2016 All-New Jersey Football Team

by Mike Kinney on
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 11:54 PM — @MikeKinneyHS

Updated Tue, Dec 13, 2016 2:04 AM
2016 All-New Jersey Football Team
Photo by Andrew Miller

**CLICK HERE to see the 2016 All-New Jersey Second Team and Honorable Mentions**

2016 All-New Jersey Player of the Year

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Elijah Barnwell
Elijah Barnwell

Height:6-1
Weight:205

Grade:Senior
Position:Running Back

Elijah Barnwell created a stir as a freshman four years ago by scoring a touchdown in Piscataway's opening game of 2013. It was an unprecedented accomplishment for this tradition-rich program, though  also muted by a 34-22 loss for Chiefs.

Barnwell and club would travel a similar path of ambiguity together for three years;  he would click off remarkable personal achievements, but the team fell short of its goals. For three straight seasons, Piscataway lost in either the semifinals or first round of the NJSIAA playoffs after having claimed three titles from 2008 through 2011.

This year, every bit of Barnwell's Individual success was welded to the framework of group ambition and progress, whether running the ball or playing linebacker. He shattered every conceivable school rushing record while leading the Chiefs (10-2) to the Central Jersey, Group 5 championship

Barnwell rushed for 1,838 yards and 30 touchdowns this season to close his career with 5,728 yards and 75 rushing TDs.

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2016 All-New Jersey Coach of the Year

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Brian Logan

Position:Head Coach

Weequahic football was nowhere near the full-fledged reclamation project Brian Logan faced at Newark West Side 19 years ago, but there was still hard work to undertake when he became head coach of his alma mater in 2011. The Indians had suffered three losing seasons in four years and the school was facing a quickly shrinking enrolment.

 Weequahic's forces were immediately replenished in Logan's first season when several West Side players transferred in. The Indians reached three straight sectional finals starting in '11, but lost heartbreakers each time. In 2014, Logan somehow managed a 5-5 record with a young team that included sophomore starters Christian Roper, Tymen Sampson, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Carl Watson.

Logan--recently retired from the Newark Police force--drew the very best from those young, untamed athletes with his well-manicured brand of tough love, an infectious drive to win and his outstanding coaching staff of former local stars like Sameeh McDonald, Leander Cook and Derrick Foster.

When Weequahic topped South Ward rival Shabazz, 18-8, Dec. 3 in the NJ, Section 2, Group 1 final, the Indians finished 12-0 for the first time and Logan became the first Newark coach to guide two teams to a title, having also led 2007 West Side to a crown.

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2016 All-New Jersey First Team - Offense

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Andrew Brito
Andrew Brito

Height:5-10
Weight:170

Grade:Senior
Position:Quarterback

Not many players are going from a three-way preseason QB battle to the Non-Public Group 4 state championship, but Brito's will, determination, and yes, his skill got him there. He threw for 2,197 yards and 18 TDs and rushed for 836 yards and 10 more scores in an MVP caliber season.

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Jayson DeMild
Jayson DeMild

Height:6-2
Weight:200

Grade:Senior
Position:Quarterback (Pro-Style)

He unofficially began his season in style by leading Sayreville to the Rutgers 7 on 7 championship in June, and wrapped things up by guiding the Bombers to the NJ, Section 2, Group 4 title Dec. 3. DeMild passed for 2,116 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 440 and eight TDs.  

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Alijah Jackson
Alijah Jackson

Height:5-10
Weight:179

Grade:Senior
Position:Running Back

Jackson rushed for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns, but it was the way he closed the season that was so special. Once the calendar flipped to October, the speedster rushed for 10 yards per carry in his final six games and cracked 100+ yards in every game of the playoffs.

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Ankaury Camilo
Ankaury Camilo

Height:5-11
Weight:185

Grade:Senior
Position:Wide Receiver

Camilo turned himself into one of the most reliable receivers you'll find this year. Anytime Johnny Langan needed a safety valve, the senior was there. Camilo caught 45 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns for the Crusaders this season.

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Darrion Carrington
Darrion Carrington

Committed to:Yale

Height:6-3
Weight:175

Grade:Senior
Position:Wide Receiver

One of the explosive options within a Mariner offense that clicked for 44.3 points per game, Carrington stretched a defense with his combination of speed and reliable hands, grabbing 35 receptions for 927 yards(26.4 ypc.) and 15 touchdowns. He added an interception in the secondary and returned a punt 65 yards for a score.

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Micah Clark
Micah Clark

Committed to:Rutgers

Height:6-6
Weight:270

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

The road-grading right tackle was an integral part of an offense that churned up 2,214 yards rushing and 3,646 yards of total offense en route to an unbeaten charge to the Shore Conference, A Central title. His reliable domination at the line of scrimmage translated to defense where he racked up 44 tackles, 8 TFL and two sacks.

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Josh Fedd-Jackson
Josh Fedd-Jackson

Height:6-3
Weight:300

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

Fedd-Jackson was one of the leaders of St. Joseph's punishing offensive line. When the physical right guard got his hands on you, it usually meant you were going for a ride... wherever he wanted you to go. Fedd-Jackson is currently uncommitted, but has double-digit major offers.

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Tyler Friday
Tyler Friday

Height:6-4
Weight:260

Grade:Junior
Position:Offensive Line

Friday, still just a junior, has been one of the top lineman on either side of the ball for two seasons now. While his future is on defense most likely, he was excellent all season long at left tackle for the Ironmen and protected Tommy DeVito's blind side.

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Peter Nestrowitz
Peter Nestrowitz

Committed to:Naval Academy

Height:6-3
Weight:278

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

Nestrowitz is a future leader of men at the Naval Academy, but for now, he led an offensive line that sprung Paramus Catholic's three-headed monster of backs for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground, while reclaiming the state championship for the Paladins.

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Ben Petrula
Ben Petrula

Committed to:Boston College

Height:6-6
Weight:295

Grade:Senior
Position:Offensive Line

Quarterback Johnathan Lewis accumulated close to 3,000 yards by himself behind the crunching blocks of this diligent veteran. Petrula started as a sophomore for the 2014 team that was crowned Non-Public, Group 4 champion and he helped the Marauders win 26 games in the last three seasons.  

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Johnathan Lewis
Johnathan Lewis

Committed to:Rutgers

Height:6-4
Weight:215

Grade:Senior
Position:Athlete

He possesses startling arm strength, has a yardage-gobbling stride, and carries all that skill on a frame that's been seemingly chiseled from rock. Lewis passed for 1,544 yards and 10 touchdowns and ran for 1,084 yards and scored 21 times to help the Marauders reach the Non-Public, Group 4 final. 

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Jorge Portorreal
Jorge Portorreal

Committed to:Lehigh

Height:5-11
Weight:170

Grade:Senior
Position:Utility

Any pass, kick or handoff that came Portorreal's way held the promise of something highly beneficial for the Marauders. Along with his valuable defensive play at cornerback, Portorreal caught 58 passes for 749 yards and eight touchdowns and also scored on two carries, two punt returns and two interceptions.

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2016 All-New Jersey First Team - Defense

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Marcellus Earlington
Marcellus Earlington

Height:6-5
Weight:250

Grade:Junior
Position:Defensive Line

Earlington showcased his abilities on both sides of the ball this season, and proved why he's become a commodity in his junior season. He came up big with four sacks in an overtime victory against Bergen Catholic and raced for a touchdown in a defensive-driven win over St. Peter's Prep.

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Owen Kessler
Owen Kessler

Height:6-4
Weight:220

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Line

His fierce and consistent play on the defensive line was a driving force behind the Blue Devils' two straight North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 titles and state-leading 25-game winning streak. Kessler recorded 79 tackles and 15 sacks, two of them in this year's title game against Bridgewater-Raritan. 

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Ibn Robinson
Ibn Robinson

Height:6-3
Weight:200

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Line

This veteran DE patrolled his perimeter with a compelling mix of teeth-clenching fury and heady responsiveness on screens and counters. Robinson's hunger and quickness led him to 58 tackles, a team-leading 10.5 sacks, 10QB pressures and five tips as he led Piscataway to the Central Jersey, Group 5 title.

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Dalyn Wade-Perry
Dalyn Wade-Perry

Height:6-3
Weight:330

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Line

His daunting combination of size, agility and sheer power makes Wade-Perry an unblockable force, according to Bergen Catholic coach Nunzio Campanile and others on the Pope John schedule. Wade-Perry, who holds at least 25 college offers, finished the season with 64 tackles and seven sacks for the 6-5 Lions.  

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Louis Acceus
Louis Acceus

Height:6-1
Weight:210

Grade:Senior
Position:Linebacker

Acceus made a case for Player of the Year with excellent play on offense and defense. Always one of the best LBs anywhere (314 career tackles, 46 tackles for loss), Acceus' added offensive threat (862 yards, 9 TDs) turned SJR in a champion and No. 1 team in the Tri-State.

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Vinny DePalma
Vinny DePalma

Height:6-1
Weight:220

Grade:Junior
Position:Athlete

The Spartans finished 6-6, but were competitive in every one against the state's headiest competition, largely due to DePalma's leadership and rugged play in the middle of the defense. DePalma accumulated a staggering 185 tackles (137 of them first hits), including 23 of them for losses and also five sacks. 

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Shqipron Idrizi
Shqipron Idrizi

Height:6-0
Weight:205

Grade:Senior
Position:Linebacker

If you want to find Idrizi on the field, look for the guy running all over the place. With a motor that doesn't quit, Idrizi racked up 105 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and an interception for Bergen Catholic as the Crusaders' top defensive player this season.

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Mike Ruane
Mike Ruane

Committed to:UMass

Height:6-1
Weight:225

Grade:Senior
Position:Linebacker

The bruising catalyst of one of the state’s stingiest units (9.75 ppg.), Ruane was a heat-seeking missile who detonated with lasting impact. He recorded a sack in each of the Bulldogs’ three playoff wins and had eight tackles in the Central Jersey, Group 3 final, a 27-22 decision over South Plainfield. He finished with 120 tackles.

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Mike Gawlik
Mike Gawlik

Height:5-8
Weight:170

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Back

Gawlik garnered plenty of attention for his offensive exploits, and rightfully so, considering he ran for Shore Conference-best 2,129 yards and 24 TDs. But, that work overshadowed his presence in the Jaguar secondary, where he inflicted equal damage as a fearless, hard-hitting safety who picked off a pair of passes.

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Maxx Imsho
Maxx Imsho

Height:5-10
Weight:182

Grade:Senior
Position:Defensive Back

An active force whether supporting the run or defending the pass, Imsho played with an infectious energy for the Eagles. He set a tone for his senior year with 10 tackles, an interception and 30-yard fumble return for score in a 49-14 Week 1 win at Red Bank Catholic. Imsho collected three interceptions, three sacks and 78 tackles.

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Shayne Simon
Shayne Simon

Height:6-3
Weight:195

Grade:Junior
Position:Defensive Back

He was a force in the secondary, whether invading it on his pass routes or patrolling the area for the Marauders'  tough defense. Simon, who has six college offers, compiled 55 tackles, four  interceptions and three sacks and also caught 42 passes for 538 yards and three touchdowns. 

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Evan Stewart
Evan Stewart

Height:6-1
Weight:190

Grade:Junior
Position:Defensive Back

Stewart proved to be a leader in the secondary for St. Joe's this season, even as an underclassman. He finished third on the team in tackles and led the Green Knights with three interceptions this year. You can add in some big time consistency with his punting foot too.

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Nick Attanasio
Nick Attanasio

Committed to:Rutgers (lacrosse)

Height:5-10
Weight:165

Grade:Senior
Position:Utility

The multi-skilled Attanasio passed for 1,070 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 593 yards and eight TDs, while also racking up 54 tackles and three interceptions at safety. The Rutgers-bound lacrosse star helped the Panthers (11-1) reach the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 final for a second straight year.

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2016 All-New Jersey First Team - Specials

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Justin Davidowicz
Justin Davidowicz

Height:5-10
Weight:165

Grade:Senior
Position:Kicker

After kicking 10 field goals last year for All-Metro attention,  Davidovicz bettered that by connecting on 14 of 19, including a 43-yarder against Hunterdon Central and a  42-yarder against Montgomery. He converted 39 of 42 PAT and helped his defense by booming 50 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.   

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Brendan DeVera
Brendan DeVera

Committed to:New Hampshire

Height:6-2
Weight:237

Grade:Senior
Position:Punter

He passed right-handed for 2,221 yards and 37 touchdowns, punted lefty 42 times for a robust 41.5 average and used both legs simultaneously to rush for 632 yards and eight touchdowns. Devera set several school records and steered the Patriots (11-1) to the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship.

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Jahmin Muse
Jahmin Muse

Committed to:Boston College

Height:6-1
Weight:205

Grade:Senior
Position:Kick Returner

This do-it-all veteran was pressed into QB duty out of necessity after excelling for several seasons as a receiver and running back, and was a longtime fixture in the Elizabeth secondary. Muse returned three kicks and one punt for touchdowns and also rushed 11 times for scores and had one TD reception. 

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