After a senior-laden team led Union to a 12-win season and the North 2 Group 5 sectional title in 2019, the biggest question facing the Farmers in 2020 was whether they could retain their upper-echelon status in Central Jersey high school football.
Thanks to a nucleus of All-State skill players, the answer was an emphatic yes.
Headlined by Rutgers commit Desmond Igbinosun, Union finished with a 4-3 record, a pair of wins over top-10 teams, and a consistent presence in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top 10 poll.
After an offseason move to running back, Desmond scored a team-high 10 rushing touchdowns and amassed 454 rushing yards on just 38 carries. Joining Igbinosun in the backfield was senior Diante Wilson, who led the ninth-ranked Farmers with 946 rushing yards and came close to a second consecutive 1,000-yard season despite the shortened schedule.
Igbinosun’s younger brother, junior CB Davison Igbinosun, starred on defense, collecting three interceptions, seven pass breakups, and a blocked kick. According to head coach Lou Grasso Jr., Davison had three passes completed against him all season and did not allow a touchdown.
Union shrugged off a 1-2 start to post a dominant three-game winning streak late in the season. The Farmers outscored their opponents 89-10 with victories over St. Joseph-Metuchen and Watchung Hills, two teams who were also ranked throughout the season.
With graduation on the horizon, Desmond Igbinosun is expected to affirm his verbal commitment to Rutgers this week, sending in his National Letter of Intent during the early signing period that runs Wednesday through Friday this week.
The older Igbinosun and Grasso Jr. spoke to Central Jersey Sports Radio about the season. Click below to hear their comments:
Lou Grasso Jr.