Post 67 – HS Football – Preview: Vineland

August 28, 2018

2017 In Review:  The Fighting Clan was 8-2, losing to Lenape in the South Jersey Group 5 playoffs.  They scored 365 points for a 36.5 average, while allowing 122 for a 12.2 average.  Wins included Millville, Atlantic City, and Clearview, while their other loss was to St. Augustine.

Graduation Losses:  QB/DB Isiah Pacheco – Rutgers, RB/LB Nihym Anderson – Maryland, OL/DL Noah Sansalone – Bucknell

Offense:  Vineland runs a multiple shotgun set and returns four starters.  Starting at quarterback is junior Ryan Shelton (6-2, 185), who started on defense and will only play offense this year.  The running back will be junior Nahzir Broome (5-10, 175) and senior De’Andre Tull-Kennedy (5-10, 185) and freshman Anthony Arthur (5-9, 160) will also play.

Returning at slot back is senior JP Garcia (5-7, 160), while senior Anthony Reyes (5-11, 220) returns for his third year at tight end.  Also starting are sophomore Jonathan Toney (5-8, 158) at slot back and juniors Tyreem Powell (6-4, 185) and Conrad Jackson (6-0, 195) at wide receiver.

The line returns two starters in senior four-year starter Mike Bokma (6-0, 265) at center and senior Shane Ecker (6-0, 240) at left guard.  Left tackle belongs to sophomore David Dutra (6-2, 250). While the right side has senior Brandon Roldan (5-10, 260) at guard and senior Brandon Anderson (6-0, 250) at tackle.

Defense:  The Fighting Clan runs a 3-3 stack and return five starters.  The nose guard is senior George Robinson (5-10, 250) and the ends are senior Jhamir Malloy (6-0, 245) and sophomore Kevon Williams (5-10, 240).  Rotating at nose guard will be senior Elizah Jones (5-10, 350), who started last year. Also rotating at end are Bokma and sophomore Demarcus Rivers (6-1, 315).

All three inside linebackers are returning starters, Reyes, senior Phil Blackwell (5-9, 190), and Groome; Reyes being a four-year starter moving from the line.  On the outside, senior Isaiah Blakely (5-10, 180) returns and the opposite linebacker will be senior Trust Cooper (5-11, 200).

The corners have Tull-Kennedy on one side and the other being shared by senior Otis Harold (5-8, 140) and Garcia.  Powell will be the free safety, where Shelton played before becoming the quarterback.

Special Teams:  Junior Robert Aparicio returns at kicker, but he has been injured and is in a battle with sophomore Henry Garton.  The punter is senior Nate Schnell, while junior Syncere Gaye (5-6, 145) and Tull-Kennedy are the return men.


Friday, 8/31, Williamstown at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/7, at Atlantic City, 6 PM
Friday, 9/14, at Lenape, 6 PM
Friday, 9/21, Timber Creek at home, 6 PM
Friday, 9/28, Trenton at home, 6 PM
Saturday, 10/6, at St. Joe’s (Hammonton), 2 PM
Friday, 10/12, at Rancocas Valley, 7 PM
Saturday, 10/20, Washington Township, 2 PM
10/26-27, Bye Week
Thursday, 11/22, Millville at home, 10:30 AM

Recruits:  Reyes and Bokma are D2/D3 candidates.

In the junior class, Powell is a 1-A prospect who has an offer from Temple.  Both Shelton and Jackson have very good potential.

Concerns:  Lack of varsity experience.

Coach’s Comments:  “We have a great bunch of kids who work hard and learned a lot from our last two classes.  We’re looking forward to our new schedule and giving the community a team they can be proud of.” – Head Coach Dan Russo

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