Post 827 – Team Preview 2022: West Orange Mountaineers

West Orange Mountaineers  

2021: 

  • 7-4
  • Lost to East Orange in the North Jersey Section 1 Group 5 semi-finals
  • Beat Westfield in the first round 
  • Scored 288 points: 26.18 average 
  • Allowed 185 points: 16.82 average 
  • Wins included Union City, Montclair, and Columbia 
  • Losses were to St. Peter’s Prep, East Orange, and Irvington 

Graduation: 

  • WR Mahki Green – Monmouth 
  • WR/DB Jared Massay – Army 
  • OL/DL Jasuah Philemon – Lehigh 
  • OL/DL Quayon Gordon – Delaware State 
  • LB Gavin Rembert – East Coast Prep 
  • DE Sean Tandy – East Stroudsburg 
  • LB J’Ameer Brutus – Pace 
  • WR Elijah Matos – Fordham 
  • OL Corey Dishman – Sussex County Community College 
  • LB Matt Bove – Illinois Tech for baseball 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 5 

Quarterback: 

  • Amir Stewart, Senior, 5-9, 165 – competing 
  • Quran Ali, Senior, 5-11, 175 – competing 

Running Back: 

  • Jehki Williams, Senior, 5-11, 210 – returning starter 
  • Rayel Hunter, Junior,  5-9, 185 – will spell Williams and also play wide receiver 
  • Adonis White, Junior, 5-8, 165 – will see time and also play slot receiver 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Jarvis Jones, Senior, 6-2, 175 – returning starter 
  • Saboor Karriem, Senior, 6-3, 180 – returning starter 
  • Matt Barrino, Senior, 5-9, 170 – projected starter in the slot 
  • Adonis White, Junior, 5-8, 165 – will spell Barino when not playing running back 
  • Rayel Hunter, Junior,  5-9, 185 – will have reps when not playing running back 
  • I’yan Gainer, Sophomore, 5-9, 155 – will be part of the rotation 

Tight End: 

  • Zekai Wimberly, Junior, 6-2, 220 – projected starter 
  • Terrell Wilfong, Sophomore, 6-3, 165 – will spell Wimberly 

Offensive Line: 

  • Mason Malloy, Senior, 6-1, 240 – returning starter at center 
  • Jay Straker, Senior, 6-3, 315 – returning starter at left guard 
  • Brandon Green, Senior, 6-2, 300 – returning starter at right guard, moving from right tackle 
  • Gensley Auguste, Senior, 6-6, 280 – projected starter at left tackle; started on defense 
  • Carlos Henriquez, Senior, 6-3, 270 – frontrunner at right tackle 
  • Jesse Onechi, Senior, 6-7, 275 – competing at right tackle 
  • Jake Jeffey, Junior, 5-11, 230 – will spell players along the line or act as an extra tight end 

Defense: 

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

Defensive Line: 

  • Gensley Auguste, Senior, 6-6, 280 – returning starter at end 
  • Jake Jeffey, Junior, 5-11, 230 – projected starter at end 
  • Jahid Salaam, Sophomore, 5-11, 300 – projected starter at nose guard 
  • Mason Malloy, Senior, 6-1, 240 – will rotate along the line 
  • Brandon Green, Senior, 6-2, 300 – will rotate along the line 
  • Jay Straker, Senior, 6-3, 315 – will rotate along the line 

Inside (Stack) Linebackers: 

  • Zekai Wimberly, Junior, 6-2, 220 – projected starter in the middle 
  • Jekhi Williams, Senior, 5-11, 210 – projected starter on the strong side 
  • Chris Barrino, Sophomore, 5-11, 205 – projected starter on the weak side 
  • Kesley Romelion, Senior, 6-1, 185 – part of the rotation 
  • Al Newsome, Senior, 5-10, 205 – part of the rotation 
  • Christian St. Giles, Senior, 6-1, 230 – part of the rotation 

Secondary: 

  • Saboor Karriem, Senior, 6-3, 180 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Matt Barrino, Senior, 5-9, 170 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Jarvis Jones, Senior, 6-2, 175 – returning starter at free safety 
  • Myles Snead, Junior, 5-10, 180 – returning starter at one strong safety 
  • Elijah Pean, Senior, 5-10, 180 – projected starter at other strong safety 
  • I’yan Gainer, Sophomore, 5-9, 155 – part of the rotation 
  • Raza Stanley, Junior, 5-9, 160 – part of the rotation 
  • Bryce Davis, Sophomore, 5-9, 155 – part of the rotation 

Special Teams: 

  • Senior Samuel Godinez returns at kicker and Wilfong has experience at punter 
  • Karriem, White, and Hunter will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/2, Montclair at Montclair State 
  • Friday, 9/9, at Bloomfield
  • Friday, 9/16, Passaic Tech at home
  • Friday, 9/23, at Mount Olive
  • Friday, 9/30, Bayonne at home
  • Friday, 10/7, East Orange at home
  • Friday, 10/14, at North Bergen
  • Friday, 10/21, Irvington at home 

Concerns: 

  • Quarterback is the only position on the team that is unproven  

Recruiting: 

  • Auguste verballed to Georgia Tech 
  • Jones verballed to UConn 
  • Karriem has 25 offers, including Duke, Boston College, Pitt, and Illinois 
  • Straker has Wagner, Sacred Heart, Bryant, and Lehigh interested in him 
  • Jehki Williams has interest from William & Mary 
  • Malloy draws interest from Bryant, Sacred Heart, and Pace 
  • Green has interest from Marist and Lincoln 
  • Barrino has Monmouth and D2 interest 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Wimberly has an Ole Miss offer with Boston College, Syracuse and Notre Dame interested 
  • Others have to prove it on the field 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We’re in year four of our program; we’re entrenched and we’re excited to see what we can do.” – Head Coach Darnell Grant 

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