Post 61 – HS Football – Preview: St. Joe’s (Metuchen)

August 26, 2017

2017 In Review:  The Falcons were 9-1, losing to Paramus Catholic in the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs.  They scored 350 points for a 35.0 average, while allowing 103 for a 10.3 average, including two shutouts.  Wins included Colonia, North Brunswick, and Carteret.

Graduation Losses:  WR/K/P Jonathan Sot – Harvard, QB Paul Cocozziello – Catholic U, RB/LB Emmanuel Resto – Bentley (Mass.), OL/DL David Barattucci – Susquehanna (Pa.), C Brian Boczon – Gettysburg, TE/DB Garrett Klurman – Monmouth for lacrosse

Offense:  St. Joe’s (Metuchen) runs a multiple I and returns four starters.  The quarterback is junior Tyree Ford (6-0, 185) and senior Jordan Davis (5-9, 167) is a three-year starter at tailback.  Playing fullback is senior Brian Reilly (6-0, 210), who started on defense.

Returning at wide receiver Nate Wyatt (6-2, 180) and he will be joined by senior Ryan Granito (6-1, 185).  Lining up in the slot when they go spread are senior Derek Zelesnik (5-7, 155) and junior Tom Fehl (5-8, 160), while junior Martin Greene (6-0, 180) will line up outside.  The tight end is senior Jalen Murray (6-0, 220) and senior Bobby Kelly (6-0, 190) will play when two tight ends are used.

The line returns two starters in senior left guard John Olmstead (6-6, 305) and senior right tackle David Barr (6-2, 290).  The left tackle is sophomore Jacob Allen (6-6, 290) and senior Val Cintron (6-4, 315) is the right guard after starting on defense.  Playing center is senior Zach Radi (6-0, 225).

Defense:  The Falcons run a 3-3 stack and return seven starters.  Cintron returns on the nose and Olmstead is a three-year starter at end.  The opposite end has junior Avery Nieves (6-2, 215) and sophomore Tommy Romond (6-1, 205) competing.

Returning at linebacker are Murray on the left side and Reilly, a three-year starter, in the middle.  On the right side, Kelly and Ford may share the position.

In the secondary, Davis is a three-year starter at the bandit and Granito returns at free safety.  Wyatt is back on the corner.  Strong safety is between seniors Jack Hogarty (5-9, 170) and Mike Cardinali (5-8, 165), while the opposite corner has Greene and junior Kash Shulters (6-1, 165) battling it out.

Special Teams:  The kicker is junior Chris Moyer and Ford is the punter.  The return men are Davis and Wyatt.


Thursday, 8/30, at North Brunswick, 7 PM
Saturday, 9/8, Colonia at home, 1 PM
Friday, 9/14, at South Plainfield, 7 PM
Saturday, 9/22, Carteret at home, 1 PM
Saturday, 9/29, at Westfield, 1 PM
Saturday, 10/6, Immaculata at home, 1 PM
Friday, 10/12, at South Brunswick, 7 PM
Friday, 10/19, at Summit, 7 PM
Saturday, 10/27, JFK (Iselin) at home, 1 PM

Recruits:  Olmstead verballed to Notre Dame and Wyatt to Temple.  Reilly is 1-AA interest and Barr, Davis, and Murray are receiving looks at the 1-AA/D2 level.  Cintron is a D2 candidate.

Ford is a junior who did not play football last year, but is a very good basketball player and a special athlete.  In the sophomore class, Allen is a Power-5 prospect with good feet.

Concerns:  Keeping healthy, especially since they have low numbers.

Coach’s Comments:  “We have a really good team and a good offensive line.  We have upped the schedule, adding Westfield and South Brunswick.  We want to compete in the playoffs.” – Head Coach Rich Hilliard

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