Table of Contents
SSN Top ReturningRecruits ..........................................................Page 4
Class A North............................Pages 10 thru 20
Class A Central..........................Pages21 thru 29
Class A South............................Pages 30 thru 44
Feature StoryTransforming the Shore ................Pages 46-48
Class B North............................Pages 49 thru 62
Class B Central.......................Pages 63 thru 71
Class B South..........................Pages 72 thru 84
Week-by-weekShore Conf. Schedule ................................................. Page 87
Ocean County Field Directions...............................Pages 88
Monmouth County Field Directions..............................Pages 89
1.Red Bank CatholicThe Caseys have gone wire to wire as the Shores No. 1 team forthe past three years, and they are geared up for another bigseason. They enter the year having won four straight divisiontitles and 33 straight games against Shore Conferencecompetition. The only mountain left to climb is finding a way todethrone Non-Public Group III champion St. Josephs-Montvaleafter consecutive playoff losses to the Green Knights in the pasttwo seasons. Leading the way this year is Miami recruit JamieGordinier at linebacker, standout two-way linemen Liam Smithand Ryan Kroeger, junior dual threat quarterback Eddie Hahn,senior running back Tommy Spernal, senior tailback/safety MikeCordova and senior wideout/cornerback Mike DeMonte. Now inClass B North, they have a schedule where eight of their nineopponents were playoff teams last year, including four divisionchampions, so they should be tested before the playoffs.
2. BrickThe defending Central Jersey Group IV champions are coming offthe programs first sectional title since 1994, and they are loadedup to try to become the first back-to-back state championshipteam at Brick since the Green Dragons won three straight from1981-83. First-team All-Shore selections Carmen Sclafani andRay Fattaruso return at quarterback and running back,respectively, with Fattaruso also back as a top player on thedefense at linebacker. The offense features numerous weapons,including senior wideouts JaQuez Johnson and Joe Phillips,sophomore JaSir Taylor and senior tight end Simon Bingelis.Leading tackler James Juliano returns at linebacker, and Johnsonis also a standout defensive back. It all adds up to the favorite towin Class A South and make another run to a title.
3. Rumson-Fair HavenThe Bulldogs are coming off a school-record 11 wins in a year inwhich they captured their second NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IItitle in four seasons, and they return the centerpiece of theiroffense in Princeton recruit Charlie Volker at tailback. Volker ledthe Shore Conference with a school-record 2,108 yards rushingand 24 touchdowns to earn SSN Offensive Player of the Yearhonors. One of the Shores best defenses from last year returnssenior noseguard Ben Eisenstadt, linebackers Max Pfrang andTucker Briggs, and a strong secondary featuring seniors SamEisenstadt and Jackson Reid. They also have a talented sophomoreclass ready to contribute. They look like the favorite in Class ACentral, and will try to become the first team in school history towin consecutive state titles.
4. ManalapanThe Braves may have graduated some big names, but the four-time defending Class A North champions plan on keeping thewins coming and making another run to a state final. Theyreached their third straight sectional final last season but cameup short of winning the programs first state title, so they arehungry to finish the job. Senior quarterback Dan Anerella,running backs Imamu Mayfield, John Cheung and Dan Debner,wideout Tyson Plummer and junior right guard Joe Sellmeyerlead the offense. The defense features senior defensive end KyleMullen, senior linebackers Joe Mendez and Carlos Teixeira andDebner in the secondary, and the special teams feature one ofthe states top kickers in senior Mike Caggiano. The Braves havewon 25 straight games against Shore Conference competitionand look to make another run to a state final.
5.BarnegatThe Bengals are coming off a season in which they won a school-record 10 games and reached their first NJSIAA final, so now they arelooking to finish the job and take home the programs first state title.The defending Class B South champions return some of the Shoresbiggest names in senior linebacker Manny Bowen, a Penn Staterecruit, senior offensive lineman Sam Madden, a Wisconsin recruit,and senior quarterback Cinjun Erskine, who is committed to Bucknell.Defensive back Ricky Gerena, defensive lineman Xavier Young,linebacker Kevin Hoffman, running back/linebacker Tyler McGuinness,and running back Paul Wickwire also return to help the Bengals makea run to another division title and the South Jersey Group II crown.
6. Toms River SouthThe Indians won eight games and reached the South Jersey Group IVsemifinals last season to continue their resurgence, and they return anexplosive offense as they try to make a deeper playoff push andchallenge for the Class A South title this fall. Senior quarterback TymereBerry returns after earning second-team All-Shore honors last year, andhe is joined in the backfield of the Indians triple option attack by seniorKhaleel Greene, who is poised for a breakout season as the primaryballcarrier. Senior Mike Rutter returns to lead the offensive line, andseniors Quintin DeCarlo and Jimmy Allen lead the defensive line, withsenior Joe Odebode returning to anchor the linebackers.
7. Middletown SouthThe Eagles are coming off an uncharacteristic .500 season, but have a strongcore of sophomores and juniors along with some talented seniors to bounceright back and make a run at Class A North and Central Jersey Group IV titles.Almost the entire offensive line returns, led by FCS prospect James Wilson, andthe backfield should be a standout unit featuring junior Cole Rogers, senior CoreyGrant and promising sophomore James McCarthy. Junior Matt Mosquera stepsin at quarterback and has senior tight end Pat Crowe and brothers Nolan andSpencer Pereless as targets in the passing game. Crowe, senior defensivelineman Dan Servidio, linebackers Dylan Rogers and Sergio Gonzalez and ColeRogers in the secondary highlight the defense.
8. OceanThe defending Class B North champions are coming off a 10-win seasonand a trip to the state semifinals. They are out to prove they can weatherheavy graduation losses, particularly on defense, but return theingredients for another strong season in junior tailback Tyler Thompson,one of the Shores best, along with senior wideout Marcus Blackman.Sophomore newcomer Kenny Pickett steps in at quarterback to replacesenior Royal Moore, who transferred to Neptune. Senior safety FrankHenry returns to anchor the defense after making 111 tackles last year,senior Pat Ellison is back at defensive end, and Blackman returns atcornerback. That group will look to finish the job after Ocean lost in theCentral Jersey Group III semifinals last year to eventual championHopewell Valley. They will be tested immediately by a veteran Neptuneteam that also has Top 10 potential in the opener.
9. MatawanComing off a seven-win season in which they were the only winningteam in the Shore to miss the playoffs, the Huskies are hungry to chaseafter Class A Central and Central Jersey Group III titles. They return first-team All-Shore linebacker Aliem Shaw, a junior who will also playtailback, and will have the tandem of senior Jimmy Pierce and promisingfreshman L.C. Pearson at quarterback. Leading rusher Devon Spann andtop wideouts Dejohn Rogers, Justin Ferrara and Shawn Ramcheran alsoreturn. Those same players plus lineman Jake Weber and linebackerIsaiah Phillip also will be leaders of the defense, which was one of theShores best last season. The Huskies will get a serious test in theiropener against an improved St. John Vianney team.
10. Long BranchThe Green Wave retu