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September 12, 20132012 In Review: The Minutemen were 12-0, winning the North Jersey Section 2 Group 5 championship by beating Piscataway, after beating Franklin and Edison. They scored 438 points for a 39.82 average, while allowing 134 points for a 12.18 average, including two shutouts. Wins included Franklin, Union, and Hunterdon Central.
Departures: QB PJ Walker - Temple, RB Jahad Thomas - Temple, WR Kyle Ward - LIU (CW Post), CB Luis Ramos - Gettysburg, RB/Slot/DB Kason Campbell - Nassau CC (NY), LB Zeke Villafania - Wesley, OL/LB Aaron Tate - Montclair State, LB Cory Williams - Lincoln, OL/DL Akeem Polk - Lackawanna JC (Pa.), RB/Slot Jabriel McCray - JUCO in January, OL/DL Victor Rivera - ASA (Brooklyn)
Offense: Elizabeth runs a multiple spread and returns two who played often. The quarterback will be junior Tyree Gutierrez (6-foot-0, 175). At running back will be junior Marquise Leak (5-foot-10, 190), who saw time. The running back/slot backs will be seniors Sir John Ragland (5-foot-10, 170) and Keion Hunter (5-foot-10, 170), with Ragland getting action last year.
At the receivers, split end will have both junior Davon Williams (5-foot-11, 170) and senior Orlando Mejias (5-foot-11, 180) playing. The tight end will be senior Hasim Pretlow (6-foot-2, 220), who played and also started on defense.
The lien has no starters returning. The left side will have junior David Tobe (6-foot-2, 250) at tackle and junior Lloyd Jackson (5-foot-11, 265) at guard. The center will be senior Mikal Gamble (6-foot-0, 260). On the right side, it will be senior Devante Bravero (6-foot-0, 255) or senior Kenny Gutierrez (6-foot-3, 290) at guard and junior Albert DeJesus (6-foot-3, 270) at tackle.
Defense: The Minutemen play a multiple 5-2 and return three starters. At nose guard and the tackles, Tobe, Jackson, Kenny Gutierrez, Bravo, and senior Chris DeBose (6-foot-4, 290) will rotate at the three positions, with Tobe and Jackson returning starters. The ends have Leak, senior Jalaal Hall (6-foot-1, 200), and junior Shaquille Mars (5-foot-11, 180) competing, with Leak seeing time last year.
At linebacker, Pretlow returns and the frontrunner to play next to him is senior Fabrice Juin (5-foot-11, 205).
In the secondary Ragland and Mejias will be the safeties, with Ragland getting time last year. In the mix will be senior Ziare Manigo (5-foot-11, 175). The cornerbacks will be senior Jamil Harmon (5-foot-9, 160) and junior Umar Garner (5-foot-9, 160), with Hunter pushing them.
Special Teams: The kicker will be senior Mike Costa and the punter will be junior Frits Paul. The return men will be Mejias, Harmon, and junior Nasir Rogers (5-foot-6, 150).
Thursday, 9/12, at Westfield, 3PM
Friday, 9/20, at Union, 7PM
Friday, 9/27, Hunterdon Central at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/4, at Hillsborough, 7PM
Saturday, 10/12, at Franklin, 1PM
Friday, 10/18, Bridgewater-Raritan at home, 7PM
Friday, 10/25, Linden at home, 7PM
Friday, 11/1, at Phillipsburg, 7PM
Friday, 11/8, Plainfield at home, 7PM
Question Marks: Inexperience. The team needs to grow up quickly for a tough conference schedule.
Recruiting: Pretlow has interest from Temple, UMass, Delaware, Towson, and Albany. Juin has interest from Ivy League schools, with a 4.4 GPA. Ragland has interest from Patriot League schools. Others need a good senior year.
Tobe, Leak, and Jackson have 1-A potential; Jackson has a height issue, but Head Coach John Quinn calls him a fireplug. Tyler Gutierrez has college potential as a defensive back. Others need a good junior year.
Coach's Comments: "We have a lot of holes to fill because we had a great senior class last year. The kids we have are ready to step up and have a lot of energy. We've had a tough scrimmage schedule to prepare for a tough conference schedule." - Head Coach John Quinn
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