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August 19, 20132012 In Review: The Vikings were 10-2, winning the Central Jersey Group 5 title by beating Manalapan, after beating Old Bridge and Hillsborough. They scored 352 points for a 29.33 average, while allowing 223 points for an 18.58 average. Wins included Old Bridge, Edison, and JP Stevens, while their losses were to Sayreville and Piscataway.
Departures: WR/DB TJ Taylor - Rutgers, ILB Alex Berkuta - Rowan, G Conor Kilmurray - Albright, QB TJ Perkowski - Rutgers for baseball
Offense: South Brunswick runs a multiple triple option and returns four starters. The quarterback will be junior Amir Johnson (5-foot-8, 165) and he started last year on defense. Returning at fullback is senior Dahrae Ford (5-foot-11, 240). One halfback returns in junior Dontae Strickland (6-foot-0, 185) and the other halfback will be senior Austin Morse (5-foot-10, 185), with sophomore Phil Campbell (5-foot-10, 180) rotating in. Morse can also play quarterback if needed.
The two ends will be seniors Dylan Olsson (5-foot-9, 160) and Scott Dunleavy (5-foot-10, 170). The backups will be senior Brandon Basilico (6-foot-1, 185) and junior Marcus Jackson (6-foot-0, 175). Olsson is another who can play quarterback in a pinch.
Two starters return to the line, as senior Nick Mecca (6-foot-1, 220) is back at center and senior Rashaan Baker (5-foot-11, 245) is back at right tackle. The other three positions are open, with sophomore Richie Hoff (5-foot-11, 230), junior Aidan Rogers (6-foot-3, 205), and sophomore Josh Nicastro (5-foot-11, 210) competing at the other tackle. The guards have senior Will Russell (6-foot-3, 300), junior Zaire Gibson (6-foot-1, 255), junior Sam Bierstein (6-foot-1, 270), and junior Austin Cooper (5-foot-10, 240) battling at guard. Cooper may also figure in at center.
Defense: The Vikings run a 5-2 and return six starters. Returning at one end is junior Matt Golden (5-foot-10, 210). His partner will be either senior Davon Porter (5-foot-10, 205) or junior Anthony Tietrefesa (6-foot-1, 210). The tackles have senior Nygel Bush (6-foot-3, 260), Bierstein, sophomore Dean Elmenayer (6-foot-0, 260), and sophomore Josh Hypolite (6-foot-1, 230) competing or playing in a rotation. The nose guard will be Gibson or junior Hunter Delfa (5-foot-10, 190).
Two starters return at linebacker with Baker and junior Skyler Sciandra (5-foot-10, 215) returning, as Baker moves from nose guard. Others in the mix will be sophomore Chrisjon Summers (6-foot-2, 215), Hoff, and senior Anthony Milicevic (5-foot-9, 175).
Three starters return to the secondary, with Olsson and Johnson back as the cornerbacks and Strickland returning at safety. Campbell will be the other safety. Pushing for time will be Dunleavy and Jackson at safety and sophomores Mohamed Jabbie (5-foot-11, 160) and Wendell Allen (5-foot-11, 160) at cornerbacks.
Special Teams: Olsson returns as the kicker and punter. The return men are Strickland, Johnson, Campbell, and Allen.
Thursday, 9/12, East Brunswick at home, 7PM
Friday, 9/20, at Monroe, 7PM
Friday, 9/27, at Old Bridge, 7PM
Friday, 10/4, Edison at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/11, Piscataway at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/18, at JP Stevens, 7PM
Friday, 10/25, Middletown North at home, 7PM
Friday, 11/1, at Sayreville, 7PM
11/8-9, bye week
Thursday, 11/28, North Brunswick at home, 10AM
Question Marks: Replacing Perkowski and Taylor. The left side of the offensive line and the defensive line are unproven.
Recruiting: Mecca has interest from Marist. Ford will play somewhere, while Olsson can play wide receiver or kicker in college and may also play baseball.
In the junior class, Strickland is a 1-A prospect, with offers from Rutgers, UConn, Georgia Tech, and Virginia. Others need a good junior year.
Coach's Comments: "We're very excited. We have had a full year and off-season together because I got the job in late June of last year. We got to know the players. South Brunswick is a great school to be at. We have a good number of players returning and started four sophomores and two juniors on defense. We have been working very hard and we had a very good freshman team last year. We like the way things are going and look forward to the 2013 season." - Head Coach Joe Goerge
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