Post 1,055 – Team Preview 2023: Timber Creek Chargers

Timber Creek Chargers 

June 19, 2023

2022: 

  • 6-4 
  • Lost to Cedar Creek in the Central Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals 
  • Wins included Rancocas Valley, St. Thomas Aquinas, Willingboro, and Cherry Hill West 
  • Losses were to Hammonton, Highland, and Williamstown 
  • Scored 291 points for a 21.90 average 
  • Allowed 147 points for a 14.70 average 

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Zyheem Coleman – Temple 
  • RB/LB Nasir Reason-Dallas – Pace 
  • DB Isaiah Clay – Kentucky State 
  • TE/DE Darien Cade – FDU for track 
  • C Miller Heins – entering US Marines 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters:  8 

Quarterback: 

  • Victor Oquendo, Senior, 6-1, 195 – returning starter 
  • Reilly Haffacker, Junior, 6-3, 205 – pushing hard for time 

Running Back: 

  • Chase Conway, Senior, 5-8, 170 – projected starter in 1-and-2-back sets; started two games and started on defense
  • Amir Reason-Dallas, Junior, 5-11, 180 – projected starter in 1-and-2-back sets; started on defense 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Karon Bookins, Junior, 6-4, 200 – returning starter 
  • Quadir Baldwin, Junior, 5-10, 170 – returning starter 
  • Kysim Khan, Junior, 5-11, 160 – returning starter 
  • Marcus Upton, Junior, 6-0, 175 – projected starter; started on defense 
  • Darnell Smith, Senior, 5-10, 170 – part of rotation; started on defense 
  • Zyeir Green, Sophomore, 5-10, 160 – part of the rotation 
  • Ayden Stewart, Junior, 6-0, 160 – part of the rotation 

Tight End (Situational): 

  • Nick Traynor, Junior, 6-0, 200 – will play 
  • Brahim Wynn, Senior, 6-3, 235 – will play

Offensive Line: 

  • Andre Williams, Senior, 6-3, 245 – 3-year starter at left tackle 
  • Anthony Williams, Senior, 6-3, 265 – 3-year starter at left guard, moving from right tackle 
  • Rob Hall, Junior, 6-0, 235 – competing at center 
  • Jasir Polizzi, Junior, 6-2, 245 – competing at center 
  • Gavin Bates, Senior, 6-1, 210 – returning starter at right guard 
  • Roseby Lubitnius, Sophomore, 6-6, 280 – projected starter at right tackle 
  • Colin Preston, Junior, 6-0, 255 – provides depth at center and guard 
  • Mha’ki Cunningham, Senior, 6-2, 270 – provides depth; started on defense and has also started on offense in the past  

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-2-5 
  • Returning Starters: 9  

Defensive Line: 

  • Brahim Wynn, Senior, 6-3, 235 – 3-year starter at end 
  • Gavin Bates, Senior, 6-1, 210 – competing at end 
  • Mha’ki Cunningham, Senior, 6-2, 270 – returning starter at tackle and will start there or at end 
  • Zyir Wadley-McPherson, Senior, 6-1, 200 – part of rotation at end 
  • Syair Smallwood, Senior, 6-4, 330 – projected starter at tackle; started his freshman year 
  • Ashan Deaver, Senior, 5-10, 255 – returning starter at tackle and competing 
  • Roseby Lubitnius, Sophomore, 6-6, 280 – competing at tackle 
  • Shanai Cox, Senior, 6-4, 295 – competing at tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Chase Conway, Senior, 5-8, 170 – 3-year starter 
  • Amir Reason-Dallas, Junior, 5-11, 180 – 3-year starter 
  • Mel Young, Freshman, 5-11, 200 – part of rotation 
  • Gavin Bates, Senior, 6-1, 210 – could be part of rotation if he does not play end 

Secondary: 

  • Darnell Smith, Senior, 5-10, 170 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Marcus Upton, Junior, 6-0, 175 – returning starter at rover 
  • Quadir Baldwin, Junior, 5-10, 170 – 3-year starter at free safety 
  • Erik Worley, Sophomore, 5-10, 165 – front-runner at cornerback opposite Darenll Smith 
  • Zyeir Green, Sophomore, 5-10, 160 – competing at opposite corner and strong safety 
  • Terrell Smith, Senior, 5-10, 170 – competing at opposite corner and strong safety 
  • Ayden Stewart, Junior, 6-0, 160 – competing at opposite corner and strong safety 

Special Teams: 

  • Junior Matt Kelly will be the kicker and punter 
  • Baldwin, Stewart, and Upton are the return men  

Schedule: 

  • Sunday, 8/27, Highland at Ocean City 
  • Friday, 9/1, Camden Catholic at home 
  • Friday, 9/8, at Willingboro 
  • Friday, 9/15, at Rancocas Valley 
  • Friday, 9/22, Cherry Hill West 
  • 9/29-30, Bye Week 
  • Friday, 10/6, Hammonton at home 
  • Friday, 10/13, at Williamstown 
  • Friday, 10/20, at Eastern 

Concerns: 

  • Where do they go with the quarterback position? It is a very competitive situation 
  • Finish: they started 5-0 and ended up 6-4 

Recruiting: 

  • Wynn has more than 20 offers, including Maryland, UConn, UMass, Akron, and Kent State
  • Darnell Smith has Ivy and Patriot interest as a cornerback 
  • Cunningham has 1-AA interest 
  • Smallwood will play somewhere and is an outstanding talent 
  • The Williams brothers (twins) are very good football players with a height issue 
  • Others are good enough to play D3 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Baldwin will be very highly recruited next year 
  • Upton has offers from Pitt and Rutgers 
  • Brookins has offers from Pitt, Nebraska, and Rutgers plus he is very good at track 
  • Hoffacker will be busy at the camps and will be attending Monnmouth’s 
  • Others have a good chance 
  • Lubitnius is the top sophomore at this point  

Coach’s Comments: 

“We should be very talented and we gained a lot of experience last year. We’re trying to build off that, but last year’s finish left a bad taste in our mouths after starting 5-0. We are working on deficiencies our opponents took advantage of. This is a tight group of kids who can be very good if the coaches don’t screw it up.” – Head Coach Brian Wright 

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