Post 868 – Team Preview 2022: Rahway Indians

Rahway Indians

2021: 

  • 4-5
  • Lost to Somerville in the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs 
  • Scored 204 points: 20.20 average 
  • Allowed 270 points: 27.00 average 
  • Wins included Hillside, Carteret,and Warren Hills 
  • Losses included Donovan Catholic, Somerville, and Summit 

Graduation: 

  • RB/DB Zaon Laney – New Haven 
  • FB/LB Dominic Innocent – New Haven 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple 
  • Returning Starters: 7 

Quarterback: 

  • Amir Robinson, Senior, 6-1, 170 – returning starter 

Running Back: 

  • Trevor Delapara, Junior, 5-1, 185 – competing 
  • Andrew Avent, Freshman, 6-0, 190 – competing 
  • Jerry Derilus, Senior, 5-8, 170 – competing 
  • Jakaii WIlson, Junior, 5-9, 165 – competing 

Fullback (situational):  

  • Terrance Avent, Junior, 5-11, 205 – competing 
  • Kai Fish, Sophomore, 5-10, 245 – competing 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Kyle Hall, Senior, 6-0, 185 – 3-year starter 
  • Khadir Love, Senior, 5-10, 160 – returning starter 
  • Jon Melo, Senior, 5-11, 160 – part of rotation 
  • Marquis Diggs, Junior, 6-0, 165 – part of rotation 
  • Amir Wilks, Senior, 5-8, 140 – part of rotation in the slot 

Tight End: 

  • Austin Tilton, Senior, 6-1, 185 – competing 
  • Jaylen Thermitus, Junior, 6-1, 240 – competing 
  • Mikal Stephenson, Junior, 6-3, 220 – competing 

Offensive Line: 

  • Marc Osias, Senior, 6-1, 365 – returning starter at right tackle 
  • Jalen Barnes, Senior, 6-3, 250 – returning starter at right guard and could end up at left tackle 
  • Erik Vasquez, Senior, 5-9, 285 – returning starter at center 
  • Brian Fish, Senior, 5-10, 280 – returning starter at left guard 
  • Ray Giaccobe, Junior, 6-4, 230 – started late in the year at left tackle 
  • Jaylin Dort, Senior, 5-9, 240 – competing at guard 

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-2-5 
  • Returning Starters: 3 

Defensive Line: 

  • Jalen Barnes, Senior, 6-3, 250 – returning starter at end 
  • Terrance Avent, Junior, 5-11, 205 – competing at end; possibly rotating 
  • Austin Tilton, Senior, 6-1, 185 – competing at end; possibly rotating 
  • Brian Fish, Senior, 5-10, 280 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Kai Fish, Sophomore, 5-10, 245 – projected starter at tackle; started several games 
  • Richie Walker, Junior, 6-3, 305 – competing at tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Kyle Hall, Senior, 6-0, 185 – 3-year starter on inside 
  • Trevor Delapara, Junior, 5-1, 185 – projected starter on inside; started late in year
  • Andrew Avent, Freshman, 6-0, 190 – competing on strong side 
  • Jerry Derilus, Senior, 5-8, 170 – competing on strong side  

Secondary: 

  • Marquis Diggs, Junior, 6-0, 165 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Khadir Love, Senior, 5-10, 160 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Jalen Rogers, Junior, 6-2, 175 – pushing for time at cornerback 
  • Amir Wilks, Senior, 5-8, 140 – projected starter at free safety; started some games 
  • Jon Melo, Senior, 5-11, 160 – competing at strong safety 
  • Jakaii WIlson, Junior, 5-9, 165 – competing at strong safety 
  • Brian Davorson, Junior, 5-8, 165 – competing at strong safety 

Special Teams: 

  • Sophomore Tony Verez will be the kicker and punter 
  • The return men will be decided in camp 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/2, Linden at home 
  • Saturday, 9/10, at Lincoln 
  • Friday, 9/16, at Scotch Plains-Fanwood 
  • Saturday, 9/24, at Summit 
  • Friday, 9/30, Cranford at home 
  • Friday, 10/7, at St. Thomas Aquinas 
  • Friday, 10/14, Carteret at home 
  • Friday, 10/21, Colonia at home  

Concerns: 

  • Finding the right running back to replace Laney 

Recruiting: 

  • Hall has an offer from Sacred Heart 
  • Barnes is 1-AA/D2 
  • Love and Robinson are probably D3 prospects
  • The offensive line has intriguing players, including Brian Fish 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Delapara is the top junior 
  • Kai Fish is the top sophomore 
  • Andrew Avent may be a 1-A/Power-5 recruit 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We’re pleased with the way the season ended after starting 0-3. We have five linemen returning as well as our quarterback and the defense is promising. There will also be a lot of young kids competing.” – Head Coach Brian Russo 

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