins, who was an All-Division selection for Matawan last year before transferring to St. John Vianney and earning a second All-Division honor this fall, finished with 62 tackles. Haskins also was named the Class A Central Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches. He also was an offensive weapon with 25 catches for 398 yards and two touchdowns as well as being a special teams dynamo as a returner for a Lancers squad that tied the school record with 10 wins, won its first division title since 1982, and won its first state playoff game since 1981.
DB – Frank Henry, Sr., Ocean
The top player on a Spartans team that made a run to the Central Jersey Group III semifinals for the second straight year, Henry (#25 above) was a force despite making the transition from linebacker to safety this season. He had 134 tackles, including 51 solo stops, and was right at the top of the Shore with 12.5 sacks as a frequent blitzer off the edge in certain packages where he walked up to the line of scrimmage. He also grabbed three interceptions and had 17 tackles for a loss. In Ocean’s 19-14 upset of top seed and defending champion Hopewell Valley in the first round of the playoffs, Henry had 14 tackles and an interception. An All-Class B North pick by the coaches, he also was an offensive threat with 14 catches for 151 yards and four touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown.
DB – Dave Colbert, Sr., Long Branch
One of the top ballhawks in the Shore as a cornerback, Colbert led the Shore Conference with eight interceptions for the Green Wave, who finished 8-3 and reached the Central Jersey Group III semifinals. Colbert also had 38 tackles and a sack for a unit that allowed 17.6 points per game. Colbert was an All-Class B North selection by the coaches.
DB – Dan Debner, Sr., Manalapan
A two-year starter, Debner was a consistent playmaker at cornerback for a Braves team that won its first state title in history by beating previously unbeaten South Brunswick 21-7 in Central Jersey Group V. Debner finished second in the Shore with seven interceptions, including two in the state final against the Vikings, while registering 28 tackles, breaking up eight passes and blocking three field goals for a defense that allowed 12.5 points per game. He also was a contributor on offense, where he ran for 250 yards and three touchdowns and caught 12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. He also had 400 return yards, primarily as a punt returner.
UT – Mike Gawlik, So., Jackson Memorial
Much like Central running back Mike Bickford, Gawlik announced his presence on the Shore Conference scene in a major way in his first varsity season. The sophomore ran for a team-high 1,165 yards and 21 touchdowns on an average of 7.3 yards per carry for a Jaguars team that finished No. 1 in the Shore at 11-1, winning its first Central Jersey Group IV title since 2005. He had seven games of 100 or more yards rushing, including a career-high 159 in a 21-18 win over Middletown South in the state final, and 149 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner, in a 33-27 overtime takedown of Non-Public Group III champion Red Bank Catholic. On defense, he finished second on the team to Zach Tetro with 106 tackles as a safety, along with three interceptions. He had 18 tackles in a regular-season loss to Brick and an interception in a playoff win over Brick, and he had 7 against Red Bank Catholic and finished with double-digit tackles in wins over playoff qualifiers Toms River North and Brick Memorial. He looks to be one of the top all-around players returning in the Shore next year.
UT – Aliem Shaw, Jr., Matawan
A two-time, first-team All-Shore selection by Shore Sports Network, Shaw was the leader of a Matawan defense that helped the Huskies claim the Central Jersey Group III title. Selected as the Co-Class A Central Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound linebacker led the Huskies with 122 tackles, including 87 solo stops, and had 16 quarterback pressures, 15 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks for a team that gave up 17 points per game. He had eight tackles, one for a loss, and two fumble recoveries in a 27-7 win over Carteret in the state final and had 17 tackles in a loss to Central Jersey Group II champion Rumson-Fair Haven and 14 tackles against state finalist Colonia. He also saw a handful of carries on offense and played snaps as a blocking tight end for the Huskies. Shaw has received FBS interest after turning in his second straight season of 100-plus tackles and double-digit tackles for a loss.
P – Mike Caggiano, Sr., Manalapan
Caggiano concludes his record-setting, four-year varsity career by being selected first-team All-Shore by SSN for the second straight year. As a kicker, he booted a 39-yard field goal, kicked 26 touchbacks and went 52-for-55 on extra points, finishing second all-time in state history in points by a kicker in the process with 237 for his career, including a state-record 195 extra points. Caggiano finished his career with 14 field goals and 75 touchbacks. He was an even bigger weapon as a punter, averaging 35.7 yards per punt, including a 71-yarder, and dropping three inside the opposing 20-yard line. His ability to change field position and force teams to mount long drives was crucial to the success of a Manalapan team that won its first state title in history and its fifth straight division title. Caggiano was also an All-Class A North pick by the coaches for a second straight year. He has an offer from Hawaii and preferred walk-on offers from Rutgers, Penn State and Maryland.
QB — Mike Husni, So., Toms River North
Husni had a breakout year in his second season as the Mariners’ starting quarterback as one of just three Shore Conference quarterbacks to both run and throw for 1,000 yards. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns against just three interceptions while also running for 1,387 yards on 199 carries, an average of seven yards per rush, along with 12 touchdowns. When the Mariners upset top-seeded and undefeated Lenape in the first round of the South Jersey Group V playoffs, Husni ran for 191 yards and a touchdown and threw for 108 yards and a score.
RB — Cole Rogers, Jr., Middletown South
In his first season as the Eagles’ featured back, Rogers ran for 1,858 yards and 27 touchdowns on 241 carries to average 7.7 yards per rush. He ran for over 100 yards in 10 of 12 games, and went over 200 yards three times. including a career-high 206 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-0 win over Neptune.
RB — Derek Ernst, Jr., Raritan
Ernst didn’t even begin the season as the Rockets’ starter, but after senior Richie Salerno went down with a season-ending injury in the first game, Ernst took the job and literally ran with it. The junior finished with 1,505 yards and 24 touchdowns to lead the Rockets to a playoff berth in Central Jersey Group III.
RB — Charlie Volker, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Despite missing multiple games with an ankle injury, Volker ran for 1,441 yards and 18 touchdowns on 191 carries to lead the Bulldogs to their second straight Central Jersey Group II sectional championship. In the final against Delaware Valley, Volker ran for 160 yards and a touchdown. He will continue his career at Princeton University.
WR — Justin Ferrara, Sr., Matawan
The top target in the Huskies’ passing game, Ferrara piled up 803 receiving yards and six touchdowns on just 39 catches for an average of 20.6 yards per reception to help Matawan claim the Central Jersey Group III championship. He had a career-high seven catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-7 win over Monmouth Regional, and had touchdown catches in both the sectional semifinal and championship games. Also a key member of Matawan’s standout secondary, Ferrara made 66 tackles with four interceptions and 10 passes defensed.
WR — Ja’Sir Taylor, So., Brick
The top target for quarterback Carmen Sclafani, Taylor broke out in his sophomore season with 41 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing for four touchdowns. He had a career day versus Southern early in the season with eight catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for a pair of scores. In an opening-round playoff victory over Princeton, Taylor caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
WR — Eddie Lewis, So., Mater Dei Prep
The top target for record-setting quarterback Christian Palmer, Lewis caught 47 passes for 873 yards and 10 touchdowns for a Seraphs team that tied the school record for wins in a season and advanced to the semifinals of the Non-Public Group I playoffs. He also had three interceptions as a defensive back.
OL — Glenn Kipila, Sr., Jackson Memorial
Kipila was a standout member of a punishing Jaguars offensive line that paved the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history and a total of 3,035 yards rushing as a team. The Jaguars also had a 1,00-yard passer and set a school record for points in a season on their way to winning the Central Jersey Group IV title and finishing No. 1 in the Shore.
OL — Liam Christensen, Sr., Central Regional
Christensen was an All B-South selection as the top lineman for a unit that paved the way for sophomore Mike Bickford to run for over 2,000 yards as a sophomore, and a team that won the programs’ first playoff game since 1994 and second all time. He also led the team in tackles with 71 as a linebacker.
OL — Joey Jasio, Jr., Long Branch
Jasio was the top lineman for a standout unit that opened holes for running back Dahmiere Willis, who set the Shore Conference single-season record with 2,589 rushing yards. He also made 60 tackles and had two sacks as a defensive lineman.
OL — Kyle Gibson, Sr., St. John Vianney
Gibson was a standout lineman for a Lancers team that finished with over 3,700 yards of offense, including the Shore Conference’s leading passer, and averaged 42.8 points per game. The Lancers scored more than 25 points in all eleven games in finishing 10-1 and reaching the semifinals of the Non-Public Group III playoffs.
OL — Joe Fantozzi, Sr., Toms River North
The Mariners’ top lineman helped pave the way for the team to rush for 2,943 yards and 27 touchdowns on 6.7 yards per carry, while producing a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard passer.
UT — Josh Dixon, Sr., Freehold
Dixon ran for 1,407 yards and 16 touchdowns on a 7.1 average for a Colonials team that matched its win total from the prior three seasons in finishing 7-3 and reaching the Central Jersey Group IV playoffs. He had a career-high 282 yards and five touchdowns in a 33-16 win over Wall. As a defensive back, Dixon intercepted three passes and made 26 tackles.
UT — Chad Freshnock, Jr., Middletown North
Freshnock averaged seven yards per carry in rushing for 1,280 yards and 14 touchdowns, and also caught 23 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Lions to their second straight playoff berth. He made 50 tackles, including four for a loss, and had three sacks at linebacker.
K — Jared Calhoun, Jr., Jackson Memorial
Reliable and clutch, Calhoun connected on six of seven field goals and went 42-for-45 on extra points for the Central Jersey Group IV champion Jaguars. He was 2-for-2 when the Jaguars beat Red Bank Catholic 33-27 in overtime to end the Caseys’ 40-game conference winning streak, and kicked a season-long 40-yard field goal in a 44-0 win over Brick in the state semifinals.
DL — Dan Servidio, Sr., Middletown South
Servidio made 80 tackles, including 20 for a loss, with 11 sacks, 19 quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries for a defense that allowed just 9.6 points per game and tied the school record with six shutouts to help the Eagles reach the Central Jersey Group IV final.
DL — Ben Sieczkowski, Sr., Manalapan
A disruptive force along the line of scrimmage, Sieczkowski made 88 tackles (56 solo) with 11 tackles for a loss, 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries for a defense that allowed 12.5 points per game in winning the program’s first sectional title. He had 14 tackles with two for a loss and a sack when the Braves shut down an explosive South Brunswick offense to win 21-7 in the Central Jersey Group V final. He also had four rushing touchdowns as a short-yardage back.
DL — Xavier Young, Sr., Barnegat
Selected as the Class B South Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches, Young made 38 tackles with 12 coming for a loss and notched three sacks. Also the Bengals’ punter, Young averaged 36.5 yards per punt with three inside the 20-yard line.
DL — Dan Finelli, Jr., Brick
Finelli made 88 tackles, including 22 for a loss, to go along with eight sacks, 10 hurries and two forced fumbles for a Class A South champion Dragons’ defense that allowed 14.6 points per game. He was an All-Class A South pick by the coaches.
LB — Calvin Beaty, Jr., St. John Vianney
A key two-way player for the Class A Central champion Lancers, Beaty made a team-high 88 tackles (40 solo) and added 6.5 sacks for a defense that allowed 15 points per game. He also ran for 282 yards and eight touchdowns for a unit that averaged 42.8 points per game.
LB — Hunter Baillie, Sr., Long Branch
An All-Class B North pick, Baillie was again among the Shore’s best at getting to the quarterback this season, registering a Shore Conference-leading 15 sacks along with 82 tackles and adding six passes defensed for a defense that allowed 16.3 points per game and recorded two shutouts.
LB — Joe Mendez, Sr., Manalapan
Mendez made 80 tackles (49 solo) with nine coming for a loss, along with three sacks and an interception for a defense that allowed 12.5 points per game and helped the Braves win the first sectional title in program history.
LB — James Juliano, Sr., Brick
Juliano was the leading tackler on a Dragons’ defense that allowed 14.6 points per game and helped the team win the Class A South division title and reach the semifinals of the Central Jersey Group IV playoffs. He led the Shore Conference with 153 tackles along with 15 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles, 10 hurries and one sack.
DB — Mike DeMonte, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
DeMonte had 21 passes defensed and two interceptions along with 59 tackles for a defense that allowed 9.8 points per game in winning the Non-Public Group III title. He had an interception return for a touchdown in a win over Bishop Eustace in the first round of the playoffs.
DB — Joe DeMaio, Sr., Jackson Memorial
DeMaio was an integral two-way player for the Central Jersey Group IV champion Jaguars, making 41 tackles with an interception and three passes defensed while consistently matching up with the opponent's top receiver. He also threw for 1,079 yards and eight touchdowns and ran for 408 yards and five touchdowns as Jackson’s quarterback.
DB — Royal Moore, Sr., Neptune
An All B-North selection for a Scarlet Fliers defense that allowed 16 points per game and recorded three shutouts. As the team’s quarterback, Moore had over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns combined between rushing and passing in eight games. He had 43 tackles, 3 for a loss, and 9 pass break-ups in addition to returning a fumble for a touchdown on defense.
DB — Matt Castronuova, Sr., Jackson Memorial
Castronuova made 69 tackles, including four for a loss, and intercepted a pass in just eight games for the Central Jersey Group IV champion Jaguars. Also a home-run threat as a receiver, he caught 17 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.
UT — Tanner Cowley, Sr., Manasquan
The University of Virginia-bound linebacker was an All Class A-Central selection by the coaches and also was a standout tight end for the Warriors with 16 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown.
UT — Doug Goldsmith, Jr., Shore Regional
Despite playing in just seven games because of injuries, Goldsmith ran for 806 yards and eight touchdowns and notched 36 tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery for a defense that allowed a conference-low 5.1 points per game and recorded six shutouts. The Blue Devils won the Class B Central division title and the Central Jersey Group I state sectional championship.
P — Jake Monteiro, Sr., Shore Regional
Monteiro averaged 35 yards per punt with five of his 17 landing inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, serving as a field position weapon for the Central Jersey Group I champion Blue Devils. He also connected on three field goals, including a 50-yard kick in a 49-0 win over Point Beach that was the long for the season in the Shore Conference.
QB — George Pearson, Fr., Matawan
Pearson took over as the Huskies’ starting quarterback in Week Three and went on to produce the greatest season ever by a Shore Conference freshman quarterback. Pearson threw for what is believed to be a freshman-record 1,956 yards and 16 touchdowns to lead Matawan to the Central Jersey Group III championship, a feat no Shore Conference ninth-grader had previously accomplished. He had six games of 200 or more yards passing, including all three playoff games. In the Huskies’ 27-7 win over Carteret in the state final, Pearson went 11-for-15 for 201 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.
RB — Vinny Lee, Jr., Jackson Memorial
One half of a standout Jaguars running back duo, Lee ran for 1,025 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Central Jersey Group IV champions. He had four games of over 100 yards, including a career-high 151 yards and two touchdowns in a regular-season game against Brick.
RB — Asante Moorer, Jr., Toms River North
Despite missing one game and parts of others with an injury, Moorer, a punishing downhill runner, finished his junior season with 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns on an average of 6.7 yards per carry. He also caught 16 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
RB — Tommy Spernal, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
The top rusher on a balanced unit that ran for over 2,800 yards, Spernal averaged 8.3 yards per carry in rushing for 818 yards and 14 touchdowns to help the Caseys capture the Non-Public Group III sectional title. He had three 100-yard games, including 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 win over St. Joseph-Montvale in the sectional semifinals and 98 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game against Delbarton.
WR — Troy Thompson, Sr., Middletown North
Thompson caught 27 passes for 449 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns for the Lions, who went 6-4 and reached the Central Jersey Group IV playoffs for the second straight season. He also made 93 tackles (46 solo), with 4 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception as a linebacker on defense.
WR — Tysaun White, Sr., Mater Dei Prep
A dual threat for an offense that averaged 38 points per game, White finished with 585 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on just 20 receptions, averaging 29.3 yards per catch. He also ran for 413 yards and eight touchdowns on an average of 9.8 yards per carry.
WR — Nick Lubischer, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
A clutch, big-play weapon for the Non-Public Group III champion Caseys, Lubischer caught 18 passes for 379 yards and six touchdowns on an average of 21 yards per catch. He played his best in RBC’s biggest games, catching three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a regular-season win over Manalapan and making four receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown in a 45-20 win over Delbarton in the sectional final.
OL — Steve Fiumefreddo, Jr., Shore Regional
Fiumefreddo was a top lineman for a Blue Devils team that ran for 2,944 yards, scored 38 rushing touchdowns and averaged 26 points per game on its way to winning the Central Jersey Group I championship.
OL — Cooper Cuje, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Cuje was the top lineman on a Bulldogs team that ran for nearly 3,000 yards and won the Central Jersey Group II championship for a second straight season.
OL — Reily Radosevich, Jr., Manalapan
A standout lineman for a Braves offense that averaged 337 yards and 37.2 points per game, Radosevich helped pave the way for 1,800-yard rusher Imamu Mayfield and 1,500-yard passer Dan Anerella as Manalapan went 11-1 and won its first sectional title in program history.
OL — Chris Kimbiz, Sr., Brick
A two-way standout for the Class A South champion Dragons, Kimbiz was the top lineman on a team that averaged 35 points and 353 yards per game, including rushing for 2,487 yards on the season. Defensively, Kimbiz finished with 88 tackles, a team-high 24 stops for a loss, 3 forced fumbles, 13 hurries and six sacks.
OL — Andrew Holland-Samuels, Sr., Neptune
A standout two-way lineman for the Scarlet Fliers, Holland-Samuels was an All B-North selection by the coaches for a team that reached the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals. He also had 37 tackles, 7 sacks, and 6 tackles for a loss on defense.
UT — Chapelle Cook, Sr., Lakewood
The Temple-bound Cook ran for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 849 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Piners to a second straight playoff appearance. He also played linebacker on defense, where he had 51 tackles, 8 pass break-ups, 6 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles.
UT — Tymere Berry, Sr., Toms River South
One of the Shore Conference’s most exciting players, Berry ran for 1,257 yards and 18 touchdowns and also threw seven touchdown passes to lead an Indians offense that averaged 27 points per game. He also had an interception on defense.
K - Joe Rice, Jr., St. John Vianney
Rice went 4-for-7 on field goals and 61-for-65 on extra points for a team that won the Class A Central division title, reached the semifinals of a Non-Public Group III playoffs and went 10-1. He kicked a season-high 41-yard field goal in a season-opening win over Matawan.
DL — Datrell Reed, Sr., Lakewood
Selected as the Class B South Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches, Reed made 57 tackles and recorded six sacks to help the Piners reach the playoffs for the second straight season. He also had a receiving touchdown and four two-point conversions at tight end.
DL — Mike Nobile, Jr., Brick Memorial
Nobile made 64 tackles with seven coming for a loss, and also recorded two sacks for the Mustangs to earn All-Class A South honors.
DL — Oshane Curate, Sr., Neptune
An All B-North selection by the coaches for a Scarlet Fliers defense that allowed 16 points per game and recorded three shutouts. He finished with 62 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown.
DL — Jake Weber, Sr., Matawan
Weber finished with 48 tackles (31 solo), nine tackles for a loss and six sacks for a Matawan team that captured the Central Jersey Group III state championship. He also had 23 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He made a season-high nine tackles including three for a loss in a 23-20 win over Ocean in the playoff semifinals.
LB — James McCarthy, So., Middletown South
McCarthy had a great debut season for the Central Jersey Group IV finalists with 66 tackles, including 25 for a loss, 4 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a defense that allowed just 9.6 points per game and recorded six shutouts.
LB — Cole Collins, Sr., Jackson Memorial
A hard-hitting member of a physical defense, Collins made 105 tackles (58 solo), along with four tackles for a loss and three sacks on a Jaguars team that finished 11-1 and won the Central Jersey Group IV championship. He made a season-high 14 tackles when the Jaguars beat Red Bank Catholic to end the Caseys’ 40-game conference winning streak. Collins was also a punishing blocker as a fullback for a team that ran for over 3,000 yards and had two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in program history.
LB — Tucker Briggs, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
On a defense that allowed 14.8 points per game and registered a shutout in the Central Jersey Group II championship game, Briggs was the leading tackler with 102. He also notched 12 tackles for a loss, forced three fumbles and had three fumble recoveries.
LB — Dylan Murphy, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
Murphy made 110 tackles along with three sacks and an interception for a Caseys defense that allowed just 9.8 points per game en route to winning the Non-Public Group III title. Made a career-high 14 tackles in the state final against Delbarton. He also ran for four touchdowns on offense.
DB — Ja’Quez Johnson, Sr., Brick
The Dragons’ top defensive back finished with 42 tackles, five pass breakups and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, for a unit that allowed 14.6 points per game. He also had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown.
DB — Mike Cordova, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
Cordova made 67 tackles, defensed 13 passes and had one interception for a defense that allowed 9.8 points per game and helped the Caseys win the Non-Public Group III championship. He also ran for 610 yards and 11 touchdowns for an offense that averaged a conference-best 45 points per game.
DB — Sam Eisenstadt, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Eisenstadt made 60 tackles, including 10 for a loss, along with 2 interceptions, 10 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries on a defense that allowed 14.8 points per game and registered a shutout in the Central Jersey Group II title game.
DB — Dejohn Rogers, Jr., Matawan
One of the top cover-corners in the Shore, Rogers finished with 10 passes defensed, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in helping the Huskies claim the Central Jersey Group III state championship. He made 35 tackles on the season, with four coming for negative yards, and registered one sack. Also a threat as a wide receiver, Rogers caught 36 passes for 616 yards and five touchdowns.
UT — Khaleel Greene, Sr., Toms River South
Greene ran for 908 yards and nine touchdowns on an average of 7.3 yards per carry for an Indians offense that averaged 27 points per game. He also made 83 tackles and had three interceptions as a defensive back.
UT — Shawn Ramcheran, Jr., Matawan
An all-around playmaker for the Central Jersey Group III champion Huskies, Ramcheran finished with 879 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns while also excelling on defense. He caught 31 passes for 391 yards and six touchdowns and returned two kickoffs and a punt for a touchdown. Defensively, Ramcheran broke up 13 passes and had two interceptions while making 46 tackles as a defensive back.
P — Nick Galanti, Jr., Freehold Township
Galanti was an incredible dictator of field position for the Patriots in averaging 39.9 yards per kick with punts of 51, 52, 53 and 61 yards. He had six punts inside the 20-yard line, five inside the 10 and three inside the five, and also ran two fake punts for first downs.