Robeson East-West All Star Football Game set for June 14th [rosters]

Above photo of Robeson West squad (courtesy of Mike Lamberti).

The 2017 Morris-Sussex football season will go down as one for the ages with some amazing performances, unforeseen plot twists and crazy good athletes. Well, now your favorite Morris-Sussex players suit up with the same color jerseys to take on the eastern part of the state in the Robeson East-West Classic.

Picture Pequannock quarterback Dave Jachera handing it off to Newton’s Chase Cramer.  Or Par Hills’ Vinnie Bianchi and Jefferson’s Andrew Benfatti on the same defense.  Or Dover’s Masyn Sanchez and MoBeard’s Tahj Valentine both lined up to return kicks.

The Robeson Classic is the last time you’ll get to see many of the all-stars from the 2017 season so come on by the Paul Robeson Stadium in East Orange at 7pm on June 14th and support.

Robeson all-star football game will feature Hall of Fame inductions

by Mike Lamberti

Photo of Robeson East squad (courtesy of Mike Lamberti).

The 25th annual Paul Robeson All-Star Football Classic will be played Thursday, June 14, starting at 7 p.m.

Once again, the neighboring towns of Belleville, Nutley, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge will have representatives playing on the East squad. The game will be played at Robeson Stadium in East Orange.

The East roster is made up of high school senior players from Essex and Hudson counties while the West consists of senior standouts from Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties.

Last year’s contest was an exciting game as the East won in overtime, 13-7, before an enthusiastic crowd.

In addition to the game, the Essex County Football Coaches Hall of Fame will once again open its doors, with four new inductees. The late Joseph D’Ambola, a very popular assistant coach at Belleville High for 30 years, will join longtime Glen Ridge coach Duke Mendez, along with the late Tom Dean, a tremendous football coach at East Orange, and Irvin “Poochie” Hill, when the 2018 class is inducted the night of the game.

Locally, Glen Ridge High quarterback Tyler Liddy will see action in the game, as will Nutley’s Luis Abreu and Anthony Alberti, Bloomfield’s Marcus Wolf, Joe Pentz and Jeremy Witherspoon and Mahmoud Youssef of Belleville.

Abreu, Alberti and Youssef are talented offensive linemen, Wolf is a punter, Pentz will see time on the offensive line and Witherspoon is a speedy tailback.

The induction of Coach Joe D’Ambola has generated a great deal of excitement for longtime Belleville High football fans.

D’Ambola, a Belleville High grad, spent his professional career as an educator at his alma mater for nearly 40 years. He was an assistant coach to three BHS head coaches, including John Senesky, with whom he coached with for 20 seasons.

When Senesky retired as head coach following the 1996 season, D’Ambola followed his longtime friend. The two remained educators at Belleville High into the new millennium. D’Ambola retired as a teacher and he and his wife of 47 years, Patricia, moved to Ocean County.

Joe passed away after an illness Dec. 23, 2016. While Joe’s coaching and teaching roots were in Belleville, he and his wife raised their two daughters in Bloomfield. It was Bloomfield football coach Mike Carter who was instrumental in placing D’Ambola’s name for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame.

Many of D’Ambola’s one-time players at Belleville High recalled a man who would be gruff on the exterior, but a gentle soul with a big heart.

Upon learning of Joe’s passing in 2016, Senesky was quick to recall a loving man.

“Joe loved teaching and coaching,” said Senesky. “But most of all, his family was No. 1 in his life. His wife and daughters were everything to him. As a professional, he was the ultimate in being organized and diligent. Joe was a great teacher in the classroom, and the football field.”

East Team

Coach:  Robert Hampton – Lincoln

# NAME School Position HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 JAWAON LESVER LINCOLN DB 5’9” 170
2 JEREMY WITHERSPOON BLOOMFIELD RB 5’8” 180
3 TERRELL REID BAYONNE DE 6’2” 210
4 MICHAEL FIELDS MXS RB 5’9” 175
5 YASAAN JACKSON LINCOLN FS/SS 5’9” 170
6 KAHIEM TUCKER DICKINSON WR 6’1” 160
7 TYLER LIDDY GLEN RIDGE QB 6′ 185
8 TYWAN JONES WESTSIDE WR 6’3” 200
9 D.J. WILLIAMS MONTCLAIR WR 5’9” 185
10 JAVIS HANKS MXS DB 5’7” 165
11 BRIAN CLARKIN CALDWELL QB 6′ 175
12 HARRY WILEY MONTCLAIR K 6’1” 175
13 NASIR ADAMS HUDSON CATHOLIC DL 6’2” 245
14 DEMETRIUS LASSITER WESTSIDE WR 5’9” 170
15 ZYEAR SEJOUR BARRINGER DL 6’3” 220
16 L’TRELL BRADELY WEST ORANGE DB 5’11” 175
17 MARCUS WOLF BLOOMFIELD P 5’11” 175
18 JALEN GOODSEN MARIST DL 6’3” 255
19 JYELL HIGGINS HUDSON CATHOLIC DB 6’1” 175
20 JAIRE GRAY MONTCLAIR DB 5’9” 170
21 TYSEAN WILLIAMS MONTCLAIR WR 5’10” 170
22 CHRIS WILSON WEST ORANGE RB 5’10” 175
23 RADY ROJAS EAST ORANGE LB 6′ 210
24 MARCUS MANNING BAYONNE LB 5’11” 220
25 ALONZO ELEY NEWARK COLLEGIATE WR 5’10” 180
27 MOHAMET THIAM UNION CITY DB 6’2” 180
31 MAHKYE BOSWELL ORANGE LB 6’1” 215
32 NASHIER LOWE-BUSHROD IMMACULATE LB 5’7” 200
36 KYLE SCHAFFER CALDWELL LB 6’1” 205
41 FINN JENSEN MONTCLAIR DE 6’2” 205
42 QUAISON HORNE WEEQUAHIC LB 5’11” 202
44 ANDREW ROBINSON JOHNSON MXS DL 6’0” 210
50 MARK POOLE LIVINGSTON OL 6’1 280
51 SEAN DOUGAN CEDAR GROVE OL 6’4” 270
57 ANDREW LUEHS VERONA OL 6’3 255
58 LAWRENCE SANTANA UNION CITY DE 6’0 240
61 LUIS ABREU NUTLEY OL 6’3” 260
63 ANTHONY ALBERTI NUTLEY OL 5’10” 250
66 TYRESE YOUNG WESTSIDE OL 6’6” 240
70 WILGENS PREVILON ORANGE OL 6’3” 275
73 MAHMOUD YOUSSEF BELLVILLE OL 6′ 275
74 SABRI INGRAM WEEQUAHIC DT 6’7” 315
76 EAMON MORRISSEY WEST ESSEX OL 6′ 225
79 JOE PENTZ BLOOMFIELD OL 6’2” 275
26 Antyhony Sangillo WEST ESSEX FB/LB 5’7” 190

West Team

Coach: Gerry Moore – Hanover Park

Name School Position Height Weight
Nickelson Amire Passaic Tech QB 6’1 190
Joe Andes Hackettstown OL/DL 5’10 275
Andrew Benfatti Jefferson WR/DB 6’1 185
Vinnie Bianchi Parsippany Hills LB 5’10 200
Shane Booker Manchester OL/DL 6’0 240
Pat Brady Butler DB
Anthony Broccoletti Sparta QB 6’0 190
Kevin Carpenter Sparta OL/DL 6’2 260
Devin Caruso Morris Hills LB 6’3 205
Dan Corcoran Hanover Park OL 5’9 210
Chase Cramer Newton RB 6’0 195
Dilone Diony Kennedy DL 6’4 220
Jaiden Elliott Newton WR 5’11 170
Tony Fodali Randolph
Maurice Gawthney Passaic OL/DL 6’4 320
Anthony Genneralli Passaic Valley DT/FB
Brian Harris Madison LB 6’0 180
Gee Irv Kennedy DL 6’3 240
Azmir Ivy Kennedy RB 5’7 190
Dave Jechera Pequannock QB 6’0 180
Yousef Karmi Passaic Valley OL/DL 6’5 270
Declan Kelly Morrisotwn Beard LB 6’1 205
Ajahwan Kenner Passaic Tech WR/DB 6’0 170
Calvin Krippner Kinnelon LB 6’0 215
Joe Leszczynski Pequannock OL 6’2 210
Thomas Marretta Passaic Valley OL/DL 5’11 235
Vincent Marrone Wayne Valley DB/QB 6’0 200
Jamiel Moss Eastside WR 5’5 150
Nick Petruzziello Randolph OL/DL 5’11 225
Jake Philip High Point RB/LB 5’9 195
Carlos Pichardo Passaic WR/DB 5’11 170
Cory Powell Eastside DB 5’10 165
Santi Quintero Madison WR/DE 6’3 175
Mike Radomski Hanover Park WR 6’3 200
Kyle Rinksy Hanover Park OL 6’2 275
Masyn Sanchez Dover RB 5’5 160
Steve Sanders Pompton Lakes LB/WR 5’10 175
Heslin Shane Morris Hills OL/DL 6’1 280
Gee Shayne Kennedy OL/DL 6’2 290
Rahzik Starr Passaic Tech RB 5’10 165
Mike Stefkovich Vernon LB 6’0 210
Jonathan Stobe Passaic Tech LB 5’10 200
Justin Suarez Randolph QB 6’2 200
Leo Sylvestri Pompton Lakes LB 6’0 195
Hussey Thomas Morristown OL 6’1 240
Deondre Tosen Passaic RB/DB 5’11 185
Matt Unger Pequannock WR/LB
Tahj Valentine Morrisotwn Beard RB 5’10 170
Johnny Van Ness Newton DL 6’1 210
Nick Verducci Parsippany Hulls QB 5’11 175
Jah’miek Williams Eastside DB 6’2 175
PJ Wright West Morris DL/OL 5’11 215
Luke Young Newton QB 6’3 175
Jake Zerillo Sparta WR 6’2 170

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