2021 Shore Sports Network Preseason All-Shore Football Team
Shore Sports Network is proud to present its fifth annual Shore Conference Preseason All-Shore Football team, featuring our compilation of the top returning players in the Shore Conference. The main criteria for the team is returning All-Shore and all-division status.
QB – Tommy Fallon, Sr., Colts Neck
Fallon served as a steady and experienced presence under center for the Cougars, completing 67 percent of his passes for 720 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for 475 yards and two touchdowns on an average of 8.3 yards per carry to help the team go 7-1.
RB – Jaiden Brown, Sr., Southern
Brown ran for 1,091 yard and 14 touchdowns on an average of 7.2 yards per carry to become Southern’s all-time leading rusher in just two seasons. He also made 62 tackles and recorded three sacks on defense.
RB – Jaden Gallo, Sr., Holmdel
Gallo was one of eight Shore Conference running backs to crack the 1,000-yard plateau as he rushed for 1,010 yards and 14 touchdowns on an average of 8.5 yards per carry.
RB – Kieran Falzon, Jr., Raritan
Falzon ran for 625 yards and 10 touchdowns on an average of 4.8 yards per carry as a major component of an offense that averaged 28.4 points per game.
WR – Najih Rahman, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
Rahman caught 19 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns as RBC’s No. 1 receiver and could have a huge year as one of several impressive weapons the Caseys’ can deploy.
WR – DJ Thomson, Sr., Keyport
Thomson caught 25 passes for 389 yards and six touchdowns and returns to lead the Red Raiders’ offense.
TE – Alex Bauman, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
A two-way force for the Caseys, Bauman caught 14 passes for 232 yards and on defense had 53 tackles, four sacks and one safety. He has a scholarship offer from Notre Dame among his several FBS offers.
OL – Brian Byrne, Sr., Wall
Byrne is a four-year starter up front for the Crimson Knights and is the top returning lineman for an offense that averaged 33.3 points per game and ran for 1,678 yards and 26 touchdowns on an average of 6.7 yards per carry.
OL – Dan Volpe, Sr., Colts Neck
Volpe stands 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds and is a physical presence on Colts Neck’s offensive line. He helped pave the way for the Cougars to rush for 1,844 yards and 24 touchdowns on an average of seven yards per carry last season.
OL – Caron McNair, Sr., Donovan Catholic
McNair’s blocking helped the Griffins rush for 2,107 yards and 26 touchdowns, average 410 yards per game and score a conference-leading 33.8 points per game last season.
OL – Aaron Crooms, Sr., Donovan Catholic
A mauling pulling guard for the Griffins, Crooms helped Donovan rush for 2,107 yards and 26 touchdowns on an average of 8.9 yards per carry and 263 rushing yards per game.
OL – Jake Williamson, Sr., Middletown South
Williamston is a returning all-division player and a three-year starter for the Eagles who returns to anchor the offensive line. He will also start on the defensive line.
UT – Kamore Gill, Sr., Freehold
Gill was a dynamic playmaker for an explosive Freehold offense that averaged 30.8 points per game and 420 yards per game and scored 31 touchdowns. Gill ran for 429 yards and two touchdowns, caught 18 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns and scored a 2-point conversion. On defense, he had 20 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He’ll move to quarterback this season where he has a chance to put up monster numbers.
UT – Sabino Portella, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
Portella will be one of the Caseys’ starting running backs and also start in the secondary. As a sophomore, he ran for 305 yards and six touchdowns last season and also made 45 tackles with three sacks as a linebacker.
K – Mason Shenk, Sr., St. John Vianney
Shenk was the first-team All-Shore kicker last season when he led all kickers with 42 points, including going 24-for-24 on extra points and converting a conference-high six field goals with a conference-long of 44 yards. He was also a stout defender at outside linebacker with 46 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.
DL – Aiden Moriarty, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Moriarty had 60 tackles, a team-high seven sacks and an interception for a defense that was fourth in the Shore allowing just 10.8 points per game.
DL – Tyler Ochojski, Sr., Freehold
A disruptive edge rusher, Ochojski had 57 tackles and a fumble recovery and tied for the Shore Conference lead with 10 sacks. He also caught 15 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end.
DL – Blake Rezk, Sr., Wall
Rezk made 41 tackles with 4 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and 1 fumble recovery on a defense that allowed just 5.4 points per game and recorded four shutouts. As a tight end he had a touchdown catch and was a standout blocker for an offense that rushed for 1,678 yards and 26 touchdowns and averaged 33.3 points per game.
DL – Eric Ibe, Sr., Jackson Memorial
Ibe had a breakout year for the Jaguars, tying for the Shore Conference lead with 10 sacks and recording 55 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Jackson had one of the best run defenses in the Shore allowing under 80 yards per game and holding two opponents to negative rushing yards.
DL – Nate Committee, Sr., Southern
Committee made 62 tackles and a team-high six sacks and a safety for a defense that allowed 17 points per game. He was also a fullback for an offense that averaged 27.6 points per game and had a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard passer. In addition to his blocking, Committee ran for 196 yards, caught eight passes for 107 yards, and totaled five touchdowns.
LB – Charlie Sasso, Sr., Wall
The 2020 Shore Sports Network Defensive Player of the Year, Sasso had an outstanding season playing in the middle of the Shore Conference’s best defense and helped lead the Crimson Knights to a 7-0 record, the Shore Conference Championship, the No. 1 ranking in the SSN Top 10 for the second year in a row and the No. 1 ranking in the state. From his spot at inside linebacker, Sasso was a sideline-to-sideline force with 97 tackles in just seven games along with 3 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 2 fumble recoveries for a defense that allowed just 5.4 points per game and recorded four shutouts.
LB – Colin Riley, Sr., Wall
Riley recorded 72 tackles with a team-leading 7 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 11 hurries and a forced fumble for a Crimson Knights’ defense that allowed just 5.4 points per game and recorded four shutouts.
LB – John Lista, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Lista made a team-high 75 tackles along with 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries as the Bulldogs went 6-2, finished No. 5 in the SSN Top 10 and won their postseason pod with wins over Colts Neck and Freehold. He recently announced his commitment to the University of Pennsylvania.
LB – Thomas Sardo, Sr., Holmdel
Sardo posted 73 tackles with 5.5 sacks, 8 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble for a Hornets defense that allowed just 11.3 points per game. Sardo was also selected as the Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches in his division.
LB – Scott Stevens, Sr., Lacey
A knee injury cut Stevens’ junior season short and limited him to just six of Lacey’s nine games, but before that he was having a great two-way. He finished with 51 tackles for an average of 8.5 tackles per game along with six tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Stevens was also a punishing blocker and a bruising short-yardage running back for an offense that rushed for 1,996 yards and 24 touchdowns. Had had 154 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 31 attempts. Stevens was also selected as the Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches in his division.
DB – YahSin Calhoun, Sr., Freehold
As a junior, Calhoun had the rare distinction of leading the Shore Conference in both tackles and interceptions by making a whopping 113 stops and pulling down six interceptions in eight games. He also forced two fumbles. Offensively, Calhoun was a dynamic playmaker who totaled 970 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns. He was selected as the co-Defensive Player of the Year in his division by the coaches.
DB – Matt Dollive, Sr., Wall
Dollive had 21 tackles with eight passes defensed and a tackle for loss as a cornerback for a Wall unit that was one of the best defenses in Shore Conference history allowing just 5.4 points per game and recording shutouts in four of seven games. As a wide receiver, Dollive had two touchdowns and averaged 14.2 yards per touch. He is committed to Army West Point as a lacrosse player.
DB – Tom Schork, Sr., Middletown South
Middletown South’s starting free safety is a returning all-division selection who will also be a returning starter at quarterback for the Eagles.
DB – Cole Kozlowski, Sr., Manasquan
The Warriors jack-of-all-trades pulled down three interceptions and returns as the leader of Manasquan’s secondary. Kozlowski also had 16 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns.