Tag: Chad Martini

Sean Levonaitis – Hillsborough’s heart and soul – grabs Longevity Award

by Mike Pavlichko

He got his first varsity touch his freshman year, and his first start in Hillsborough’s first-ever meeting with Colonia his sophomore year.

From start to finish, he compiled 3,169 career rushing yards, and 37 touchdowns, narrowly missing a third straight thousand-yard season that he would have captured had it not been for a global pandemic. (He finished with 958 yards in a season where he was on pace for a career high had it been a normal year.)

And it felt like Sean Levonaitis did all of that in about six seasons in Hillsborough.

He actually did it in four, it just seemed like he was around forever.

Maybe that was because his brother Scot was a Raider standout at wide receiver, who played his senior year in 2014 and finished with 1,811 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

But there were three years between the brothers, lest they be confused, although Scot was always one Sean looked up to.

Sean, a 5-7, 175 pound senior is the first winner of the Central Jersey Sports Radio Big Central “Longevity Award,” given to the conference player who has made significant contributions to his team for at least three seasons at the varsity level, at any position on either side of the ball.

Click below to hear Dom Savino’s conversation with Sean Levonaitis about his long Raider career:

Three other players were considered Honorable Mentions for the Longevity Award: Bernards QB Teddy Gouldin, Watchung Hills QB Chad Martini, and North Plainfield linebacker Adam Elsais.

Gouldin put together a career for the record books, quite literally. He finished his career with 4,733 passing yards, 54 career TD passes and 68 touchdowns overall in his career, part of a portfolio including more than a half-dozen Mountaineer all time records and/or firsts.

REWIND: Bernards cruises past Johnson behind Gouldin, balanced attack

Martini nearly reached the 5,000 yard mark in the passing game, hurling for 4,941 yards, including 1,544 his sophomore year, as well as 21 career touchdowns. He was a four-year starter, and a captain for the last three, as well as a leader for Rich Seubert’s squad on the field and in the classroom.

Elsais helped lead North Plainfield to its best season in a decade, a 7-1 campaign that may not have happened without him. Elsais stuck through the lean years, with the program going 4-6 last year, but 3-18 combined his freshman and sophomore years. Through it all, he was a defensive stalwart, amassing 323 tackles in three years as a starter. He also led by example in the classroom, ranking third in his class in GPA, according to his head coach, Jimmy DiPaolo.

LISTEN: Elsais, Canucks cruising to best start since 2010

Watchung Hills climbs with Seubert, Martini, but still seeks peak

by Mike Pavlichko

They acknowledge the turnaround, but say they’re not done yet.

Soon-to-be-graduating Chad Martini had a stellar career at Watchung Hills by any measure. The pure stats for the Cornell-bound quarterback are eye-popping:

In a seven-game COVID-shortened season, Martini threw for 1,430 yards on 120-of-185 passing, a whopping 65 percent completion rate, with 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions, en route to a 5-2 record.

To put that in perspective, he threw for 1,544 yards and nine touchdowns, in a ten-game season last year that saw the Warriors go 5-5.

But there is always more to a story, and this case is no exception.

There was a wild, come-from-behind win over Phillipsburg this year, the first-ever over the Stateliners in Watchung Hills’ history.

And then there’s the little thing about Watchung Hills’ slow, but steady turnaround under head coach Rich Seubert, a Super Bowl champ with the New York Giants. After going 6-14 his first two seasons, the Warriors were 0-10 in 2018, but got back to .500 last year on the strength of a solid first-half of the season, and this year went 5-2 with that signature win they were looking for.

Martini and Seubert spoke to Central Jersey Sports Radio about their season, turnaround, and the turning point for that turnaround. Click below to hear their comments:

Senior QB Chad Martini

Head Coach Rich Seubert