“Getting a sack. All the way. You can’t beat that.”
That’s the answer that comes from Greg Rayl when he’s asked about his favorite thing to do on defense.
Good answer, considering he plays right in the middle of the North Hunterdon defensive line.
And for all the ink that Kente Edwards, Alex Uryniak, Luke Martini and his receivers may get, none of it is possible without the offensive line.
Now, you might not know it to look at babyfaced senior Greg Rayl, but he’s the team leader in sacks, along a get-after-the-QB defensive line that has racked up 38 sacks and 85 tackles for loss. Rayl has eight of each, a steady performer along with Hunter Vos (6 1/2 sacks, 8 TFLs), Aaron Yarnell (5 sacks, 8 TFLs) and Kieran Sturges (1 sack, 3 TFLs).
And on offense, at his right tackle position, he and his teammates up front – starters Alex Moore, Louis White, Tyler Guidetti and Vos – have paved the way for 2,430 team rushing yards, led by Edwards’ 1,259 yard and Uryniak’s 992 to go along with 29 team touchdowns. Not to mention Martini’s 2,147 passing yards.
He’ll be a key part of Saturday’s game if the Lions (11-1) are to beat Northern Highlands (8-3) in the Group 4 semifinals at Franklin High School, and advance to the state’s first-ever public school group finals in two weeks at Rutgers University.
You can hear Saturday’s game on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action at 5:30 pm. Pregame starts at 5:00. Click here to listen.
Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with senior defensive lineman Greg Rayl about his favorite part of playing defense, the team’s togetherness, and Saturday’s game against Northern Highlands: