Post 933 – Team Preview 2022: South Brunswick Vikings

South Brunswick Vikings 

2021: 

  • 4-5 
  • No post-season 
  • Scored 208 points: 23.11 average 
  • Allowed 215 points: 23.89 average 

Graduation: 

  • WR/DB Brian Rawls – Colgate 
  • RB/DE Omar Abdelaziz – Wagner 
  • OL/DL Joe Taikina – Wagner 

Offense: 

  • Formation: Triple Option
  • Returning Starters: 5 

Quarterback: 

  • Vince Jairdullo, Senior, 6-0, 185 – 3-year starter 

Running Back: 

  • Jacob Brokaw, Senior, 6-1, 170 – returning starter at fullback, moving from wide receiver 
  • Mekhi Baker, Senior, 5-7, 160 – provides depth at fullback 
  • Khiri Summers, Senior, 6-1, 190 – 3-year starter at halfback, moving from wide receiver 
  • Braden Paulmenn, Junior, 5-11, 190 – projected starter at halfback; started on defense 
  • Jayden Davis, Freshman, 5-7, 140 – will spell the starting halfbacks 
  • Darren Rodman, Senior, 5-11, 150 – will spell the starting halfbacks 
  • Jeylon Billups, Freshman, 5-8, 180 – will spell the starting halfbacks 

Wide Receiver: 

  • Damrion Potts, Senior, 6-1, 180 – 3-year starter 
  • Jalen Jackson, Senior, 6-0, 170 – projected starter; started on defense  

Offensive Line: 

  • Ryan Rubin, Junior, 6-0, 200 – projected starter at center 
  • Matt Pierre, Junior, 6-2, 240 – returning starter at guard
  • Nicolas Papandreou, Junior, 5-9, 230 – projected starter at guard 
  • Greg Sledge, Junior, 6-1, 245 – part of 3-man rotation at the two tackles 
  • Dason Boateng, Sophomore, 6-2, 185 – part of 3-man rotation at the two tackles 
  • Xavier Lynch, Junior, 6-1, 230 – part of 3-man rotation at the two tackles 
  • Mickey Kurilla, Senior, 5-10, 175 – provides depth at tackle 

Defense: 

  • Formation: 3-3 Stack
  • Returning Starters: 4 

Defensive Line: 

  • Matt Pierre, Junior, 6-2, 240 – projected starter at nose guard 
  • Raffieu Deen, Senior, 5-11, 205 – projected starter, rotating between end and middle linebacker; started two games 
  • Chisom Asonye, Sophomore, 6-1, 185 – projected starter,  rotating between end and middle linebacker; started five games 
  • Ryan Rubin, Junior, 6-0, 200 – part of rotation at opposite end 
  • Greg Sledge, Junior, 6-1, 245 – part of rotation at opposite end 
  • Xavier Lynch, Junior, 6-1, 230 – part of rotation at opposite end 

Linebacker: 

  • Raffieu Deen, Senior, 5-11, 205 – projected starter, rotating between middle linebacker and end; started two games 
  • Chisom Asonye, Sophomore, 6-1, 185 – projected starter, rotating between middle linebacker and end; started five games 
  • Braden Paulmenn, Junior, 5-11, 190 – returning starter on outside 
  • Mekhi Baker, Senior, 5-7, 160 – projected starter on outside 
  • Xavier Hullum, Junior, 6-3, 175 – part of rotation 

Secondary: 

  • Jacob Brokaw, Senior, 6-1, 170 – returning starter at free safety 
  • Jalen Jackson, Senior, 6-0, 170 – returning starter at safety 
  • Vince Jairdullo, Senior, 6-0, 185 – projected starter at safety 
  • Shawn Schneider, Junior, 5-7, 145 – will rotate for Jairdullo at safety 
  • Damrion Potts, Senior, 6-1, 180 – 3-year starter at cornerback 
  • Darren Rodman, Senior, 5-11, 150 – projected starter at cornerback 

Special Teams: 

  • Senior Alex Mandryk will be the kicker and junior Matt Grzelak is the punter 
  • Brokaw, Davis, and sophomore Kaden Antoine (5-8, 165) are the return men 

Schedule: 

  • Thursday, 9/1, at North Brunswick 
  • Friday, 9/9, Old Bridge at home 
  • Friday, 9/16, at East Brunswick 
  • Friday, 9/23, Piscataway at home 
  • Friday, 9/30, at Monroe 
  • Friday, 10/7, Ridge at home 
  • Friday, 10/14, at Edison 
  • Friday, 10/21, Somerville at home 

Concerns: 

  • Inexperienced line with no seniors: how quick do both lines gel? 

Recruiting: 

  • Potts, Brokaw, and Summers and anywhere from 1-AA to D3 
  • Jairdullo is D2/D3 
  • Underclassmen: 
  • Pierre has been doing a good job up front 
  • Paulmenn is a prospect 
  • Davis and Billups are freshmen with potential 

Coach’s Comments: 

“The schedule is very challenging, picking up Ridge and Somerville. We have to be ready to play every week. We’ve been improving and the kids are adjusting to the triple option. We have experience at the skill positions, but not on the lines.” – Head Coach Joe Goerge

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