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Camden Catholic 2018 Preview
Following an 8-2 year and an offseason of controversy that saw the firing of a Head Coach and the transfer of numerous players, Camden Catholic is back with a new leader at the helm. New Coach Cody Hall is preparing the Irish for Week 0 as they look to put the past behind them. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by to training camp: 2018 Schedule Friday, August 31 – At Rancocas Valley Friday, September 7 – WOODROW WILSON Friday, September 14 – HOLY SPIRIT Friday, September 21 –WILLINGBORO Friday, October 5 – At Delsea Friday, October 12 –At Lenape Friday, October 19 – CAMDEN Saturday, October 28 – at Cedar Creek Wednesday, November 21 – at Paul VI Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Camden Catholic coverage. JSZ looks forward to brining you Irish Athletics all year long!
St. John Vianney 2018 JSZ Football Preview
St. John Vianney Reloaded For 2018 After 18 seniors graduated from the program, St. John Vianney has rallied and reloaded its team with some fresh faces and top talent. Former Matawan Regional High School and Kean University coach Joe Martucci is now the head coach and takes over a Lancers squad that’s a staggering 38-0 against Shore Conference opponents since the start of the 2014 season. Martucci has a career record of 197-81-1 in 28 seasons. The Lancers boast one of the most complete offensive lines in the Shore Conference. Right tackle CJ Hanson is a Rutgers University commit, and Division I prospect Paul Liseno create an intimidating presence on the right side of the offensive line. New faces to the program include junior QB CJ Duell, a transfer from St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia; ex-Central Regional junior tailback Kavon Chambers; and DB Damon Washington, a senior formerly of northern NJ powerhouse Don Bosco Prep. Martucci has also assembled a new staff featuring former New Orleans Saint and Seattle Seahawk defensive back Jay Bellamy. Check out SJV’s preview now: St. John Vianney’s 2018 Schedule: Friday, Aug. 31 — vs. Red Bank Catholic Friday, Sept. 7 — @ Rumson-Fair Haven Friday, Sept. 14 — vs. Brick Township Friday, Sept. 21 — @ Middletown North Friday, Sept. 28 — vs. Brick Memorial Saturday, Oct. 6 — @ Freehold Borough Friday, Oct. 19 — @ Middletown North Friday, Oct. 26 — vs. Central Regional Sponsor Alert! Coverage of all St. John Vianney sports is brought to you by BCB Bayshore. Thanks to BCB Bayshore, Jersey Sports Zone will be able to capture all the big moments from St. John Vianney athletics this year!
Rancocas Valley 2018 Preview
Coming off a tough 10-7 loss to rival Lenape in the South Group 5 State Final, Rancocas Valley is looking to repeat similar success with a different outcome in 2018. The Red Devils may have graduated University of Florida running back Iverson Clement, but they will not hang their heads as they have four year starter Bryce Mangene at quarterback. RV will kick off the Garden State’s high school football season in Week 0 against Camden Catholic (8/31). JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: 2018 Schedule Friday, August 31 – CAMDEN CATHOLIC Friday, September 7 – WILLIAMSTOWN Saturday, September 15 – at Trenton Central Friday, September 21 – at Cherokee Friday, October 5 – ST. AUGUSTINE PREP Friday, October 12 – VINELAND Saturday, October 20 – LENAPE Friday, October 26 – at Shawnee Thursday, November 22 – at Pemberton
Summit 2018 Football Preview
Confidence is Key for Summit The Summit Hilltoppers ended last season with a 6-4 record, but like most schools in the Mid-State, they too have a handful of playmakers returning. Head Coach Kevin Kostibos says their experience and confidence will be the key this year’s success. Check out Summit’s Preview now: Hilltoppers’ 2018 Schedule: Thursday, August 30 – 4:00 @ Morristown Friday, September 7 – TBA @ Montgomery Saturday, September 15 – 1:00 WARREN HILLS Saturday, September 22 – 1:00 NORTH HUNTERDON Saturday, September 29 – 1:00 @ Scotch Plains-Fanwood Saturday, October 6 – 2:30 COLONIA Friday, October 12 – 7:00 @ Cranford Friday, October 19 – 7:00 ST JOSEPH MET. Friday, October 26 – 7:00 @ Immaculata Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Summit is brought to you by Equinox. Thanks to Equinox JSZ can bring you exciting Hilltoppers highlights all season long.
Montclair 2018 JSZ Football Preview
It doesn’t get much better than Montclair’s 2017 season. A perfect 12-0 with one of the most explosive offenses, the challenge to match near perfection in all three phases will be daunting. With QB Tarrin Earle off to Bucknell and Danny Webb at Army, the Mounties will turn to a strong senior group to fill the void. Josh Crawford (committed to Central Michigan) takes over the running duties and Charles Murphy makes the move from wide receiver to run the offense at quarterback. Defensively, Willie Matthews is a special player. Coming off a 183 tackle, 25.5 sack junior season, Matthews has D1 interest including Rutgers and is determined to take his already high level of play to rarified air. JSZ looks ahead to the 2018 Mounties: Montclair 2018 Football Schedule Saturday, September 8 – NUTLEY Friday, September 14 – at Washington (OH) Saturday, September 22 – EAST ORANGE Friday, September 28 – at Columbia Saturday, October 6 – at Seton Hall Prep Saturday, October 13 – BLOOMFIELD Saturday, October 20 – LIVINGSTON Friday, October 26 – at Irvington
Josh McKenzie chooses Yale, Mater Dei’s Sillah is BC bound
Josh McKenzie is on his way to the Ivy league and the Yale Bulldogs. The Bergen Catholic running back chose Yale over 12 other schools leading up to his senior season at Bergen Catholic. McKenzie had a number of FBS offers including Rutgers, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Virginia, but opts to head to the Ivy League. McKenzie made the Friday night announcement via his social media accounts: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” … I am committed to Yale University ! #GoBulldogs #4For40 #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/VabzmDVbhD — Josh McKenzie (@Josmckenzie) August 11, 2018 Watch JSZ’s Highlight reel of the newest Yale Bulldog: McKenzie has been hyped as one of the nation’s top running backs as far back as 8th grade and has equal prowess on the wrestling mat. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiled McKenzie’s return to the mat during his junior year with the Crusaders: In Middletown, Mater Dei Prep linebacker Shitta Sillah made Friday night headlines with his commitment to Boston College. Sillah had a long list of offers and heads to Chestnut Hill along with fellow Seraphs senior Izaiah Henderson. Beyond Blessed! pic.twitter.com/YUAIgNbiVR — Shitta Sillah (@ssillah9) August 10, 2018 Sponsor Shout Out! A special thanks to Equinox Fitness for sponsoring our Bergen Catholic coverage on Jersey Sports Zone. Great Crusader highlights and features are made possible thanks to their support!
2018 Phillipsburg Football Preview
Phillipsburg Returns with Unfinished Business After an undefeated regular season last year, Phillipsburg suffered two tragic losses leaving them with a 10-2 record and no sectional title. This season, Frank Duffy and his team say they have unfinished business. Both Jack Staggard and Joe Green believe that this year’s squad could have another undefeated run and challenge for the sectional title they missed out on in 2017. Checkout Phillipsburg’s season preview now: Stateliners’ 2018 Schedule: Friday, August 31 – 7:00 WARREN HILLS Friday, September 7 – 7:00 FRANKLIN Friday, September 14 – 7:00 @ Hunterdon Central Friday, September 21 – 7:00 UNION Friday, September 28 – 7:00 BRIDGEWATER-RARITAN Friday, October 5 – 7:00 @ Hillsborough Friday, October 12 – 7:00 WESTFIELD Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Ridge Thursday, November 22 – 10:30 Easton Game @ Lafayette College Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Pburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to this dedicated booster club JSZ will bring you exciting Stateliner highlights all year long!
North Jersey Super Football Conference Hosts Media Day
The North Jersey Super Football Conference geared up for the 2018 season with a Media Day at Wayne Valley High School. The Jersey Sports Zone team had a chance to spend time with a long list of teams. JSZ’s Jon Rubenstein gives you just a small sample of the interviews captured by our cameras: JSZ Football Previews Every day in the month of August, JSZ brings you high school football previews from every part of the state. A special thanks to all of our sponsors for allowing us to spotlight so many great communities all year long. Check back with us often as we continue to count down to kickoff for 2018!
2018 Camden Football Preview
After an 8-2 season Camden has reloaded for 2018. The Panthers have gained some key transfers in the off season including former Cherry Hill West QB Monte Williams, who looks to be the dual threat Coach Dwayne Savage needs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez spent time with South Jersey’s most beloved programs: 2018 Schedule Friday, September 7 – CEDAR CREEK Friday, September 14 – at Paul VI Friday, September 21 – at Delsea Friday, September 28 – PEMBERTON Friday, October 12 – AT Pennsauken Friday, October 19 – at Camden Catholic Friday, October 26 – WILLINGBORO Thursday, November 22 – WOODROW WILSON Sponsor Shoutout! Thank you to NJM for sponsoring our Camden coverage on JSZ!
2018 Somerville Football Preview
Defending Group 3 Champs get a new Coach with the Same Expectations Somerville is excited for the 2018 season. After winning last year’s Group 3 Sectional Final at Rutgers University, the Pioneers’ head coach, Jeff Vanderbeek, resigned. This year Vanderbeek’s assistant, Dallas Whitaker, takes over. Fortunately, the transition has been smooth. Whitaker supports and will continue to develop the high intensity and fast pace football culture already present at Somerville. Check out Somerville’s season preview now: Pioneers’ 2018 Schedule: Friday, August 31 – 3:00 @ Delbarton Friday, September 7 – 7:00 @ Rahway Friday, September 14 – 7:00 NORTH PLAINFIELD Friday, September 21 – 7:00 VOORHEES Friday, September 29 – 7:00 @ Governor Livingston Friday, September 5 – 7:00 CRANFORD Friday, October 12 – 7:00 WARREN HILLS Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Montgomery Friday, October 26 – 7:00 @ Del Val
Holmdel 2018 JSZ Football Preview
Holmdel took the leap from two wins to six and the Hornets bring back a whole lot of sting with a strong senior group that has two years of extensive varsity experience. Dean Gallo is coming off a 1000 yard rushing season and he’ll have help in the backfield with Cameron LaMountain and QB Jeff DeCicco. Mack Byrne is a playmaker who has an offer from Bryant and the Holmdel line returns four of five starters. More important than wins and losses, the culture of Holmdel football has transformed. JSZ takes you to Holmdel High where we look ahead to the 2018 Hornets: Holmdel 2018 Football Schedule Friday, September 7 – at Manchester Township Friday, September 14 – RED BANK REGIONAL Saturday, September 22 – at Keansburg Friday, September 28 – KEYPORT Friday, October 5 – at Donovan Catholic Friday, October 12 – ASBURY PARK Friday, October 19 – POINT PLEASANT BEACH Friday, October 26 – at Raritan Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage is made possible due to our great sponsors. BCB Bayshore is the reason we can capture so many great moments from Holmdel sports all year long!
2018 Hunterdon Central Season Preview
The Red Devils’ Offense Returns with Experience: Last year Hunterdon Central was inexperienced and almost completely composed of underclassman. This season, second year head Coach Casey Ransone says he has established a new culture within the Red Devils’ organization, and believes his team’s experiences last year will make a big difference in 2018. Check out the Red Devils’ 2018 season preview now: Red Devils 2018 Schedule: Friday, September 7 – 7:00 @ Ridge Friday, September 14 – 7:00 PHILLIPSBURG Friday, September 21 – 7:00 @ Hillsborough Friday, September 28 – 7:00 WATCHUNG HILLS Friday, October 5 – 7:00 @ Bridgewater-Raritan Friday, October 12 – 7:00 UNION Friday, October 19 – 7:00 @ Old Bridge Friday, October 26 – 7:00. FRANKLIN
Hightstown 2018 Season Preview
While 5-5 may not be your ideal record it was the best Hightstown had seen in over a decade. This year not only do they enter with higher expectations, they enter with a new coach. Former college coach Kyle Fullen planned on being a defensive coordinator at Monroe prior to the week of training camp. He then got a call asking to be the next Rams Head Coach. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stops by to check out Hightstown on their first week of training camp: 2018 Schedule Saturday, September 8 – at Princeton Friday, September 14 – ALLENTOWN Friday, September 21 – LAWRENCE Friday, September 28 – at West Windsor- Plainsboro North/ South Friday, October 5 – NOTRE DAME Saturday, October 13 – at Northern Burlington Friday, October 19 – HAMILTON Friday, October 26 – at Hopewell Valley Sponsor Shoutout!
Red Bank Catholic 2018 Football Preview
RBC’s 8-2 mark in 2017 was impressive, especially when you consider the Caseys held strong after losing one of the state’s top running backs (Zack Bair) to injury mid-way through the season. Injuries forced a number of youngsters to get valuable varsity experience. Coach Frank Edgerly’s third season of his second stint at RBC has his upperclassmen comfortable with his system. Steve Lubischer had over 2000 yards of combined offense including 17 TD passes. The Boston College commit has an array of weapons to engineer the Caseys offense including junior running back Billy Guidettii, senior wide receiver Jaden Key and junior tight end Kevin Bauman who has committed to Notre Dame. On the defensive side, look for Charley Gordinier to emerge as one of the state’s top linebackers and sophomore Jake Louro is a name to watch after getting on the field as a freshman. The countdown is on to the much anticipated season opener against Saint John Vianney on August 31. JSZ breaks down the 2018 Caseys: Red Bank Catholic 2018 Football Schedule Friday, August 31 – at Saint John Vianney Friday, September 7 – OCEAN Friday, September 14 – TOMS RIVER SOUTH Friday, September 21 – at Red Bank Regional Friday, September 28 – at Toms River East Friday, October 5 – LONG BRANCH Friday, October 19 – at Rumson-Fair Haven Friday, October 26 – MIDDLETOWN NORTH Sponsor Shout Out Thanks to Playa Bowls in Red Bank for sponsoring our RBC coverage this year. Head on downtown and get an awesome Acai Bowl. Playa Bowls is the reason we will be able to capture so many great moments from the Caseys all year long.
Who will start under center at Carteret?
After finishing 5-5 last season Carteret is looking to return to their first Sectional Title Game since 2012. Dealing with an unfinished field that will keep the Ramblers on the road until October, Head Coach Matt Yascko also has a quarterback battle on his hands less than a month before kickoff. Nery Rodriguez stopped by to check out this Greater Middlesex Conference contender:
Hillsborough’s O-Line Returns to Lead The Way
Hillsborough Raiders 2018 Football Preview: The Raiders went 6-4 last season and averaged 28.2 ppg thanks to an impressive staff of skill players. However, this year’s star returners can only be found in the trenches. All five of the Raiders’ starting offensive lineman return in 2018, and they are ready for war. Check out season preview now: Raiders’ 2018 Schedule: Thursday, August 30 – 5:00 @ Colonia Friday, September 7 – 7:00 @ Bridgewater-Raritan Friday, September 14 – 7:00 @ Franklin Friday, September 21 – 7:00 HUNTERDON CENTRAL Friday, September 28 – 7:00 @ Ridge Friday, October 5 – 7:00 PHILLIPSBURG Week 6 – Bye Week Friday, October 19 – TBA @ Linden Friday, October 26 – 7:00 WATCHUNG HILLS Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thank you Princeton Ortho for allowing JSZ to cover and produce highlights of the Raiders all year long!
Familiar Faces and New Comers at WJFL Media Day
Before they clash football coaches from across the southern part of the garden state gathered at Lenape just a week prior to the start of training camp. For some it’s a chance to catch up with one another and for some like Camden Catholic’s Cody Hall it’s a fresh start in a new place. Watch our recap of the event with Nery Rodriguez now:
Most Notable Roster Gaps for North/Central Jersey in 2018
Somerville | Defending Group 3 Sectional Champions | 23-15 Playoff Record w/ 7 Titles Biggest Losses: Ryan Kovacs Ryan Hrabinski Marcus Burnside North Hunterdon | Defending Group 4 Sectional Champions | 4-6 Playoff Record w/ 1 Title Biggest Losses: Matt Busher Jared McMahon & Billy Russo Connor McMahon Phillipsburg | Group 4 Sectional Runner-up | 31-14 Playoff Record w/ 7 Titles Biggest Losses: Sean Morrow The Boothman Triplets Nick Josselyn & Zach Leong Westfield | Defending Group 5 Sectional Champions | 16-14 Playoff Record w/ 4 Titles Biggest Losses: Drew Ortiz Juandre House Joe SanGiacomo Jake Vall-Llobera Bridgewater-Raritan | Group 5 Sectional Runner-up | 7-9 Playoff Record w/ 0 Titles Biggest Losses: Dave Usewick Justin Bryant Lawrence Nice Brandon Myers Chike Nwankwo
Chase Jones ends recruiting chase, pledges to Wake Forest
Saint Peter’s Prep linebacker and wide receiver Chase Jones has made his college choice just one week before the start of the 2018 high school football season. Jones has given a verbal commitment to play in the ACC for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as he made the announcement via his social media: pic.twitter.com/sefCjoFlrD — Chase Jones (@chase1jones) July 26, 2018 Jones is recruited for his defensive prowess and is expected to be part of the linebacking corps at Wake Forest. He’s a tremendous two way player for Saint Peter’s as he hauled in 38 catches for 537 yards and 5 TD’s last year. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel from his junior campaign:
Countdown to Kickoff: Breaking down Don Bosco RB Jalen Berger
As we gear up for the 2018 football season, JSZ is breaking down our film all during the summer to get ready for our team previews which begin on Monday, August 6th. Don Bosco Prep running back Jalen Berger is one of the top rising juniors in the nation and is very much on the major college football recruiting radar. Here’s a look at some of Jalen’s work during his sophomore season that saw him run for 940 yards for the Ironmen: Link: USA Today names Jalen Berger one of the top running backs in the class of 2020 Jalen Berger has 24 offers from elite college football programs: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Boston College, UConn, Duke, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Countdown to Kickoff: Breaking Down Bergen Catholic
The Jersey Sports Zone team is getting set to preview the 2018 football season in August. As we countdown to kickoff, we’re breaking down the hundreds of hours of highlights we shot during the 2017 season. Bergen Catholic is coming off a sectional championship. Here are six highlight reels from Crusaders who should make a big impact in 2018: Tyler Devera – 2019 Tight End – RUTGERS COMMIT Rahmir Johnson – 2019 Running Back – NEBRASKA COMMIT Aeneas DiCosmo – 2019 Defensive End You’ll be hard pressed to find a more impressive final five schools and creative artwork! Commitment Time coming soon…This is my Top Five: Stanford🌲, Clemson🐅, Notre Dame☘️🌈, Michigan〽️, Northwestern🐱 pic.twitter.com/f9KqU7tGXl — Aeneas (@aeneas_dicosmo) May 1, 2018 Josh McKenzie – 2019 Running Back One of the biggest names on the board when it comes to New Jersey high school recruiting, McKenzie has 13 offers including Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia: Anthony Corbin – Class of 2019 Linebacker Corbin has two Division I FBS offers from Air Force and Navy as well as five Ivy League offers. Jordan Morant – Class of 2020 Safety One of the top rising juniors in New Jersey, Morant has quickly piled up 13 Division I offers including Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin A special thanks to Equinox Fitness for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Bergen Catholic. Because of Equinox, we’ll have many more great moments from the Crusaders in ALL sports during the 2018-19 season!
Middlesex Prevails in Snapple Bowl
The 25th Annual Snapple Bowl wrapped up the All-Star football series by delivering a fun, hard hitting, explosive game that was just the latest chapter in the Middlesex/ Union County rivalry. Fans gathered in Woodbridge to witness a 22-6 victory from Middlesex that was headlined by St. Joe’s (Met.) quarterback Paul Cocozziello, who came up with a 64 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to Perth Amboy’s Tyler Jack to help secure the win. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and post game interviews with Cocozziello and Jack:
Middlesex Snapple Bowl Participants make 25th Visit to Lakeview School
The Snapple Bowl was created 25 years ago by a man named Marcus Borden. Borden had a vision of a all-star game between Middlesex and Union County that would donate money to a charity for children. Never did he imagine though that his efforts would be such a success. Over the last 24 years the Snapple Bowl has raised 640,000+ dollars for the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Union and the Lakeview School in Edison, both organizations that help children with physical and mental disabilities. Check out the full story and this year’s 25th annual visit to the Lakeview School now:
St. John Vianney wins Monmouth-Ocean 7 on 7 Tournament
After squeezing by in the final game of the Monmouth County Tournament, St. John Vianney cruised to a 20-6 victory over Ocean’s tournament winner Donovan Catholic. The action took place just before the start of the 41st All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Brick Memorial. With a barrage of new faces going the Lancers this year such as St. Joe’s Prep (PHILA) transfer CJ Duell, Kavon Chambers and Head Coach Joe Martucci it was a great chance to get an early look at the Shore Conference favorite. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the recap:
Worthy leads Monmouth to second straight All-Shore win
Monmouth 28 Ocean 14 – All-Shore Gridiron Classic 2018 Monmouth County defeated Ocean 28-14 in the 41st Annual All-Shore Gridiron Classic at Brick Memorial Thursday night. Monmouth was led by JSZ Player of the Year Ashante Worthy who threw for 61 yards and a touchdown on 5-9 attempts and rushed for 87 yards and a TD. On the night he was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Legendary Long Branch coach Dan George handed Ocean it’s second consecutive loss. Watch the highlights:
Lancers win Monmouth 7 on 7 Tournament
Before the All Shore Conference football game it’s customary that the two best schools from Monmouth and Ocean County play each other in a 7 on 7 game. Fourteen teams gathered at Matawan High School to determine who Monmouth would be sending to the Tournament Championship. The Final would come down to Saint John Vianney and Middletown North. In the closing seconds with the game tied St. Joseph Prep of Philladelphia transfer CJ Duell hits fellow newcomer Kavon Chambers of Manchester Twp. to help SJV walk away with a 20-14 victory. The Lancers will take on up and coming Ocean Champs Donovan Catholic prior to the start of the annual All Shore Conference Game on Thursday July 12th at Brick Memorial high school. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Top 5 Golden Moments of Bergen Catholic Football
With 17 State Championship Wins and multiple players sent to the NFL, Bergen Catholic has been the gold standard throughout the history of High School Football in New Jersey. In 2017, The Crusaders would add another chapter to their legacy, ending a 13 year title drought and bringing State Championship No. 17 to Oradell. Bergen Catholic finished the year with a 10-2 record, while going undefeated in New Jersey and defeating powerhouse St. Peter’s Prep twice along the way, including a 44-7 win over the Marauders in the State Title Game. Watch and Re-Live Bergen Catholic’s memorable season on JSZ! BERGEN CATHOLIC FOOTBALL’S TOP 5 MOMENTS OF 2017 No. 1: The Crusaders end a 13 Year State Title Drought & Bring State Championship No. 17 Back to Oradell. No. 2: Johnny Langan Throws a Game Winning TD Pass and legendary Coach Greg Toal makes his much anticipated Return to Don Bosco Prep. No. 3: Josh McKenzie’s career defining game. The running back rushed for 170 Yards and 2 TD’s, both of which came in the 4th Qtr as The Crusaders erased a 14-10 deficit for a 31-14 win at Paramus Catholic. No. 4: The two best teams in New Jersey squared off in Week 6 as The Crusaders hosted No. 1 Ranked and undefeated St. Peter’s Prep. Bergen Catholic made a statement with a dominating 41-14 win over The Marauders. No. 5: The Crusaders set the tone on opening day for what would become a magical season with a 48-27 win over DePaul. QB Johnny Langan accounted for 400 Yards and 6 Touchdowns in the win.
Maasai Maynor Shines Bright in Jersey City – Watch Junior Season Highlights
Duel threat quarterback Maasai Maynor made a name for himself during his junior season at St. Peter’s Prep. The 6’0 180 pound signal caller amassed over 2,000 total yards and accounted for 20+ touchdowns while guiding the Marauders to a 7-2 record against some of the stiffest competition in America in 2017-18. Maynor’s breakout year has catapulted him onto the recruiting radar entering his senior season in Jersey City. Maasai currently holds offers from five division 1 schools; Army, Cornell, Navy, Temple and Rutgers. Watch Full Highlights of Maasai Maynor on JSZ as we await his college decision! What separates Class of 2019 QB @MaasaiMaynor from the rest⁉️ Watch the Full Highlights from Maynor’s Junior Season with @SPPFootball on JSZ: https://t.co/sIN8eUcRmx pic.twitter.com/4mA6AkrB7v — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 2, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top games from HS football in 2017
Jersey Sports Zone brought its cameras to every part of the state to capture the tremendous talent on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in the fall. Here’s a look back at the ten most viewed games on Jersey Sports Zone during the 2017 high school football season #10: Westfield 20 Bridgewater-Raritan 7 – North 2 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Stadium The Blue Devils got a 47 yard TD run from Tim Alliegro to start the scoring and their defense produced two key turnovers including a 32 yard scoop and score by Adam McDaniel set up by a caused fumble from Jordan Barham to get a 37th straight win and a third straight victory over Bridgewater-Raritan in a sectional final. Jake Vall-Llobera had the other Blue Devils touchdown, while Anthony Goffe’s 13 yard TD run with :40 seconds left in the half made it a 14-7 game. But the Westfield defense did not yield any points after that. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: #9: Paulsboro 34 Penns Grove 24 – South Jersey Group 1 Finals at Rowan Dehron Holloway had three TD’s and three INT’s in a sensational performance in the final high school game of his career. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has highlights from Rowan: #8: Hillside 20 Point Pleasant Boro 13 – Central Jersey Group 2 Finals at Rutgers Nahree Biggins had two first-half touchdowns and an interception to help the #7 seed to a third straight upset win and a Central Jersey Group 2 championship. The Comets defense produced three turnovers and was able to stifle Point Boro’s tricky option attack. The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. James Fara’s 7-yard TD with 42 seconds left made it a 20-13 game, but Point Boro could not come up with the onside kick. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Rutgers: #7: South Brunswick 18 Manalapan 14 – Central Jersey Group 5 Finals at Rutgers Felix Quinones led a 92 yard drive capped off by a 17 yard TD pass to Jaylan Lawson with 53 seconds left and the Braves had a game winning TD catch by Naim Mayfield waved off due to pass interference in a wild finish to the Central Jersey Group 5 championship. Manalapan raced out to a 14-0 lead on a Mayfield 34 yard TD run and 60 yard punt return. The Vikings got a pair of Quinones TD passes in the second quarter to close the gap to 14-12. JSZ has all the highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling finish: #6 Shabazz 35 Weequahic 0 -North 2 Group 1 Finals at Kean University QB Anthony Travis accounted for all five touchdowns as Shabazz wins the North 2 Group 1 state championship at Kean University. JSZ’s Bryan DeNovellis has a full breakdown of an impressive title win for the Bulldogs from Kean University: #5 Bergen Catholic 29 Don Bosco Prep 26 – Week 8 The one and only regular season game on JSZ’s Top 10 list from the 2017 football season. One of the country’s greatest rivalries was shown to America on ESPN. Alex Lorenzo brings you the thrilling highlights from a signature win during Bergen Catholic’s state championship season: #4: Long Branch 43 Freehold Boro 42 (OT) -= Central Jersey Group 4 Finals Pasa Fields grabbed a 6 yard score from Juwan Wilkins in OT and Eli Sherin caught a two point conversion to give the Green Wave a 43-42 overtime win over Freehold Boro in the Central Jersey Group 4 finals. The Green Wave overcame a 271 yard, 6 TD rushing performance from Ashante Worthy to avenge a loss in the regular season. Trailing 35-21 after three quarters, Juwan Wilkins had a 12 yard TD pass to Kahmar Mimes and a 1 yard TD run in the 4th quarter to force overtime. Watch all the highlights of an incredible battle at Rutgers: #3: Montclair 35 Union City 14 – North 1 Group 5 Finals at MetLife Danny Webb ran back the opening kickoff 92 yards to spark a Mounties scoring outburst and Tarrin Earle completed his fantastic high school career with 2 TD passes and an 11-yard TD run to give Montclair its first sectional championship since 2014. Earle finished the game 16 of 24 for 303 yards. Colin Callahan had 6 catches for 120 yards and a score in the first half. Montclair finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record with one of New Jersey’s most explosive offenses and a stout defense led by junior Division I prospect Willie Matthews. JSZ has the highlights of Montclair’s 12th win of the year from MetLife Stadium: #2: DePaul 7 Saint Joe-Montvale 3 – Non-Public Group 3 State Championship at Kean One of the top defensive efforts of the entire season comes from the DePaul Catholic defense as they stand their ground in a thrilling 7-3 win over Saint Joe’s-Montvale. Alex Lorenzo was there for one of the biggest games of the season: #1: Bergen Catholic 44 Saint Peter’s Prep 7 – Non-Public Group 4 State Championship at MetLife Johnny Langan threw for 117 yards, ran for 91 and accounted for four touchdowns in a dominating performance. The Crusaders beat the Marauders 41-14 in the regular season and were able to stake a 31-0 halftime lead in the championship game. Javontae Jean-Baptiste set the tone on defense with three sacks. Langan led the offense with an 11 play, 70-yard drive to start capped off by the QB scoring from five yards out. A hook and lateral to Rahmir Johnson made it 14-0, followed by a field goal and Langan’s second TD run. Langan found tight end Tyler Devera in the back of the end zone with just 3 seconds left in the half to make it 31-0. Anthony Corbin had a 54-yard fake punt and Josh McKenzie added a fourth-quarter touchdown run to close out the scoring. The Crusaders finish the season with a 10-2 record, finishing unbeaten in New Jersey. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-game reaction from MetLife Stadium: Ashante Worthy wins JSZ’s Zoneman Trophy Jersey Sports Zone closed out the football season with our first JSZ Football Banquet in Woodbridge. Freehold Boro quarterback Ashante Worthy won our Player of the Year honor, the Zoneman Trophy. Click HERE to see our full banquet coverage, including video highlights of our All-Zone team, Plays of the Year, and profiles of our Zoneman Trophy Finalists!
North Hunterdon Lions Shine in 22nd Annual Sunshine Classic
What is the Sunshine Classic? The Sunshine Football Classic is an all-star game hosted by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nation Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame at TCNJ, and this year was its 22nd annual game. Over that time, this football game has raised more than 100,000 dollars for the Sunshine Foundation, which provides funds to underprivileged children who require medical treatment, and an additional 56,000 for athletic/academic scholarships. Check out what some of this year’s participants had to say about this exciting game: Full Highlights of the Sunshine Football Classic:
West wins fourth straight Sunshine Classic!
Sunshine Football Classic 2018 Jersey Sports Zone was at TCNJ where the best in central Jersey football met one last time this year for the 22nd Annual Sunshine Game Classic. The All-Star game brings together the best from Mercer, Burlington, Hunderton and Monmouth county showcasing talent from the central part of the garden state. The East team was led by long time Nottingham Head Coach Jon Adams who went up against a tough Trenton influenced defense behind Greg Hyslop. West got in control early thanks to some great running from Hopewell Valley’s Elijah Blu-Wilmott who reached the end zone twice. However, their defense is what kept them ahead the entire contest. North Hunterdon’s Colin Lavigne returned an interception for a 56 yard touchdown in the West’s 28-20 victory over East. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call:
LA Rams linebacker gives back at Red Bank Regional
Garrett Sickels returned to his high school alma mater to give the Red Bank Regional defensive line a 30-minute tutorial on technique and what it takes to get to the quarterback. The 2012 RBR graduate was a US Army All-American during his high school days and went on to Penn State where he had 6.5 sacks and 47 tackles in his redshirt junior campaign earning defensive MVP honors in 2016. Sickels chose to enter the 2017 NFL Draft over returning to Happy Valley as a redshirt senior. Many were surprised when the Nittany Lions defensive end was not drafted. What followed was a roller coaster trip on NFL practice squads. After stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns, Sickels landed on his third practice squad in Los Angeles. Switching from a 4-3 defensive end to an outside linebacker, Sickels was activated for the Rams final regular season game. He was re-signed by Los Angeles for 2018 and enters training camp looking to contribute to the Rams linebacking corps. Thanks to head coach Nick Giglio and Garrett, JSZ gets an inside look of a young NFL player inspiring high school players with great instruction and the mindset it takes to succeed on and off the football field: Thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring our Red Bank Regional coverage on Jersey Sports Zone
White wins the battle of South Jersey!
Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic 2018 The annual Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic is a game anyone who has grown up in South Jersey hopes to be a part of one day. Aside from raising money for a cause to help athletes recover from serious injuries it’s also a chance for Southern schools from the garden state schools to showcase their talent one last time. Timber Creek Head Coach Rob Hinson helped lead the White Squad to a 26-13 victory over the Blue Squad thanks to a spread option gameplay for Sterling quarterback CJ Barrett, who finished the night 14-27 with 199 yards passing and three touchdowns. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was at Rowan University for all the action:
Jersey Sports Zone’s All-Zone Team & Game Ball Winners Shine in 2018 Phil Simms All-Star Game
Jersey Sports Zone took a big part in the 2018 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game. Not only did our multimedia journalists bring you great highlights, but our 2017 All-Zone Football Team and JSZ Game Ball winners were key playermakers in this year’s North v South battle. A Closer Look at JSZ’s All-Zone Players & Game Ball Winners in the 2018 Phil Simms Game: Highlights of 2018 Phil Simms North-South All-Star Game:
South wins Phil Simms North/ South All-Star Classic for second straight year
Phil Simms 2018 North-South All-Star Game Highlights: The 40th North-South Phil Simms All-Star game took place once again at Kean University. This year the game was dominated by ferocious defense from the South Side. Holy Spirit QB Josh Zamot lead the way, throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for one himself, while Ji’Ayir Brown was a monster on defense with two interceptions and multiple tackles. Brown was named the game’s defensive MVP. Check out full highlights of this exciting game now:
Great turn out for Rutgers 2018 7 on 7 Passing Camp
With most schools completing the school year this passed week Rutgers took the opportunity of the first weekend of Summer break to host it’s annual 7 on 7 Passing Camp. The tournament that featured over 90 schools from the tri state area is one of New Jersey’s can’t miss football skill sessions. This year saw Bronx powerhouse Cardinal Hayes defeat St. Peter’s Prep 26-0 in the Championship thanks to a stand out performance from four star quarterback recruit Sophian Massoud. Massoud currently has offers from Dartmouth, Rutgers, Boston College and Virginia, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Architects Golf Club Hosts Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Golf Outing!
Phillipsburg Football’s Annual Fundraiser at Architects Golf Club: Head Coach of Phillipsburg football, Frank Duffy, hosts the Liner’s annual golf outing at Architects Golf Club. The Liners, who saw some State Championship action last year, are preparing for another exciting football season. This event raises money for the team, and gives them an opportunity to attend a pre-season camp at Bloomsburg University, update the program’s uniforms, and continue the program’s tradition of numerous team activities throughout the school year. Check out the video below to learn more about this exciting day: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Phillipsburg is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club. Thanks to these Boosters, JSZ will bring you great features and exciting highlights all year long!
Playoff atmosphere for 2018 Bergen County All-Star Game!
North All-Stars 21 South All-Stars 7 – 22nd Annual Bergen County All-Star Game Usually football All-Star games are a chance for players to reconnect with teammates, rivals and coaches one last time. However, if you were in the crowd for the 2018 Bergen County North/ South All-Star game, you would have thought it counted toward a team reaching the State Final. North having dominated the contest in the last few years got off to a hot start with a blocked punt that would lead to a 1 yard touchdown run from Dom Patania to put them ahead 7-0. In the second North Struck again with a 38 yard rushing TD from Paramus Catholic standout Christian Bryd to lead 14-0. South countered with a score of their own to make it a one possession game, but North with a clutch touchdown from Westwood’s Joe Kramer and a fumble recovery from Joe Mosca would hold on for a thrilling victory. Kramer and Mosca were named MVP’s of the game for their clutch performances. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
The 6th Annual Basilone Bowl a Complete Success!
Don’t know what the Basilone Bowl is? Check out the video below for details concerning how this all-star game started, and what it represents! Leathernecks 21 Devil Dogs 3 – Tyler Boatwright of Hillsborough named MVP Teams: LEATHERNECKS 1-Joshua Ejiogu, Bound Brook, OL/DL 2-Reese Clark, Montgomery, FS 3-Nigel Wilson, Bound Brook, TE 2-Steven Garcia, Manville, RB/OLB 4-Noah Quick, Hillsborough, SS 5-Charles Amankwaa, Hillsborough, DB/RB 6-Matt Moore, Hillsborough, QB 6-Marcus Burnside, Somerville, WR/DB 7-Jared Pershyn, Delaware Valley, OLB 9-Isaiah Black, Hillsborough, LB/S 9-Nick Firth, Manville, P/RB 10-Shane Demeter, Manville, FS 11-Justin Brown, Hillsborough, WR/S 11-Joey Beljan, Delaware Valley, OLB/TE 13-Joseph LePoidevin, Bound Brook, WR 16-Ryan Gogerty, Ridge, DB/WR 17-Kyle Kuminski, Montgomery. SS/WR 20-Dylan Whitenight, Manville, TE/LB 22-Tyler Boatwright, Hillsborough, RB 29-R.J. Milligan, Ridge, RB 43-Will Keller, Montgomery, CB 44-Christian Boyle, Montgomery, TE 45-JR Metallo, Hillsborough, LB/P/K 45-Matt Roglaki, Manville, TE/DE 50-Louis Hector, Bound Brook, OL/NG 52-Kevin Park, Ridge, OL 52-Hamza Akel, Somerville, DL 55-Alex Gonzales, Manville, OL/DT 55-Kyle Frauenheim, Bound Brook, DE/OL 59-Ryan Hrabinski, Somerville, LB 60-Tore Lomardino, Manville, OL 61-Matt Giordano, Ridge, OL 64-Mike DeSarno, Somerville, OL/LS 66-Hunter Norz, Manville, OL 67-Dempsey Shovlin, Montgomery, C 70-Michael Tyle, Manville, DL/OL 71-Ryan Cocuzzo, Montgomery, OL 75-Owen Booker, Somerville, OL 77-Chandler Turner, Montgomery, K 77-Jake Bentz, Manville, OL 78-Chris Breault, Ridge, OL 78-Ryan Wheaton, Hillsborough, DT/OL DEVIL DOGS 2-Clay Fields, Franklin, R/DB 2-Zahveae Thorne, Watchung Hills, RB/WR/CB 3-Brandon Wynn, North Plainfield, LB 4-Shahkyle Matthews, Immaculata, WR/DB 4-Jeff Poggi, Watchung Hills, TE/LB 4-Channing Russell, Pingry, WR 6-Brandon Myers, Franklin, DL 6-Ryan Loften, Immaculata, RB/K 7-Tykey Reinberry, Franklin, WR/DB 9-Chike Nwankwo, Bridgewater-Raritan, LB 10-Lofton Hoover, Bernards, QB.WR 12-Brian Puccio, Watchung Hills, K/P 14-Avery Rosenzweig, Bernards, WR 16-Mike Miller, Watchung Hills, DL 17-CJ Hall, Bridgewater-Raritan, DB/OLB 21-Obi Nnaeto, Pingry, RB 22-Frank McGuire, Immaculata, TE/LB/DE 24-Drew Booher, Bernards, DB 26-Rey Fowler, North Plainfield, DB 31-Clyde Leef, Pingry, LS 33-Lawrence Nice, Bridgewater-Raritan, DE 43-Declan McParland, Bernards, DL 44-Jammille Holmes, Franklin, LB 50-Clatyon Bush, Watchung Hills, OL/DL 51-A.J. Weaver, Pingry, C/DL 51-Nick Celli, Bridgewater-Raritan, DE/OL 52-Dan McNulty, Immaculata, OL/DL 52-Cross Zampetti, Watchung Hills, FB/DL 54-Dan Allergo, Franklin, OL 55-Tommie Dugan, Pingry, OL/DL 58-Matt Lynch, Immaculata, OL/LB 58-Jude Okolo, North Plainfield, DL 69-Trevor Sullivan, North Plainfield, OL/DL 70-Devin Moffitt, Wacthung Hills, OL/DL 75-Bamnjo Bannavti, North Plainfield, OL/DL 75-Pat Lane, Bernards, DL 78-Eric Laputka, Bridgewater-Raritan, DT 87-Stephen Dwyer, Immaculata, WR/TE Jonathn Taub, Watchung Hills, LB
Hun School running back commits to Tar Heels
Josh Henderson emerged as one of the top running backs in New Jersey in 2017. The Hun School rising senior has made a verbal commitment to play college football in the ACC for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Henderson had 117 carries for 1383 yards and 13 rushing TD’s last year. He made his announcement via social media: Its been a long journey and an absolute blessing. I am so grateful for all the opportunities each coach has blessed me with. I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally COMMITTED to The University of North Carolina! 🐏❄️ pic.twitter.com/mJppAfrora — Henderson2️⃣3️⃣ (@JoshHendy23) June 14, 2018 Josh was named to JSZ’s All-Zone team in 2017. Watch his junior year highlight reel now!
RBC sophomore tight end commits to Notre Dame
Red Bank Catholic rising junior Kevin Bauman is one of New Jersey’s top college prospects in the class of 2020. The tight end has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Notre Dame. Bauman has two more years of high school football and the four-star prospect has emerged as a sure-handed tight end for coach Frank Edgerly’s offense. Bauman had 14 catches for 231 yards and 5 Td’s for the Caseys as a sophomore. Bauman made the announcement via his social media: God. Country. Notre Dame. I am beyond blessed and excited to announce that I am committed to The University of Notre Dame to continue my academic and athletic career. #IrishBouNDXX #GoIrish☘️ pic.twitter.com/qGNsDZuP5d — Kevin Bauman (@kbauman3) June 13, 2018 Notre Dame continues to use New Jersey as a critical pipeline to its recruiting efforts. the Ademilola twins from Saint Peter’s Prep are set to join the Irish this fall and St. Joe’s Metuchen offensive linemen John Olmstead gave a verbal commitment to the Irish earlier this spring. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s sophomore highlight reel of the newest recruit for Notre Dame:
Opponents on the gridiron team up to clean Keansburg beach
Over 80 players from Monmouth County high school football programs gathered for the second annual “Opponents on the gridiron, Teammates on the Bayshore” Keansburg beach cleanup. Players and coaches from Holmdel, Middletown North, Raritan and Keansburg were among the group that accumulated over 50 full bags of trash that are no longer a part of the Keansburg beach landscape. “The turnout is amazing and they are setting an example,” event director Paul Coughlin said. “Everybody gets busy, but the kids are out there – they come down here. Diverse communities – Holmdel, Middletown, Hazlet all coming together here for our community.” Jersey Sports Zone’s Jay Cook tells the story of high school football players from the Jersey Shore giving back to the community: Jersey Sports Zone is proud to partner with BCB-Bayshore, Your Community Bank. BCB-Bayshore is responsible for all the great sports highlights and features from Keyport, Keansburg, Holmdel, Raritan and Middletown North. A special thanks to Paul Coughlin for his support and letting us tell the story of a great community event in Keansburg!
Mater Dei’s Henderson commits to Boston College
Mater Dei Prep defensive end Izaiah Henderson has made a verbal commitment to play Division I football in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles. Henderson had 17 offers including Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia, Purdue and Michigan Sate. He made the announcement via his social media: I’d like to thank God, my family, and my coaching staff who were behind be every step off the way. And I am extremely excited to say that I am COMMITTED to continuing to my academic and football careers at BOSTON COLLEGE! #Decidetofly 🦅@BCFootball @BCCoachJReid @Coach_Campanile pic.twitter.com/Okwl4FkrsJ — IzaiahHenderson (@Izaiah__77) June 7, 2018 Watch the highlight reel of Izaiah Henderson and we’ll have more action from this defensive standout this fall on Jersey Sports Zone
Alfano All-Access: Antonio Chooses BAMA
DECISION DAY Antonio Alfano has given a verbal commitment to play Division I football in the SEC for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Antonio made the announcement at Colonia High School and Jersey Sports Zone’s Alex Lorenzo produced the commitment video that was played as the big reveal: ALFANO ALL-ACCESS Leading up to his commitment, Colonia defensive end Antonio Alfano gave Jersey Sports Zone’s Alex Lorenzo an All-Access pass as he prepares for his senior season of high school football. Go in-depth with one of the nation’s top defensive prospects. Watch Alfano All-Access Episodes Now! Episode 4: “Let’s Eat!” Q & A with Antonio Alfano Episode 3: Field Work Episode 2: “The Last Rep” Episode 1: “How it Started” Coming this Friday: The Decision Antonio Alfano will make his college choice at 3:00 pm at Colonia High School
Howard Cross III chooses Notre Dame
St. Joe-Montvale defensive end Howard Cross III has given a verbal commitment to play college football at the University of Notre Dame. Football is in the bloodline of the newest member of the Fighting Irish. The son of a former New York Giant and Super Bowl-winning tight end, Cross III burst onto the national recruiting scene with over 130 tackles and 12 sacks in just 2 seasons for the Green Knights. The 6 foot 2 240 pound defensive end chose Notre Dame over 14 other offers including Michigan, Virginia Tech, Duke and Boston College. For Notre Dame, it’s the second high profile recruit from New Jersey who gave a verbal commitment in the last 72 hours. JSZ was at the announcement ceremony of St. Joe’s-Metuchen OL Jon Olmstead when he gave a verbal to Notre Dame. Cross III will be back to lead the Green Knights defense in 2018 for his senior season of high school football before beginning his college career. He made his commitment via social media: COMMITTED 🍀🍀🍀 #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/wMluq7gecZ — Howard Cross III (@HowardCrossIII) April 22, 2018 Cross was a member of Jersey Sports Zone’s 2017 All-Zone team, honoring the top high school football players in New Jersey. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Howard Cross III from 2017:
NJ’s Top OL Recruit John Olmstead Commits to Notre Dame
John Olmstead, a 6’6 300 lb OL from St. Joseph Metuchen announced his commitment to play for the Notre Dame Irish on Friday afternoon. Olmstead, a 4-Star prospect in the Class of 2019, and New Jersey’s top OL recruit chose the Irish over Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss, and his home state school of Rutgers University. Olmstead will join the rich and storied linemen tradition at Notre Dame, a unit that won the Joe Moore Award this past season, as the nation’s best Offensive Line. Watch the announcement, and interview from John Olmstead following his commitment to The University of Notre Dame on JSZ. 100% committed to The University of Notre Dame☘️ #GoIrish #FightClub19 pic.twitter.com/N0wB81O3jh — John Olmstead (@JOHNNYO_72) April 20, 2018
DePaul’s Ronnie Hickman Commits to Ohio State – Watch Highlights on JSZ
Class of 2019 recruit, Ronnie Hickman of DePaul Catholic announced Friday via Twitter that he will play college football for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Choosing the Buckeyes from a “Final 6” that included Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Florida, Notre Dame and Penn State. Hickman was in high demand by the elite programs of college football. The 6 foot 1, 200 lb junior displayed his great athleticism all over the field for DePaul Catholic, while helping the Spartans win a Non-Public Group 3 State Championship in 2017. Hickman, despite excelling at wide receiver on the high school level, is expected to play safety at Ohio State and is a 4-Star athlete currently ranked as New Jersey No. 2 overall prospect by 247Sports.Com. Dreams really do come true! #GoBucks⭕️🔥 pic.twitter.com/hZbUtBZifU — Ronnie Hickman (@asvprocket_) April 14, 2018 Watch highlights from Ronnie Hickman’s junior season at DePaul Catholic on JSZ!
RBC’s Lubischer Commits to Boston College
Red Bank Catholic quarterback Steve Lubischer has made his college choice. The rising senior has given a verbal commitment to play Division I football in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles. BC has created quite a pipeline of New Jersey signal callers. Saint John Vianney’s Anthony Brown is expected to be the starter as a redshirt sophomore and Bergen Catholic’s Johnny Langan is set to begin his freshman campaign in Chestnut Hill. Lubischer threw for 1673 yards with 17 TD’s and just 4 interceptions in his junior season to go along with seven rushing TD’s. Following a combine performance at Nike’s “The Opening” where he ranked in the 99th percentile, Lubischer announced his commitment via social media: I'm proud to be an Eagle !! 🦅 pic.twitter.com/oC9BkC91D2 — Steve Lubischer (@SLubischer) April 13, 2018 Lubischer continues the family legacy at Boston College. His father and uncle both attended BC. Watch JSZ’s junior year highlights of the newest Boston College Eagle: