Alumni Update: Former Freehold Twp., Matawan, Holmdel Stars Shine
It was another strong week for former Shore Conference stars, two of whom I got to see in person up at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.
My dad is a proud Fordham University grad, and we went up to Yankee Stadium to watch them play Holy Cross. The Rams rolled to a 54-14 win and are definitely an entertaining team to watch in their no-huddle spread with electrifying running back Chase Edmonds.
A pair of former Shore stars, wide receiver Robbie Cantelli (Holmdel) and tight end Isaiah Searight (Monmouth Regional) both found the end zone in the win. Cantelli is now second in the Patriot League with 12 touchdown catches this season.
It also was a big week for former Freehold Township standout Nate Corvil.
If I missed anyone, you can email me at email@example.com. Just fyi, I am only including players who saw time, not just ones on the roster at a given school.
---Defensive end Vinny Curry (Neptune) had a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit as the Eagles cooled off the Atlanta Falcons with a 24-15 win.
---The Broncos, where tight end Garrett Graham (Brick Memorial) is on injured reserve, picked up a 25-23 win over the Saints on a blocked PAT that was returned for a two-point conversion.
---Tight end Neal Sterling (Manasquan/Monmouth Univ.) was active but did not have any catches in the Jaguars' 24-21 loss to the Texans.
---Long-snapper Clark Harris (Southern/Rutgers) and the Bengals lost 21-20 to the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
---Defensive back Ikie Calderon (Neptune) had 4 tackles as Eastern Michigan improved to 6-4 with a 48-41 win over Ball State.
---Penn State is now up to No. 10 in the country and in the mix for a spot in the Big Ten title game thanks to the upset loss by Michigan. The Nittany Lions picked up a 45-31 win over Indiana, as tight end Mike Gesicki (Southern) had a team-high 5 catches for 88 yards, wideout Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan) had a 43-yard catch, defensive end Garrett Sickels (Red Bank) had 3 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks, linebacker Manny Bowen (Barnegat) had 2 tackles, including one for a loss, and Chris Gulla (Toms River North) was the holder on special teams.
---Long-snapper Frank Gabriel (Red Bank Catholic) and Miami picked up a 34-14 win over Virginia to improve to 6-4 and become bowl-eligible. Linebacker Jamie Gordinier (Red Bank Catholic) is also a member of the Hurricanes but is out for the season with an injury.
---Starting offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (Red Bank Catholic) and Notre Dame got back on track with a 44-6 win over Army in which they rolled up 476 yards of offense.
---Defensive tackle Pat Toal (Raritan) had 2 tackles as Old Dominion rolled to a 51-35 win over Southern Mississippi to improve to 7-3.
---Defensive lineman Tayler Hendrickson (Middletown South) had 2 tackles, a tackle for a loss and an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown with no time remaining that sealed the University of Pennsylvania's 27-15 upset of Harvard in the Ivy League. H-back/tight end Anthony Firkser (Manalapan) had 5 catches for 48 yards in the loss.
---Defensive end Nick Tomkins (Matawan) had 4 tackles in Dartmouth's 24-21 loss to Brown.
---Tight end Jordan Powell (Lacey) had 4 catches for 30 yards and Nick Lubischer (Red Bank Catholic) and Anthony Pante (St. John Vianney) both saw time in New Hampshire's 36-25 loss to Albany.
---Pat Toomey (Red Bank Catholic) averaged 56 yards on 6 kickoffs in Towson's 34-24 win over William & Mary. In the loss, quarterback Steve Cluley (Wall) was 17-for-25 for 178 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and defensive end Chris Donald (Red Bank Catholic) had 4 tackles for the Tribe.
---St. Francis (Pa.) won the regular-season Northeast Conference title for the first time in history with a 31-21 win over Central Connecticut State, with defensive end Shawn McCord (Red Bank Catholic) chipping in a tackle in the victory. Wide receiver Joey Fields (Donovan Catholic) had 5 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in the loss for CCSU.
---Junior quarterback Alex Thomson (Keyport) was 18-for-31 for 258 yards and two touchdowns passing, while safety Jesse Flaherty (Red Bank Catholic) added a pair of tackles and an interception to power Wagner's 40-5 win over Robert Morris.
---Defensive back Shawn Ramcheran (Matawan) was second on the team with 6 tackles and Imamu Mayfield (Manalapan) added a tackle in Sacred Heart's 31-10 loss to Duquesne.
---Princeton improved to 7-2 with a 31-3 win over Yale, as running back Charlie Volker (Rumson-FH) had 53 yards on 13 carries, defensive back Connor Grogan (Manasquan) had a tackle, and linebacker Thomas Martello (Rumson-FH) and offensive lineman Reily Radosevich (Manalapan) each saw time for the Tigers. Defensive lineman Kyle Mullen (Manalapan), Radosevich's old teammate, had 3 tackles in the loss for Yale.
---Wide receiver Ishmael Hyman (St. John Vianney) had one catch for 12 yards as James Madison improved to 9-1 with a 20-7 win over Villanova. In the loss for the Wildcats, running back Matt Gudzak (Toms River East) had 29 yards on six carries as well as 3 catches for 15 yards, and Ryan Morris (Barnegat) saw time at tight end.
---Defensive back Josh Taylor (St. John Vianney) had 2 tackles and defensive back Mike Corcione (Red Bank Catholic) saw time in Marist's 59-31 loss to Dayton.
---Wide receiver Tim Vangelas (Colts Neck) had one catch for 8 yards in Lafayette's 38-17 loss to Colgate.
---Defensive lineman Monte Sinisi (Manasquan) had a quarterback hit and defensive lineman Geoff Horwitz (Wall) saw time in Rhode Island's 44-14 win over Elon.
---Defensive back Darrius Hart (Toms River South) had 5 tackles to help Maine pick up a 27-21 win over Stony Brook. In the loss, safety Tyrice Beverette (Lakewood) had a game-high 15 tackles and linebacker Jaheem Woods (Neptune) added 6 tackles.
---Wide receiver Robbie Cantelli (Holmdel) had 5 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, his 12th of the season, and tight end Isaiah Searight (Monmouth Regional) had 4 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown as Fordham rolled over Holy Cross 54-14 at Yankee Stadium to win the Ram-Crusader Cup. Linebacker Brett Lambert (Holmdel) added 2 tackles in the win.
---Running back Chad Freshnock (Middletown North) had 13 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown as Bucknell beat Georgetown, 21-7. Defensive end Doug Whitlock (Red Bank Catholic) added a tackle and long-snapper Dillon Paprota (Donovan Catholic) also saw time.
---Rowan finished the season at 6-4 after a 17-0 win over The College of New Jersey in the finale. Linebacker Chris Noesges (Manalapan) had a tackle in the win. In the loss for TCNJ, running back Khani Glover (Jackson Memorial) had 2 carries for 5 yards, defensive lineman Erik Graham (Shore Regional) had a tackle, Matt Gliddon (Pt. Boro) started on the offensive line, and linebackers James Bedell (Shore Regional), Grant Castellanos (Manasquan) and Connor Owen (Brick Memorial) all saw time.
---Conor Davies (Lacey) started at wide receiver and had a carry for one yard and wide receiver Danny Calabro (St. John Vianney) saw time as Rensselaer beat Union 21-12. RPI was chosen to participate in the Scotty Whitelaw Bowl Championship, a post-season contest in which it will face SUNY Maritime on Sunday as part of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Football Bowl Championships at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
---Defensive back Jordan Billups (Jackson Liberty) had 3 tackles as Wilkes wrapped up a 3-7 season with a 42-14 loss to King's College.
---Bridgewater State finished 8-0 in the Massachusetts State Athletic Conference after a 37-14 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, as quarterback Danny Higgins (Southern) went 15-for-26 for 176 yards passing and three touchdowns. Bridgewater State will now play Alfred in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
---Defensive back James Taylor (Red Bank Catholic) had an interception as Hamilton wrapped up a 3-5 season with a 24-7 win over Bates College.
---Sophomore cornerback Nate Corvil (Freehold Twp.) earned second-team All-Centennial Conference honors for Muhlenberg, which improved to 9-1 with a 31-12 win over Moravian. Corvil was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with 8 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 94 yards for a touchdown. Linebacker Jack Fitzsimmons (Pt. Boro) added 6 tackles, and defensive back Gerard Grimes (Pinelands) had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery in the win. Muhlenberg will host Delaware Valley as part of the second annual Centennial-MAC Bowl Series on Saturday at noon.
---Johns Hopkins polished off an amazing fourth straight 10-0 regular season with a 48-28 win over McDaniel, as wideout Kyle Morris (Barnegat) had 2 catches for 23 yards in the victory. Johns Hopkins will host Randolph Macon in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. In the loss for McDaniel, running back Matt Cathey (Brick Memorial) had a game-high 59 yards rushing and a touchdown on 7 carries, linebacker Drew Scott (Brick) had 11 tackles and a 24-yard interception return and wide receiver Matt Schliefer (Brick) and defensive lineman Dan Finelli (Brick) both saw time.
---Kutztown ended the season 7-4 after falling to California (Pa.), 49-7, in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game. Defensive lineman Chris Kimbiz (Brick) saw time in the loss.
---Senior linebacker David Gutzmore (Neptune) had 7 tackles and a sack in his final game as Seton Hill concluded a 5-6 season with a 30-21 loss to Shippensburg.
---Linebacker Dan Loizos (Ocean) had a team-high 10 tackles and linebacker Ken Bradley (Jackson Memorial) had 8 tackles, a 21-yard interception return and a pass break-up for Ithaca, which wrapped up a 5-5 season with a 28-16 loss to SUNY Cortland.
---American International ended a 4-7 season with a 28-21 win over St. Anselm's, as running back Dahmiere Willis (Long Branch) had one carry for 4 yards and defensive lineman Hunter Baillie (Long Branch) saw time. Defensive lineman Richie Curran (Red Bank Catholic) had 3 tackles and Neil Horenburg (Red Bank Catholic) started at center for St. Anselm's, which finished 2-7.
---Running back Mike Cordova (Red Bank Catholic) had 19 carries for 80 yards and linebacker Tommy Farrell (Donovan Catholic) added a tackle as Stonehill finished the season 5-6 with a 38-21 win over Bentley. Brad Greenway (Jackson Memorial) started at nosetackle in the loss for Bentley, which also finished 5-6.
---New Haven finished the season 7-4, as quarterback Ajee Patterson (Neptune) went 16-for-21 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-24 win over Southern Connecticut State. Both of Patterson's touchdown passes went to tight end Jesse Tate (Toms River North), who finished with 3 catches for 29 yards and was named the New Haven Athlete of the Week. Tate played a graduate season at New Haven after previously playing three seasons for Elon.
---Gettysburg concluded a 3-7 season with a 28-21 loss to Franklin & Marshall, as linebacker Frank Olmo (Red Bank Catholic) had 6 tackles, linebacker John Morris (Manasquan) added 2 tackles, and defensive back Jake Fioretti (Pt. Beach) had a tackle for a loss. For Franklin & Marshall, punter Cody Hubbs (Howell) earned All-Centennial Conference honorable mention honors. He averages 37.6 yards per punt with a long of 65 and has placed 18 inside the 20. He also averages 52 yards on 53 kickoffs for the Diplomats.
---Running back Danny Tighe (Pt. Beach) had one carry for 2 yards and defensive lineman Rich Kuhn (Brick Memorial) had 3 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, as Albright lost 28-25 to Lebanon Valley. Albright will host Franklin & Marshall on Saturday in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series.
---Safety Liam Casey (St. John Vianney) finished with a team-high 11 tackles, including one for a loss, as FDU-Florham lost 40-36 to Misericordia to finish a 2-8 season. Casey finished third on the team with 58 tackles. Nick Maciejewski (Wall) was 2-for-3 on extra points and averaged 36.5 yards on 2 punts in the loss.
---Defensive back Austin Davis (Matawan) had his second pick six in two weeks, taking an interception back 54 yards for a score, and linebacker Marquis Oliver (Lakewood) had 4 tackles, including one for a loss, and a forced fumble to help Kean beat Montclair State 20-10. Steve Ferlisi (Brick) averaged 28 yards on 7 punts, with one inside the opposing 20, defensive lineman Chris Weber (Matawan) added a tackle, Chris Vurchio (Raritan) started at right tackle, Joe Bick (Manchester) started at left tackle, and wide receiver Jordan Smith (Raritan), defensive back Amani Richardson (Manchester), tight end Kyle Rooney (Holmdel) and linebacker Liam Christensen (Central) all saw time in the win. In the loss for Montclair, running back John DiStefano (Red Bank Catholic) had a huge game with 208 yards rushing and a touchdown on 33 carries. Wide receiver Julanee Prince (St. John Vianney) added one catch for 29 yards, fullback Anthony Dorsi (Red Bank Catholic) had one catch for 3 yards and a 4-yard carry, Hunter Daly (Neptune) averaged 41 yards on 6 punts, defensive lineman Nick Volpe (Colts Neck) had 3 tackles for a loss and two sacks, defensive lineman Jake Weber (Matawan) had a tackle, Matt Kemp (Colts Neck) started at left guard and Jaedon Stephens (Asbury Park) saw time at wide receiver for Montclair.
---Tight end Tory Robinson (Howell) had 3 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown as Wesley rolled to a 59-14 win over William Paterson. In the loss, defensive back Pat Moran (Barnegat) had a game-high 12 tackles, including one for a loss, Tyler Vivian (Shore Regional) had one catch for 3 yards, Tyler Alvarez (Keyport) started at right tackle, and Connor Thomson (Keyport) started at center.
---Defensive end Joe Odebode (Toms River South) had two tackles, including a sack, as East Stroudsburg wrapped up a 4-7 season with a 57-15 loss to Slippery Rock.
---Pat Davis (Lacey) handled the kickoffs and defensive back Tommy Leech (Brick) and offensive lineman Anthony Tardogno (Manalapan) saw time as Pace lost 28-18 to Merrimack to finish the season winless.
---Springfield finished the season 5-5 after a 15-12 loss to Merchant Marine, as defensive lineman Nick Pydeski (Raritan) had 5 tackles, including one for a loss, in his final collegiate game.
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