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Watch Thursday 10.23 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 4 kicks off with a handful of Thursday night games around the state. Enjoy the highlights! Tenafly 49 Dover 6 Tenafly improved to 4-0 following a dominating 49-6 win over Dover. The Tigers went up 28 points to end the first quarter, both Will Mangaser and Kenny Uchida had two touchdowns heading into halftime. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Rickey “Pop” Spruill of Notre Dame Wins JSZ Central Jersey Week 3 Game Ball
He’s been one of Colonial Valley Conference’s most talked about players thus far in 2020 and Rickey “Pop” Spruill once again showed why he is a candidate for Mercer County’s Player of the Year. In the Irish’s week three matchup against Allentown, Spruill accumulated 354 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. The fans have spoken and he is this week’s Central Jersey Game Ball Winner! Watch his ceremony below: Take Our Poll Be sure to vote each week for our Top Plays and Game Balls: 9 a.m. Sunday-3 p.m. Tuesday! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage.
Cherry Hill East’s Nick Brown Wins South Jersey Week 3 Game Ball
Nick Brown certainly pounded the rock for the Cherry Hill East Cougars in Week 3. The senior rushed for more than 150 yards and three touchdowns to lead East to victory against Bishop Eustace. Brown earned 44% of the vote to take home the JSZ NJM Insurance South Jersey Week 3 Game Ball. Take Our Poll Watch Nick’s Game Ball presentation here: South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evening.
Watch Monday 10.19 JSZ Football Highlights
Monday night football? Why not! Week 3 was so much fun that JSZ has two bonus Monday night games for you before we turn the page to Week 4. Pennsville 44 Clayton 22 Coronavirus concerns cost the Eagles a game so far this season, but Pennsville made up for lost time against the Clippers. Sean […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ Week 3 Top Plays are Off The Charts!
Week Three brought some incredible top plays to the table, and we couldn’t leave any out! Here are 12, not 10, great nominees for JSZ’s Week 3 Top Plays. Cast your vote NOW and get your favorite player a Top Play Belt! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 3 of the 2020 high school football season. We have 12 nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW! The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and be presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 3: Take Our Poll Congrats to St. Joe’s (Met.)’s Omari Jones for winning the Week 2 JSZ Top Play Belt! The JSZ All-Access Pass allows you to see hundreds of JSZ game highlights right away! Click here to get all the action right now!
NJ HS Football Players Pour on the Numbers in Week 3!
It’s hard to believe it, but we’re already halfway through the regular season of the 2020 campaign. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s are highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey poll includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 10.17 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s another full slate of great Saturday games here in Week 3. Be sure to check back throughout the evening as the highlights come in! St. Peter’s Prep 33 St. Joe’s (Mont.) 20 St. Peter’s Prep snapped a three-game losing streak to the Green Knights dating back to 2018 after a rousing performance on offense […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 10.16 JSZ Football Highlights
Wet weather threw a few wrinkles into the Week 3 schedule, but Friday night still brought us tons of highlights from all around the state. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the exciting action! Delbarton 27 Don Bosco 21 Delbarton made history Friday night. The Green Wave scored only their second win […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 10.15 JSZ Football Highlights
Week 3 begins with a handful of Thursday night games on the gridiron. JSZ has highlights from a pair of those games to begin the weekend with a bang! Gloucester City 20 Maple Shade 7 The Lions fell behind early, but stormed back to beat the Wildcats and secure their first (3-0) start since 2014. […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Thursday 10.15 JSZ Soccer Highlights
JSZ has two Thursday soccer games. Nery Rodriguez brings us girls soccer action between East Brunswick and South Brunswick and Rich Chrampanis has the action from Holmdel and Rumson-Fair Haven boys soccer under the lights! Holmdel 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 0 | Boys Tomas Zolofra scored both goals to get the Hornets to 58 in their […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Omari Jones of St. Joseph (Met.) Wins Week Two Top Play Belt
It doesn’t matter if you are a Sophomore or a veteran Senior, any player has a chance to make the highlight reel when our cameras are rolling. Omari Jones of St. Joseph (Metuchen) made a dazzling 69 yard touchdown run against Westfield to lead the Falcons to a 20-3 victory. The fans have spoken and he is the JSZ Top Play Belt Winner for Week Two! Omari’s teammates were not there to celebrate due to a Covid-19 related issue closing school, but his father along with Head Coach Rich Hilliard were there to be a part in his well deserved ceremony. Watch now: Take Our Poll Voting for our Game Balls and Top Plays takes place 9 a.m. Sunday- 3 p.m. Tuesday!
Frankie Garbolino of North Brunswick Wins Central Jersey Week 2 Game Ball
As a sophomore Frankie Garbolino has quickly made his name known at North Brunswick. Despite starting practice in September, the Raiders are 2-0, against New Brunswick Garbolino threw for 245 passing yards and four touchdowns. The fans have spoken and he is the Central Jersey Week 2 Game Ball Winner! JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by practice for another electric ceremony: Take Our Poll Be sure to vote for our Top Plays and Game Balls every week from 9 a.m. Sunday-3 p.m. Tuesday!
Hanover Park’s Christian Valvano Takes Home JSZ Game Ball Honors!
Hanover Park QB Christian Valvano put up video game-like numbers Friday night, leading the way with one of the most impressive statewide performances so far in the early season. Valvano collected 259 yards and three touchdowns through the air along with 220 rushing yards and three more touchdowns on the ground in a rousing 46-19 win over Kinnelon. JSZ’s Jay Cook presented Valvano with the JSZ North Jersey game ball virtually: The JSZ Week 2 North Jersey game ball poll brought in 27,137 votes, with Valvano and the Hornets faithful delivering 9,502 votes (35.01 percent) to take home the honor. Take Our Poll
Worth the Wait: Ramsey finally opens football season with Tuesday night win
The Ramsey Rams have had two shutdowns due to COVID-19 but finally made their 2020 football debut at Point Pleasant Boro. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch the highlights of Ramsey’s 31-0 win now! Ramsey 31 Point Pleasant Boro 0 Will Cheyne had three touchdowns to lead the Rams to a season opening win […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Monday 10.12 JSZ Football Highlights
Monday Night Football in New Jersey? Yes please! JSZ has a pair of Big Central Football Conference games during a rainy evening on the gridiron. Bernards 39 Johnson 14 After falling to last year’s South/Central Group 2 Champions, Hillside, in their season opener, Bernards bounced back with a dominating 39-14 win over Johnson. The Mountaineers […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Week 2 Raises the Bar in JSZ Top Plays
We’ve got ten great nominees for JSZ’s Week 2 Top Plays. Cast your vote NOW and get your favorite player a Top Play Belt! Jersey Sports Zone had cameras all around the state for Week 2 of the 2020 high school football season. We have ten nominees up for this week’s JSZ Top Play. Watch our video and cast your vote NOW. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get a visit from JSZ and presented with the Top Play Belt. Thanks to everyone for watching our highlights. Check out some great plays from Week 2: Take Our Poll Congratulations to Notre Dame’s George Chrissafis for winning JSZ’s Week One Top Play Belt The JSZ All-Access Pass allows you to see hundreds of JSZ game highlights right away! Click here to get all the action right now
Incredible Stat Lines Highlight JSZ Week 2 Game Ball Nominees!
Just like that, we’re already 1/4 of the way through the 2020 football season now that Week 2 has come and gone. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey polls includes players from the Super Football Conference and parts of the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as parts of the Big Central Football Conference and Mercer County. Take Our Poll
Watch Friday 10.9 JSZ Football Highlights
It’s another slate of tremendous action for Week 2 of the high school football season in the Garden State. Check back throughout the night for all of the amazing highlights and reaction! Cherokee 35 Woodrow Wilson 0 In a battle between defending sectional champions, the Chiefs dominated from start to finish. Billy Osborn threw two […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Gloucester Lions Roar in Wildwood
Gloucester City 37 Wildwood 6 The Lions made the long trip down to Exit 4 on the Parkway worth their while, beating the Warriors in a Thursday night West Jersey Football League tilt. Steven Burkhardt led a potent Gloucester ground game and finished with a pair of touchdowns, as the Lions moved to (2-0). Greg […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Jahdir Loftland of Donovan Catholic wins Week 1 Central Jersey Game Ball
It was quite an opening weekend for Jahdir Loftland; the Donovan Catholic Junior rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the Griffins to a 42-6 victory over Brick Memorial. The fans have spoken and he is the Central Jersey Game Ball Winner for week one! Watch his ceremony below: Take Our Poll Be sure to vote for our Top Play and Game Balls 9 a.m. Sunday through 3 p.m. Tuesday!
Woodbridge’s Ali Lee Jr. commits to Stony Brook!
Standing at 5’10, Woodbridge’s Ali Lee Jr. is one of the biggest threats on the football field. In 2019 his 1,873 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns led the Barrons to a 10-1 record and a North 1, Group 4 Sectional Final appearance. His deadly speed is only matched by his fun persona and now the Senior will take his talents national to play Division 1 football for Stony Brook University! Congratulations Ali, watch his JSZ highlight reel and “A to Z” profile below:
Ridge’s Lucas Hudkins Wins JSZ North Jersey Game Ball!
Lucas Hudkins opened the 2020 season with a bang for the Ridge Red Devils. Hudkins powered Ridge to a commanding 42-14 win over Bridgewater-Raritan in Week 1 after handling 19 carries for 180 yards and four touchdown runs. JSZ’s Jay Cook stopped by practice Wednesday afternoon to present the bruising back his award. Take Our Poll The JSZ Week 1 North Jersey game ball poll tallied just over 20,000 votes total, with Hudkins earning 6,970 of those, for 34.8 percent.
Paul VI’s Gledhill Wins South Jersey Week 1 Game Ball
Joe Gledhill lit up the scoreboard for Paul VI to begin the 2020 season. The senior QB threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead the Eagles to a 34-0 win over Cherry Hill East. Gledhill earned 39% of the vote to win the JSZ NJM Insurance South Jersey Week 1 Game Ball. Check out his presentation (on a windy day!) here: Take Our Poll South Jersey Game Balls are made possible by NJM Insurance. Please submit nominations to MikeFrankel@jerseysportszone.com by Saturday evening each week.
Jackson Liberty holds off TRE in Monday Night Football Thriller
The COVID-19 pandemic is going to give us more than just two days of high school football this fall. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction of a wild fourth quarter in the Shore Conference between Jackson Liberty and Toms River East! Jackson Liberty 16 Toms River East 14 Jayvon Vilus had a 39-yard TD run […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Vote now for Week One JSZ Top Play
The Top Play Belt is BACK! We’ve got the best plays captured by our cameras. Cast your vote NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Jersey Sports Zone’s first week of 2020 high school football coverage had us all over the state. We’ve compiled the best plays captured by our cameras and are asking your vote for the top play of Week One. The polls are open now and will stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of our poll will get presented the JSZ Top Play Belt at a practice later in the week. Watch all of our nominees and then cast your vote below! Take Our Poll
Football’s Back! Vote Now for Week 1 JSZ Game Balls!
Finally, football is back! And just like that, Week 1 has come and gone. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s is highlighting another batch of stellar performances with game ball voting where players in every corner of the state are honored. The polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone for voting! South Jersey Our South Jersey game ball poll includes players from the West Jersey Football League. Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our South Jersey Game Ball polls! Take Our Poll North Jersey Our North Jersey polls includes players from the Super Football Conference and the Big Central Football Conference. Take Our Poll Central Jersey Our Central Jersey polls includes players from the Shore Conference, as well as Mercer and Middlesex counties. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 10.3 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
We wrap up Week 1 with some incredible Saturday match-ups from all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! Bergen Catholic 24 St. Joe-Montvale 21 Ryan Butler had three touchdowns and over 250 yards of offense and the Bergen Catholic defense held off a fourth-quarter comeback to win their opener on the road. Crusaders QB […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 10.2 JSZ Week 1 Football Highlights
In a season unlike any other, we finally begin the football season in the first weekend of October. JSZ was masked up and on the move all around the state to capture plenty of opening night action. Check back throughout the night to watch all of the highlights! Notre Dame 23 Hamilton West 20 | […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch JSZ All Access: Season on the Brink
Jersey Sports Zone spent four days with four high school football teams leading up to the kickoff to the 2020 high school football season. We take you behind the scenes like never before and take you inside the huddle with Bergen Catholic, Notre Dame, Ocean City and Rumson-Fair Haven The 2020 football season kicks off this Friday night in a season unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a one month delay and a six-game regular season. JSZ takes you behind the scenes and inside the huddle at Bergen Catholic, Notre Dame, Ocean City and Rumson-Fair Haven. Watch our three episodes to gear up for the official return of high school sports! Episode One: “The season’s on the line. If one of us gets sick, this could be the end.” Episode Two: “You have to stick to what you believe in and you have to work every day to get where you want to get.” Episode Three: “This is the moment I’ve waited 18 year for – my senior year.” JSZ’s All-Access pass allows you to see all of our content immediately. Click on the link to join our team today and learn more: /https://jerseysportszone.com/product/premium-zone-membership/
JSZ Camp Countdown: Preseason Football Previews for the 2020 Season
Football teams in New Jersey are currently preparing for the 2020 high school season in a preseason like no other. Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists are back pounding the pavement to cover the state and preview dozens of football programs leading up to Opening Day on Oct. 2. From now until then, our “JSZ Camp Countdown” series will highlight a new team daily in preparation for the season. Stop back in each day for a story on your favorite team, your crosstown rival or a team on the other end of New Jersey. Today’s JSZ Camp Countdown Feature: Timber Creek Major changes took place at Timber Creek this offseason as longtime head coach Rob Hinson joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. Brian Wright takes over for Hinson after eight seasons at Cherry Hill West. Wright now presides over one of the best rosters in the state highlighted by junior DE/WR Jihaad Campbell, and junior quarterback Donovan Leary. The Chargers also added senior running back, Temple-commit Johnny Martin, who transferred from Highland in the offseason. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story: Previous JSZ Camp Countdown Previews Scroll down to find a team’s preview, then click the name to watch! Week 1 8/17: Don Bosco Prep 8/18: Hammonton 8/19: Donovan Catholic 8/20: Ramapo 8/21: Absegami 8/22: Bridgewater-Raritan 8/23: Woodbridge Week 2 8/24: Paramus Catholic 8/25: Washington Township 8/26: Union 8/27: Holmdel 8/28: Seton Hall Prep 8/29: Lenape 8/30: Toms River North Week 3 8/31: Winslow 9/1: Sayreville 9/2: St. Joe’s (Mont.) 9/3: Wall 9/4: Hillside 9/5: Wayne Valley 9/6: St. Augustine Week 4 9/7: Holy Spirit 9/8: Westfield 9/9: Irvington 9/10: West Orange 9/11: Woodrow Wilson 9/12: Williamstown 9/13: Mater Dei Prep Week 5 9/14: Delbarton 9/15: Burlington Township 9/16: Red Bank Catholic 9/17: Pope John 9/18: Ridgewood 9/19: Red Bank Regional 9/20: Shawnee Week 6 9/21: DePaul Catholic 9/22: South Brunswick 9/23: Cedar Creek 9/24: Millville 9/25: St. Peter’s Prep 9/26: Timber Creek
SJR Star RB Estime Commits to Michigan State
Michigan State’s football staff has made some serious inroads with New Jersey’s top Class of 2021 players. The trend of top-tier players joining the Spartans continued Sunday. Audric Estime, a three-star running back from St. Joe’s (Mont.), announced he’ll continue his football career at Michigan State after giving his verbal commitment to the Spartans on Sunday evening. COMMITTED…Michigan state let’s ride!! #GoGreen pic.twitter.com/NjK7FiahLi— Audric Estime ² (@AudricEstime) September 13, 2020 Estime is a two-time JSZ All-State player and is widely regarded as the top running back in the Garden State in 2021. The Green Knights’ star began his senior year as a 16-year-old and has been one of the state’s most productive runners in his career, rushing for 2,050 yards and 27 touchdowns in two varsity seasons. Watch Estime’s Junior Year Highlight Reel Here Estime’s decision to play in East Lansing caps off an incredible recruiting cycle for the Spartans in New Jersey. Estime’s teammate, offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark, and Hun School offensive lineman Kevin Wigenton II both committed to Michigan State this year. Estime brought in 17 Power 5 offers: Arizona State, Rutgers, Duke, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Pitt, Temple, Texas A&M and Virginia, along with Michigan State. Despite playing in a shortened season, Estime has a legitimate chance to be in the running for JSZ’s Zoneman Player of the Year in 2020. JSZ’s Jay Cook featured Estime in our “JSZ A to Z” series highlighting the top New Jersey players playing in the 2021 season. Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest news and updates on New Jersey athletes.
Peter Delaportas Commits to Boston College
The Class of 2022 is quickly turning into one of New Jersey’s strongest positions in the college football recruiting world. That’s especially true now that one of the state’s top passers has announced his future home. Pope John junior Peter Delaportas, who has seen his recruitment explode in recent months, made a verbal commitment Tuesday evening to play at Boston College. Proud and excited to announce my commitment to Boston College , cant wait for the next 2 years and then on to Chestnut Hill @BCFootball @JoeSuIlivan @CoachJeffHafley pic.twitter.com/1g6OMdkV5Z— Peter Delaportas (@peterdel8) September 8, 2020 Watch Delaportas’ Sophomore Highlight Reel Here! Delaportas is a 6-4, 205 pound signalcaller for the Lions who earned a four-star recruit status this summer. As a sophomore for Pope John in 2019, he completed 73 of 173 passes, threw for 1,232 yards with eight touchdowns to 10 interceptions and added in one additional rushing score. The Jefferson, NJ native also wrestled for the Lions and finished his sophomore season with a trip to the state tournament in Atlantic City. However, in the football realm, he fielded Power 5 offers from numerous top programs like Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Yet he chose Boston College, which has had plenty of success recruiting top talent from the Garden State in recent years. Delaportas is primed for a breakout season as a junior as Pope John will face a tough, six-game schedule in the Super Football Conference’s United White division. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest recruitment news and updates on New Jersey student-athletes.
Gbayor’s a Husker! Irvington LB commits to Nebraska
One of the state’s top prospects is off the board. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel and A to Z feature on Mikai Gbayor Irvington linebacker Mikai Gbayor has given a verbal commitment to play Big Ten for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Gbayor made his choice on Friday evening on Instagram live. Gbayor is considered one of the top overall prospects in New Jersey garnering 22 Division I offers. Check out his JSZ junior highlight reel with Irvington: Gbayor was part of JSZ’s A to Z Series featuring players we’re most excited to see in 2020. Watch this profile to see the character of a player who has faced adversity off the field which matches his elite talent:
Willingboro’s Davis Commits to Lafayette
One of New Jersey’s top quarterbacks in the Class of 2021 is officially off the market. Willingboro senior Ah-Shaun Davis announced his college decision on Wednesday evening, committing to Lafayette College. Happy Birthday MOMMA ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tE04txkmTg— Ah-Shaun Davis 💂🏾♂️🤟🏾4️⃣ (@AhShaunDavis1) September 2, 2020 Davis helped lead the Chimeras to back-to-back sectional titles in each of the last two seasons. He threw for 2,600 yards and 38 touchdowns during his junior campaign, guiding Willingboro to a (12-1) record and the Group 1 South-Central Regional championship. Watch his 2019 highlight reel here: JSZ went one-on-one with Davis during our “A to Z: Top Players We Want to See” series back in June. You can watch that feature here:
SJR’s Frankie Monte Gives Verbal to Holy Cross
St. Joe’s (Mont.) has consistently produced Division I football talent in recent years, and that trend continued today with the Green Knights sending their top defensive player to the Patriot League. Frankie Monte, a senior linebacker for St. Joe’s, announced Tuesday via social media he had given a verbal commitment to play at the next level for College of the Holy Cross. Committed ✝️⚔️ pic.twitter.com/2FTySFpwo7— Frankie Monte (@FrankieMonte5) August 25, 2020 Last season, six players in the Big Six of North Jersey football (St. Joe’s, Bergen Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, Don Bosco, DePaul Catholic and Paramus Catholic) had eclipsed the 100 tackle mark. Monte is the only returning senior on that list. He also led his team with 18 tackles for loss, more than Penn State signee Amin Vanover, and also chipped in 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Watch Frankie’s Junior Year Highlight Reel! Now a senior, Monte headlines a defense led by first-year head coach and former St. Joe’s (Mont.) defensive coordinator Dan Marangi. He’s been described as a “throwback type” player who packs a punch on every tackle. Monte is the second Green Knights player to make his college announcement in the last week. Four-star offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark committed to Michigan State on Saturday evening. Holy Cross has recruited the Garden State well in recent years, evidenced by the 16 New Jersey players on their 2020 roster. Monte also isn’t the only Class of 2021 player committed to the Crusaders – Rumson-Fair Haven defensive back Ryan Ruane announced his commitment there earlier this summer. Monte was featured in our inaugural “JSZ A to Z” series this summer, highlighting the top 50 players in New Jersey. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiled Monte as one of three players on the list from St. Joe’s: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all St. Joe’s (Mont.) athletics are proudly brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics.
SJR Star VanDeMark Chooses Michigan State
St. Joe’s (Mont.) has a reputation of producing top-tier offensive line talent in recent years. That trend officially continued Saturday as Lodi, New Jersey native Geno VanDeMark announced his commitment to Michigan State. 110% COMMITTED TO MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY!!! Extremely thankful for everyone who has helped me get here!! #GoGreen pic.twitter.com/XQEcxsC3cQ— Geno VanDeMark (@GenoVanDeMark) August 22, 2020 Named a Jersey Sports Zone 2019 All-Zone team member, he’s the consensus top-ranked offensive lineman in New Jersey’s Class of 2021. VanDeMark is an imposing force who stands at 6-4 and 295 pounds. He’s rated a four-star recruit, per 247Sports.com. VanDeMark is the second offensive lineman from St. Joe’s (Mont.) to sign with a Big Ten program in as many years. Class of 2019 graduate Luke Wypler is now playing at Ohio State. VanDeMark yielded tons of interest in the aftermath of a breakout junior season with the Green Knights. He received a total of 19 offers from various Power 5 programs before cutting his list down to a top six of Nebraska, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Arizona State in late June. VanDeMark, along with teammate Audric Estime, also a Michigan State target at running back, visited East Lansing last week for an unofficial tour of the campus. He also joins Hun School’s Kevin Wigenton as fellow Michigan State commits from New Jersey on the offensive line. Watch His JSZ “A to Z” Feature! This summer, Jersey Sports Zone featured the Top 50 players in the Garden State. VanDeMark was highlighted, and recruiting analysts who cover New Jersey football said he’s among the most talented linemen in the region. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone for all the latest news and updates on New Jersey athletes.
NJ HS Fall Sports Stays On Track for This Fall
After months of speculation, state lawmakers believe New Jersey is on track to have high school sports this fall. Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday afternoon that the decision to play fall sports will come directly from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), with support from his Office. “We know that NJSIAA is taking extremely seriously the need for protecting everyone in our school communities and will only pursue a sports schedule if they feel the proper health and safety requirements can be met,” Murphy said at his daily press briefing from Trenton. “I am encouraged that most of our fall sports…are played outdoors,” Murphy continued, citing football, soccer and cross country, among others. “Outdoor activities are increasingly safer than indoor ones.” Murphy was joined by Sen. Paul Sarlo – a member of the NJSIAA Executive Committee – and Assm. Benjie Wimberly, the head football coach at Hackensack High School. “These student athletes are extremely active individuals who need sports in their lives, not only from a physical well-being, but also for their mental and social well-being, as well,” Sarlo said. “With the challenges of COVID-19 nationwide and worldwide, and the racial unrest here in the country, we need that locker room camaraderie to bring our communities back together,” Wimberly said. The NJSIAA released a positive statement moments after the press conference. “NJSIAA appreciates the continued support of Governor Murphy, Senator Sarlo, and Assemblyman Wimberly,” the statement reads. “With their input, as well as continued guidance from our roster of experts, we look forward to announcing updates to our plans later this week.” Murphy and the NJSIAA updated their plans last week when it was announced that schools who opt for remote, out-of-school learning to start the fall, can play. Ultimately, it seems individual school districts will have the discretion to permit or cancel sports. That’s a far cry from the 12 other states nationwide who’ve already cancelled scholastic sports. So far, however, six school districts have announced their teams won’t be suiting up this fall. Those are Trenton, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Carteret, New Egypt and Piscataway. Sarlo said there are about 95,000 student athletes who participate in fall sports throughout the Garden State. Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone in the coming days for more information and announcements regarding how COVID-19 will impact the return to fall high school sports this season.
COVID-19 Safety is No. 1 Priority for NJ HS Football Programs
Just like in year’s past, New Jersey high school football programs are in the midst of summer workouts on the practice field. But there’s one distinct difference between this preseason and the dozens of preseasons before. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down high school sports in the Garden State back in March, and as the start of the high school football season creeps closer, so does the concern about whether or not there will be a season. But by the looks of it so far, coaches and training staffs in all corners of the state are working overtime to ensure player safety in an unprecedented time. JSZ’s team of MMJ’s visited training camps in North, Central and South Jersey to see how teams are adapting to the necessary changes in an effort to allow for a safe high school football season. Jersey Sports Zone’s annual “Camp Countdown” series will begin on Monday as we will preview dozens of teams from around the state during the lead-up to Week 1 on Oct. 2. Stay tuned every day for new features on different teams daily.
Shawnee’s Summerville Commits to Fordham
Nate Summerville emerged as the vertical threat Shawnee needed in 2019, finishing with close to 700 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Summerville helped lead the Renegades to the South Jersey Group 4 title, and a South-Central Regional championship last fall. The rising senior announced his college decision over the weekend, committing to Fordham University. COMMITTED❗️🐏 #2AM1LY pic.twitter.com/ZjF2GPoxhZ— Nate Summerville (@nsummerville8) August 8, 2020 Watch Summerville’s 2019 highlight reel here: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.
Amari Clark Commits to Maryland
Four-star recruit Amari Clark is widely considered the top New Jersey wide receiver in the Class of 2022. He helped Woodrow Wilson win back-to-back sectional titles in his first two seasons with the Tigers, and is poised to put up some huge numbers this fall as a junior. Clark announced his college decision on Saturday morning, committing to the University of Maryland. I want to thank god for giving me the opportunity to be in this position and to make the right decision🙏🏾Thank you to my family friends and everybody that helped me grow into a young man!! Mom I promise I got you❤️IM 100% committed @pgreat81 @CoachLocks @UMD_CoachBaker pic.twitter.com/YDKHPsHqi3— Amari Clark (@amariclark_2) August 8, 2020 Watch Clark’s JSZ A to Z video profile here:
RFH Defensive Back Commits to Holy Cross
For the second straight day, a Rumson-Fair Haven rising senior commits to play Division I football. Check out JSZ’s highlight reel and A to Z feature on defensive back Ryan Ruane One day after teammate John Volker committed to Princeton, RFH defensive back Ryan Ruane has given a verbal commitment to play Division I FCS football at Holy Cross. I am very excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and football career at the College of Holy Cross! ⚔️✝️ #CROS21SBACK pic.twitter.com/UvJkd3ecZy— Ryan Ruane (@RyanRuane1) August 7, 2020 Watch highlights of Ruane, a 2019 JSZ All-Zone selection in the secondary: Earlier this summer, we profiled Ryan in our A to Z Series: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by ACI Medical & Dental School
RFH’s Volker Commits to Princeton
Charlie Volker was an All-Ivy League running back at Princeton and now younger brother John Volker follows his footsteps. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel and A to Z feature on the Rumson-Fair Haven running back with blazing speed John Volker is one of the fastest players in New Jersey and he’s bringing that blazing speed to the Ivy League and Princeton. Volker has given a verbal commitment to the admissions process with the Tigers. John will follow in the footsteps of younger brother Charlie who had a successful four-year career at Princeton from 2015-18: I want to thank the Princeton coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level. I would also like to thank those in Rumson and Fair Haven who have guided me along the way. That being said, I’m committing to the admissions process at Princeton University! 🐅 pic.twitter.com/Z8XXRlDK1B— John Volker (@JohnVolker3) August 6, 2020 Volker was able to put together an impressive junior season with over 1,000 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns despite playing the second half of the year with a broken bone in his foot. Jersey Sports Zone profiled Volker earlier this summer in our A to Z Series of players we’re most excited to see in 2020: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by ACI Medical & Dental School
Camden’s Chestnut Commits to Syracuse
Duce Chestnut does it all on the football field for Camden. Offense, defense, and special teams, Chestnut is a play-maker at any position for The High. The four-star rising senior announced his college decision on Sunday afternoon, committing to Syracuse. Chestnut chose the Orange over Louisville, Miami, Michigan State and Rutgers. He was recently profiled in JSZ’s A to Z series of top players in New Jersey we’re excited to see in 2020. Watch our profile here: Here’s JSZ’s highlight reel of Duce at quarterback, wide receiver and DB for Camden in 2019: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Gov. Murphy Hopeful For Safe Return to NJ HS Sports
The Last Dance World Series accomplished plenty over its three-week stretch: seniors were given a final memory with their teams and a true state champion was crowned after spring sports were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the 222-team baseball tournament achieved another goal, as well. It’s now being viewed as a successful and potential blueprint for the safe return to high school sports in New Jersey. Prior to first pitch a the LDWS final, Gov. Phil Murphy and Sen. Paul Sarlo spoke with Jersey Sports Zone about how student-athletes can safely get back to playing scholastic sports in the fall and beyond. Both lawmakers are hopeful there will be official seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Trenton: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of the Last Dance World Series is brought to you by RWJ Barnabas Health – the tournament’s title sponsor.
Ahmad Ross Commits to Army
St. Joseph (Hammonton) rising senior Ahmad Ross has earned a reputation as one of the toughest players in South Jersey. Ross helped lead the Wildcats to a (9-2) record last season, playing both linebacker and fullback. The Bridgeton native announced his college decision on Friday evening, committing to the Army Black Knights. Watch Ross in action for St. Joe last season here:
JSZ A to Z: Top HS Football Players We’re Excited to See in 2020
Today’s “JSZ A to Z” Feature: Zaire Angoy, Irvington DT We reach the end of the road in our JSZ A to Z series with Zaire Angoy. The Irvington defensive tackle showed his ability to attract double teams and still make plays. After losing weight and joining the wrestling team, Angoy became highly recruited and ultimately chose to stay close to home at Rutgers. Watch our final feature in this exciting series: “JSZ A to Z” Features Click the name to watch the video. A Jaiden Abrams, Hammonton Steve Angeli, Bergen Catholic Aaron Armitage, Blair Academy B Kharyi Banton, Newark West Side Tahj Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep Andrew Butler, DePaul Catholic C Duce Chestnut, Camden Alijah Clark, Camden Amari Clark, Woodrow Wilson D Ah-Shaun Davis, Willingboro Carnell Davis, St. Augustine Charles DePrima, Ramapo Cookie Desiderio, Somerville E Audric Estime, St. Joe’s (Mont.) F Cole Freeman, Delbarton Frankie Monte, St. Joe’s (Mont.) G Mikai Gbayor, Irvington Dominick Giudice, Mater Dei Prep Keshon Griffin St. Joseph (Hamm.) H “Hollywood” Robinson, Penns Grove I Desmond Igbinosun, Union J Mike Jarvis, Shawnee Giye Jenkins, Seton Hall Prep K Jake Kazanowsky, Toms River North Jake Ketschek, St. Augustine L Casey Larkin, Wall Donovan Leary, Timber Creek Ali Lee, Jr., Woodbridge Jake Louro, Red Bank Catholic M Tywon Malone, Bergen Catholic Camron McNair, Donovan Catholic Bryce Myers, Bridgewater-Raritan N Naran Buntin, Mater Dei Prep O Gordon Ogden, Red Bank Regional P Avery Powell, St. Peter’s Prep Q Matt Quetel, Phillipsburg R George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep Frank Riggio, Verona Ryan Ruane, Rumson-Fair Haven S Keon Sabb, Williamstown Justin Shorter, Blair Academy Patrick Smith, Holy Spirit Ricky “Pop” Spruill, Notre Dame T Will Towns, Jackson Memorial Jordan Thompson, Parsippany Hills U Kanye Udoh, St. Augustine Prep V Geno VanDeMark, St. Joe’s (Mont.) John Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven W Kevin Wigenton II, Hun School X Xavier Coleman, Lenape Y Yah-Sin Calhoun, Freehold Boro Z Zaire Angoy, Irvington
Aaron Lewis Transfers to Rutgers
Recent Williamstown grad Aaron Lewis entered the transfer portal last week after leaving Michigan. Lewis wanted to be closer to home because of a family issue, and has landed at Rutgers. Lewis made the announcement on his Twitter account on Monday: After deep discussions with my family, I’ve decided it’s best for me to continue my academic and athletic career at Rutgers University where I will be closer to home. @RUCoachFran @CoachPanagos @GregSchiano pic.twitter.com/RMp1tVAC61— aaron.lewis84 (@aaron_lewis71) July 20, 2020 Lewis helped lead Willimstown to back-to-back South Jersey Group 5 titles in his final two seasons at the school. Take at look at Lewis in action for the Braves with our 2019 JSZ All-Zone profile:
BREAKING: NJ Fall Sports Season Pushed Back One Month
New Jersey high school student athletes very well may get the chance to hit the fields this fall, but it could be a much shorter season than they’re used to. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) officially announced Friday a plan for the fall sports season to begin on Oct. 1 and last until Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 27-28. Athletes are still allowed to return to campus for the first time since March in the NJSIAA’s “summer recess” period which is set to begin Monday (July 13). The summer recess period is now extended through August 28. After that, there will be a two-week hiatus from August 29 through September 13 (only virtual meetings will be permitted). Official practices for fall sports will begin September 14 leading up to girls tennis opening September 28, football on October 2 and all other fall sports getting stated October 1. “High school sports are school-based, so we need to first ensure all is in order with the opening of our schools,” says Colleen Maguire, NJSIAA chief operating officer in a press release. “After that, we can begin playing sports. To be clear, our goal is to return to play – while making sure that health, safety, emotional well-being, and academics come first. We have a different model than some other types of programs that are far smaller in scale and operate independently. We have a duty to ensure that New Jersey’s schools and their more than 1.5 million students and teachers, including 283,000 high school student-athletes, can first return to school and their academics, and then participate in extracurricular activities like sports.” When it comes to high school football, the regular season has a six-game window and post-season play will be limited to just two weeks of play. Traditional Thanksgiving contests will still be able to be played past the November 22 end-date to the fall sports season. The NJSIAA Sports Advisory Task Force has identified the following eight guiding principles that will drive the decision-making process. 1. Ensure the health and safety of all student-athletes. 2. Re-engage all student-athletes as soon as possible for their social, emotional and mental well-being. 3. Maximize participation across all sports and all student-athletes. 4. Keep competition as local as possible for as long as possible. 5. Develop multiple return to play models to minimize the risk of a cancelled season. 6. Maintain the ability to pivot to back-up plans when deemed necessary. 7. Minimize potential impact on the spring season. 8. Minimize the importance of postseason, statewide championships. In a memo to NJSIAA member schools, the NJSIAA Sports Advisory Task Force said: “This plan is the first model to be provided in what will be a series of return to play models that will be in place for the 2020-2021 school year. The goal of the task force is to identify multiple back-up models that will be available as both school-related and health-related circumstances evolve.” The memo went on note: “This plan is intended to allow schools and leagues and conferences to start planning for a fall sports season. We all recognize the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic and realize the circumstances are changing regularly. We will provide updates to all potential plans as timely as possible to ensure schools and leagues and conferences have time to adapt to any pivots to a different return to play model.” New Jersey’s various scholastic leagues and conferences are strongly encouraged to revise schedules to emphasize local competition and minimize the number of different schools that come in contact with each other. Smaller divisions of schools for competition purposes is encouraged in order to facilitate communications and scheduling. The NJSIAA will strive to open postseason participation to any team wishing to participate. As with the regular season, the postseason will remain local, meaning a sectional championship or less. A seeding committee will be used by every sport in order to remove the reliance on power points, standings, and overall record. “By reducing the length of the season, student-athletes will have the opportunity for participation – but will also have more time to focus on their academic requirements,” says NJSIAA President Steve Shohfi. “A reduced season will naturally lead to a reduced amount of competition, which minimizes the risk of infection through exposure to many different teams and schools.” Denis Nelson, a member of the NJSIAA COVID-19 Sports Advisory Task Force and the athletic director at River Dell Regional High School notes: “Removing the possibility for statewide, postseason competition is intended to convey the specific message that the fall season is specifically about opportunity, engagement, and participation. It is not about winning championships. From a health perspective, it’s appropriate to keep sports as local as possible. From a competition perspective, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial but different impact on every school district. As a result, the playing field won’t be level this year, so it’s only fair not to crown statewide champions.”