Post 846 – Team Preview 2022: Eastside (Paterson) Ghosts

Eastside (Paterson) Ghosts  

2021: 

  • 8-4
  • Lost to Clifton in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 5 finals
  • Beat Union by forfeit in the semifinals and Bridgewater-Raritan in the first round 
  • Scored 245 points: 22.27 average – not including forfeited game 
  • Allowed 100 points: 9.09 average, including three shutouts – not including forfeited game 
  • Wins included Old Tappan, Hackensack, and Passaic Valley 
  • Losses were to Clifton, Northern Highlands, and Passaic Tech 

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Ahsin Jacobs – American International 
  • DL/TE Jahsin Jacobs – American International 
  • RB/LB Amir Smith – American International 
  • OL Jahi Riley – Norfolk State 
  • TE/DL Jair Stewart – St. Mary’s (Missouri) 
  • OL/DL Arthur Edmonds – Eastern U 
  • DL Amier Steele – Post U 
  • DB Junor Butto – Post U 
  • DB Khyiene Colter – Post U 
  • DL Marquay Cobb – Lackawanna (Pa JUCO) 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 3 

Quarterback: 

  • Carnel Goodwin, Senior, 6-0, 180 – returning starter 

Running Back: 

  • Frank Ventura, Senior, 5-10, 195 – projected starter; started on defense
  • Elijah Carroll, Senior, 5-7, 160 – will see time here; returning starter as slot receiver 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Elijah Carroll, Senior, 5-7, 160 – 3-year starter as the slot receiver and will also see time at running back 
  • Jamar Robinson, Sophomore, 5-11, 160 – projected starter at slot receiver 
  • Samar Harrison, Senior, 6-4-½, 215 – projected starter at h-back; saw time at wide receiver and started on defense 
  • Rodney Byrd, Senior, 6-3, 195 – projected starter; saw time and was injured in the fourth game 
  • Nyreek Clyburn, Junior, 6-3, 230 – part of three-man rotation; started on defense
  • Messiah McCullom, Junior, 5-10, 175 – part of three-man rotation 
  • Jahiem Best, Senior, 5-10, 185 – part of three-man rotation; started on defense 
  • Kyron Gilbert, Senior, 5-7, 185 – part of rotation in the slot  

Offensive Line: 

  • Malachi Bethea, Junior, 6-4, 285 – returning starter at left tackle 
  • Rayvon Jenkins, Junior, 5-9, 250 – projected starter at left guard 
  • Jared Edwards, Sophomore, 5-10, 245 – projected starter at center 
  • Taiwan Davis, Senior, 6-3, 270 – projected starter at right guard 
  • Sonny Vierra, Senior, 6-1, 255 – projected starter at right tackle 

Defense: 

  • Formation: Multiple 4-3 
  • Returning Starters: 7 

Defensive Line: 

  • Nyreek Clyburn, Junior, 6-3, 230 – 3-year starter at end 
  • Nehemiah Green, Junior, 6-2, 220 – projected starter at end 
  • Taiwan Davis, Senior, 6-3, 270 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Rayvon Jenkins, Junior, 5-9, 250 – projected starter at tackle  

Linebacker: 

  • Frank Ventura, Senior, 5-10, 195 – returning starter in the middle 
  • Samar Harrison, Senior, 6-4-½, 215 – returning starter on the outside 
  • Jahon Shivers, Senior, 5-10, 220 – projected starter on the outside; part of last year’s rotation 
  • Zaire WIlliams, Junior, 5-10, 180 – part of rotation on outside 
  • Jordan Reams, Junior, 5-10, 190 – part of rotation on outside 
  • Frank Anwuah, Sophomore, 5-11, 220 – part of rotation in the middle and may see action up front 

Secondary: 

  • Carnel Goodwin, Senior, 6-0, 180 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Exavier Cuevas, Sophomore, 5-9, 170 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Elijah Carroll, Senior, 5-7, 160 – returning starter who will be part of rotation 
  • Jahiem Best, Senior, 5-10, 185 – returning starter at safety 
  • Rodney Byrd, Senior, 6-3, 195 – returning starter at safety 
  • Kyron Gilbert, Senior, 5-7, 185 – part of rotation at safety 

Special Teams: 

  • Senior Jahiem Best returns at punter while kicker is undecided 
  • Carroll and others will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/2, at Rancocas Valley 
  • Saturday, 9/10, Columbia at home 
  • Friday, 9/16, Clifton at Kean University 
  • Friday, 9/23, at Passaic 
  • Saturday, 10/1, Ridgewood at home 
  • Friday, 10/7, at Old Tappan 
  • Friday, 10/14, Hackensack at home 
  • Friday, 10/21, at Passaic Tech 
  • Wednesday, 11/23, Kennedy at home 

Concerns: 

  • New faces on the defensive line, especially when it comes to stopping the run 

Recruiting: 

  • Goodwin has interest from Syracuse, along with 1-A and 1-AA; he is a National Honor Society student 
  • Harrison has interest from Temple and William & Mary; he is a player who is coming into his own
  • Carroll is a 1-AA/D2 candidate 
  • Byrd and Best are anywhere from 1-AA to D3 \
  • Ventura could go D2, D3, NAIA, or sprint football 
  • Others need a good year 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Clyburn has offers from Rutgers and Monmouth and may be picking up some Power-5 offers 
  • Bethea can be 1-AA or 1-A
  • Others will have the opportunity to prove it 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We lost a lot of talent, but we can be better because of improved depth. We’re very fast and may be faster as a team. Our quarterback has a year of experience and that is helpful.” – Head Coach James Magazine 

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