Player of the Year

Damon Mitchell

Cedar Creek, Sr.

QB 6-3 204

Mitchell led the Pirates to a 10-2 record and the South Jersey Group II final. Mitchell threw for 22 touchdowns and ran for 21 scores. He threw for 2,025 yards and ran for 1,027 yards. He has verbally committed to attend Georgia Tech University.

Offense

Wesley Hills

Wildwood, Sr.

RB 6-3 220

Hills led the Warriors to their first ever football playoff berth. He carried 205 times for 2,077 yards and scored 35 touchdowns. Rutgers and Temple have expressed interest.

Calvin Cass

St. Augustine Prep, Sr.

RB 5-11 195

Cass rushed 257 times for 2,001 yards. He scored 37 touchdowns. Cass carried 53 times for 261 yards as the Hermits clinched the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference with a 41-40 win over Cedar Creek on Thanksgiving. Army is recruiting Cass.

Rob Ennis

Millville, So.

RB 5-10 158

Ennis rushed 203 times for 1,492 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. He set the Millville single-game rushing record when he gained 302 yards against Oakcrest.

Dayshawn Reynolds

Atlantic City,Sr.

WR 6-1 181

Reynolds caught 50 passes for 905 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the Vikings (8-3) to the South Jersey Group V semifinals.

Mike Gesicki

Southern Regional, Jr.

WR 6-5 195

Gesicki caught 50 passes for 954 yards and nine touchdowns. A college prospect, Rutgers University has already offered Gesicki a scholarship.

Anthony Speziale

Southern Regional, Sr.

TE 6-4 260

Speziale caught seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. But more importantly, he is a stellar blocker and the Rams often ran behind him.

Ryan Boyle

Southern Regional, Sr.

OL 5-10 210

Boyle helped block for a Rams offense that averaged 174.9 rushing yards per game and scored 25 touchdowns. He also played on the defensive line, making 54 tackles.

Mike McGrath

St. Augustine Prep, Jr.

OL 6-5 279

With his blocking, McGrath sparked a Hermits offense that averaged 212.3 rushing yards per game. McGrath could be one of the region's most highly recruited players next season.

Colin Lynch

Absegami, Jr.

OL 6-2 265

Lynch blocked for one of the region's most productive offenses. Braves running backs Tyler Bing and David Hood often ran behind Lynch for big gains.

Roy Lucas

St. Joseph, Sr.

OL 5-10 245

Lucas is one of the top players for a St. Joe team that won the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference and state Non-Public I title. Lucas blocked for a Wildcats offense that averaged 236.8 yards rushing per game. He also excelled on the defensive line with 49 tackles and four sacks. Plans to wrestle in college.

Bobby Frederico

Hammonton, Jr.

OL 6-0 260

A standout lineman for a Blue Devils team that qualified for the South Jersey Group IV playoffs and handed St. Joseph its only loss of the season.

Jarren McBryde

Atlantic City, Sr.

All-purpose 6-0 192

A standout at quarterback and defensive back. McBryde led the Vikings to an 8-3 record and the South Jersey Group V semifinals. He completed 113-of-182 passes for 1,982 yards and 20 touchdowns. McBryde also rushed for key first downs and touchdowns. On defense, he was a hard hitter and always around the ball.

Bill Belford

Lacey Township, Sr.

KR/PR 5-9 150

The wide receiver was one of the region's top punt and kickoff returners. He averaged 13.36 yards per punt return and 35.86 yards per kickoff return. He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Toms River North. Belford also caught 33 passes for 569 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Tim Mason

Egg Harbor Township, Sr.

K 6-2 181

Mason kicked six field goals with a long of 40 yards. His 40-yard field goal with 4.2 seconds left gave the Eagles a 31-28 win over Hammonton.

David Hood

Absegami, Jr.

Utility 6-0 190

The speedy running back is one off the region's most exciting players. He rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and scored 12 touchdowns, including a kickoff return for a score.

Defense

Gabe Hemighaus

Cumberland Regional, Sr.

DL 6-3 240

Hemighaus led the Colts with 66 tackles and 71/2 sacks. He also played tight end, catching 38 passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns. Monmouth has offered a scholarship.

Antoine White

Millville, Jr.

DL 6-3 255

White made 80 tackles and had six sacks. Rutgers University has offered him a scholarship.

Charles Cade

St. Joseph, Sr.

DL 6-1 225

Cade sparked the Wildcats with 55 tackles and 10 sacks.

Kevin Goldsmith

St. Joseph, Sr.

DL 6-1 195

Goldsmith led St. Joe with 84 tackles. He also had six sacks and an interception.

Eric Wiafe

Egg Harbor Township, Sr.

DL 6-5 260

Wiafe made 44 tackles. He also had 21/2 sacks. He has verbally committed to Rutgers University.

Jeff Steeb

Holy Spirit, Jr.

LB 6-3 220

Steeb made more than 100 tackles for the state Non-Public II champions. He also intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown. He has been invited to attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl scouting combine in January.

Brandon Bell

Oakcrest, Sr.

LB 6-2 225

Bell played in eight games and led the Falcons with 111 tackles. He made 121/2 tackles for losses. Bell has verbally committed to attend Penn State.

Zack Vogelei

Middle Township, Sr.

LB 6-1 226

Vogelei led the Panthers to the South Jersey Group II playoffs with 103 tackles. He also had three sacks, an interception and three fumble recoveries. Vogelei also rushed for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns at fullback.

Frank Zeigler

Lower Cape May Regional, Sr.

LB 5-11 207

Zeigler made 61 tackles. He played quarterback on offense, rushing for 1,243 yards.

Ed Shockley

Millville, Jr.

LB 5-11 207

The linebacker made 113 tackles and also contributed four sacks.

Anthony Giagunto

St. Joseph, Sr.

DB 5-9 170

Giagunto excelled at quarterback and defensive back for the state Non-Public I champions. He made 37 tackles, intercepted three passes, caused and recovered one fumble and blocked two field goals. Giagunto also completed 71-of-126 passes for 983 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ran 68 times for 241 yards and seven touchdowns.

Miles Pease

St. Joseph, Sr.

DB 5-8 165

Pease excelled at defensive back and running back for the Wildcats. He made 32 tackles and intercepted four passes. Pease also rushed for 782 yards and five touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns.

A.J. Dawson

Holy Spirit, Jr.

DB 5-9 172

A speedy defender, Dawson intercepted three passes, returning two of them for touchdowns. He is also a standout running back for the Spartans.

Gary Melton

Cedar Creek, Sr.

DB 5-11 182

Melton excelled on defense and offense for the Pirates. A speedy defender, he led a Cedar Creek defense that allowed just 12.6 points and just two passing touchdowns all season. On offense, Melton scored 26 touchdowns. He rushed for 917 yards and had 903 receiving yards.

Chris Tutela

Lacey Township, Jr.

DB 5-11 180

Tutela led the Lions to a 10-1 record with 57 tackles. He returned an interception for a touchdown. On offense, Tutela played wide receiver and running back, catching 26 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for three touchdowns and even threw two touchdown passes.

Jim Cooper

Mainland Regional, Sr.

P/K 6-1 202

Cooper is one of the state's best kickers. He kicked seven field goals this season to give a state record 31 career field goals. Cooper has verbally committed to attend Temple University.