Fitting in with new teammates isn’t always easy, but for Woodbridge senior quarterback Antonio Rosato – a transfer from St. John Vianney down in the Shore Conference – it’s gone pretty well.
After a tough season-opening loss to Irvington – coming off its first ever state championship – Rosato accounted for 451 of his team’s 492 total offensive yards back on Friday night, in a 34-27 barnburner against Summit.
He went 17-of-24 passing for 212 yards with three TD passes, running 23 times for 239 yards and another two scores.
And that has earned him Week One Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week Honors.
Rosato is a good student, too. Make that an excellent one, with a 4.0 GPA, according to head coach Joe LaSala.
Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Week One Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week Antonio Rosato:
- Patrick Smith, South Plainfield: In a 33-13 season-opening home win over JFK, he just about did it all: 79 yards on the ground with a touchdown, 55 yards receiving and a score, and a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown. That’s 224 total yards and three touchdowns.
- Shane Donoghue, Hillsborough: The Raider tight end had only three catches, but he made them count: for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while also being active on
- Jeremy DeCaro, St. Joseph: The junior made an impact in all three phases in a 30-6 season-opening victory over New Brunswick in Metuchen Saturday. At halfback, he carried five times for 57 yards. From his outside linebacker spot he registered seven tackles, one TFL, and had two pass breakups, as well as a pick-six. He had a punt return for 35 yards and made two tackles on special teams.
- Matt Sims, Brearley: At QB, he went 7-13 for 91 yards and a touchdown, but was even more impressive on the ground, carrying 29 times for 248 yards and four scores. He also scored a pair of two-point conversions and had 6 tackled and an interception on defense from his safety position in a 34-20 road win at Manville.
- Kyle Hall, Rahway: The senior wide receiver had two catches for 30 yards , both for touchdowns, but also had seven rushes for 40 yards in a 21-20 home win over Linden. From his linebacker position on defense, he registered six tackles, 3 TFLs, and a QB hurry. On special teams he punted three times for an average of 27.3 yards, with one inside the 20 yard line.
- Brayden Kelly, Watchung Hills: In a 17-7 season-opening win over Westfield, the cornerback had a 50-yard interception return and two fumble recoveries, as well as two tackles.
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- Frankie Garbolino, North Brunswick: The senior QB kept the offense steady in a 19-0 blanking of rival South Brunswick in the Raiders’ opener. He threw 12-of-17 for 126 yards and a touchdown, while carrying 13 times for 101 yards and a TD.
- Jaeden Jones, Colonia: The QB went 11-of-19 for 175 yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 home win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, while also carrying 19 times for 275 yards and three scores. He also had an INT on defense.
- Xavier Moore, Phillipsburg: The Stateliners’ top returning rusher from 2021 went for 162 yards and 18 carries in a 14-7 season-opening win at Sayreville.
- James Williams, Plainfield: In a tough, one-point loss, 23-22 at Elizabeth, QB Ala-Meen Watkins completed 17 of 20 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
- Ryan Tasetano and Joey Witcoski, Hillsborough: Tasetano was minimal, but efficient, under center: 7-of-8 passing for 143 yards and three touchdowns, while Witcoski registered six tackles, two for loss, 1 1/2 sacks, and had a fumble recovery on defense in a 42-6 blowout of East Brunswick in their opener.
- Christian Maglicano, St. Joseph: On offense, the junior had three catches for 46 yards. On defense, playing both inside linebacker and D-end, he had nine tackles, one for a loss, a sack and a QB hurry. He also had a tackle on kickoff coverage.
- Alex Uryniak, North Hunterdon: A team captain, Uryniak had a busy night on offense, with 18 tackles, 2 TFLs, a sack and an interception. On the other side of the ball, he carried nine times for 58 yards and a score in a 34-7 victory that gets the Lions to 2-0. He also made an impact on special teams.
- Darius Armstrong, South River: The sophomore running back was a workhorse, carrying 24 times for 190 yards in the Rams’ season-opening 28-21 win over Metuchen, their first win to start a season since 2019.
- Kyon Simonson, Hillside: The Army-bound runingback carried 21 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, also adding two catches for nine yards in a nice opening-game road win at Bernards, 35-20.
- Isaac Levitan, Justin Wistuba of Voorhees: Levitan threw 8-of-11 passing for 139 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for 97 yards, and adding six tackles from his linebacker position on defense. Wistuba had five catches – two of which went for touchdowns – for 96 yards, then added 2 INTs from the defensive backfield.
- Napolean Williams, Carteret: The senior outside linebacker had four sacks in the Ramblers’ big 13-0 win over their arch-rivals Perth Amboy.
- Lucas Stocks, Summit: The runningback carried 17 times for 133 yards and 1 TD in a one-touchdown loss at Woodbridge.
- Mehki Parks, Middlesex: The senior runningback had five carries for 39 yards and two catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in a 27-0 season-opening shutout win at home over Bound Brook. On special teams, Parks also returned a punt 70 yards for a score.