Post 906 – Team Preview 2022: St. John Vianney Lancers

St. John Vianney Lancers 

2021: 

  • 4-7 
  • Lost to Seton Hall Prep in the Non-Public A playoffs 
  • Scored 235 points: 21.36 average 
  • Allowed 249 points: 22.64 average 
  • Wins included Freehold Boro, Toms River South, Howell, and Toms River East 
  • Losses included Donovan Catholic, Manalapan, Long Branch, and Toms River North 

Graduation: 

  • DB Corey Pitts – Marist 
  • LB Joey Abarno – Salve Regina 
  • WR/DB Isaac Montalvo – Susquehanna 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Wing-T 
  • Returning Starters: 4 

Quarterback: 

  • Mike Foley, Senior, 6-4, 215 – competing; started on defense  
  • Aaron Van Trease, Senior, 5-10, 175 – competing; started on defense  

Running Back: 

  • Luca Minardo, Junior, 5-10, 195 – competing at fullback 
  • Christain Buchanan, Senior, 5-11, 215 – competing at fullback; started on defense  
  • Kyle Verriest, Senior, 6-0, 185 – 4-year starter at halfback, moving from wide receiver 
  • Nick Galamb, Senior, 5-8, 175 – competing at other halfback 
  • Joey Marcello, Junior, 5-9, 175 – competing at other halfback 
  • Pearson Barc, Senior, 5-9, 185 – provides depth at halfback  

Wide Receiver: 

  • Kyle Pettus, Senior, 6-1, 180 – projected starter 
  • Jack Farah, Senior, 5-10, 180 – projected starter; started on defense  

Tight End (Situational): 

  • Mike McCormack, Sophomore, 6-0, 190 – will play often 

Offensive Line: 

  • Tim O’Dowd, Senior, 6-2, 255 – returning starter at left tackle, moving from guard 
  • Myles Byrd-Rice, Junior, 6-0, 245 – projected starter at left guard; started on defense 
  • Zach Scully, Senior, 6-0, 235 – 3-year starter at center 
  • Ryan Buchanan, Junior, 6-1, 265 – projected starter at right guard; saw action 
  • Andrew Chemo, Senior, 6-2, 265 – returning starter at tackle, moving from guard 
  • Matthew DeFelice, Senior, 6-4, 265 – sixth man along the line 

Defense: 

  • Formation: Multiple 4-3 
  • Returning Starters: 8 

Defensive Line: 

  • Elijah Portales, Senior, 5-11, 215 – returning starter at end 
  • Myles Byrd-Rice, Junior, 6-0, 245 – returning starter at end 
  • Ryan Buchanan, Junior, 6-1, 265 – projected starter at tackle; saw action 
  • Andrew Chemo, Senior, 6-2, 265 – returning starter at tackle 
  • Tim O’Dowd, Senior, 6-2, 255 – part of rotation at tackle 
  • Matthew DeFelice, Senior, 6-4, 265 – part of rotation at tackle 
  • Zach Scully, Senior, 6-0, 235 – part of rotation at end 
  • Nicco Aquilone, Sophomore, 6-1, 185 – part of rotation at end 

Linebacker: 

  • Mike Foley, Senior, 6-4, 215 – returning starter on outside 
  • Christain Buchanan, Senior, 5-11, 215 – returning starter in middle 
  • Tommy Cleary, Senior, 60-, 185 – projected starter on outside 
  • Luca Minardo, Junior, 5-10, 195 – part of rotation 
  • Mike McCormack, Sophomore, 6-0, 190 – part of rotation 

Secondary: 

  • Jack Farah, Senior, 5-10, 180 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Aaron Van Trease, Senior, 5-10, 175 – returning starter at cornerback 
  • Kyle Verriest, Senior, 6-0, 185 – 3-year starter at safety 
  • Nick Galamb, Senior, 5-8, 175 – competing at other safety  
  • Joey Marcello, Junior, 5-9, 175 – competing at other safety  
  • Dirk Hohenkirk, Sophomore, 5-11, 175 – part of rotation at safety and cornerback 

Special Teams: 

  • Sophomore Mike McCormack is the punter and he is competing with sophomore Brendan Allen at kicker 
  • Galamb and sophomore Jay Griffith (5-8, 155) are the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Saturday, 8/27, Red Bank Catholic at Ocean City 
  • Saturday, 9/3, at Colts Neck 
  • Friday, 9/9, at Holmdel 
  • Friday, 9/16, Monmouth at home 
  • Friday, 9/23, Manasquan at home 
  • Saturday, 10/1, at Marlboro 
  • Friday, 10/7, Raritan at home 
  • 10/14-15, Bye Week 
  • Friday, 10/21, Point Pleasant Boro at home 

Concerns: 

  • Playing one game at a time 
  • Recapturing the glory years from 2014-2017 
  • Keep fighting back, no matter the situation 

Recruiting: 

  • Verriest has an offer from Saint Anselm plus other interest 
  • Christian Buchanan has interest from Stonehill 
  • Others are the D2/D3 variety 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • The top juniors may be Byrd-Rice and Ryan Buchanan 
  • Aquilone, Hohenkirk, and McCormack are the top sophomores 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We’re excited and the kids are working hard. We are trying to get back to where we were about 5-7 years ago. We have a tough opening opponent in Red Bank Catholic this weekend, but it’s a good opportu\nity on a big stage.” – Head Coach Jeff Papcun

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