Shore Sports Network 2018 Preseason All-Shore Football Team
Shore Sports Network present its second annual Shore Conference Preseason All-Shore Football team, featuring our compilation of the top returning players in the Shore Conference.
QB – Steve Lubischer, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
The Boston College-bound Lubischer had a great junior year as the Caseys’ starter by throwing for 1,810 yards and 18 touchdowns and also rushing for 496 yards and seven touchdowns on an average of 9.9 yards per carry. Lubischer piloted an RBC offense that averaged 39.8 points and 427 yards per game and was a Class B North all-division selection by the coaches.
RB – Jermaine Corbett, Jr., Long Branch
Corbett’s emergence as a top running back provided great balance to the Green Wave offense and was a major reason they were able to go 9-3 and capture the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional title. Corbett ran for 1,422 yards and 14 touchdowns and also had a receiving touchdown. A Class B North all-division selection by the coaches.
RB – Kavon Chambers, Jr., St. John Vianney
While at Central Regional, Chambers burst onto the scene in his first year as a starter to finish fifth in the Shore in rushing with 1,438 yards and 11 touchdowns. A Class A South all-division pick, Chambers’ play helped the Golden Eagles go 7-3 and earn a share of the Class A South division title.
RB – Malik Ingram, Jr., Mater Dei Prep
Ingram ran for 1,251 yards and 15 touchdowns as part of a high-powered Mater Dei offense, helping the Seraphs go 8-2, claim the Class B Central division title and reach the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 2 final.
WR – Aidan Campbell, Sr., Middletown North
Campbell took over as the Lions’ No. 1 receiver and immediately flourished by finishing ninth in the Shore in receiving with 29 catches for 697 yards and seven touchdowns on an average of 24 yards per catch. He also made 60 tackles on defense and was a Class B North all-division selection.
WR – Andre Laney, Jr., Donovan Catholic
Laney developed an instant connection with quarterback Ryan Clark to emerge as one of the best underclassmen receivers in the Shore. Laney was fourth in the Shore in receiving yards with 36 catches for 745 yards and six touchdowns and was a Class B South all-division selection.
WR – Matt Krauss, Sr., Freehold
Krauss was an indispensable player on both sides of the ball for a Colonials team that went 8-4 and reached the Central Jersey Group IV final. He was sixth in the Shore in receiving with 53 catches for 713 yards and six touchdowns, and on defense made 93 tackles. Krauss was a Class A North all-division selection.
TE – Kevin Bauman, Jr., Red Bank Catholic
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bauman, who committed to Notre Dame in June, averaged 20 yards per catch in making 19 receptions for 380 yards and five touchdowns for an RBC offense that averaged 39.8 points per game. A Class B North all-division selection by the coaches.
OL – C.J. Hanson, Sr., St. John Vianney
A 6-foot-5, 285-pound behemoth for the Lancers, Hanson was a key component of the No. 1 offense in the Shore. The Rutgers recruit helped pave the way for SJV to average 43.7 points and 411 yards per game. St. John Vianney rushed for 3,354 yards as a team with an average of 8.3 yards per rush. Hanson also made 42 tackles and recorded four sacks as the Lancers went 10-1, won their fourth straight Class A Central division title, extended their Shore Conference winning streak to 38 games and reached the Non-Public Group 3 semifinals.
OL – Paul Liseno, Sr., St. John Vianney
Liseno emerged as the Lancers’ top lineman on a standout unit that paved the way for the No. 1 offense in the Shore. Liseno, who was an SSN First Team All-Shore selection and a Class A Central All-Division pick, helped the Lancers average 43.7 points and 411 yards per game. St. John Vianney rushed for 3,354 yards as a team with an average of 8.3 yards per rush. Liseno also played along the defensive line and recorded 27 tackles with four hits for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.
OL – Kevin Cerruti, Sr., Long Branch
Cerruti’s play along the offensive line was a major reason Long Branch averaged 27.5 points per game and 332 yards per game on the way to winning the Central Jersey Group 4 title and finishing 9-3. Cerruti helped pave the way for Jermaine Corbett to run for 1,422 yards and 14 touchdowns and quarterback Juwan Wilkins to throw for 2,053 yards and 22 touchdowns. Cerruti also made 60 tackles on defense and was a Class B North all-division pick by the coaches.
OL – Alex Verardi, Sr., Freehold
Verardi was the top lineman for a Freehold offense that featured record-breaking quarterback Ashante Worthy and averaged 37.9 points per game. Worthy set the state single-season record with 2,860 yards rushing, threw for 2,106 yards and accounted for a state-record 61 total touchdowns. Verardi also had four sacks on defense. His play helped the Colonials go 8-4 and reach the Central Jersey Group IV championship game.
OL – Ryan McCann, Sr. Rumson-Fair Haven
McCann was a standout as a junior and returns as a leader up front for a Bulldogs team that was No. 6 in the Shore at 35.7 points per game. Rumson had the Shore’s third-leading rusher, Peter Lucas, who set a school record with 2,196 yards and 33 total touchdowns. Rumson rushed for 3,167 yards and 49 touchdowns on an average of 8.7 yards per carry.
UT – Cole Groschel, Sr., Brick
A returning First Team All-Shore selection, Groschel embodied the true definition of a utility player by making an impact at several different positions and carrying the Dragons through a stretch where they dealt with injuries to many starters on both sides of the ball. At defensive back, Groschel made 55 tackles and was tied for second in the Shore with five interceptions. He played quarterback, running back and wide receiver and accounted for 14 total touchdowns to help Brick reach the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals. Groschel ran for 746 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 34 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns. He was also 8 of 16 passing for 106 yards and a touchdown.
UT – Sean Morris, Sr., Barnegat
Morris, who is committed to Holy Cross, had a breakout season on both sides of the ball to emerge as one of the top players in the Shore Conference. He caught 38 passes for 671 yards and eight touchdowns for an average of 17.7 yards per reception at tight end, and was also an impact player at defensive end where he recorded 41 tackles, 15 of which came for a loss, along with 3.5 sacks, 14 hurries, two interceptions including one pick-six, three forced fumbles and two safeties. Morris was a First Team All-Shore selection and a Class B South All-Division pick in 2017.
K – Ryan O’Hara, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
A Class B North All-Division selection in 2017, O’Hara connected on 49 of 57 extra points and converted three field goals with a long of 34 yards. He’s yet another weapon for an RBC offense loaded with talent.
DL – Henry Sullivan, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Sullivan was a force for a Rumson defense that was No. 5 in the Shore at 13.8 points per game by making 95 tackles and recording seven sacks. An all-Class A Central selection by the coaches, Sullivan’s play helped the Bulldogs reach the Central Jersey Group 3 final for their fifth straight championship game appearance.
DL – Izaiah Henderson, Sr., Mater Dei Prep
A Boston College recruit, Henderson made 56 tackles and recorded six sacks for a Mater Dei defense that was No. 9 in the Shore allowing 15.9 points per game. A Class B Central all-division pick, Henderson’s play helped the Seraphs go 8-2, win the Class B Central division title and reach the Non-Public Group 2 championship game.
DL – Dashon Taylor, Sr., Manalapan
Taylor made 76 tackles and recorded five sacks for a Braves defense that was No. 1 in the Shore allowing 11.5 points per game. His play helped Manalapan go 11-1, win the Class A North division title and reach the Central Jersey Group 5 championship game.
DL – Cory Englehardt, Sr., Brick
Englehardt finished with 110 tackles, including 16 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and fumble recovery. A Class A South all-division pick, Englehardt helped the Dragons reach the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals and finish as the No. 8 defense in the Shore allowing 15.3 points per game.
LB – Keegan Woods, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Woods led a Rumson defense that was No. 5 in the Shore (13.8 ppg) by making a school-record 155 tackles with four sacks an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to help the Bulldogs go 10-2 and reach their fifth straight sectional final. He garnered SSN First Team All-Shore status and was also a Class A Central All-Division pick by the coaches.
LB – Luke Arnold, Sr., Long Branch
Arnold was the leading tackler for a Long Branch team that went 9-3 and won the Central Jersey Group IV title. He was tied for third in the Shore in tackles with 131 and also recorded two sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. A Class B North all-division selection by the coaches.
LB – Richie Tallmadge, Sr., Brick
The Class A South co-Defensive Player of the Year, Tallmadge made 131 tackles with 11 hits for a loss, two fumble recoveries and one sack to help the Dragons reach the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals and finish as the No. 8 defense in the Shore allowing 15.3 points per game.
LB – Shittah Sillah, Sr., Mater Dei Prep
Sillah committed to Boston College this summer and returns as one of the top linebackers in the Shore. He made 83 tackles with four sacks in 2017 to help the Seraphs’ defense finish No. 9 in the Shore at 15.9 points per game. His play also helped the Seraphs go 8-2, win the Class B Central division title and reach the Non-Public Group 2 state final.
LB – Dale Sieczkowski, Sr., Manalapan
Sieczkowski made 97 tackles with seven hits for a loss, two sacks, one interception, nine pass breakups and two fumble recoveries for a Braves defense that was No. 1 in the Shore allowing 11.5 points per game. A Class A North all-division selection, Sieczkowski’s play helped the Braves go 11-1, win the Class A North division title and reach the Central Jersey Group V final.
DB – Jimmy Leblo, Sr., Brick
An injury limited Leblo to just five games in 2017 but he is ready to go as a senior and banking on making an impact at safety and also as the Dragons’ quarterback. He had 94 tackles and five interceptions as a sophomore.
DB – John Ghigna, Sr., Jackson Memorial
Ghigna was the leading tackler for a Jaguars defense that was tied for No. 6 in the Shore allowing 14.3 points per game. He recorded 108 tackles (63 solo) with four interceptions – including a pick-six – five tackles for a loss, one sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery to help the Jags reach the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals.
DB – Jaden Key, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
A standout cover corner for the Caseys, Key helped RBC go 8-2 and win the Class B North division title. Also a key contributor at wide receiver, Key caught 19 passes for 501 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. He was selected to the Class B North all-division team.
DB – Devin Williams, Sr., Matawan
Williams made 109 tackles with 10 hits for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles and also ran for 426 yards and five touchdowns on just 68 carries. He was a Class A Central All-Division selection by the coaches.
UT – Isaiah Noguera, Jr., Mater Dei Prep
Noguera was incredible on special teams for the Seraphs with four kickoff return touchdowns and three punt return touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 359 yards and four touchdowns and intercepted two passes on defense to help Mater Dei win the Class B Central division title and reach the Non-Public Group 2 final.
Honorable mention (listed in alphabetical order)
Dontrell Alston, Sr., RB, Marlboro
Chance Benjamin, Sr., LB, Jackson Memorial
P.J. Buccine, Sr., RB, Raritan
Justin Burkert, Sr., K, Jackson Memorial
Evan Burton, Sr., RB, Pinelands
Mack Byrne, Sr., WR/DB, Holmdel
Malik Carey, Sr., DB, Marlboro
Joey Cavanagh, Sr., K/P, Middletown North
Greg Chadwick, Sr., LB, Lacey
Steve Cmielewski, Sr., FB/LB, Red Bank Catholic
Ryan Clark, Jr., QB, Donovan Catholic
Alex Claro, Sr., TE/LB, Manalapan
Amir Coleman, Jr., DL, Mater Dei
John Columbia, Sr., FB/LB, Red Bank Catholic
Charlie Cotton, Sr., RB, Barnegat
Evan Davis, Sr., LS, Rumson-Fair Haven
Quincy Davis, Sr., WR/TE, Freehold
Marc Dennis, Sr., QB/LB, Long Branch
Vin DiMaio, Sr., OL/DL, Shore
Brian Ewan, Sr., LB, Barnegat
Russell Ferrisi, Sr., LB, Mater Dei
Austin Fischer, Sr., OL, Holmdel
Art Foreman, Sr., OL/DL, Manasquan
Dean Gallo, Sr., RB, Holmdel
Gil Goldsmith, Sr., QB/LB, Shore
Charlie Gordinier, Jr., TE/LB, Red Bank Catholic
Anthony Grimes, Sr., DL, Barnegat
Billy Guidetti, Jr., RB, Red Bank Catholic
Jake Hurler, Sr., K, Freehold
Anthony Krueger, Sr., DL, Lacey
Christian Lanzalotto, Sr., LB, Rumson-Fair Haven
Trent LiVolsi, Sr., FB/DL, Point Boro
Ian O’Connor, Sr., TE, Rumson-Fair Haven
Hunter MacDonald, Sr., DB, Keansburg
Darius Martorano, Sr., WR, Central
Collin McCarthy, Jr., DL, Jackson Memorial
Jack McCrae, Sr., RB/LB, Shore
Devon Meza, Jr., OL, Keyport
Nigel Mitchel, Sr., RB/WR, Red Bank
Ryan Moran, Sr., LB, Ocean
Kevin Pennell, Sr., DB, Shore
Tye Pierce, Sr., OL, Lakewood
Zach Piscope, Sr., OL, Brick
Alan Pressler, Sr., TE/DL, Manalapan
Tanner Powers, Sr., TE/LB, Wall
Tyler Sindel, Sr., QB, Brick Memorial
Nick Reardon, Sr., QB, Freehold Township
Connor Robbins, Sr., RB/LB, Middletown North
Garrett Romer, Sr., QB/LB, Point Boro
Joe Shimko, Sr., LS, Wall
Tommy Smith, Sr., OL/DL, Red Bank Catholic
Matt Tardy, Sr., LB, Middletown South
Colin Taptich, Sr., K, Freehold Township
Gavin Toth, Sr., K, Mater Dei
I’Justice Tucker, Sr., OL, Keansburg
Kashaun Turner, Sr., DL, Red Bank