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Fri Sept 8 Franklin W 47-13

Fri Sept 15 Hunterdon Central W 14-12

Fri Sept 22 @ Bridgewater W 30-7

Thurs Sept 28 Hillsborough W 35-7

Fri Oct 6 @ Watchung Hills W 35-0

Fri Oct 20 @ Montgomery W 41-16

Fri Oct 27 North Hunterdon W 20-7

Fri Nov 3 @ Immaculata W 43-14

Fri Nov 10 N2 G4 Qtrs Milburn W 48-14

Fri Nov 17 N2 G4 Semis Irvington W 21-20

Thurs Nov 23 Easton @ Lafayette College L 21-14

Sat Dec 2 N2 G4 Final North Hunterdon


Fri Sept 9 @ Franklin W 20-6

Fri Sept 16 @ Hunterdon Central W 17-14

Fri Sept 23 Bridgewater L 30-7

Fri Sept 30 @ Hillsborough L 27-13

Fri Oct 7 Watchung Hills W 42-14

Fri Oct 21 Montgomery W 14-6

Fri Oct 28 @ North Hunterdon W 24-17

Fri Nov 4 Immaculata L 28-10

Fri Nov 11 Sayreville L 21-7

Thurs Nov 24 Easton at Lafayette College L 24-14


Fri Sept 11 @ Union W 33-12

Fri Sept 18 @ Bridgewater L 31-28

Fri Sept 25 Watchung Hills W 46-19

Fri Oct 2 Franklin W 42-6

Fri Oct 9 @ Hillsborough W 28-21

Fri Oct 16 Elizabeth W 31-0

Fri Oct 23 Hunterdon Central W 19-14

Sat Nov 7 @ Scotch Plains W 48-13

Fri Nov 13 Woodbridge W 35-20

Fri Nov 20 Colonia W 28-13

Thurs Nov 26 Easton @ Lafayette L 26-0

Sat Dec 5 vs Middletown South L 35-7


Fri Sept 12 Union W 48-6

Fri Sept 19 Bridgewater W 27-7

Fri Sept 26 @ Watchung Hills W 48-20

Sat Oct 4 @ Franklin W 32-8

Fri Oct 10 Hillsborough L 14-13

Fri Oct 17 @ Elizabeth W 19-6

Fri Oct 24 @ Hunterdon Central W 43-21

Fri Nov 7 Scotch Plains W 61-0

Fri Nov 14 N2 G4 Qtrs Mendham W 33-0

Fri Nov 21 N2 G4 Semis Woodbridge W 34-13

Thur Nov 27 Easton @ Lafayette W 19-15

Sat Dec 6 N2 G4 Final Colonia @ Rutgers W 28-21 OT



How a team responds to adversity tells you a lot about that team's character. If that axiom holds true, P'burg has a chance to reveal a lot about its character this week.

 Coming off a disheartening 26-0 loss to archrival Easton, P'burg has a golden opportunity for redemption this Saturday evening when the Liners meet top-ranked and unbeaten Middletown South at Met Life Stadium in E. Rutherford at 7 PM for the North 2 Group 4 title.

If past history is an indicator of future performance, the Liners will at the very least be competitive with perhaps the best team they have faced all year. P'burg suffered losses to Easton in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2013 only to follow up with outstanding efforts in a sectional final vs a tough opponent. Following a 28-7 loss to Easton in 2001, the Liners rebounded to top unbeaten, 2nd-ranked Montclair 10-7 for the N2 G4 title. The Liners were nipped by Piscataway 27-26 in OT in 2004 following a 31-0 loss to the Rovers, and dropped a last minute 14-9 decision to Elizabeth in 2006 following a 21-7 Turkey Day defeat. In 2008 and 2009, P'burg rebounded following losses to the Rovers with wins in the sectional final over Rahway 20-7 and Ridge 34-7. And in 2013, P'burg crushed Mendham 39-0 after suffering a 16-7 loss on Thanksgiving Day. So the Liners find themselves in familiar territory heading into this showdown.

P'burg will be facing a formidable opponent in Middletown South, who has a long and successful history in post-season action. The Eagles, who fashioned a 43-game winning streak from 2003-2006, have made 26 appearances in sectional play, have appeared in 20 finals, and have claimed 9 sectional titles, the last one coming in 2006. Their overall playoff record stands at a superb 43-17. Led by All-American RB Knowshon Moreno, who later starred at the U. of Georgia and played in the NFL the past 10 years, including four with the Denver Broncos, South was the last public high school to be named the best team in the state of New Jersey in 2005. But the Eagles , who have been shut out of a sectional title in recent years, losing in their sectional final five times in the past eight seasons, come into this contest hungry for another championship.

This season, South (11-0) clinched the Shore Conference A North division title with a team that returned many starters from last season. They have beaten S. Brunswick 41-21, Neptune 42-0, Marlboro 49-14, Freehold Twp. 42-0, Howell 47-0, Manalapan 42-7, Brick Memorial 21-3, Freehold Borough 38-7, West Windsor Plainsboro North 55-0, and Middletown North twice, 41-14 and 39-16. It should be noted that Manalapan, Freehold Borough, Middletown North, Brick Memorial and South Brunswick all qualified for sectionals, with Brick Memorial (Central Jersey Group 4) and South Brunswick (Central Jersey Group 5) reaching their sectional final. In the process, the Eagles have enjoyed a margin of victory of more than 35 ppg.

Middletown South's program has been built in similar fashion to P'burg's. The Eagles like to pound the ball with their vaunted running game and play tough defense. Their offense has averaged 41.8 ppg while defensively, they have posted 4 shut outs, held 3 other teams to 7 points or less, and have allowed more than 16 points in a game only once.

Middletown South's offense features two outstanding players in QB Matt Mosquera and RB Cole Rogers. Mosquera, who passed for 1,240 yards last season, has passed for 1,336  yards and 18 TDs with only 6 interceptions in 136 attempts this season. His two favorite targets are WRs Spencer Pereless and Tom Coffey. In the first Middletown North game, when Mosquera completed 10 of 11 passes for 165 yards and 2 TDs, Coffey caught 4 balls for 51 yards and a TD, while Pereless caught 5 for 108 yards and a TD. In the second outing, Coffey had a 62-yard TD reception while Pereless had a 21-yard TD reception. Mosquera is also a good runner and an outstanding kicker. Last season, he made 42 of 42 PAT's and 14 of 15 FG attempts. In the past 2 games vs Middletown North, he made 10 of 11 PAT's.

Rogers is South's go-to guy in the running game. Last season, he rushed for 1,867 yards and 26 TDs. This season, he has picked up 1,390 yards and 22 TDs on 139 carries despite missing time early in the season. In the two games against rival Middletown North, he carried 21 times for 211 yards and 4 TDs, and followed up with 12 carries for 115 yards and 3 TDs. Overall, South has rushed for more than 2,500 yards, and has lost only 2 of 5 fumbles all season.

Defensively, South has an attacking defense that is adept at forcing turnovers. The Eagles forced 4 miscues in the first Middletown North game, and picked off 2 passes in the second outing while limiting North's star RB Chad Fresnock to just 25 yards on 17 carries. The defense is led by a trio of good linebackers in James McCarthy, Kevin Higgins and Dylan Rogers. Tom Coffey leads the secondary with 4 picks.

P'burg (9-2) has dropped to #17 in the state following last week's disappointing 26-0 loss to Easton. The Liners had only 15 yards of offense heading into the 4th quarter, and could only muster 65 yards of total offense for the game.

With the passing game in a state of shambles, the Liners tried to pound the ball between the tackles but were stuffed by a Rover D that was loading up in the box to stop the run. In the past 3 games P'burg has completed just 2 of 14 passes for 3 yards with 4 interceptions. With defenses not fearing the passing game, P'burg could find itself in a similar situation this week versus a veteran Middletown South D that prides itself in shutting opposing offenses down.

The Stateliner running game banks on creating running lanes for junior Jaquan Jones (921 yards, 12 TDs) and senior Manni Romero (781 yards 6 TDs), who will get the bulk of the carries with tough junior Garrett Boures (5-10 190) in the mix as well. That trio has usually found a lot of running room behind a good offensive line of senior Zach Cyphers (6-2, 245) and senior Matt Yanes (6-4, 250) at tackle, senior Kyle Boyce (6-1, 215) and junior Robert Melise (5-11, 245) at guard and senior Jim Marinelli (6-2 303), a 3-year starter, at center.

Romero and Jones are threats on kickoff and punt returns as well.

Defensively, P'burg had a solid outing last week, holding Easton to just 2 FGs on offense. Yanes, Melise, Marinelli, senior Kyle Nothnagel (6-1, 270) and Zach Troxell (6-2 230) make up a sturdy defensive line, with Melise emerging as the leader of the group. Boures leads the LB corps with junior Josh Burton and senior Jack Gardner joining with Boures to form a mobile crew. The secondary features ball hawks in Romero (8 picks, tied for the state lead)) and Yusef Shelton (5 picks) along with Jayshawn Grant (3 picks), as well as safety Chris Ruiz (1 pick) and Voshawn Wilson (4 picks). The P'burg D will have to contend with a South offense that is balanced and can hurt defenses both on the ground and thru the air.

The Stateliner kick coverage teams have been an area of concern all year. Easton took advantage of the situation with Greg Albertson breaking a 70-yard punt return for a TD in the first quarter last week.

PREDICTION: This sectional final is one of New Jersey's marquee matchups, pitting the #1 team in the state versus the state's winningest program. South felt since the pre-season that this was their year, and they appear to be a team on a mission. They undoubtedly will stick to what got them here...a punishing ground game, stifling defense, and limiting their turnovers. P'burg has always prided itself on a similar philosophy, but has been prone to making mistakes that can't be made versus a team of this caliber. It appears that whoever wins the battle in the trenches and limits its mistakes will come out on top of this game. The Liners' lack of a passing game is the biggest weakness that may come back to haunt them. While this writer anticipates an all-out valiant garnet and gray effort, the Stateliners will fall short in their effort to claim their 3rd consecutive sectional title. South controls the line of scrimmage and makes its case for the #1 ranking in the state with a solid win over a hard-nosed P'burg team that gives its all to the very end. MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 28 P'BURG 14


P'burg's Manni Romero, a versatile performer on offense, defense, and on special teams, has been named first team all-state as a defensive back by and the Newark Star Ledger. The 5-11, 170 pound senior rarely came off the field for the Stateliners. On offense, he rushed for 933 yards and 6 TDs as a RB and caught 17 passes for 478 yards and 6 TDs as a WR. On special teams, he returned 3 kickoffs for TDs and had a punt return TD called back because of penalty. On defense, he tied for the state lead with 8 interceptions. Overall, he accumulated more than 2,000 all-purpose yards. His great speed and elusiveness in the open field made him a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Romero is P'burg's first 1st team all-state selection since Gerald VanDeCruz in 2010. Congratulations Manni!!



P'burg senior LB Taji Lowe has been named 2nd-team all-state, all groups by the Star Ledger. He was P'burg's leading tackler this season.

Lowe and RB Joe Maso were named 1st-team all-Group 4 by the Ledger.  Named to the 2nd team were guard John Monaghan, utility back Anthony Guarino and LB Alex Annan. Named to the 3rd team was defensive lineman Tim Hinkle. 

Congratulations to all of the Stateliners!  


2014 Season Preview

Coming off a 10-2 season capped off by claiming the N2 G4 sectional title, P'burg looks to keep the momentum going as the Liners head into their 110th season on the gridiron.

P'burg returned to familiar territory last year following a down year in 2012. The Stateliners (10-2) won the Delaware Division championship of the Mid State 38 Conference, went 10-0 versus NJ public schools, and beat CJ G5 champ Hunterdon Central and N2 G5 runner up Union while dropping two contests by a total of 12 points. They finished ranked #12 in the state by Gridiron New Jersey.

P'burg will once again compete in the Delaware Division of the Mid State 38 as well as the N2 G4 section, where they hope to claim both championships for the second consecutive season. With a lineup stocked with veteran players, hopes for a productive season are running high. The Liners are ranked 13th in the state by the Star Ledger and 4th in the Express-Times area, and have been picked to repeat as Delaware Division champions by the Ledger.

Head coach Ryan Ditze has put together an excellent coaching staff, blending some seasoned veterans with some enthusiastic young coaches, most with P'burg roots, in hopes of guiding the current group of Stateliners to continued success. The most notable changes to the coaching staff are the naming of former Stateliner 2001 all-state safety Frank Duffy as defensive coordinator, while adding former Liner 2-way lineman Sam Hull to the staff.

Offensively, P'burg will turn to its best pure athlete, senior Anthony Guarino, to run a revamped offense. Guarino (5-10, 170), a first-team selection to the Express Times, West Jersey,  and Group 4 all-state teams as a DB, will have the ball in his hands on nearly every snap. Last season the speedy athlete rushed for 588 yards and 8 TDs, caught 27 balls for 388 yards and 5 TDs, had several kick returns for TDs, and had 5 INT's from his safety position on defense. He has shown a strong and accurate arm while flashing his elusive running skills in the pre-season.

Guarino will have plenty of help offensively as the Liners return another outstanding talent in RB Joe Maso, the latest in a long line of outstanding RBs the school has produced. A potent blend of speed and power, the 5-10, 200lb senior rushed for 1,565 yards and 17 TDs while also earning all-Express area, all-West Jersey and first-team Group 4 all-state honors. Maso also caught 2 balls for TDs. His relentless running style, his ability to break tackles, and his excellent speed in the open field make him one of the very best runners not only in the Lehigh Valley area but also in the state of New Jersey.

Combined, Guarino and Maso accounted for more than 2,100 yards rushing and 25 rush TDs last year.

Senior Dan Weisel (5-9, 195), a hard runner, should see plenty of time at fullback, while junior Manny Romero (5-10, 155) and shifty soph Jaquan Jones (5-9, 165) may back up Maso at RB.

With the move of Guarino to QB, and the loss of Randy Custodio and Chris Trent to graduation, P'burg has restocked its receiving corps with some capable replacements. Seniors Jake Clifford (6-1, 175), Steve Friedman (5-9, 160) and Montell Britton (5-11, 195) and junior Yusef Shelton (6-1, 180) will be the targets that Guarino will look for in the passing game. All have good hands, but lack game experience.

P'brug also has several tight ends to throw to. Senior Taji Lowe (6-1, 205) caught 5 balls for 186 yards last year, with 3 of those receptions resulting in TDs. Junior Matt Yanes (6-4, 220) and promising soph Zach Troxell (6-2, 230) give Guarino two more big targets to throw to.

P'burg returns two starters in the offensive line. Junior center Jim Marinelli (6-2, 290) and junior tackle Isaiah Williams (6-3, 270) both return with a full year of experience under their belts. They will be joined either by senior tackle Jordan Pagani (6-4, 295) or senior Caleb Calebro (6-1, 260) at the other tackle slot. Senior Isaiah Devore (5-10, 275), and senior  John Monaghan (5-11, 195) will fill the guard spots, giving the Liners a big, physical offensive line. They will be charged with giving Maso running room and Guarino time to throw. If the line develops, P'burg has the potential to be an explosive offensive team.

Defensively, P'burg returns no less than 5 starters plus other players who saw playing time, and added a couple players who collectively give the Stateliners a chance to be a very good defensive team.

On the D-line, P'burg returns two starters in DE Jack Donnelley (6-0, 195) and DL Tim Hinkle (5-9, 180). Donnelley missed the second half of the season last year after suffering a serious leg injury in the Hunterdon Central game. Hinkle started on defense the entire season and was credited with 39 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 1 TFL. Both are quick and aggressive players.

At the other defensive end spot, soph Zach Troxell (6-2, 230) has nailed down a starting spot. Senior Isaiah Devore (5-10, 275) looks to have nailed down one of the interior defensive line spots. He missed almost the entire year last year after suffering an ankle injury in a pre-season scrimmage.

The 4th down lineman spot has been filled by a rotation of junior Isaiah Williams (6-3, 270) and Jordan Pagani (6-4, 295). However, P'burg has added another player to its roster as former Stateliner Kyle Nothnagel has returned from western Pa. Nothnagel, a 6-1, 280 lb. junior, was a promising prospect before heading west and playing for Apollo Ridge in Pa, beginning in his frosh season. He is a handful at an interior DL spot, but has been ruled by the NJSIAA to have to sit 4 games. The ruling is under appeal, and should the ruling be overturned, Nothnagel will be a welcome addition to the defensive line.

The heart of P'burg's defense, however, rests within its LB corps, where two 3-year starters return. Senior Taji Lowe (6-1, 205), last year's leading tackler with 79 stops, also had 1.5 sacks, 3 TFL, and an INT. Last season, he garnered 2nd team all-Group 4, 1st-team all-West Jersey, and 2nd-team Express-Times honors. He is the leader of the defense, and is drawing interest from numerous colleges.

His running mate, senior Alex Annan, is another hard-hitting LB who teams with Lowe to give P'burg one of the best line backing tandems around. Annan (6-0, 190) was the team's 2nd-leading tackler in 2013, amassing 66 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 TFL. He has a nose for the ball, and like Lowe, is quick and a solid tackler.

On the outside, junior Matt Yanes (6-4, 220), who had 14 tackles, 3 TFL and a fumble recovery, should see time either at DE or an outside LB spot.

In the secondary, Guarino returns at free safety where he racked up 47 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FR, and 5 picks. He was a first-team Group 4 selection last year, and is a ball hawk at his safety spot. He should be joined in the secondary by senior Steve Friedman (5-9, 160), who had 7 tackles last year before breaking his arm and missing considerable time. Senior Montell Britton (5-11, 195) also had 7 tackles last year, while senior Elijah Case (6-1, 160) also saw considerable playing time last year when he had 10 tackles and an INT. P'burg has also added senior Tyler Lutsky-Baum (5-10, 175), a starter for Belvidere last year, who has chosen to attend P'burg this season. He gives P'burg added depth in the secondary.

Kicker Ryan O'Dowd has graduated, so P'burg needs to find a replacement there. Several players are contending for the starting spot.

PREDICTION: P'burg has the makings of an outstanding team this season. The Liners have size, good speed, and plenty of experience at a lot of positions. P'burg has several playmakers offensively in Guarino and Maso, one of the best one-two punches around. If the o-line comes together, P'burg has the  potential to put a lot of points on the board. Defensively, the Liners run well, and have some talented performers, especially at the LB positions. P'burg has enough capable players to keep a lot of people fresh and not use too many players both ways. The schedule is lighter, with Westfield and Immaculata being replaced by Watchung Hills, who has never beaten P'burg, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood, whose best player, DL Rashan Gary, has transferred to Paramus Catholic. P'burg's biggest tests should come from Elizabeth, who is rumored to have reloaded from a couple years ago, always tough Hunterdon Central, and Easton, which has another outstanding team. The feeling here is P'burg will capture the Delaware Division title and storm through their section for the second consecutive year. Barring injuries to key players, expect no less than a 10-2 season with an outside shot to go 12-0.


2013 Season Preview

P'burg enters its 3rd season under head coach Ryan Ditze looking to turn around last season's sub-par performance and make a return to state playoff action.

The program and its loyal fans are all disappointed after missing out the last two seasons following eleven consecutive seasons of qualifying for state playoffs. P'burg would also like to turn the tables on rivals Hunterdon Central and Easton, who have both dominated in recent years. But the Star- Ledger has picked the Stateliners to finish dead last in its 8-team division.

The Liners will compete in the Delaware Division of the Mid-State 38 Conference, where they have not won a division title since 2006. Should they qualify, the Liners will drop down from Group 5 and compete in North Jersey Section 2 Group 4 this season. The schedule will once again make this a difficult task as the Liners will have to contend with perennial powers Hunterdon Central, Elizabeth, Union, Westfield, and Immaculata along with Franklin, Hillsborough, and Bridgewater. With archrival Easton looming on Turkey Day, this schedule represents once again the toughest slate the Liners have faced since leaving the old East Penn League in 1995.

Offensively, P'burg lost a versatile player in multi-talented Alex Martin. P''burg has experimented during the summer and pre-season with installing a read option offense utilizing Jr. Anthony Guarino (5-11, 170) at QB. Guarino was the MVP of the Bloomsburg, Pa team camp, and is probably the best athlete on the team. The Liners have also used last year's starter, Sr. Tyler Troxell (6-1, 170), who passed for 895 yards and 8 TDs with 8 INTs, in pre-season scrimmages vs N. Hunterdon and Rancocas Valley, Freehold Boro, and Montclair. It appears the Liners could utilize both during the season.

P'burg has some capable skill position players on offense. Guarino, when not at QB, can line up at RB, WR, or in the slot. He rushed for 394 yards and 3 TDs and caught 7 passes for 132 yards and a TD. He is also a threat on special teams. Jr. RB Joe Maso (6-0, 190) is a bruising runner who is adept at breaking tackles, and who also possesses good speed. He ran for 372 yards and 2 TDs despite missing the last month of the season with a hand injury.

The Liners have some other players on offense who can contribute, including Sr. WR Randy Custodio (5-5, 145), who caught 7 balls for 138 yards, and Sr. WR Chris Trent (5-5, 160), who caught 4 balls for 61 yards and a TD. Jr. Jack Donnelley (6-0, 210), who missed most of last season with an injury, appears to have the inside track at FB, while Sr. Tyler Conlon (6-2, 205) should be set at TE.

The biggest question mark on offense is the offensive line, which lost a good one in 4-year letterman Jarrett "Big Kat" Williams, now at Wesley College in Delaware, as well as several other starters. The o-line will be rebuilt around Sr. guard Kyle Boylan (5-9, 210) and tackle Nick Favino (5-11, 240), both returning starters, as well as soph center Jim Marinelli (6-0, 265), and soph tackle Isaiah Williams (6-4, 250).

Defensively, P'burg lost some very good players, including LB DaJuan Lee, who led the team in tackles with 80. Also gone are standout DT Jarrett Williams (55 tackles), LB/DE Marcus Williams (29 tackles), DB Alex Martin (23 tackles), DE Mike Fitz (20 tackles), and LB Anthony Rand-Willever (22 tackles)

P'burg returns a host of players who have a lot of experience. Rebuilding the defensive line will be another priority. Jr. Tim Hinkle (5-8, 200, 21 tackles) returns at NG, but the remainder of slots are being contested by a slew of players.

The strength of the defense appears to be at LB, where Jr Alex Annan (5-11, 195, 58 tackles) and Jr. Taji Lowe (6-0, 195, 38 tackles) both return. Both run well and show good pursuit. Jr. Jack Donnelley (6-0, 210) should also see action at LB. Tyler Conlon should see action at one DE.

The secondary returns a group of players who gained a lot of experience last year. Guarino (37 tackles), Custodio (68 tackles), and Trent )28 tackles) are all seasoned veterans.

KIcker Ryan O'Dowd is back in the fold, and his leg appears to have gotten stronger. He could be a factor in close contests.

Tyler Troxell, Tyler Conlon, Randy Custodio, and Kyle Boylan have been selected to serve as captains for the season.

PREDICTION: The coaching staff, players, and fans alike are eager for the program to turn its fortunes around and return to its winning ways. A schedule that contains one tough game after another will make that difficult for this Stateliner team. P'burg has some talented players, but the key will be how well the staff develops consistent line play on both sides of the ball. The team does not have great size, but does appear to have some speed to offset the size deficit. The Liners will probably be an underdog in at least 5 games vs HC, Elizabeth, Union, Immaculata and Easton, while the other four contests aren't sure wins either. The program is in somewhat of a downturn in overall talent. It appears the Liners may be headed for another mediocre season. Look for a possible .500 season with an outside shot at a post-season playoff berth.

2013 Post-Season Honors


P'burg's N2 G4 sectional championship team placed numerous players on the Star ledger all-state teams.

Receiving first-team Group 4 all-state honors were junior RB Joe Maso (offense) and junior safety Anthony Guarino (defense).

Maso rushed for 1,565 yards and 17 TDs, and also caught 12 passes for 209 yards and 2 TDs. His rushing total is the 4th highest single season total in Stateliner history.

Guarino had 47 tackles, 5 interceptions, and a fumble recovery as a safety on defense. Offensively, Guarino rushed for 588 yards and 8 TDs, caught 27 passes for 388 yards and 5 TDs, and had a punt return for a TD. He also had several kick returns for TDs that were negated by penalty.

The two explosive juniors figure to comprise one of the most dynamic duos in the state next season.

Junior LB Taji Lowe was named to the 2nd team Group 4 all-state team. Lowe led the Liners with 79 tackles, had 3 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and had an interception return for a TD.

Congratulations to these outstanding Stateliners! Their honors are a result of hard work and dedication, and are well deserved.

All West Jersey

Ten Stateliners received all-West Jersey honors.

Named to the first-team offense was Anthony Guarino, while LB Taji Lowe, LB Alex Annan, and DL Kyle Boylan were named to the frist-team defense. 

Named to the 2nd team offense were RB Joe Maso and QB Tyler Troxell, while DL Elijah Devore and DL Tim Hinkle were named on defense.

Named to the 3rd team were CB Chris Trent and kicker Ryan O'Dowd.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding Stateliners!!

All-Express Times

Six Stateliners were named to the Express Times all-area team.

Athlete Anthony Guarino, kicker Ryan O'Dowd, and DL Kyle Boylan were named to the first team.

Second team selections included RB Joe Maso, DL Elijah Devore, and LB Taji Lowe.

Receiving honorable mention were QB Tyler Troxell, WR Randy Custodio, DL Tim Hinkle, and LB Alex Annan.


2012 Post-Season Honors

Seniors Jarrett "Big Kat" Williams and Alex Martin were both named to the Express-Times first team All-Area team this past Sunday. Williams was named as an offensive lineman while Martin was selected as an athlete.

The "Big Kat", a 3-year starter and 4-year letterman, was the leader on the Liner offensive line, and was also a standout on the defensive side of the ball. A 2nd-team all-state selection last year and a 3rd-team all-state pick in 2010, he is the best linemen to come through the program since all-state guard Eric Agnew in 2005. Jarrett is receiving interest from numerous colleges, among them UMass, Coastal Carolina and PSAC schools.

Martin, a 5-10, 175 lb speedster, was the Liners biggest threat to take it the distance this year. He rushed for 324 yards and 3 TDs, caught 22 passes for 409 yards and 4 TDs, and had 4 kick returns for TDs, giving him 20 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He is being pursued by PSAC schools.

Also receiving all-area honors were senior LB JaJuan Lee, who was named to the 2nd team, soph Anthony Guarino, an Honorable Mention choice as an athlete, and senior Marcus Williams, an Honorable Mention pick at LB.

Congratulations to these Stateliners for their outstanding efforts this season!

2011 Post-Season Honors


Jarrett "Big Kat" Williams, a 6-1, 254 pound junior 2-way tackle, has been named to the Star-Ledger second team all-state team on offense for the 2011 season. Williams was a 3rd-team selection last year as a sophomore. Williams burst onto the scene in 2009, seeing plenty of action as a freshman. He has been one of the leaders of P'burg's line, mainly on offense in 2010, and on both sides of the ball this past season. Williams also was a 1st-team all-Group 4 selection this year. He will be one of the better lineman in the state next year, and is sure to draw plenty of attention from college recruiters when he anchors P'burg's line. Congratulations Big Kat!!

All-West Jersey

Eight Stateliners received all-West Jersey honors from the Star-Ledger. Named to the first team offense were 2-way tackle Jarrett Williams and WR/RB Alex Martin. Williams has been the Liners' top lineman the past two seasons, and will be the leader again next year  for P'burg. He has been named 3rd-team all-state and 2nd-team all-state the past two seasons. Martin, also a junior, was P'burg's biggest threat offensively this past season. Despite missing 4 games with an injury, Martin was the team's leading receiver with 16 catches for 365 yards and 5 TDs. He also rushed for 292 yards and 4 TDs on just 45 carries. A gifted athlete who excels on both sides of the ball, he will be one of the most exciting players in the Lehigh Valley/West Jersey area next year.

Named to the 1st team defense were LB Robert Waterson and CB Joe Moyer. The 6-0, 185 pound senior was one of the leading tacklers on the P'burg defense this year. Waterson really stepped it up when his running mate at LB, junior DaJuan Lee, went down with an injury in mid-season. He also was on the receiving end of 2 TD passes as a TE this past year. Moyer, also a senior, was P'burg's leading tackler this past season with 54 stops. He also had 3 interceptions.

Nemed to the 2nd team offense were QB Mike Diamond and center Chris Chioffe. Named to the 3rd team offense was RB Robin Custodio, the Liners' leading rusher. All 3 are seniors. Named to the 2nd team defense was senior DT Dylan George.

Congratulations to all of these Stateliners for garnering these awards. They are all deserving of these honors.

All-Express Times

Seven Stateliners received post-season honors from the Express-Times. Named to the 2nd team on the offensive line was tackle Jarrett Williams. Named to the 3rd team offense were athlete Alex Martin and center Chris Chioffe. Named to the 3rd team defense were LB Rob Waterson and CB Mike Diamond. RB Robin Custodio received honorable mention honors on offense, while CB Joe Moyer was named honorable mention on defense. Congratulations, Liners!

Stateliner Sidelines

These former Stateliners are now competing at the collegiate level at the following schools:

Alex Annan  LB  Bloomsburg U
Montell Britton  WR  California U of Pa.
Caleb Calabro  OT  S. Virginia U.
Jake Clifford  WR  Ursinus College
Tyler Conlan  DE  Lebanon Valley College
Zach Cyphers  OL  Muhlenberg College
Elijah DeVore  DL  Delaware Valley College
Dan Fisher  LB  Muhlenberg College
Brendan Grube  K  Gettysburg College
Anthony Guarino  WR  East Stroudsburg U.
Jordan Jackson  WR  Kean College
Ja'Quan Jones  RB  Morgan State
Taji Lowe  LB  Maine U.
Jim Marinelli  OL  Ursinus College
Ryan O'Dowd  K  Sacre Heart U.
Blaise Santini  DL  Kean College
Kyle Santini  WR  Kean College
Zach Troxell  DL  Lehigh U.
Matt Yanes  DL  Bentley U.

...Former P'burg, great Bill Walsh, who later starred at Notre Dame and became an all-pro center in the NFL, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 84 years old. Walsh graduated from P'burg in 1945, where he was an all-state lineman. Walsh later earned All-American honors while at Notre Dame, where he also played on three undefeated teams and won two national championships. During his time at ND, Walsh played in all but one of the 38 games played, and started in 27 contests. He capped off his collegiate career by playing in the College All-Star game and the North-South All-Star game. Walsh then starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, where he was named to the All-Pro team and started at center in three Pro Bowls. He later served as an assistant coach at ND, and then coached for 32 years in the NFL. Walsh was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1983. He was named #35 in the Express-Times' greatest 100 athletes of the 20th century, and was inducted into the P'burg-Easton Hall of Fame in 2006. The entire P'burg football community is proud of Walsh's many achievements. On behalf of all P'burg football fans, would like to extend its condolences to the entire Walsh family.

...Tom Bakley, a former standout guard and linebacker at P'burg, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2011 after an illness. Bakley was a 2nd-team Newark News all-state selection and one of the leaders of P'burg's 1967 squad, the last team ever coached at P'burg by former legendary coach Harold Bellis. Affectionately known as "Bake", he was a very good 3-sport athlete who also competed in wrestling and in track in the throwing events. After graduation from P'burg, he attended Lycoming College before returning to P'burg, where he became involved in wrestling once again, coaching midget wrestlers in Lopatcong Township. On a personal note, this writer was friends with Bake for close to 50 years. He was a fierce 2-way performer who never came off the field during football games. He was also an outstanding kicker who never had the chance to kick a FG, but repeatedly had his kickoffs fielded inside the opponent's 10-yard line. He was a great teammate, and a fun-loving individual off the field. I am proud to say I was his friend and teammate. Our condolences go out to his family...wife Barbara, son TJ, and daughter Traci. Rest in peace, brother.

1967...Stateliners celebrate their

0-0 tie with unbeaten Easton. Front row, center: Dave Leone and Tom Bakley.

The 2010 Stateliners set several school records on offense while compiling a 9-2 record. The Liners set records for average yards per game with a 393 yard per game average. They also set the record for average yards per play with a 7.69 yard average. The 2010 team finished as the 2nd highest scoring team of all time with 404 points scored, second only to the 2005 team's school record of 422 points. P'burg also compiled 4,327 yards of total offense, 2nd to the 2005 team's school record of 4,543 yards.

...Former Phillipsburg great Charles Stecker, an all-state and All-American C/LB in 1963 under coach Harold Bellis, has passed away at the age of 65.  Charlie was the leader of P'burg's 1963 team that posted a 7-1-1 record, including a 33-6 win over archrival Easton. He attended Syracuse University on a full football scholarship. Charlie was inducted into the P'burg-Easton Hall of Fame in 2009.  Our condolences go out to his entire family, including his brother Herb, another all-state performer for P'burg who also starred at Syracuse.

...P'burg also recently lost another former great when all-state tackle Tom Allen passed away at the age of 67. Tom was one of the leaders of P'burg's outstanding 1960 team, which was crowned New Jersey state champion.  He was inducted into the P'burg-Easton Hall of Fame in 2008.  Our condolences go out to his family.

...P'burg qualified for state playoff action in ten consecutive seasons last decade.  The Liners also won 88 games over those ten years, the most victories in any decade in school history.  P'burg chalked up 74 wins during the 1980s and 72 wins during the 1940s.


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