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Raiders Football Set For Challenge of New Section

Hillsborough to use two quarterback rotation to tackle newly-formed Central Jersey, Group V.

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The football team lost a number of key players to graduation last year. The most noticeable loss is at quarterback with John Von Nessen now at Penn State, where he will play lacrosse. Second-year Raiders head coach Kevin Carty Jr. expects to go with a two-quarterback rotation. Sophomore Ed Trimpert, who last year led the freshman team to an undefeated season, and junior Andrew Zitel will split time under center during Friday's opening game at Phillipsburg. Zitel, who was a started at wide receiver last year, will pull double duty at both positions.

The Raiders this year move up into the newly created Central Jersey, Group V section, in which it will battle for a playoff spot. During the regular season schedule, the Raiders add perennial powerhouses Elizabeth and Westfield to their schedule, who replace Ridge and Watchung Hills.

LAST SEASON'S RESULTS

The Raiders finished their 2011 season with a 4-6 record while qualifying for the NJSIAA postseason for the first time since 2005. They fell to South Brunswick, 63-14, in the Central Jersey, Group IV first round.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

John Banaciski–
The senior running back was named as last year's Somerset County Player of the Year, rushing for 1,551 yards, 445 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. In addition to his duties at running back, Banaciski will be expected to play defensive back and contribute on the kick return team.

David Dudek–The senior is expected to lead the defensive line.

Nico Mukendi, Mike Williams, Cedric Small–The trio of newcomers is expected to provide depth and big plays at the wide receiver position.

THEY WILL BE MISSED

John Von Nessen, QB–
Last year's starting quarterback is attending Penn
State University, playing lacrosse.

Andrew Kincaid, OL–Mulhenberg playing football.

Owen Thomson, OL–Sacred Heart University playing lacrosse.

Chris Giradi, WR–Last year's leading wide receiver is now attending University of Rhode Island.

Dominick Picarillo, LB–Attending Misericordia and playing football.

Erick Acosta, LB–Attending Raritan Valley

James Stavrakis, LB–SUNY Cortland playing lacrosse.

Greg Zotian, OL/DL–Attending Misericordia and playing football.

COACHES TAKE

“All of our returning players have come back this year looking better and
stronger. We have a tough schedule but we're ready.” – head coach Kevin Carty
Jr.

THEY SAID IT

"We lost some starters on the offensive line but the new guys coming up are looking real good" - senior center Alex Duncan.

UP NEXT - The Raiders open their season at Phillipsburg Friday at 7 p.m.

2012 RAIDERS SCHEDULE
(Schedule May Change As Season Progresses. The Team Posts Its Schedule Here)

  • Sept. 7, at Phillipsburg, 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 14, vs. Westfield, 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 21, vs. Bridgewtaer-Raritan, 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 28, at Elizabeth, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 5 vs. Hunterdon Central, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 12 at Union, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 vs. Montgomery, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 26 vs. North Hunterdon, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 3 at Franklin, 1 p.m.


2012 RAIDERS ROSTER 

# LAST NAME FIRST NAME YEAR POSITION HEIGHT WEIGHT 2 TRIMPERT ED 10 QB 5-8 155 3 DI ALFONSO MIKE 10 WR/DB 5-8 165 4 MUKENDI NICO 12 WR/DB 6-5 220 5 DELRIO VICTOR 10 RB/DB 5-7 150 6 ZITEL ANDREW 11 QB/WR 6-2 180 7 ERCEG DANIEL 11 QB 5-11 180 8 JACKSON KEVIN 10 WR/DB 5-10 145 9 AQUINO JORDAN 11 FB/LB 5-11 230 10 SENERCHIA JARED 10 WR/DB 5-9 160 11 BAYER CHRIS 11 WR/DB 5-7 125 12 SMALL CEDRE 11 WR/DB 6-0 180 13 AZCUIDIAZ RAMON 12 WR/DB 6-0 170 14 LEVONAITIS SCOT 10 WR/DB 5-8 135 15 CHEEMA HARLEEN 11 QB/DB 5-10 150 16 SHAPIRO MIKE 10 WR/DB 5-6 120 18 LENNON TYLER 11 WR/DB 5-8 150 19 KELLERMAN TOM 12 RB/DB 5-9 160 21 WILLIAMS MICHAEL 12 RB/DB 5-9 160 22 BANACISKI JOHN 12 RB/DB 5-11 180 24 CRISPO ADRIEL 12 RB/DB 5-8 140 25 BUSH JAHEEM 11 RB/DB 5-8 155 26 BOYLAN JACK 11 WR/DB 6-0 165 27 VANDOREN BRANDON 10 WR/DB 5-7 150 28 BUCKLEY CHRISTIAN 12 TE/LB 5-9 160 29 LEINBACH DAN 10 WR/DB 5-5 130 30 BAGDAN BRENDAN 11 FB/LB 5-9 230 32 HERNANDEZ JEIZEL 11 RB/LB 5-5 180 33 KOUTEN MIKE 12 WR/DB 5-11 160 34 DELMUNDO PAUL 12 WR/DB 5-8 165 35 REAVES ISAAC 10 RB/DB 5-8 165 36 DOUGHERTY TREVOR 10 WR/LB 5-8 150 37 LAZICKY TREVOR 11 WR/DB 5-7 150 39 NAGY BRIAN 12 K 5-8 165 42 FOTI ROBERT 12 WR/DB 5-11 180 43 STAVRAKIS ANTHONY 11 TE/LB 5-11 210 44 KANELLOS STEVE 12 FB/LB 5-7 185 45 VILLA NICK 12 RB/LB 5-7 160 47 VERSACI JOE 10 WR/DB 5-6 140 48 HORTA ANTHONY 12 TE/LB 5-9 180 49 STOLLERY ALEX 10 TE/LB 5-10 160 50 GATTO MATT 10 OL/LB 5-10 165 51 DUNCAN ALEX 12 OL/DL 6-4 230 53 ZOTIAN DAN 12 OL/DL 6-1 250 54 PAGANO MARK 10 OL/DL 5-10 200 55 ROAKE DYLAN 12 OL/DL 5-10 175 56 McDONALD JOHN 10 OL/LB 5-9 200 57 BERGEN KYLE 10 OL/LB 6-2 200 58 BROWN JOSH 10 OL/DL 5-11 210 59 WHITMAN IAN 12 OL/LB 5-11 195 60 LEDDY DAN 11 OL/LB 5-6 180 61 BEVAN NICK 11 OL/DL 5-8 180 62 FODERA NICK 10 OL/DL 5-10 220 63 SURACE RUSS 11 OL/DL 5-5 215 64 PATRICK JACOB 11 OL/DL 6-0 230 65 COWAN ANDY 10 OL/DL 5-11 220 67 SHEEHY JACK 12 OL/DL 5-10 215 68 ZUJKOWSKI ALAN 11 OL/DL 5-7 165 69 CHEN ERIC 10 OL/DL 5-9 240 70 SANTORELLI ALFREDO 11 OL/DL 5-8 200 72 MERRIMAN BRYAN 12 OL/DL 6-3 270 73 SINGH ANISH 10 OL/DL 5-8 215 74 SCHEMM BRIAN 10 OL/DL 5-10 230 75 SHAFFER TOM 11 OL/DL 6-0 230 77 DUDEK DAVID 12 OL/DL 6-1 280 78 HANNA MARK 12 OL/DL 6-0 250 79 PELLICANE MATT 10 OL/DL 5-11 250 80 VALENTINE ANTHONY 10 WR/DB 5-9 165 81 RYAN JACK 11 TE/DL 6-0 180 82 SMITH KORY 10 TE/LB 5-8 165 83 STRAUSS DAN 10 WR/LB 5-10 170 84 MURDOCK TYSHON 12 TE/DL 6-2 225 85 GE BILL 11 WR/DB 5-9 165 86 URQUILLA ABRAHAM 10 WR/DB 5-8 150 87 GRABON MARK 11 TE/LB 5-10 165 88 CRISAFULLI ANTHONY 11 WR/DB 5-4 140 89 PATRIZIO ANDREW 10 TE/LB 6-1 190

COACHING STAFF

HEAD COACH: Kevin Carty O-LINE / OLBS: Don Adams DEF. COORDINATOR: Kevin Carty Sr. WRs / CBs Sean Carty O-LINE / D-LINE John Muraview RBs / LBs: Tom Sharples WRs / SAFETIES: Brandon Wiater FRESHMEN: Bobby Zwirko FRESHMEN: John Vitale

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