Episode 33 of The South Jersey Sports Digest Show delves into the raging controversy surrounding the NJSIAA proposal of a separate Non-Public conference for high school football. Our guest, Phil Anastasia of the Philadelphia Inquirer breaks it all down and explains some reasons why the Non-Public schools in the South Jersey region are opposing this concept.
We have a quick report on Clearview's win over Washington Twp. in the 8th annual Gloucester County Cup boys' lacrosse championship game
Also, we honor our SJSD/Total Turf Athletes of the Week:
Finally, we take a peek at a highlight package from the 32nd playing of the Arena/Rifkin Golf Tournament. Check it all out.
PRINCETON JUNCTION — The fifty-seven players selected as winners of the 2014 New Jersey Mini Max Awards attended a banquet and received their trophies Sunday night at the St. David the King Great Hall.
The winners were nominated by their coaches throughout the 2014 season and were evaluated based on a criteria that includes; football performance, academics, and community service.
The Maxwell Football Club selected one player from the group of Mini Max winners as the winner of the New Jersey High School Player of the Year: Elijah Robinson of Montclair High School was announced as the winner Sunday night.
The winner of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Players of the Year will be the candidates for the Club’s 30th Jim Henry Award as the Outstanding Player in the region. The winner of the Jim Henry Award will be announced as part of the Maxwell Football Club’s National Awards Gala which will be held on March 13, 2015 at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City. The MFC will also present its collegiate and professional awards at this event.
Recent winners of the Jim Henry Award include Mark Pyles (Lebanon HS – Bucknell), Fran Walsh (Archbishop Wood H.S - Villanova), Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown Central Catholic – South Carolina), Bill Kim (Upper Dublin H.S – Johns Hopkins), Brad Herzlich (Conestoga H.S - Brown), Daniel Persa (Bethlehem Liberty H.S. - Northwestern), Brent Caprio (Mainland Regional H.S. – William & Mary), Steven Rizzo (Audubon H.S. - Colgate), Pat Devlin (Downingtown East H.S. - Delaware), Ryan Greiser (Pennridge H.S. - Liberty), Dan Connor (Strath Haven H.S. – Penn State) and Austin Scott (Parkland H.S – Penn State).
The 57 winners of the 2014 New Jersey Mini Max Winners are listed alphabetically by school with South Jersey area athletes listed in boldface.
Tyler Castellini - A. P. Schalick High School
Tyler Baum - Bernards High School
Vinny Papale - Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Josh Corporan - Boonton High School
James Juliano - Brick Township High School
Everett Minchew - Camden Catholic High School
Brandon Stern - Cherry Hill High School East
Frank Pipich Jr. - Clearview Regional High School
Pat Miles - Collingswood High School
Sam Pero - Colonia High School
Angelo Gentile - Cresskill High School
Patrick Bray - Delbarton School
Brady Miller - Glen Rock High School
Tyler Klaus - Haddonfield Memorial High School
Christian Bassolino - Hanover Park High School
Roy Forys - Henry P Becton Regional High School
Jared Senerchia - Hillsborough High School
Christopher Sharp - Hun School of Princeton
Willie Barr - Irvington High School
Stephen Susan - John P Stevens High School
Denzel Polk - Kingsway Regional High School
Connor Davies - Lacey Township High School
Benjamin Hunt - Lenape High School
Kyle Mullen - Manalapan High School
Isaiah Searight - Monmouth Regional High School
Akeer Franklin - Monroe Township High School
Elijah Robinson - Montclair High School
Jimmy McHugh - Moorestown High School
Nicholas Rella - Morristown-Beard School
Ryan McDonald - North Hunterdon High School
Marshe Terry - Northern Burlington Regional High School
Alex Wasserman - Northern Valley Regional HS Demarest
Pierce Lukas - Northern Valley Regional HS Old Tappan
Dominic Borelli - Peddie School
Taji Lowe - Phillipsburg High School
Colin Buckley - Princeton High School
Christopher Bright Jr. - Rancocas Valley Regional High School
Colby Jones - Raritan High School
Jamie Gordinier - Red Bank Catholic High School
Brandon Wimbush - Saint Peter's Preparatory School
Dione Alston Jr. - Salem High School
Vincent Nisivoccia - Seton Hall Prep
James Bedell - Shore Regional High School
Steven McTernan - Somerville High School
Tyler Frazee - South Hunterdon Regional High School
Lucas Faria - Sparta High School
Chris Zanelli - Summit High School
Kareem Ali Jr. - Timber Creek High School
Kevin Bucceroni - Triton Regional High School
Frank Ferrari - Verona High School
Peter Martinez - Wallington High School
Kevin DeCaesar - West Deptford High School
Roberto LoCascio - West Essex High School
Abraham Asante - West Side High School
Kevin Murphy - West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS
Nolan Borgersen - Westwood Regional High School
Isiah Perkins - Williamstown High School
PENNSAUKEN — Behind Aaron Swann and a great defensive performance, Pennsauken rolled to a victory over Bishop Eustace, 26-14, in the two teams' annual Thanksgiving Day game.
The game started off slow with the majority of the first quarter being played between the 30s, but after an offsides call on the Pennsauken defense giving Eustace a first down, the Crusaders capitalized on a screen pass to Roy Hansen. Hansen was brought down on the 2 yard line only to have Robert Dunn pound it in for a score on the next play.
Pennsauken didn’t take long to answer. On the next drive the Indians, behind Aaron Swann’s power running, marched down the field and capped the drive when Marquan Jones pounded home a 5-yard touchdown. The Indians missed the extra point making it 7-6 Crusaders.
Late in the second quarter, the Crusaders were looking to score before halftime, but the Indians defense came up big when Kandeh Kamara picked up a fumbled handoff. The Indians drove down the field behind Swann once again and he got first touchdown of the game on a two yard run, and took a 13-7 lead into halftime.
Coming out in the second half, the Indians were set to receive but Eustace pulled off an onside kick. Three plays later, Ryan Lange then connected with Adam Gottsch for a 35 yard touchdown pass giving the Crusaders a 14-13 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Pennsauken’s defense turned out to be an X factor. Marquan Jones picked off a floated ball by Lange and brought it to the house, dodging Crusaders and breaking tackles giving the Indians a 19-14 lead after their two-point conversion attempt failed. On the ensuing kickoff, the Crusaders fumbled only to have Pennsauken’s Troy Brady pick up the ball.
A few plays into the ensuing drive, Swann bounced outside and found a gap between Crusaders and ran for a 32-yard touchdown.
Pennsauken head coach Clinton Tabb couldn’t have asked for more out of his players.
“It was a good win," Tabb said as his team extended its series lead to 34-12-1. Their last football game on this field and they are walking off the field winners. They are excited as can be. … All year we’ve played good defense. Defense is our strong point. Our offense got going together today. We finally put a complete game together.”
As for Aaron Swann’s performance of over 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Tabb couldn’t have asked for more out of a player.
“In the first half he had 21 carries for 149 yards. He is tough, tough, tough. He kept saying, 'Coach keep giving me the ball.' That’s the kind of kid his is. He’s a tough player.”
Pennsauken ended the season on a high note and had a final record of 3-7, while the Crusaders finished 5-5. Below are video highlights of the game.
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