Post 401 – HS Football Preview 2019: Hunterdon Central

Hunterdon Central Red Devils 

2018 in Review:  

  • 5-4 record 
  • Lost to Manalapan in the Central Jersey Group 5 playoffs 
  • Scored 240 points – 26.67 average
  • Allowed 151 points – 16.77 average 
  • Wins Included: Hillsborough, Bridgewater-Raritan, Old Bridge 
  • Losses: Phillipsburg, Ridge, Union 

*Note- the four losses were by a combined 48 points, with the largest margin being 18 points 

Departing Seniors:   

  • OL Ryan Joyce – Fordham 
  • OL Joey Whelan – Kutztown 
  • OL Mike Sposato – WPI (Mass.) 
  • WR Terence Murphy – Kean 
  • K Logan Matthews – Kean 
  • DT Nick Alonge – Rowan 
  • DB Ben Kenyon – Muhlenberg 
  • DE Troy Lentine – MIT 
  • DB RJ Thornton – Rowan for track 
  • QB Clayton Lancaster – St. John’s for lacrosse 
  • LB Chris Lancaster – St. John’s for lacrosse 
  • TE/LB Richard Livornese – Stevens Institute for lacrosse 

*The bold print below is a returning starter. This includes one who had playing time and one who started on the other side of the ball only in 2018, with explanation included after their name.  

Offense: 

Formation: Multiple I/Pro
Returning Starters: 3 

Quarterback:  

  • Brad Totten, Senior, 5-11, 180 – projected starter who saw late-season action 

Running Back:  

  • Will Ezema, Senior, 5-11, 190 – returning starter at tailback 
  • Bruce Washington, Junior, 5-11, 230 – provides depth 

Fullback:

  • Luke Bakerian, Senior, 5-9, 245 – projected co-starter; started on defense 
  • Brandon Donoghue, Senior, 5-9, 215 – projected co-starter; started on defense 

Wide Receiver:  

  • Jacob Erb, Senior, 6-1, 190 – returning starter 
  • Brett Shaw, Senior, 5-11, 190 – projected starter 
  • Owen Bill, Sophomore, 6-1, 175 – part of rotation 
  • Nashawn Jones, Senior, 6-1, 185 – part of rotation 
  • Jacob Stetson, Senior, 6-2, 200 – part of rotation; started on defense 
  • Daren Mayer, Senior, 5-11, 185 – part of rotation 
  • EJ Marion, Junior, 5-9, 185 – part of rotation 

Tight End:  

  • Christian Smarz, Senior, 5-11, 165 – projected co-starter 
  • Sean Stanaway, Senior, 6-1, 220 – projected co-starter 
  • Myles Hickey, Senior, 5-11, 180 – part of rotation 

Offensive Line:  

  • Matt Brigham, Senior, 6-2, 260 – returning starter at left tackle 
  • Jared van Veldhuisen, Junior, 6-0, 215 – projected starter at left guard 
  • Ricky Ghanim, Junior, 5-9, 250 – projected starter at center 
  • Sal Brito, Junior, 6-2, 265 – projected starter at right guard; started on defense 
  • Trevor Shaw, Junior, 6-6, 260 – competing at right tackle 
  • Tim Suk, Junior, 6-6, 300 – competing at right tackle 

Defense:  

  • Formation: 4-3
  • Returning Starters: 4 

End:  

  • Sal Brito, Junior – returning starter 
  • Joshua Davis-Pyzik, Senior, 6-2, 230 – projected starter 
  • Jared van Veldhuisen, Junior – part of rotation  

Tackle:  

  • Jake Bakerian, Senior – returning starter 
  • Jake Savare, Senior, 5-9, 180 – projected starter
  • Matt Brigham, Senior – part of rotation 

Linebacker:  

  • Brandon Donoghue, Senior – returning starter on weak side 
  • Christian Smarz, Senior – projected starter in the middle  
  • Chris Schwoerer, Senior, 5-11, 180 – projected starter on the weak side and saw action  
  • Brendan Lehre, Sophomore, 5-9, 200 – part of rotation 
  • Bruce Washington, Junior – part of rotation 

Cornerback:  

  • Daren Mayer, Senior – projected starter 
  • Brett Shaw, Senior – projected starter 
  • Steven Dumornay, Senior, 5-8, 160 – part of rotation 
  • Marquise Thurman, Junior, 5-11, 180 – part of rotation 

Safety:  

  • Jacob Stetson, Senior – returning starter 
  • Myles Hickey, Senior – projected starter 

Special Teams: 

  • Schwoerer returns at kicker and punter 
  • The return men are Mayer and junior Marion 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/6, at Sayreville 
  • Friday, 9/13, Ridge at home 
  • Friday, 9/20, at Phillipsburg 
  • Bye Week 
  • Friday, 1-/4, Franklin at home 
  • Friday, 10/11, Bridgewater-Raritan at home 
  • Friday, 10/18, at Union 
  • Friday, 10/25, at North Brunswick 
  • Friday, 11/1, Elizabeth at home 

Concerns/Unknown: 

  • Working in four new linemen; it’s a work in progress, but they are playing well in camp 
  • Working in new cornerbacks, but Shaw has played and mayer has played in a lacrosse championship 

Recruiting:  

  • Ezema verballed to Holy Cross 
  • Mayer verballed to Marist for lacrosse; cousin of ex-New England Patriot Shawn Mayer 
  • Totten is a D2/D3 prospect 
  • Stetson is a D2 candidate 
  • Erb is a D2/high D3 prospect  
  • Brigham is also D2/high D3; Norwich has interest and he may attend, due to forensic program 
  • Donaghue is a 3-year starter who will be a D3 player
  • Bakerian is also D3 with a size issue, but is very tough 
  • Schwoerer is linebacker with a good chance of kicking in college
  • Shaw is a D3 prospect  
  • Hickey will likely go the lacrosse route 

Coach’s Comments:  

“We’re excited and we have to show up every Friday night because our schedule is a gauntlet. Skill-wise, we’re as good as we’ve been since I’ve been here. Our quarterback can throw and running back Will Ezema has run a 4.35 40. The ability to throw this year will keep us from being one-dimensional and we’ll be more balanced this year.” – Head Coach Casey Ransone 

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