Post 1,091 – Team Preview 2023: Long Branch Green Wave

Long Branch Green Wave 

July 13, 2023

2022: 

  • 7-4 
  • Lost to Mainland in the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals after beating Pennsauken in the quarterfinals 
  • Wins included Red Bank, Manasquan, Middletown North, and Lacey 
  • Losses were to Toms River North, Middletown South, and Southern 
  • Scored 213 points for a 21.30 average, not including forfeit win 
  • Allowed 199 points for a 19.90 average, not including forfeit win 

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Shamar Williams – Temple as a walk-on 
  • RB/DB Sekou Kamau – Wagner 
  • WR/DB Akeel Gaines – Central Connecticut State 
  • WR/DB Michael Hall – Stevenson 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 7   

Quarterback: 

  • Earnest Reavey, Senior, 6-1, 185 – returning starter; passed for 1,624 yards and rushed for nearly 400 per nj.com  
  • Quentin Fisher, Sophomore, 5-11, 155 – provides depth  

Running Back: 

  • Zaheem Brown, Senior, 5-8, 165 – returning co-starter 
  • Havier Gonzalez, Junior, 5-6, 150 – will spell Brown; started on defense 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Christopher Moses, Junior, 5-9, 145 – projected starter on outside 
  • Nehemiah Lambert, Junior, 5-9, 170 – projected starter on the outside 
  • Aulander Daniels, Junior, 5-11, 175 – projected starter in the slot; saw action 
  • Na’shawn Carter, Sophomore, 5-11, 250 – part of the rotation 
  • Dennis Flores, Junior, 6-2, 160 – part of the rotation 
  • Kevin Harrell, Junior, 5-11, 180 – part of the rotation 

Tight End: 

  • Miguel Maldonado, Sophomore, 5-10, 230 – returning starter 
  • Tyler Taylor, Junior, 5-11, 195 – will provide depth 

Offensive Line: 

  • Joseph Corley, Junior, 6-1, 240 – returning starter at left tackle 
  • Tyler Taylor, Junior, 5-11, 195 – projected starter at left guard; started on defense  
  • Carl Griffin, Junior, 5-9, 180 – provides depth at left guard 
  • Jaden Mercado, Junior, 6-2, 220 – returning starter at center 
  • Fernando Flores-Martinez, Senior, 6-2, 245 – returning starter at right guard 
  • Caiden Coleman, Sophomore, 6-2-½, 215 – projected starter at right tackle 
  • Khaleeq Ingram, Senior, 6-4, 300 – returning starter at tackle; provides depth  
  • Justin Sunnerville, Senior, 6-1, 240 – provides depth along the line  

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-3
  • Returning Starters: 6   

Defensive Line: 

  • Joseph Corley, Junior, 6-1, 240 – returning starter at end, moving from tackle 
  • Miguel Maldonado, Sophomore, 5-10, 230 – returning starter at end 
  • Ryan Bennett, Senior, 6-0, 250 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Justin Sunnerville, Senior, 6-1, 240 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Fernando Flores-Martinez, Senior, 6-2, 245 – provides depth at tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Havier Gonzalez, Junior, 5-6, 150 – returning starter on the strong side 
  • Tyler Taylor, Junior, 5-11, 195 – returning starter in the middle 
  • Nehemiah Lambert, Junior, 5-9, 170 – projected starter on the weak side; played often 
  • Mikel Rodriguez, Senior, 5-8, 165 – part of the rotation 
  • Jalen Brooks, Junior, 5-8, 170 – part of the rotation 

Secondary: 

  • Earnest Reavey, Senior, 6-1, 185 – returning starter at free safety; started in 2021, not 2022 
  • Aulander Daniels, Junior, 5-11, 175 – projected starter at strong safety; saw heavy action 
  • Quentin Fisher, Sophomore, 5-11, 155 – provides depth at safety 
  • Zaheem Brown, Senior, 5-8, 165 – projected starter; started late in the season 
  • Christopher Moses, Junior, 5-9, 145 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Kevin Harrell, Junior, 5-11, 180 – part of the rotation at cornerback 
  • Damion Carrera, Senior, 5-8, 150 – part of the rotation at cornerback 
  • Juelz Lee, Senior, 5-5, 145 – part of the rotation at cornerback 

Special Teams: 

  • Senior Wesley Arthur returns kicking extra points and junior Arthur DeJesus is back kicking off and will add punting duties this year
  • Brown and Daniels will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 8/25, at Piscataway 
  • Friday, 9/1, at Donovan Catholic 
  • Friday, 9/8, at Manalapan 
  • Friday, 9/16, Raritan at home 
  • Friday, 9/22, at Point Pleasant Boro 
  • Friday, 9/29, St. John Vianney at home 
  • 10/7-8, Bye Week 
  • Friday, 10/13, Southern at home 
  • Saturday, 10/21, at Colts Neck 
  • Thursday, 11/23, at Colts Neck 

Concerns: 

  • Tough schedule: being mentally and physically prepared 

Recruiting: 

  • Reavey and Brown are anywhere from 1-AA to D3 
  • Other seniors could go D3 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Taylor, Daniels, and Corley have the ability to go 1-AA, but it needs to be determined 
  • In the sophomore class, Carter and maldonado are the top prospects at this point 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We’re excited to be making progress. We came close to getting to the sectional championship and we can build off that. For me, it’s year two as head coach and we’re looking for the seniors to lead and the juniors who played last year to take that next step.” – Head Coach Chad King

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