The Barnegat High School football team graduated two outstanding playmakers in quarterback Nick SanGiacomo and wide receiver Mike DeTroia.

But the Bengals are not completely rebuilding this season.

They return several standouts from a team that finished 6-5 and made the South Jersey Group II semifinals, including 6-foot-6, 248-pound tight end and defensive end Ryan Morris.

One of the state's top college prospects, Morris is headed to Purdue University.

"Everyone is hyped up and ready to go," Morris said. "We have a lot of kids ready to step up and make plays. I'm ready to get out there."

Morris caught 30 passes for 494 yards last season. He also had two sacks on defense.

"Ryan dictates defensive fronts and sometimes coverages," Barnegat coach Rob Davis said. "He allows other people to catch passes."

DeTroia, now at New Hampshire, caught 62 passes for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns.

But in addition to Morris, the Bengals also return junior Pat Moran, who established himself as one of the region's top receivers with 56 catches for 826 yards and six touchdowns.

Moran also kicks and plays defensive back, where he intercepted eight passes last season.

"He's stepping up into more of a leadership role," Davis said of Moran.

"We can play him at any position. You're going to see him at quarterback. He's going to be playing multiple positions."

SanGiacomo, now at Tulane, threw for 2,556 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Senior Mark McCoy steps in at quarterback. Davis said McCoy has a strong arm but can also run the ball.

"He's played multiple positions because he's been behind SanGiacomo," Davis said. "But (McCoy) is still a quarterback. We feel like he could have played quarterback for 70 percent of the teams we played last season."

The Bengals play one of the toughest schedules of any South Jersey Group II team. Their nine opponents were a combined 74-44 last season. They open at Rumson-Fair Haven, the defending Central Jersey Group II champion.

"There's no breathing room with the schedule," Davis said. "But that's what we want to do. We want to play tough games. Who knows where we'll end up, but we'll have fun getting there."

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LEAGUE/GROUP: Shore Conference B South/South Jersey Group II

COACH: Rob Davis (23-27, five seasons)

2010 RECORD: 6-5

2011 PREDICTION: Spoiler - Purdue-bound tight end Ryan Morris and wide receiver Pat Moran will make the Bengals offense tough to defend.

GAME TO WATCH: vs. Matawan: Bengals host Matawan, which is tradition Central Jersey Group II power and finished 11-1 last season.

Barnegat 2011 football roster

No. Name Position Year
1 Ricky Gerena QB, DB Fr.
2 Jordan Salt WR, DB Sr.
3 Matt Knierim WR, DB Jr.
4 Ryan Ulrich WR, DB So.
5 Anthony Zabe QB, LB Fr.
6 Richard Mathews WR, DB Fr.
7 Anthony Hause WR, DB So.
8 Zach Walters QB, DB Fr.
9 Tom Tropea WR, DB Sr.
10 Bryan Clarke QB, DB Jr.
11 Mark McCoy QB, LB Sr.
12 Zach Flaherty WR, DB, K Fr.
14 Justin Snowden QB, DB So.
15 Tyler McGuinness RB, LB Fr.
16 Karriem Royster QB, LB So.
17 Ken Bass WR, DB Fr.
18 Jimmy Scott WR, DB Fr.
19 Pat Zanzalari WR, DB Jr.
21 Pat Moran WR, DB, K Jr.
22 Jim Nacion WR, DB, K Sr.
23 David Smithman RB, LB Sr.
24 Shariff Scott WR, DB So.
25 Vincent DiGirolamo WR, DB So.
26 Matt Manno RB, LB Fr.
27 Anthony McCall RB, LB Fr.
28 Jeremy Rotolo RB, LB Sr.
29 Tyler Podinker RB, LB Fr.
30 Josh Chmara RB, DB Fr.
33 Shane Ellis RB, DB Fr.
33 Montrez Tims TE, DL So.
34 Kawan Koonce RB, DB Jr.
35 Chris Stoma RB, LB Jr.
36 Jake Acampora WR, DB So.
37 Mike Christensen RB, LB Fr.
38 Rory McShane RB, LB Jr.
39 Aaron Opre RB, LB So.
40 Mark Magoon RB, LB So.
41 Matt Schofield RB, LB Sr.
42 Curtis Rush TE, LB Sr.
43 Ed Santiago RB, DL Jr.
46 Zack O'Connor WR, DB Jr.
47 Rodney Cross WR, LB Fr.
48 Kevin Hoffman RB, LB Fr.
49 Brent Shiner RB, LB Jr.
50 Dan Moore OL, DL Jr.
51 Nick Anderson OL, DL Jr.
52 Greg Moran OL, LB So.
53 John Dowd OL, LB Sr.
54 Chris Ruocco OL, LB So.
55 Xavier Young OL, DL, K
56 Tom Kampo OL, DL So.
57 David Thompson OL, DL Fr.
58 Vinny Calderon OL, DL Sr.
60 Sam McMahon OL, DL Sr.
61 Adam Ricci OL, DL Fr.
62 Billy Caffyn OL, DL Sr.
63 Mason Schultz OL, DL Fr.
64 Kiernan Stewart OL, DL Jr.
65 Matt Lauer OL, DL Jr.
66 Ed Hickey OL, DL So.
67 Sam Isidoro OL, DL Fr.
68 Chris Michaels OL, DL So.
69 Matt Frigon OL, DL Jr.
70 Max Abreu OL, DL Fr.
71 Chris Pannone OL, DL Fr.
72 Zachary Andrews OL, DL So.
73 Scott Harris OL, DL Sr.
74 Nick Altmeyer OL, DL So.
75 Jason Phillips OL, DL So.
76 Jeff Pereira OL, DL Fr.
78 Brandon Guerra OL, DL Fr.
79 Alex Rinaldi OL, DL Jr.
80 Clint Hoffman TE, DL Sr.
81 James Cox WR, DB Fr.
83 Brandon Wurtenberg WR, DB Fr.
84 John Levance WR, DB So.
85 Ryan Morris TE, DL Sr.
86 Kenytta Swift TE, LB So.
87 Louis Stokes WR, DB Fr.
88 Tyler Coupe TE, LB Fr.
89 Kyle Morris WR, DB Fr.

Barnegat 2011 football schedule

Date Opponent Time
Sept. 9 at Rumson-Fair Haven L, 21-16
Sept. 16 vs. Manchester Township L, 35-21
Sept. 23 at Central Regional W, 16-14
Oct. 8 at Lacey Township W, 26-2
Oct. 14 vs. Matawan Regional L, 31-7
Oct. 21 vs. Brick Township W, 27-21, OT
Oct. 28 vs. Red Bank Regional W, 20-17
Nov. 4 at Holmdel W, 27-6
Nov. 11 vs. Point Pleasant Boro W, 35-31
Nov. 18 at West Deptford 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 vs. Pinelands Regional 10 a.m.