2017 All-Metro Football Second Team

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017 3:47 PM — @News12Varsity

Updated Thu, Dec 14, 2017 7:30 PM

ALL-METRO FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

OFFENSIVE LINE

MARCUS CROWELL
Montclair (NJ)
6-5, 280

He recorded a staggering 65 pancakes to spearhead an offense that rolled up 47.9 points a game for the undefeated North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 champion. On the defensive line Crowell had 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

 

BRYAN FELTER (Sophomore)
Bergen Catholic (NJ)
6-3, 285

This tough-minded sophomore was a leader up front for an offense that generated 2,324 passing yards, 2,414 rushing yards and averaged 34.5 points per game. the protection he provided QB Johnny Lagan was principal behind BC's Non-Public, Group 4 title

 

DEREK FERRARO
Iona Prep (NY)
6-6, 285

The third-year starter at center anchored an offensive line that produced over 4,000 total yards of offense this season. The leader up front had incredibly strong hands and mobility for a player his size, which also have made him a Division I prospect. Ferraro was essentially in helping Iona Prep transition from AA champs in 2016 to the physically-demanding AAA this fall.

 

NICK GARGIULO
Somers (NY), verbally committed to Yale
6-5, 270  

The most talented linemen in Section 1 the past seasons has been Gargiulo. After helping lead the Tuskers to a Class A state title as a junior, Gargiulo became the region’s most recruited linemen. He committed to Yale over the summer and followed it up with a dominant senior season, finishing second on the team with 73 tackles, 15 for loss and three sacks while paving the way for an offense that rushed for over 1,800 yards in 10 games.

 

JASON MODAK
Wayne Hills (NJ)
6-1, 240

This veteran lineman played an integral two-way role for North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 champion last year and helped a young team go 7-4 this season. As a defensive lineman, he compiled 94 tackles (25 TFL) and 13 sacks.

 

QUARTERBACK

NICK PATTI
St. Joseph Regional (NJ), verbally committed to Pittsburgh
6-3, 194

He completed 145 of 256 throws for 2,045 yards and 17 TDs for the 8-4 Green Knights. Patti carried 79 times for 294yards and six TDs. He passed for 5,056 yards and 41 TDs in his career.

 

RUNNING BACK

JALEN BERGER (Sophomore)
Don Bosco Prep (NJ)
6-0, 180

He scored 15 touchdowns, including three in a loss to Byrnes (S.C.) and a victory over Delbarton. In a near-upset against No. 1 Bergen Catholic Oct. 27, Berger rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-26 loss.

 

DYLAN LAUBE
Westhampton (LI), verbally committed to New Hampshire
5-11, 185

The co-Hansen Award winner as Suffolk’s most outstanding player, the New Hampshire-bound senior guided Westhampton to a first-ever Long Island Class III title in a perfect 12-0 season. Laube, who had 120 career touchdowns, rushed for 2,680 yards and set a Suffolk record with 47 TDs, including a record-tying six on 227 yards in the LIC.

 

WIDE RECEIVER

DYLAN CLASSI
Bergen Catholic (NJ), verbally committed to Princeton
6-0, 190

He hauled in 55 passes for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns, including eight over the Crusaders' nine-game win streak to end the season. Classi set school marks for receptions with 92 and TD catches with 20.

 

ELIJAH JONES
Cardinal Hayes (NYC), verbally committed to Boston College 
6-3, 162

Using his size and his speed to jam wide receivers, Jones stamped himself as a top cover cornerback with 3 interceptions, a fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. He starred offensively with 39 receptions for 1,017 yards and had 17 overall touchdowns.

 

JAKE LAZZARO (Junior)
Oceanside (LI), verbally committed to St. John’s (baseball)
6-2, 180

A two-year starter, Lazzaro had 59 receptions for 1,144 yards and tied a school record with 14 touchdowns, despite being the subject of double teams for half the season. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior has 91 catches for a school-record 1,683 yards, surpassing Gene Garay, and 20 touchdowns for his career.

 

UTILITY

HENRY PEARSON
Paramus Catholic (NJ)
6-3, 237

The industrious two-way end caught 28 passes for 393 yards and five TDs and rushed for two score for the Paladins. On defense Pearson compiled 99 tackles (11 for losses), three sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.

 

ATHLETE

MATT SLUKA (Junior)
Kellenberg (LI)
6-2, 195

The junior was an offensive juggernaut and the driving force behind Kellenberg’s run to a first CHSFL Class AA title since 1999. He threw for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed for 1,619 yards and 24 TDs and was 32-of-40 on PATs. He accounted for 42 of the Firebirds points in a 54-19 win over Fordham Prep in the championship game.

 

KICK RETURN

SAL DEBENEDETTO
Old Tappan (NJ)
5-10, 165

He returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns, and also caught 34 passes for 621 yards and six TDs and rushed for a score for the undefeated North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 champion. DeBenedetto also had 28 tackles.

 

PUNTER

RICKY CONWAY
Lindenhurst (LI)
5-9, 180

A four-year varsity player, Conway was a driving force behind the Bulldogs undefeated Long Island Championship-winning campaign. Defensively, he had 46 tackles and two interceptions, while he also had 149 carries for 850 yards and 18 touchdowns, while his 25 punts for 955 yards averaged 38.1 yards with a long of 53 yards.

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

JUSTIN ADEMILOLA
St. Peter’s Prep (NJ), verbally committed to Notre Dame
6-3, 240

Peeled off the edge with stunning quickness to record 42 tackles (nine for losses), six sacks and five hurries for the Marauders. He also caught a TD pass in a 42-19 win over Paramus Catholic in the state semifinals.

 

BARTEK RYBKA
Paramus Catholic (NJ), verbally committed to Rutgers
6-2, 265

He came up with 73 tackles (including 41 solos and 10.5 for losses), three sacks and two forced fumbles and was particularly stout in the second half of the season to help the Paladins (5-6) with three of their last five games.

 

DOUGLAS SIMMONS (Junior)
Archbishop Stepinac (NY)
6-0, 205

The explosive defensive end enjoyed a breakout season and helped maintain Stepinac’s foothold as the CHSFL’s most feared defensive unit. He led the Hudson Valley with 18 sacks for the Catholic state champions, and finished the year with 58 tackles, 35 solo, and two forced fumbles. His best game was in the CHSFL AAA semifinal upset of Hayes when he recorded eight tackles and two sacks.

 

LINEBACKER

JOHNNY BUCHANAN
St. John Vianney (NJ), verbally committed to Delaware
6-0, 225

The inside linebacker compiled 121 tackles, three sacks, seven tackles for loss and an interception to help the Lancers secure a fourth straight Shore Conference, A Central crown. As a feature back, he totaled 1,393 yards and 17 TDs on 152 carries.

 

ANTHONY CORBIN (Junior)
Bergen Catholic (NJ)
5-11, 205

He compiled 11 of his 109 tackles and also scored on a fake punt in the Crusaders' 44-7 win over St. Peter's Prep in the Non-Public, Group 4 championship. Corbin also had 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the year.

 

NICK DENUCCI
Pope John (NJ), verbally committed to Boston College
6-1, 230

This sturdy force in the middle racked up 116 tackles (including 56 solos), 7.0 sacks, three caused fumbles and two recoveries for the Lions. He Also caught one TD pass in victory over Malvern Prep.

 

DREW ORTIZ
Westfield (NJ)
6-0, 190

The three-year starter recorded 125 tackles (69 solos), 2.0 sacks and two caused fumbles to lead a defense that allowed only 7.5 points per game. His leadership helped the Blue Devils complete a third straight undefeated season and construct 37-game winning streak.

 

DEFENSIVE BACK

KEVIN BRENNAN
Don Bosco Prep (NJ), verbally committed to Navy
6-0, 205

His status as a four-year starter and three-year captain would have been considered unique in a non-descript Group 1 program. At Don Bosco Prep, that makes Brennan a coveted rarity. He closed this season with 72 tackles and five interceptions.

 

RONNIE HICKMAN (Junior)
DePaul Catholic (NJ)
6-1, 202

He is considered a major recruit at wide receiver, but also a force in the defensive secondary with 47 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups for the 8-3 Spartans. Hickman caught 44 passes for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns.

 

MYLES TAYLOR
New Rochelle (NY)
6-0, 181

What most players need two hands to do – Myles Taylor can do with one. As many big plays he made as a wide receiver for the Huguenots, he was an untouchable presence in the secondary, making one-handed pick after one-handed pick. Taylor caught 22 passes for 409 yards and eight touchdowns, scoring in seven of New Rochelle’s 11 contests and helping the Huguenots reach the state quarterfinals.

 

TREVOR YEBOAH-KODIE (Junior)
Garden City (LI)
5-11, 175

In his first season as Garden City’s starting running back, the junior guided the Trojans through a second consecutive undefeated season and back-to-back Long Island Class II titles. Yeboah-Kodie had 112 carries for 1,271 yards and 26 touchdowns, he also threw for a TD, had three touchdown receptions on seven catches and had one interception returned 92-yards for a score.

 

UTILITY

LIAM ANDERSON
Mount Olive (NJ)
6-3, 200

He passed for 1,920 yards and 21 touchdowns, rushed for over 1,100 yards and 15 TDs and also compiled 47 tackles and four interceptions to guide a 1-9 team from a year ago all the way to the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 final

 

ATHLETE

ZYHEIR JONES
Lakewood (NJ)
6-2, 200

Jones topped the Shore Conference with nine interceptions, including a pair of pick sixes. He collected 66 tackles and four sacks and rushed for 1,244 yards and 12 TDs to go with 1,208 yards passing and 18 TDs as the Piners’ quarterback.

 

KICKER

BRIANT DEFELICE
Farmingdale (LI)
5-9, 195

A two-time All-Long Island first team selection by News 12 Varsity, the senior set a Long Island record with 72 consecutive PATs and a Nassau record of 184 kicking points. He was 5-of-8 on field goals with a long of 39 yards, 30-of-32 on PATs and 80 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks. 

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