Post 639 – Team Preview: Jackson Jaguars

Jackson Jaguars 

2020: 

  • 4-4 
  • 205 points scored; 25.63 average 
  • 147 points allowed; 18.38 points allowed 
  • Four shutouts 
  • Wins: Neptune, Manasquan, Brick, Jackson Liberty 
  • Losses: Wall, Toms River North, Eastern, Toms River South 

Graduation:  

  • RB Will Towns – Wake Forest 
  • T Matt Milone – Wagner 
  • WR/DB Wally Doman – Pace
  • WR/DB Kai Blair – Howard as preferred walk-on 
  • T Drew Trust – WPI 
  • DE Jared Cadavero – Misericordia 
  • DB Christian Ibe – Misericordia 
  • OLB Tyron Blackwell – prep in Arizona 
  • OLB Damien Henderson – NJ Warriors (prep) 

2021 Captains:  

  • Not named 

Offense:  

  • Formation: Multiple-I 
  • Returning Starters: 4 

Quarterback: 

  • Tai Mann, Junior, 6-0, 190 – returning co-starter and competing 
  • Devin Foderaro, Senior, 5-11, 205 – returning co-starter and competing 

Running Back: 

  • Aidan Sweeney, Junior, 5-11, 190 – projected starter 
  • Jovani Hallihan, Sophomore, 5-10, 185 – provides depth 

Fullback: 

  • Open competition in camp 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Justin Hirsch, Senior, 6-1, 180 – part of rotation – same as last year 
  • Jaiden Hernandez, Sophomore, 5-9, 175 – part of rotation 
  • Albert D’Alessandro, Sophomore, 5-9, 165 – part of rotation 

Tight End: 

  • Rob Paneque, Senior, 6-0, 195 – competing; started on defense 
  • Shaun Hubbard, Sophomore, 5-11, 195 – competing 

Offensive Line: 

  • Donnie Zapata, Senior, 5-11, 265 – returning starter at center 
  • Kyle Laverty, Senior, 6-1, 260 – returning starter at left guard 
  • Ryan Fischer, Junior, 6-3, 230 – projected starter at right guard; started games when players were injured 
  • Tackle is open for competition 
  • Eric Ibe, Senior, 6-1, 245 – frontrunner at tackle; started on defense 

Defense:  

  • Formation: 4-3 base 
  • Returning Starters: 3 

Defensive Line:  

  • Ryan Fischer, Junior, 6-3, 230 – projected starter at end; saw action 
  • Kyle Laverty, Senior, 6-1, 260 – projected starter at end; saw action 
  • Eric Ibe, Senior, 6-1, 245 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Donnie Zapata, Senior, 5-11, 265 – projected starter at tackle; saw action  

Linebacker: 

  • Tom Widawsky, Senior, 5-9, 190 – returning starter in middle 
  • Aidan Sweeney, Junior, 5-11, 190 – competing on outside 
  • Jim Tobin, Senior, 5-8, 185 – competing on outside 
  • Mike Cipriano, Junior, 5-8, 185 – competing on outside 
  • Brandon Bigelow, Sophomore, 5-8, 195 – competing on outside 

Secondary: 

  • Rob Paneque, Senior, 6-0, 195 – returning starter ats safety 
  • Jaiden Hernandez, Sophomore, 5-9, 175 – projected starter at safety 
  • Tai Mann, Junior, 6-0, 190 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Albert D’Alessandro, Sophomore, 5-9, 165 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Tyler Domanico, Junior, 5-7, 160 – will play as a nickel back 

Special Teams: 

  • Kicker and punter will be in the hands of junior Alexey Tselichtchev 
  • The return men are undecided 

Schedule: 

  • Thursday, 9/2, Freehold Boro at home 
  • Friday, 9./10, Southern at home 
  • Friday, 9/17, at Middletown South 
  • Friday, 9/24, at Long Branch 
  • Friday, 10/1, at Holmdel 
  • Friday, 10/8, Manalapan at home 
  • Friday, 10/15, Jackson Liberty at home 
  • 10/22-23, Shore Conference playoffs 
  • 10/29-30, Shore Conference playoffs 

Concerns:  

  • Lack of experience – there is talent, but no varsity experience – they haven’t done it 

Recruiting:  

    • Ibe may go as high as 1-AA; very good strength and explosiveness 
    • Laverty and Paneque will play somewhere in college 
    • Widawsky and Zapata are good players who are shorter than what colleges look for 
    • Underclassmen: 
    • Mann could be as high as 1-AA and may open eyes this year 
    • Fischer may be in demand with a good year  

Coach’s Comments:  

“It’s an interesting year. There are no household names, but we believe we are talented. The team will be younger, less seasoned, and they are getting after it.” – Head Coach Vin Mistretta

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