Post 925 – Team Preview 2022: St. Joe’s (Hammonton) Wildcats

St. Joe’s (Hammonton) Wildcats 

2021: 

  • 9-3 
  • Lost to Red Bank Catholic in the Non-Public B semifinals after beating St. Thomas Aquinas in the first round 
  • Scored 405 points: 33.75 average 
  • Allowed 180 points: 15.00 average 
  • Wins included Cherokee, Notre Dame, Kingsway, Washington Township, and Winslow 
  • Losses were to Holy Spirit and St. Augustine 

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Jahqir Haley – Sacred Heart 
  • OL/DL PJ Williams – Stonehill 
  • C Bryan Butkus – Fairleigh Dickison (Florham/Madison) 
  • FB Kevin Mayfield – Hudson Valley CC 
  • WR/DB Jahmeer Cartagena – Fullerton College (Cal.) 
  • QB/DB Ja’son Prevard – East Coast Prep 
  • RB/DB Cohl Mercado – Boston College for baseball 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Wing T 
  • Returning Starters: 2 

Quarterback: 

  • Jim Mantuano, Senior, 5-11, 185 – returning starter, moving from running back 
  • Ty Mercado, Junior, 5-8, 160 – provides depth when not playing running back 

Running Back: 

  • Richard Chandler, Senior, 5-10, 190 – projected starter at fullback 
  • Julius Townsel, Sophomore, 5-9, 175 – will also see action at fullback 
  • Jaevien Swain, Junior, 5-7, 170 – will share duties at halfback 
  • Ty Mercado, Junior, 5-8, 155 – will share duties at halfback 
  • Jahmaad Davis, Junior, 5-9, 175 – will share duties at halfback 
  • Nasir Mahmoud, Junior, 5-11, 170 – will share duties at halfback and split end 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Nasir Mahmoud, Junior, 5-11, 170 – projected starter; saw action 
  • James Steel, Sophomore, 6-2, 200 – will see action 

Tight End: 

  • Zach Cruet, Senior, 6-2, 200 – projected starter 

Offensive Line: 

  • Christian Glass, Senior, 6-0, 235 – projected starter at left tackle 
  • Vinnie Corona, Junior, 6-0, 250 – projected starter at left guard 
  • Dominic Daliz, Junior, 6-2, 290 – projected starter at center 
  • Demarion McCoy, Senior, 6-3=1-2, 265 – projected starter at right guard; saw action and started on defense 
  • Tyler Habersham, Junior, 6-6, 335 – returning starter at right tackle 

Defense: 

  • Formation: 4-3 base 
  • Returning Starters: 1 

Defensive Line: 

  • Demarion McCoy, Senior, 6-3=1-2, 265 – returning starter at end 
  • Devin Theophile, Senior, 6-4, 210 – competing at opposite end 
  • Others are competing at opposite end 
  • Christian Glass, Senior, 6-0, 235 – projected starter at tackle 
  • Tyler Habersham, Junior, 6-6, 335 – projected starter at tackle 

Linebacker: 

  • Zach Cruet, Senior, 6-2, 200 – projected starter on outside; saw action 
  • James Steel, Sophomore, 6-2, 200 – projected starter in middle 
  • Richard Chandler, Senior, 5-10, 190 – projected starter on outside; started four games and may start at end 
  • Julius Townsel, Sophomore, 5-9, 175 – competing on outside 
  • Julius WIlson, Sophomore, 6-1, 170 – competing on outside 
  • Jaevien Swain, Junior, 5-7, 170 – competing on outside 

Secondary: 

  • Jahmaad Davis, Junior, 5-9, 175 – projected starter at cornerback  
  • Nasir Mahmoud, Junior, 5-11, 170 – projected starter at cornerback 
  • Ty Mercado, Junior, 5-8, 155 – projected starter at safety 
  • The other safety is still open 

Special Teams: 

  • Senior Trevin DelGozzo returns at kicker and punter 
  • Townsel and Mahmoud are the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Friday, 9/2, at St. Augustine 
  • Saturday, 9/10, Holy Spirit at home 
  • 9/16-17, Bye week 
  • Saturday, 9/24, Willingboro at home 
  • Saturday, 10/1, at Cedar Creek 
  • Friday, 10/7, at Ocean City 
  • Friday, 10/14, at Lenape 
  • Saturday, 10/22, Delsea at home 
  • Thursday, 11/24, Winslow at home 

Concerns: 

  • Filling in the blanks – this is the hardest year this team has been hit by graduation since Paul Sacco has been coaching 

Recruiting: 

  • McKoy verballed to Lafayette 
  • Mantuano verballed to Fairleigh Dickinson for baseball  
  • Habersham has received some interest 
  • Cruet may play somewhere 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • The two best are Townsel and Steel 

Coach’s Comments: 

“We have a lot of work to do. We finished last year with 26 players, with twelve seniors: ten who started both ways. We will be playing young kids and they have been working hard.” – Head Coach Paul Sacco

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