Tag: Jai Patel

Patel’s Perfect! 78-of-78 on PATs, strong FG kicking game, nets South Brunswick senior Special Teams Player of the Year honors

Practice makes perfect.

And that’s never been truer for anyone than Jai Patel of South Brunswick.

The Rutgers-bound Viking senior never missed a PAT in his high school career, kicking 78 extra points on 78 attempts. Rarely at this level is an extra point a sure thing, but with Patel it was.

And that’s why he’s Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Special Teams Player of the Year for 2021, a year after he picked up honorable mention honors in the same category.

His season long field goals the past two years also have been in the 40s, meaning Greg Schiano will be adding to his reliable kicking game when Patel heads into preseason camp this summer.

But Patel says all that practice effort wasn’t just him. It’s also a lot of hard work from his teammates, blocking, snapping and holding, as he tells Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Dom Savino.

Click below to listen:

Special teams honorable mentions included James Scorba of Westfield, Liam Godwin of Cranford, and Liam Quigley of Governor Livingston.

Scorba – a senior punter – had an average of 35 yards on his kicks, nailing 12 inside the 20-yard line, and converting 3-for-3 on first down runs. He helped the Blue Devils – with an outstanding defense – control the field position game all year long, as opponents never got more than a ten-yard return against him.

Godwin, a junior kicker for the Cougars, was 54-of-56 on PATs, and 3-of-3 on field goals. He averaged 39 yards per punt, and was successful three times on fake punts for first downs.

Quigley was the Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week for Week 9, kicking a game-winning field goal against A.L. Johnson to give the Highlanders their first and only win of the season. He was 3-of-4 on field goals during the year, and 11-of-11 on PATs.

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 1: The Introductions

With the season opener just over 24 hours away, it’s time for the debut of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Every week, TWiBC – as we’re affectionately calling it for short – will be hosted by Mike Pavlichko with contributions by Dom Savino and our team of reporters.

On this week’s show, Mike and Dom welcome you to the 2021 season, complete with a full slate, no fan restrictions, and playoffs.

We check in on some of the top teams like including Piscataway, North Brunswick, Union, Somerville, New Providence, and South Brunswick, and players such as Jai Patel, Davison Igbinosun, Jaimen Bryant, Mike Miller, Frankie Garbolino and Charlie Barth, plus coaches Dan Higgins and Mike Cipot.

Then, it’s Central Jersey Sports Radio’s preseason Top Ten, as well as the media poll, and a look at some of the Week 0 games coming up, with ten of the Big Central’s 60 teams getting an early jump on their season.

“Ready to shock some people”: South Brunswick kicker Patel likes his Viking’s chances in ’21

Across New Jersey high school football, there’s only one returning All-State kicker.

He resides in the Big Central, and he has South Brunswick’s game-changing leg.

After a standout junior season, Jai Patel returns to the Vikings for his final season of high school football to help lead an offense that also brings back its starting quarterback and three of its top four receivers.

Last year, South Brunswick finished 4-3 in the Big Central’s Division 5C, though two of those three losses came by a touchdown or less. This fall, Patel – who’s committed to Rutgers – says South Brunswick is “ready to shock some people.”

Click below to her Dom Savino talk to South Brunswick’s Jai Patel about the Vikings’ upcoming season:

Many happy returns for Shawn Martin: Scotch Plains-Fanwood kick returner named Special Teams Player of the Year

The great program builder/re-builder Milt Theodosatos once said about kicking the ball to a great returner, “We kick the ball to him, that’s a human tragedy.”

Imagine four human tragedies in one season?

That’s what happened this year when opponents kicked the ball to Scotch Plains-Fanwood senior Shawn Martin. Not that they did it often.

The 5-11, 170-pound lightning bolt returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in 2020. He only had six returns all year.

Good job by the opponents, just not good enough.

Martin returned two kicks for touchdowns in a 42-38 loss to Cedar Grove in the Raiders’ first-ever home game under the lights at Perry Field. The returns were 95 and 92 yards.

A week later, he returned a kick 90 yards to paydirt in a 27-22 win over Linden, and he followed it up with an 82-yard kick return for a score against Princeton in a 61-20 victory over the Little Tigers.

Click below to hear Shawn Martin talk about his four kick returns for touchdowns this year, including which was his favorite:

Honorable Mentions for Special Teams Player of the Year went to senior kicker Jake Beckman of Ridge and junior kicker Jai Patel of South Brunswick.

Beckman is a three-year starter who went 12-for-16 on field goals in his career, and 89-of-102 on PATs. He kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to beat Bridgewater-Raritan in 2018.

Patel is on the radar of several Power 5 schools with another year yet to be played scholastically. He was 7-of-8 of field goals in 2020, with a long of 42 yards, and perfect on 22 PATs. He also handled kickoffs, booting 19 of 32 for touchbacks, and averaged 41 yards per punt, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, according to head coach John Viotto.