Post 40 – HS Football – Preview: St. Peter’s Prep

August 15, 2018

2017 In Review:  The Marauders were 9-3, losing to Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public Group 4 finals after beating Paramus Catholic and Don Bosco.  They scored 354 points for a 29.5 average and allowed 256 for a 21.33 average.  Wins included DePaul, St. Joe’s (Montvale), Paramus Catholic, and Don Bosco, while their other losses were to Bergen Catholic and St. Joe’s Prep (Pa.).

Graduation Losses:  WR/DB-LB Shayne Simon – Notre Dame, DT Jayson Ademilola – Notre Dame, DE Justin Ademilola – Notre Dame, DB Zamir Mickens – Rutgers, DB Cameron Blair – Fordham, OL Grady Smith – Holy Cross, OL Max Telemaque – Dartmouth, Will Woltmann – MIT, WR Mark Walker – Milford Academy (NY), RB Dom Meleo – Bucknell for baseball

Offense:  St. Peter’s Prep runs a power spread and return four starters.  The incumbent quarterback is senior Maasai Maynor (5-11, 190) and sophomore Tahj Bullock (6-3, 190) has promise, possibly getting some snaps.  At running back, senior Anthony Summey (6-0, 190) saw time and he will be joined by senior Khyree Robinson (5-8, 170), senior Kyree Parker (5-7, 170), and freshman Paul Lefkowitz (5-10, 210).

Two wide receivers return in seniors Ayir Asante (5-11, 175) and Chase Jones (6-2, 205).  They will be joined by junior Jelani Mason (5-10, 170), junior Byron Shipman (6-2, 185), junior Cody Simon (6-0, 210), and senior Richie Luzzi-Liggins (5-10, 160).  The tight end, junior Benjamin Silver (6-1, 215), saw action last year and senior Matt Adams (6-1, 216) will also play.

The lone returning starter is senior Stanley Dennis (6-0, 275) at guard, where he will be paired with senior Andrew Marrero (6-0, 255), with sophomore Mason Cobb (6-3, 250) in reserve.  The two tackles have a three-way race among senior Elijah White (6-1, 310), sophomore George Rooks (6-5, 255), junior Isaiah Wright (6-5, 270), and freshman KJ Miles (6-4, 240).  Center is between senior Mike Giordano (6-0, 305) and sophomore Aidan Monteiro (6-3, 250).

Defense:  The Marauders run a 4-3 and return five starters.  Senior RJ Oben (6-3, 225) returns at end and he will probably be paired with Adams, while the tackles are Dennis and White.  Fighting for time on the line are Rooks, and Wright.

Linebacker has three starters back in Chase Jones and Simon on the outside, plus senior Damani Falconer (5-11, 230) in the middle.  Three others who will play are junior Colin Elliott (6-2, 200), senior Tracy Bowers (6-2, 205) and freshman Esquire Boyce (5-11, 225).

Returning in the secondary at safety is senior JJ Scocco (5-9, 190) and his partner will be either senior Marcus Woodard (5-10, 180) and freshman Christian LeBrun (6-0, 180).  The two corners will come from senior Adonis McGee (5-10, 170), Robinson, and junior Quentin Lemon (6-1, 180).

Special Teams:  The kicker will be junior Joey Chaparro and returning at punter is Patrick Haughney.  The return men are not decided but Luzzi-Liggins, Mason, Asante, and sophomore Zack Smith (5-9, 170) are in the running.


Friday, 8/31, at Millville, 7 PM
Saturday, 9/8, St. Joe’s Prep (Pa.) at home, 12 PM
Friday, 9/14, Bergen Catholic at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/21, at Union City, 7 PM
Friday, 9/28, DePaul at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/5, at Don Bosco, 7 PM
Friday, 10/12, Paramus Catholic, 7 PM
Saturday, 10/20, at Pope John, 1 PM
Saturday, 10/27, St. Joe’s (Montvale), 7 PM

Recruits:  Oben verballed to Duke, Maynor to Navy, Jones to Wake Forest, and Asante to Lehigh.  Other seniors will be able to play with a good senior year.

In the junior class, Simon has seven offers, with Mason and Shipman possibly taking major steps this year.  Silver has a good chance to go to the Ivy League and there other talented players.

Bullock, Rooks, Cobb, and Monteiro are sophomores with the chance to become top prospects.

Concerns:  Inexperience up front, but they are athletic and tough.

Coach’s Comments:  “So far, we have worked as hard as any team.  It’s great to have our quarterback returning with good skill players around him.  This off-season, we committed to running the ball.  We’re excited: we just need to stay together, gel, and improve.” – Head Coach Rich Hansen

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