The 2022 football season has finally come to a close and it’s time to recognize the best in New Jersey. From the Zoneman Trophy, to the Prep Player of the Year and the entire All-Zone team – meet the best football players that the Garden State has to offer! 

Micah Ford Wins 2022 Zoneman Trophy

For the first time ever, Jersey Sports Zone’s top individual football honor goes to a junior.

Toms River North’s dual-threat quarterback Micah Ford put together one of the most dominant single season performances in recent memory. The Mariners’ go-to guy compiled 3,563 total yards of offense and 50 total touchdowns in 2022, while helping lead Toms River North to a perfect 14-0 season and the first-ever Group 5 state championship. He is the 2022 Zoneman Trophy Winner.

WATCH HERE ** JSZ’s Jay Cook and Rich Chrampanis present Ford with the award ** WATCH HERE

Marco Lainez III Wins JSZ Prep Player of the Year

Hun quarterback Marco Lainez III has left his imprint at the Princeton prep powerhouse program, losing just two games since his sophomore year. This past season the Iowa commit put up eye popping numbers; passing for 2,182 yards and 23 touchdowns, on the ground Lainez III had an additional 322 yards and five rushing scores to help the Raiders go a perfect 9-0 once again against top NCAA Division I recruits. With the help of mentors like Head Coach Todd Smith and Quarterback Coach Tony Raccioppi, along with his family, Marco Lainez III has become one of the most high profile talents under center on the east coast. 

WATCH HERE ** JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from Princeton ** WATCH HERE

Zoneman Finalists Highlight Reels

Being named a Zoneman Trophy finalist means you’re recognized as one of the elite players in New Jersey. Here, we celebrate our finalists by producing season-long highlight reels. 

Micah Ford, Toms River North QB (First Place)

Chase Bisontis, Don Bosco Prep OL (Second Place)

Stefano Montella, West Morris RB/LB (Third Place)

Malachi Mercer, Bergen Catholic LB (Fourth Place)

Robert “Champ” Long, St. Peter’s Prep QB (Fifth Place)

Meet the 2022 All-Zone Football Team

Our team covered hundreds of games this season in every corner of the state and we saw some of the best talent that New Jersey has to offer. So, let’s meet the 2022 All-Zone team!

JSZ’s Non-Public Offense

(Click each player’s name to watch their profile)

QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver / Tight EndAthleteOffensive LineZoneman FinalistsPrep Player of the Year
Sean Burns, Holy SpiritLogan Bush, Don Bosco PrepJack Comeau, Bergen Catholic (TE)Darren Burton II, Seton Hall PrepTyler Burnham, Red Bank CatholicMicah Ford, Toms River North - 2022 JSZ Zoneman WINNERMarco Lainez III, Hun
Liam Londergan, Seton Hall PrepNolan James, Don Bosco PrepZion Fowler, St. Peter's PrepJohn Forster, St. Joe-MontvaleNoah Cressman, St. Augustine PrepChase Bistontis, Don Bosco Prep OL
Nick Minicucci, Don Bosco PrepSaeed St. Fleur, Bergen CatholicDez Jones, DePaul CatholicJadin Johnson, DePaul CatholicBrendan Gay, DelbartonChamp Long, St. Peter's Prep QB
AJ Surace, Notre DameRyan Trafford, DelbartonKenyon Massey, St. Peter's PrepMichael Thomas III, Donovan CatholicTed Gregorie, Hudson CatholicMalachi Mercer, Bergen Catholic LB
Frankie Williams, Red Bank CatholicYasin Willis, St. Joe-MontvaleQuincy Porter, Bergen CatholicEric King, St. Peter's PrepStefano Montella, West Morris RB/LB
Derek Zammit, DePaul CatholicNajih Rahman, Red Bank CatholicConnor McAllen, St. Joe-Montvale
Gavin Roman, Holy SpiritChris Moreno, Don Bosco Prep
Emanuel Ross, Red Bank CatholicLorenzo Portella, Red Bank Catholic

JSZ’s Non-Public Defense

(Click each player’s name to watch their profile)

Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackSpecial Teams
Robert Adamson, St. Augustine PrepJayden Brown, Don Bosco PrepJayden Bonsu, St. Peter's PrepTrevin DelGozzo, St. Joseph Academy
Demarion McCoy, St. Joseph AcademyDavin Brewton, Red Bank CatholicNyair Domnie, DePaul CatholicLuke Monteyne, DePaul Catholic
Sydir Mitchell, Bergen CatholicSean Line, Pope JohnJaylen McClain, Seton Hall Prep
Jimmy Mullen, St. Joe-MontvaleIsaiah Pierce, DePaul CatholicSabino Portella, Red Bank Catholic
London Robinson, St. Peter's PrepDante Vernieri, Donovan CatholicKaj Sanders, Bergen Catholic
DJ Samuels, Bergen CatholicNick Severin, Don Bosco Prep

JSZ’s Public Offense

(Click each player’s name to watch their profile)

QuarterbackRunning BackWide Receiver/Tight EndAthleteOffensive Line
Connor Dietz, Brick MemorialKieran Falzon, RaritanEvan Brooks, Old TappanNasir Addison, IrvingtonJaelyne Matthews, Toms River North
Tyler Douglas, Ocean TownshipZyaire Goffney-Fleming, LenapeLotzeir Brooks, MillvilleHarry Boland, CaldwellNick Oliveira, Clearview
Austen Frattura, SpartaAidan Heaney, Old TappanSaboor Karriem, West OrangeJack Dugan, WestwoodJaSire Peterson, Union City
Jack Grusser, RamapoJabriel Mace, MainlandJoshua Richards, East OrangeXavier Moore, PhillipsburgJahmir Rogers, Passaic Tech
Van Weber, RutherfordRashawn Marshall, WeequahicEjani Shakir, Winslow TownshipFamah Toure, IrvingtonHunter Seubert, Watchung Hills
Matt Yascko, EdisonJared Schoppe, DelseaLuke Van Brill, Kingsway (Tight End)Cole Skinner, Point Pleasant Boro
Jacob Zamat, MillvilleKyon Simonson, HillsideScott Venancio, Rumson-Fair HavenJohn Stone, Washington Township
Kenny Smith, Hammonton

JSZ’s Public Defense

(Click each player’s name to watch their profile)

Defensive LineLinebackerDefensive BackKicker/Punter
Gensley Auguste, West OrangeJulian Casale, CaldwellKahlil Ali, PennsaukenMichael Calton, Manalapan
Ashton Blose, DelseaZach Chostaka, Northern HighlandsTaquan Brittingham, CamdenRiley McCann, Watchung Hills
Zaimir Hawk, HillsideJack Diggins, Old TappanZac Fearon, Seneca
James Heard Jr., CamdenTrashon Dye, Passaic TechJarvis Jones, West Orange
Jack Inserra, Northern HighlandsColin Gallagher, Middletown SouthJeremiah Pruitt, Toms River North
Jack Lopez, Middletown NorthTy Kazanowski, Toms River NorthDante Sellari, West Essex
Kye Pressley, HammontonLuke Mikolajczyk, Rumson-Fair HavenAdon Shuler, Irvington
Derron Moore, WoodburyVaboue Toure, Irvington
Alex Uryniak, North Hunterdon