Post 915 – Team Preview 2022: Hillsborough Raiders

Hillsborough Raiders 

2021: 

  • 13-0 
  • Won the South Jersey Group 5 regional championship by beating Kingsway 
  • Won the Central Jersey Group 5 championship by beating North Brunswick in the finals, Williamstown in the semifinals, and New Brunswick in the first round 
  • Scored 482 points: 37.08 average 
  • Allowed 132 points: 10.15 average, including two shutouts 
  • Wins included Phillipsburg, North Brunswick, Ridge, Bridgewater-Raritan, Westfield, and Old Bridge 

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Thomas Amankwaa – Rutgers 
  • TE/DE Will Dixon – West Virginia 
  • QB James Mazuera – Wilkes 
  • DB Matthew Omofa – Pittsburgh as a walk-on 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Multiple Spread 
  • Returning Starters: 2 

Quarterback: 

  • Ryan Tasetano, Senior, 5-9, 1555 – projected starter 

Running Back: 

  • Dominic Monsorno, Senior, 5-9, 170 – will share duties 
  • Shayne Powell, Junior, 6-0, 210 – will share duties 
  • Jackson Jankowicz, Sophomore, 5-9, 175 – will share duties 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Shane Donoghue, Senior, 6-0, 190 – returning starter 
  • Kevin Shelton, Senior, 5-10, 170 – projected starter; started on defense 
  • Jack O’Donnell, Senior, 5-10, 175 – projected starter; saw action  
  • James Ruh, Junior, 5-10, 165 – part of the rotation 
  • Zion Harrison, Junior, 6-3, 180 – part of the rotation 

Tight End: 

  • Billy Meszaros, Senior, 6-1, 210 – projected starter; saw action 

Offensive Line: 

  • Logan Press, Senior, 6-2, 210 – projected starter at left tackle 
  • Gianni Santonastaso, Senior, 5-10, 200 – projected starter at left guard 
  • Jon Mickelsen, Junior, 6-0, 210 – projected starter at center 
  • Christian Quandt, Senior, 5-10, 245 – returning starter at right guard 
  • Brandon Lobelo, Senior, 6-0, 220 – projected starter at right tackle 

Defense: 

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

Defensive Line: 

  • Logan Press, Senior, 6-2, 210 – projected starter at end 
  • Shane Donoghue, Senior, 6-0, 190 – projected starter at end; saw action 
  • Christian Quandt, Senior, 5-10, 245 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Bryan Nastawa, Senior, 5-10, 240 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Ryan Vladyka, Senior, 5-11, 260 – part of rotation at tackle 
  • Gianni Santonastaso, Senior, 5-10, 200 – part of rotation at end 

Linebacker: 

  • Jonathan Lobelo, Senior, Junior, 5-10, 215 – returning starter on inside 
  • Billy Meszaros, Senior, 6-1, 210 – projected starter on inside; played often  
  • Joe Witcoski, Senior, 5-11, 195 – projected starter on outside; saw action  
  • Shayne Powell, Junior, 6-0, 210 – projected starter on outside 
  • Peter Quandt, Senior, 5-10, 195 – part of outside rotation 

Secondary: 

  • Kevin Shelton, Senior, 5-10, 170 – returning starter at safety 
  • Tyler Van Cleef, Junior, 5-10, 180 – returning starter at safety, moving from linebacker 
  • Jackson Jankowicz, Sophomore, 5-9, 175 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Jack O’Donnell, Senior, 5-10, 175 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Ryan Tasetano, Senior, 5-9, 155 – returning starter who will be on a rotational basis now that he is playing quarterback  

Special Teams: 

  • Senior Sam Meecham returns at kicker and senior Joey DiIorio will punt 
  • The return game is undecided 

Schedule: 

  • Thursday, 9/1, East Brunswick at home 
  • Friday, 9/9, at Bridgewater-Raritan 
  • Friday, 9/16, Ridge at home 
  • Friday, 9/23, at Phillipsburg 
  • Friday, 9/30, Union at home 
  • Friday, 10/7, Hunterdon Central at home 
  • Friday, 10/14, at Somerville 
  • Saturday, 10/22, at Westfield 

Concerns: 

  • Filling in for so many good players on an undefeated team 

Recruiting: 

  • Shelton, Quandt, and Donoghue are d3 prospects 
  • Tasetano has an opportunity to play golf in college 
  • Others could end up playing D3 in college 
  • The underclassmen need to prove it on the field 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We hope to continue winning. We’re not as big or explosive as we were last year. We have the pieces to be a good defense and we like our running backs, while our quarterback is inexperienced, but smart. We have enough good players to win some games this year.” – Head Coach Kevin Carty, Jr. 

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