Post 1,259 – Team Preview 2024: Manchester Township Hawks

Manchester Township Hawks   

June 12, 2024

2023: 

  • 8-3 
  • Lost to Ocean and beat Pinelands in the consolation rounds 
  • Wins included Lakewood, Jackson Liberty, and Asbury Park 
  • Losses were to Shore and Keyport 
  • Scored 360 points for a 32.73 average 
  • Allowed 207 points for an 18.82 average 

Graduation: 

  • RB/DB Josh Love – Monmouth 
  • DE Manny Swain – Assumption (Mass.) 
  • OL/DL Gavin Herr – Western New England  
  • DL Matthias Payton – Montclair State 
  • LB Gio Tripodi – NJ Warriors (JUCO) 
  • OL Cooper Early – NJ Warriors (JUCO) 

Offense: 

  • Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 6 

Quarterback: 

  • Aidan Lunn, Senior, 6-3, 200 – 3-year starter; 1,397 yards passing, 16 touchdowns, 458 yards rushing per nj.com 
  • Trevor Freyer, Freshman, 5-9, 170 – provides depth 

Running Back: 

  • Malik Pharmes, Junior, 5-7, 160 – projected starter; started on defense  
  • Avery Phillips, Senior, 5-11, 205 – provides depth 
  • Imere Smith, Senior, 5-10, 185 – provides depth 

Wide Receiver: 

  • MJ Goins, Senior, 5-10, 170 – returning starter in the slot 
  • Dom Rekus, Senior, 6-3, 185 – projected starter 
  • Tyheem Jackson, Junior, 5-9, 160 – projected starter; started on defense  
  • Stephon McFadden, Sophomore, 5-8, 150 – part of the rotation 
  • Anthony Carino, Senior, 5-11, 180 – part of the rotation 

H-Back (situational): 

  • Dante Mortellite, Senior, 5-11, 210 – will see action; started on defense 

Tight End: 

  • Ny’zir Battle, Senior, 6-3, 240 – returning starter 
  • Michael Fink, Sophomore, 5-10, 175 – provides depth 

Offensive Line: 

  • Spencer Placek, Senior, 6-6, 260 – 3-year starter at left tackle 
  • Mason Davis, Senior, 6-0, 260 – returning starter at left guard 
  • Anthony D’Antonio, Senior, 5-11, 215 – returning starter at center 
  • Ryan Dunckley, Senior, 6-2, 255 – projected starter at right guard; saw action and started on defense 
  • Kurtis Mayer, Junior, 6-2, 215 – projected starter at right tackle; started on defense 
  • Miguel Espinal, Junior, 5-10, 285 – provides depth at center 
  • Jaeshon Smith, Senior, 6-2, 225 – provides depth at guard 
  • Jeremiah Dennard, Sophomore, 6-1, 285 – provides depth at guard 

Defense: 

  • 4-3 
  • Returning Starters: 8 

Defensive Line: 

  • Kurtis Mayer, Junior, 6-2, 215 – 3-year starter at end 
  • Anthony D’Antonio, Senior, 5-11, 215 – returning starter at end 
  • Mason Davis, Senior, 6-0, 260 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Ryan Dunckley, Senior, 6-2, 255 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Miguel Espinal, Junior, 5-10, 285 – provides depth at tackle 
  • Jaeshon Smith, Senior, 6-2, 225 – provides depth at tackle 
  • Justyce Garcia, Sophomore, 5-9, 265 – provides depth at tackle 
  • Ny’zir Battle, Senior, 6-3, 240 – provides depth at end 
  • Spencer Placek, Senior, 6-6, 260 – provides depth at end 

Linebacker: 

  • Ian Spicer, Senior, 5-11, 190 – projected starter in the middle; saw action in a rotation 
  • Dante Mortellite, Senior, 5-11, 210 – 3-year starter on the outside 
  • Michael Fink, Sophomore, 5-10, 175 – competing at the other outside spot 
  • Lucas Potenza, Sophomore, 5-10, 185 – competing at the other outside spot 
  • Avery Phillips, Senior, 5-11, 205 – part of the rotation 

Secondary: 

  • Tyheem Jackson, Junior, 5-9, 160 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Malik Pharmes, Junior, 5-7, 160 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Stephon McFadden, Sophomore, 5-8, 150 – part of the rotation at cornerback 
  • MJ Goins, Senior, 5-10, 170 – 3-year starter at safety 
  • Dom Rekus, Senior, 6-3, 185 – projected starter at safety; was part of the rotation 
  • Imere Smith, Senior, 5-10, 185 – part of the rotation at safety 
  • Aidan Lunn, Senior, 6-3, 200 – provides depth 
  • Aiden Phillips-Frazee, Junior, 5-10, 150 – provides depth 

Special Teams:  

  • Senior Ian Spicer returns as kicker and punter; he replaced an injured player 
  • Goins and Pharmes will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Thursday, 8/29, West Deptford at Ocean City (Battle of the Beach), 10 AM  
  • Friday, 9/6, at Southern 
  • Friday, 9/13, Pinelands at home 
  • Friday, 9/20, Jackson Liberty at home 
  • Friday, 9/27, Barnegat at home 
  • Saturday, 10/5, Rumson-Fair Haven at home 
  • Saturday, 10/12, at Lakewood 
  • Friday, 10/18, at Point Beach 
  • Friday, 10/25, at Monmouth 

Concerns: 

  • Not letting expectations concern them, attacking them with confidence 
  • Developing depth among the underclassmen 

Recruiting: 

    • Battle is a 1-AA/D2 tight end 
    • Lunn and Placek will play at a 1-AA/D2 school as quarterback and offensive lineman, respectively 
    • D’Antonio, Mortellite, and Spicer will play at a high-academic D3 
    • Goins is a D2/D3 candidate, Mason Davis is a D3 defensive lineman, Dunckley is a D3 offensive lineman, Phillips and Imere Smith are D3 athletes 
    • Underclassmen: 
    • Mayer is a 1-A/1-AA defensive end 
    • Pharmes is a D2/D3 athlete 
    • Other juniors need to develop 
    • Fink, Potenza, and McFadden are sophomores to watch 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We have a lot of experience, including some 3-year starters. The expectations are high and nothing will be handed to us. This is our third year with this program and there is experience with no coaching turnover. We look forward to our first game at the Battle of the Beach, the first game of the season in New Jersey.” – Head Coach Tommy Farrell

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