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Cookie Monster! Somerville’s Desiderio named Big Central Offensive Player of the Year

In the end, there was no debate, little surprise: Cookie Desiderio was the top offensive player in the Big Central Conference.

The 6-1, 215-pound senior runningback was a dominant force on offense, right from the get-go.

In the Pioneers’ opener, Desiderio touched the ball only six times, four of them resulting in touchdowns. He had two rushing touchdowns on two carries, totaling 113 yards. Desiderio also had four catches, “only” two of them resulting in touchdowns, and a total 98 receiving yards.

LISTEN: Whitaker and Desiderio postgame reaction after Somerville knocks off Woodbridge

Of course, it could only go “downhill” from there, and it did. All the “Cookie Monster” did the rest of the season was score a touchdown every 5.8 carries, the best rate in the state of New Jersey. And he led the entire Garden State scholastic scene with 26 rushing touchdowns, adding four more TD grabs.

Click below to hear Cookie Desiderio and Defensive Player of the Year A.J. Pena of Somerville talk together about their undefeated 7-0 season:

Three others earned Honorable Mention status on offense: New Providence runningback Charlie Barth, Monroe quarterback Aidan McLaughlin, and North Brunswick signal caller Frankie Garbolino.

McLaughlin is the only senior of the bunch. He threw for 1,433 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, with only 5 INTs. That was good for an average of 238.8 yards per game, and he tossed for over 300 yards three times. In a Week 2 win over Perth Amboy where the Falcons scored a school record 63 points, McLaughlin was not to be outdone: he tossed for an all-time program best 315 yards on 14-of-23 passing, with three touchdowns. He eclipsed his own mark later in the season in a win over a solid South Brunswick team, tossing for a cool 370 yards.

LISTEN: Monroe senior QB Aidan McLaughlin credits his teammates for his record-setting performance

Barth is just a junior, so the Central Jersey Sports Radio Two-Way Player of the Year will be back for another year to defend his title. He rushed for 1,702 yards and 25 touchdowns on 186 carries, and was the closest of anyone in the Big Central – even the state – to Desiderio’s pace: scoring on every 7.4 carries. He scored 25 of the team’s 34 rushing touchdowns, and had multiple scores in all but one game, notching four TDs in a game twice.

Garbolino is the youngest of the bunch, a sophomore thrust into a starting role who came up roses. He went 124-for-215 for 1,685 yards, tossing 17 touchdowns and only 6 picks. The only game where he didn’t throw for at least 100 yards was his varsity debut, a 93-yard passing effort in an 18-9 win at Sayreville. And he spent his best offensive output on one of the Raiders’ toughest opponents, in a 32-7 home win over state-ranked Passaic Tech.

LISTEN: Garbolino appears on “Tuesday Night Quarterback” to talk about being one of the rising sophomore QBs in the Big Central

No. 7 North Brunswick puts unbeaten mark on the line vs. Edison in Big Central Game of the Week, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving

It will be a battle of sophomore quarterbacks at Drwal Stadium in Edison tonight when the Eagles entertain No. 7 and unbeaten North Brunswick in the Big Central Game of the Week powered by Bellamy & Son Paving (6:50 pm pregame, 7:00 kickoff).

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino have the call. Listen by clicking the Listen Live button on our page, or here.

The Raiders have won each of the last three years, but before that, Edison had won three straight, and North Brunswick leads the all-time series 9-7. the teams only met for the first time in 1994, 20 years after North Brunswick Township High School first opened.

The game features two tenth-grade quarterbacks. Matt Yascko started six games as a freshman for Edison, compiling 1,065 yards and 7 touchdowns after starter Lucas Loffredo went down to injury. Loffredo eventually moved to and transferred to Piscataway, where he did not play.

READ MORE: Edison coach Matt Fulham talks 2-1 start, Yascko & Yascko, and North Brunswick challenge Friday night

North Brunswick’s sophomore quarterback is less tested. But Frankie Garbolino has helped lead North Brunswick through the first three games of the post-Myles Bailey era with 626 yards passing and 7 touchdowns in just the first three games, most notably including no picks.

Listen below to Dom Savino’s conversation with North Brunswick coach Mike Cipot on the 2020 season, and previewing the Edison game: