Tag: Chris Beagan

Sayreville looking for more of the Wright stuff

Despite a team decidedly on the young side, the 2021 Bombers had their best season since the magical 2018 campaign, whose penultimate game saw them beat North Brunswick for the Central Jersey Group 5 title on their home field, and culminated with a miraculous win at Met Life Stadium over South 5 champ Williamstown in the first year of regional “bowl games.”

After a 3-6 year in 2019 and a .500 season in the pandemic-shortened year, Chris Beagan’s squad went 8-3 last season. And that’s even after losing their first two games to Bridgewater-Raritan and Woodbridge, both at home.

But the Bombers bucked down, and reeled off seven straight wins – including a COVID forfeit – heading into the playoffs, where they got a home win over Middletown North before falling to Middletown South in the sectional semifinals.

In 2022, the offense will flow through Zaimer Wright. As a sophomore last year, he had an outstanding campaign, rushing for 1,403 yards and 25 touchdowns, making him the top returning runningback in the Big Central Conference.

He’s just a junior, and there’s a good supporting cast of seniors back who will make an impact as well, with Michael Colonnello running the offense (570 passing, 306 rushing yards), and the defense returning Caden Holmes (with a team-best 69 tackles) and Brian Clyne (a team-leading 3 interceptions).

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Sayreville head coach Chris Beagan about this year’s Bombers:

Could sneaky Sayreville make a run? Bombers could be an under-the-radar threat in North 2, Group 4

Some teams have the hype and the fanfare.

Sayreville has just won football games.

The Bombers got off to a somewhat inauspicious start, dropping their first two games in crossovers with Bridgewater-Raritan and Woodbridge. But they righted the ship in Week 3 with an impressive 35-22 win over North Brunswick, and haven’t lost a game since.

Friday, Sayreville (7-2) will be one of 12 Big Central Conference teams opening up the playoffs at home, when the third-seeded Bombers host 6th-seed Middletown North (5-3) at War Memorial Stadium.

It’s their first meeting since 2016, when Sayreville dropped the Lions 41-14 at Rutgers to win the North 2, Group 4 championship game, finishing 10-2 on the season.

Click below to hear Sayreville head coach Chris Beagan’s interview with Mike Pavlichko live on last Saturday’s playoff projection show:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 5: The Double Week

Two Big Central Games of the Week highlight Episode 5 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

We take a closer look at Sayreville’s upset of top-ranked and undefeated North Brunswick, and look at the hot start by Cranford.

Dom Savino catches up with former Edison standout Noah Stansbury, now at New Hampshire, then joins Mike for a look at the Top 10 slate, and we preview the rest of the weekend action.

Sayreville topples No. 1 Raiders, wins it with defense as much as offense

In a game that was tied 8-8 at the half, Sayreville made some halftime adjustments that paid off for a very young team.

The Bombers knocked off Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Number One team the last two weeks, beating North Brunswick 35-22 on the road, to pick up their first victory of the year.

Sayreville (1-2) was tied 8-8 with the Raiders (2-1) at the half, and led 13-8 in the third quarter, but pulled away to win by 13.

Click below to hear Sayreville head coach Chris Beagan talk with Mike Pavlichko about the victory:

Taveras, Sayreville rallied late to set tone for the future

Ask any high school football coach around the country. Changing to a new offense requires hours of planning and many more hours of practice.

But installing a brand-new offense and defense in the same offseason, all with a once-in-a-century pandemic limiting every interaction?


After working out the early-season kinks of a Multiple offense and odd-front defense, Sayreville (4-4) rode a three-game winning streak to a .500 record and a tie for second place in Big Central Division 5B, where the Bombers hope their new formations will lead to another era of success.

Sayreville won just one of its first four games, but close losses to No. 4 North Brunswick and Edison were a sign of wins to come. Surely enough, the Bombers strung together victories over New Brunswick, East Brunswick, and Linden in the second half of the season, and the new-look defense held its opponents to an average of just nine points-per-game over that span.

Sayreville’s transition from a Spread offense to multiple offensive looks, including the Wing-T, better suited the Bombers’ current quarterback situation, according to head coach Chris Beagan. There are dual-threat quarterbacks in the town’s system, and this year’s platoon starters — junior Timmy Mayer and sophomore Michael Colonnello —lacked experience leading the Spread at the varsity level.

The Wing-T also allowed Sayreville to incorporate its long list of skill-position athletes. 14 different players produced offensive yardage. Senior RB Janiel Taveras led the team with 393 total yards. Taveras, senior WR Javiion Simmon, and junior RB Rodney Acquah each recorded three rushing touchdowns.

Taveras and Beagan spoke to Central Jersey Sports Radio about the season. Click below to hear their comments:

Senior RB Janiel Taveras

Head Coach Chris Beagan