Post 47 – HS Football – Preview: Timber Creek

August 19, 2018          

2017 In Review:  The Chargers were 10-1, losing to Delsea in the South Jersey Group 3 semi-finals after beating Seneca.  They scored 455 points for a 41.36 average, while allowing 209 for a 19.0 average.  Wins included Delsea, Cherokee, Williamstown, and Eastern.

Graduation Losses:  QB Devin Leary – North Carolina State, DB Deion Jennings – Rutgers, RB Kyle Dobbins – Temple, WR Jordan Nash – East Stroudsburg, OL Derryk Sellers – Elizabeth City State, OLB Dallas Newkirk – Elizabeth City State, DB Tariq Snead – LIU CW Post, DL Isaiah Bolden – Albernia (Pa.), RB Jerome Gibson – Wesley (Del.), WR/DB Michael Johnson – Jireh Prep (NC), DB Sage Brown – Norfolk State for track

Offense:  Timber Creek runs the spread and return five starters.  Quarterback is a three-way race among senior Justin Jefferson (6-1, 185), senior Tymir Ayers (5-10, 175), and freshman Donovan Leary (6-1, 175).  Running back has three who are competing: seniors Clarence Henderson (5-11, 210), Ray French (5-10, 185), and TreVon Alderman (5-9, 160).

Back at receiver are junior Tarheeb Still (6-0, 170) in the slot and senior Jayvin Little (5-10, 175) at wide receiver.  Paired with Still in the slot is either Ayers or sophomore Elijah Williams (5-10, 160), while junior Justin Houston (6-1, 190) will be at wide receiver.  When a tight end is used, it will be seniors Emory Moore (6-1, 195) and Tim Schultice (6-3, 220).

Three starters return to the line with senior Daeshaun Polk (6-2, 260) and sophomore CJ Miller (6-1, 270) at the tackles and junior Cameron Sheard (5-10, 210) at center.  The guards are senior Tyrone Burroughs (5-8, 290) and junior Charles Pierce (6-0, 270), with sophomore Jaron Danford (5-10, 230) in the running.

Defense:  The Chargers run a 4-2-5 and return seven starters.  Polk and Miller return at the tackles and senior Stefaun Corley (6-2, 215) is back at end.  The opposite end will be senior Diomari Gordon (6-2, 195), with Moore and sophomore Anthony Williams (6-3, 205) getting time.  Rotating in at tackle will be Burroughs, Pierce, and senior Vincent Pilla (5-9, 195).

Linebacker returns Henderson, French, and senior Vance Carr (5-10, 195) and outside linebacker has senior Jihad Stephenson (5-11, 185) back, plus junior Arturo Merola (5-11, 175) will also play.

Little returns at safety and he will be paired with senior Knyle Wood (6-1, 185), while the corners will be Alderman and sophomore Roderick Boyd (5-10, 160).

Special Teams:  Sophomore Zach Coluccio returns as the kicker and punter.


Saturday, 9/1, at Central Catholic (Oh.), 2 PM
Friday, 9/7, Hammonton at home, 7 PM
9/14-15, Bye Week
Friday, 9/21, at Vineland, 7 PM
Friday, 9/28, Highland Regional at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/5, at Millville, 7 PM
Saturday, 10/13, at New Rochelle (NY), 2 PM
Friday, 10/19, St. Joe’s (Hammonton) at home, 7 PM
Friday, 10/26, Atlantic City at home, 7 PM
Thursday, 11/22, at Winslow, 10 AM

Recruits:  Little verballed to Wagner, while Henderson, Stephenson, and Polk have 1-AA interest.

The junior class has Still with offers from Rutgers, North Carolina, Boston College, Temple, and others.  Houston is another 1-A recruit.  The sophomores have Miller with a Baylor offer and the freshman Leary will be a major prospect.

Concerns:  Braking in a new quarterback.

Coach’s Comments:  “We are going to surprise some people.  We lost some good players, particularly quarterback Devin Leary, but the guys behind them have been working their tails off.” – Head Coach Rob Hinson

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