Post 1,118 – Team Preview 2023: Somerville Pioneers

Somerville Pioneers 

August 12, 2023 

2022: 

  • 4-6 
  • Lost to Seneca in the Central Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals 
  • Wins included Old Bridge, Hillsborough , South Brunswick, and Elizabeth 
  • Losses included Montgomery, Westfield, St. Joe’s (Metuchen), and Union 
  • Scored 221 points for a 24.55 average – does not include forfeited game 
  • Allowed 245 points for a 27.22 average – does not include forfeited game 

Graduation: 

  • RB/DB Hashym Hobbs-Harris – Sacred Heart 
  • WR/DB Wes Hack – Muhlenberg 
  • OL/DL Jaylen Esannason – Muhlenberg 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 4 

Quarterback: 

  • Brenden Pacheco, Junior, 6-3, 200 – projected starter 
  • Chase Insabella, Senior, 6-1, 185 – competing; returning starter at wide receiver and h-back 

Running Back: 

  • Terrell Mitchell, Junior, 5-9, 185 – projected starter; rushed for 725 yards per nj.com  
  • Max Nuzzi, Junior, 5-10, 190 – will spell Mitchell 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Quinn Carran, Senior, 6-0, 180 – returning starter 
  • Chase Insabella, Senior, 6-1, 185 – returning starter 
  • Jack Brand, Senior, 6-0, 170 – competing 
  • Evan Dupras, Senior, 5-8, 145 – competing at slot receiver 
  • Evan Halperin, Senior, 5-8, 145 – competing 
  • Brady Scheier, Junior, 5-8, 155 – competing 
  • Spencer Carran, Junior, 5-11, 155 – competing 

H-Back: 

  • Chase Insabella, Senior, 6-1, 185 – competing  
  • Jayden Loftin, Junior, 6-3, 225 – competing 
  • DJ Jenkins, Senior, 6-2, 210 – competing 

Offensive Line: 

  • Braeden Kaye, Senior, 6-2, 240 – returning starter at tackle, moving from guard 
  • Jonathan LoStocco, Junior, 6-2, 290 – 3-year starter at guard 
  • Tyler Scofield, Senior, 6-0, 255 – competing along the line 
  • Jack Manning, Senior, 5-11, 240 – competing along the line 
  • Sean O’Neill, Junior, 5-10, 190 – competing along the line 
  • Matthew Chubenko, Junior, 5-11, 220 – competing along the line 
  • Aaron James, Sophomore, 6-2, 240 – competing along the line 
  • Julian Pisack, Junior, 5-7, 190 – competing along the line 

Defense: 

  • Formation: 3-4 
  • Returning Starters: 4 

Defensive Line: 

  • Jayden Loftin, Junior, 6-3, 225 – returning starter at end 
  • Braeden Kaye, Senior, 6-2, 240 – projected starter at end 
  • Jonathan LoStocco, Junior, 6-2, 290 – projected starter at nose guard 
  • DJ Jenkins, Senior, 6-2, 210 – part of rotation at end 
  • Giovanni Ippolito, Junior, 5-7, 200 – part of rotation at nose guard 
  • Remy Ozomgabachi, Junior, 6-4, 250 – part of rotation at nose guard 
  • Jack Manning, Senior, 5-11, 240 – part of rotation at nose guard 

Linebacker: 

  • Max Nuzzi, Junior, 5-10, 190 – returning starter on the inside  
  • Sean O’Neill, Junior, 5-10, 190 – projected starter on the inside 
  • Dagan Jack, Senior, 5-11, 170 – projected starter on the outside 
  • Matthew Chubenko, Junior, 5-11, 220 – projected starter on the outside 
  • Julian Pisack, Junior, 5-7, 190 – provides depth on the inside 
  • Justin Bowen, Freshman, 5-10, 175 – provides depth on the inside 
  • Chase Insabella, Senior, 6-1, 185 – provides depth on the outside 
  • Kieran McKenna, Sophomore, 6-0, 175 – provides depth on the outside 
  • Nick Irvine, Senior, 6-0, 180 – provides depth on the outside 

Secondary: 

  • Quinn Carran, Senior, 6-0, 180 – returning starter at safety 
  • Brady Scheier, Junior, 5-8, 155 – projected starter at safety 
  • Evan Dupras, Senior, 5-8, 145 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Jack Brand, Senior, 6-0, 170 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Spencer Carran, Junior, 5-11, 155 – provides depth at cornerback 
  • Terrell Mitchell, Mitchell, Junior, 5-9, 185 – provides depth at safety 
  • Alijah Boyce, Sophomore, 5-10, 160 – provides depth at safety 

Special Teams: 

  • Junior, Spencer Carran will punt and kick 
  • Mitchell, Dupras, and Quinn Carran will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 8/25, at Voorhees 
  • Friday, 9/1, Old Bridge at home 
  • Saturday, 9/9, at St. Joe’s (Metuchen) 
  • Friday, 9/15, Montgomery 
  • Friday, 9/22, at Union 
  • Friday, 9/29, Elizabeth at home 
  • Saturday, 10/7, at Westfield 
  • Friday, 10/13, at Hillsborough 
  • Friday, 10/20, South Brunswick at home 

Concerns: 

  • Depth and health 
  • Schedule 

Recruiting: 

  • Quinn Carran and Kaye will play at high-academic D3 schools 
  • The others may be D3 candidates 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Loftin has been offered by Syracuse with interest from others 
  • LoStocco is a very good player, but a little shorter than colleges like 
  • Mitchell is a good prospect 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We have been working hard all offseason. We are going to be more action than words and get back to our winning ways by doing things right.” – Head Coach Matt Bloom

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