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North wins thrilling Bergen All-Star Classic

by Brian Fitzsimmons on
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 12:56 AM

Updated Sun, Jun 16, 2013 10:32 PM
North wins thrilling Bergen All-Star Classic


Kyle Schneider's strong arm and innate ability to shine in crucial parts of the game haven't gone on summer vacation.

The Pascack Valley quarterback tossed a go-ahead touchdown pass to Mahwah's Greg Rozar with 39 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the North rallied to a 12-9 victory over the South in the Bergen County Football All-Star Classic on Saturday evening at Overpeck Park.

Indian Hills signal-caller Danny Thompson, who paced the North offense for the majority of the thrilling contest with both his arm and legs, connected with Pascack Valley's Nick Soravilla on a 16-yard scoring strike midway through the third.

Thanks to Schneider and Thompson -- two of the most overlooked stars in the area -- the North was able to fend off a late surge in the waning seconds to capture the squad's 13th event win in 14 games.

The South applied ample pressure on the high-octane North in the early going. After a scoreless first quarter, Hackensack's Reco Facey scampered into the end zone from 15 yards out with 4:50 remaining in the second to hand the South a 6-0 lead. Facey's high school teammate Jason Smith recovered two fumbles in the session.

In the third, however, the North received a much-needed momentum boost when Thompson hit Soravilla with a game-tying score before a two-point conversion attempt failed.

Garfield's Isaiah Morales brought the South to life again, hauling in a 27-yard catch from Ridgefield Park quarterback Alex Alberque down to the 1-yardline in the opening minute of the fourth.

Wallington kicker Wojtek Kulbabinski booted a 27-yard field goal two plays later to forge a 9-6 cushion with 8:49 to go.

On the ensuing drive, Schneider set up the winning play by targeting Soravilla on a 42-yard bomb, which brought their team to the 2. Shortly thereafter, he and Rozar teamed up to seal the win before a crowd of 2,500.

This event began in 1996 and hadn’t been played since 2009, but it carries a strong history. Several current NFL players have participated, including Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.



George Alexandris Fair Lawn High School DB 3

Nick Bianco Pascack Hills High School RB 34

Tariq Bryant Dwight Morrow High School LB 13

Bryan Burd Dumont High School RB/DB/WR 16

Connor Carlstrom Westwood Regional High School FB/DE/LB 44

Anthony Cebulski Dumont High School OT 74

Christian De Castro New Milford High School OG 63

Thomas Derienzo Park Ridge High School OL/DL/LONG SNAPPER 73

Jonathan Diaz Saint Mary High School RB/S 20

Ryan Fallon Park Ridge High School LB 19

Ethan Frederiks Old Tappan High School DE/LB/TE 36

Anthony Gadaleta Bergen Tech High School LB 45

Derek Gaddy Dwight Morrow High School RB/LB 5

Ryan Galloway Westwood Regional High School SR/RB/KR/PR 11

Blake Geller Demarest High School QB 17

Jamari Gibson Dwight Morrow High School WR 1

AJ Godsil Saint Mary High School WR/OLB/S 88

Matthew Goodman Demarest High School OG/DE 56

Zach Herrmann Mahwah High School S 2

Michael Hogan Mahwah High School OG 53

Kevin Illian Pascack Valley High School DB 7

Thomas Kelly Emerson High School LB 49

Ryan Kennelly Indian Hills High School LB 35

Tommy Kramer Old Tappan High School DL 52

Matthew Mandeville Westwood Regional High School OL 72

Aniello O'Connor Ramapo High School S/WR 32

Pat O'Hagan Ramapo High School WR 12

Kevin Osback Fair Lawn High School DB 21

John Perez Saint Mary High School RT 77

Travis Picariello Ramsey High School DE 26

Travis Procida Old Tappan High School SS/OLB 10

Paul Provost Northern Highlands High School G/C/T 69

Greg Rozar Mahwah High School WR 24

Kyle Schneider Pascack Valley High School QB 18

Nick Soravilla Pascack Valley High School WR 8

Andy Sosa Park Ridge High School NT/OG 70

Shawn Syed Bergen Tech High School DB 6

Danny Thompson Indian Hills High School QB 4

Dante Tobler New Milford High School RB 22

Jeff Welsh Fair Lawn High School DE 55

Joe Zariello Pascack Hills High School DE/LB/TE 92

Kyle Zenk Pascack Valley High School RB 14


Mohammad Al-Abdalla Cliffside Park High School DE 87

Alex Alberque Ridgefield Park High School QB 19

Mark Alberque Ridgefield Park High School LB 10

Fernando Almonte Lodi High School SS/WR 1

Rupert Aranda Leonia High School OLB/SS 11

Michael Baloga North Arlington High School LB/OL 49

Joey Binns Paramus High School DL 55

Matthew Buckman Saint Joseph Regional High School TE 81

Joel Campo Saint Joseph Regional High School G 56

Shane Carter Cliffside Park High School LB 82

Nick Coviello Lyndhurst High School OL 74

Wakimba Davenport Leonia High School LB 29

Brandon Davis Hackensack High School WO 18

Andrew Dziedzic Saddle Brook High School DE 62

Reco Facey Hackensack High School RB 40

Chris Fitzgerald Ridgefield Park High School RB/CB 3

Paul Gawin Saddle Brook High School OG 57

Daaon Huggins Becton Regional High School DE/HB 23

Mario Jacovino Fort Lee High School DB 41

Troy Kay Saint Joseph Regional High School DT 32

Robert Keegan Queen of Peace High School G 50

Ibrahim Keita Teaneck High School TE 9

Danny Kesack Lyndhurst High School QB/SS 7

Gordon Kohles Bogota High School S 17

Wojtek Kulbabinski Wallington High School K 6

Patrick Landrigan Rutherford High School RB 24

Alex Levy Fort Lee High School LB 42

Brandon Manoslavas Paramus High School OT 70

Christian Mendoza Elmwood Park Memorial High School DB 21

Isiah Morales Garfield High School WR 88

Eric Nasello Saddle Brook High School MLB 54

Brandon Navarro North Arlington High School OL/DE 59

Angelo Nocciolo North Arlington High School QB 14

Geovonnie Ogilvie Bergenfield High School CB 5

David Ott Glen Rock High School OL 71

Eriq Pettway Saddle Brook High School MLB 52

Nick Ricciardi Rutherford High School OL 65

John Richter Ridgefield Park High School DE/RT 51

Will Rodriguez Bergenfield High School RB 22

Randy Santos Memorial Park High School WR 16

David Sasek Glen Rock High School RB 34

Patrick Sheahen Glen Rock High School P/WR 2

Nicholas Smith Elmwood Park Memorial High School WR 12

Nick Smith Lodi High School TE/LB 89

Steven Spoto Cliffside Park High School QB 8

Matt Tozzi Paramus High School ILB 48

Matthew Williams Becton Regional High School LB 00

Justin Wimberly Hackensack High School WR 4

Tyler Zoltowski Saint Joseph Regional High School DT 61

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