Post 867 – Team Preview 2022: Phillipsburg Stateliners

Phillipsburg Stateliners  

2021: 

  • 7-5 
  • Lost to Clifton in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 5 semifinals after beating Union City in the first round 
  • Scored 220 points for a 20.00 average – does not include a forfeit 
  • Allowed 120 points: 10.91 average – does not include forfeit 
  • Wins included Ridge, Westfield, and Hunterdon Central 
  • Losses were to St. Joe’s (Montvale), Easton (Pa.), Hillsborough, and Bridgewater-Raritan 

Graduation: 

  • QB/LB Jakhye McLean – Delaware Valley 
  • DE Tim Pherson – Susquehanna 
  • OL/DL Mulik Warren – Wilkes 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple-I 
  • Returning Starters: 7 

Quarterback: 

  • Nick Stettner, Junior, 6-0, 175 – competing 
  • Luke Brogan, Junior, 6-1, 195 – competing 
  • Jett Genovese, Sophomore, 5-11, 185 – competing 
  • Patrick Day, Junior, 5-9, 175 – competing 

Running Back: 

  • Xavier Moore, Senior, 5-11, 170 – returning starter 
  • Isaiah Jackson, Senior, 5-11, 170 – will spell Moore 
  • Jayson Garcia, Senior, 5-8, 160 – will spell Moore 

Fullback: 

  • John Wargo, Junior, 5-11, 230 – returning co-starter 
  • Caleb Rivera, Junior, 6-0, 190 – returning co-starter 
  • Marv Shabi, Junior, 5-10, 190 – pushing for time 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Cameron Bohal, Junior, 6-0, 165 – returning starter 
  • Kevin Burgess, Junior, 6-0, 175 – returning starter 
  • Matthew Scerbo, Sophomore, 6-1, 175 – projected starter 
  • Ryan Dech, Senior, 5-9, 170 – part of rotation 

Tight End: 

  • Connor Hille, Senior, 6-2, 185 – returning starter 

Offensive Line: 

  • Kassym Domond, Senior, 5-11, 210 – returning starter at left tackle 
  • Qian Walters, Senior, 6-2, 230 – returning starter at left guard 
  • Dylan York, Senior, 5-10, 190 – projected starter at center; saw action at guard 
  • Gifton Friday-Johnson, Junior, 5-8, 210 – projected starter at right guard 
  • Bohdan James-Frutchey, Senior, 5-11, 215 – competing at right tackle 
  • Colin Higgins, Junior, 6-1, 220 – competing at right tackle 
  • Brandon Wyant, Senior, 5-10, 190 – competing at right tackle 
  • Bennie Coury, Sophomore, 510, 210 – competing at right tackle 

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-4 
  • Returning Starters: 6 

Defensive Line: 

  • Hunter Cleaver, Senior, 5-11, 170 – returning starter at end 
  • Kassym Domond, Senior, 5-11, 210 – competing at opposite end 
  • Caleb Rivera, Junior, 6-0, 190 – competing at opposite end 
  • Gifton Friday-Johnson, Junior, 5-8, 210 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Qian Walters, Senior, 6-2, 230 – competing at other tackle 
  • Brandon Wyant, Senior, 5-10, 190 – competing at other tackle 
  • Jack Regan, Junior, 5-11, 215 – competing at other tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Connor Hille, Senior, 6-2, 185 – returning starter on outside 
  • Ryan Dech, Senior, 5-9, 170 – competing at other outside linebacker 
  • Patrick Day, Junior, 5-9, 175 – competing at other outside linebacker 
  • Liam Slack, Senior, 5-10, 195 – projected starter on the inside 
  • Marv Shabi, Junior, 5-10, 190 – competing at other inside linebacker 
  • John Wargo, Junior, 5-11, 230 – competing at other inside linebacker 
  • Jett Genovese, Sophomore, 5-11, 185 – competing at other inside linebacker 
  • Ricky Krouse, Junior, 5-10, 180 – competing at other inside linebacker  

Secondary: 

  • Kevin Burgess, Junior, 6-0, 175 – returning starter at free safety 
  • Cameron Bohal, Junior, 6-0, 165 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Xavier Moore, Senior, 5-11, 170 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Matthew Scerbo, Sophomore, 6-1, 175 – part of rotation 
  • Jayson Garcia, Senior, 5-8, 160 – part of rotation 
  • Isaiah Jackson, Senior, 5-11, 170 – part of rotation 

Special Teams: 

  • Kicker and punter have not been decided 
  • Burgess, Moore, and Scerbo will be the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/2, at Sayreville 
  • Friday, 9/9, at Ridge 
  • Friday, 9/16, North Hunterson at home 
  • Friday, 9/23, Hillsborough at home 
  • Friday, 9/30, at Hunterdon Central 
  • Friday, 10/7, Bridgewater-Raritan at home 
  • Friday, 10/14, Union at home 
  • Friday, 10/21, at East Brunswick 
  • Thursday, 11/24, Easton (Pa.) at Lafayette University 

Concerns: 

  • Kicker and punter 

Recruiting: 

  • Moore has received interest from Sacred Heart and Stony Brook 
  • The other seniors are D3 prospects 
  • It is too early to determine the underclassmen 

Coach’s Comments: 

“It’s always exciting to be restarting. We have a quarterback competition with guys we feel good about to go with our other skill players. We also feel good about our offensive line. There is good leadership and our defense should be good, especially in the secondary, where all three starters return.” – Head Coach Frank Duffy 

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