Post 635 – Team Preview: Clifton Mustangs

Clifton Mustangs 

2020: 

  • 4-3
  • 137 points scored; 19.57 average 
  • 150 points allowed; 21.43 average 
  • Wins: Eastside, Colonia, Montclair, Passaic 
  • Losses: East Orange, West Orange, Irvington  

Graduation:  

  • WR/DB Caleb Boneparte – American International 
  • OL Mohammad Abedrabo – Montclair State 
  • OL Omar Al-Shujaieh – Albright 
  • DL Muhammad Hemaid – William Paterson 

2021 Captains:  

  • Not named, but Kyle Vellis and Nick Burgess were captains last year 

Offense:  

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 9 

Quarterback: 

  • Kyle Vellis, Senior, 6-1, 185 – 3-year starter 

Running Back:  

  • Jacob Maldonado, Senior, 5-10, 180 – returning starter 
  • Bryan Feliciano, Senior, 5-9, 170 – will get some carries; started on defense 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Donovan Swasey, Senior, 5-8, 160 – returning starter 
  • Michael Kristof, Senior, 5-10, 165 – returning starter 
  • Luke Ceneri, Senior, 6-1, 195 – returning starter 
  • Omar Muheisen, Senior, 5-9, 175 – part of rotation; started on defense 
  • Gavin Quinones, Junior, 5-11, 205 – part of rotation 

Tight End:  

  • Joe Abill, Junior, 6-1, 225 – returning starter 
  • Nick Burgess, Senior, 5-11, 215 – will see time here and as fullback and h-back 

Offensive Line: 

  • Tyler Williams, Senior, 6-4, 290 – 3-year starter at left tackle 
  • Ahmad Ramadan, Senior, 6-0, 260 – 3-year starter at left guard 
  • Matt Acevedo, Senior, 5-11, 255 – projected starter at center 
  • Dylan Urban, Senior, 6-0, 235 – returning starter at right guard, moving from center 
  • Aidan Seyka, Senior, 6-3, 220 – competing at right tackle 
  • Trumain Lawson, Sophomore, 6-5, 230 – competing at right tackle  

Defense:  

  • Formation: Multiple 3-4
  • Returning Starters: 8 

Defensive Line: 

  • Ahmad Ramadan, Senior, 6-0, 260 – returning starter at end 
  • Aidan Seyka, Senior, 6-3, 220 – competing at end 
  • Trumain Lawson, Sophomore, 6-5, 230 – competing at end 
  • Tyler Williams, Senior, 6-4, 290 – projected starter at nose guard 

Linebacker: 

  • Nick Burgess, Senior, 5-11, 215 – returning starter on outside, moving from end 
  • Joe Abill, Junior, 6-1, 225 – returning starter on outside 
  • Owen Riordan, Senior, 5-10, 185 – returning starter on inside 
  • Luke Ceneri, Senior, 6-1, 195 – returning starter on inside 
  • Jacob Maldonado, Senior, 5-10, 180 – part of inside rotation 
  • Gavin Quinones, Junior, 5-11, 205 – part of outside rotation 

Secondary: 

  • Donovan Swasey, Senior, 5-8, 160 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Michael Kristof, Senior, 5-10, 165 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Jordan Vargas, Junior, 5-11, 170 – part of cornerback rotation 
  • Omar Muheisen, Senior, 5-9, 175 – returning starter at safety 
  • Bryan Feliciano, Senior, 5-9, 170 – returning starter at safety 
  • Chance Blount, Senior, 5-9, 160 – part of safety rotation 

Special Teams: 

  • Kristof or sophomore Nate Ceneri will be the kicker 
  • Vellis will be the punter  
  • Swasey, Muheisen, Luke Ceneri, and Blount will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/3, at Cicero-North Syracuse (NY)
  • Friday, 9/10, Hackensack at home 
  • Friday, 9/17, at Old Tappan 
  • Friday, 9/24, at Passaic 
  • Friday, 10/1, at Passaic Tech 
  • Friday, 10/8, Northern Highlands at home 
  • Thursday, 10/14, at Eastside 
  • Friday, 10/22, Delbarton at home 
  • Thursday, 10/28, Kennedy at home 

Concerns:  

  • Overall depth up front on both sides of the ball 

Recruiting:  

    • Williams has interest from Rutgers, Temple, Monmouth, and Rhode Island 
    • Burgess has interest from Monmouth and Lafayette  
    • Feliciano has high interest from Springfield 
    • Vellis has strong interest from Ithaca 
    • Many seniors have top grades and can play for high academic institutions 
    • Underclassmen: 
    • Abill is a tough and nasty guy who finished fourth in the states in wrestling 
    • Two who have potential are Quinones and Vargas 

Coach’s Comments:  

“I like what we have returning. We’re battle tested in some areas and green in others. We’ve had good training sessions since the winter and it was even better since the whole team has been together after spring sports have ended. The kids show up four times a week in the heat and they’re a good group. I like our leadership, which is important and that can take us a long way.” – Head Coach Ralph Cinque 

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