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Instant Replay: Delaware Valley 35, North Plainfield 6

Click below to listen on-demand to the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland from Friday, September 10, 2021.

Delaware Valley won its fourth straight over North Plainfield, picking up a 36-5 road win at Krausche Field behind two passing and one rushing touchdown from junior quarterback Jack Bill.

Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call the action.

1st Half

2nd Half

Del Val wins fourth straight against North Plainfield

Statistically, Delaware Valley and North Plainfield were fairly even at halftime, but even though the Terriers were up just two scores, you got the young men from Frenchtown were in control.

Del Val (2-0) scored three more times in the second half to pull away for what would be a 35-6 road victory over the Canucks, in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland on Central Jersey Sports Radio Friday night.

It was Del Val’s fourth straight win over North Plainfield.

Junior quarterback Jack Bill threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for a 14-yard touchdown. Bill was named the Autoland Big Central Player of the Game, and will receive a custom game ball at the end of the season.

The two TD passes came in the first half, 12 yards to senior Logan Blake, and 21 yards to junior Patrick Garlinghouse out of the backfield.

North Plainfield (1-1) moved the ball with ease on its first possession, but the drive sputtered out after a false start penalty and bad snap forced them into punting territory. And the Del Val defense got stronger as the game went on.

Blake scored two touchdowns on the game, his second coming on a 48-yard pick-six early in the third quarter.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Delaware Valley’s win Friday night over North Plainfield:

Junior quarterback Jack Bill

Head coach Mike Haughey

The 2021 season driven by Autoland continues next Friday night when #4 Old Bridge visits South Brunswick. Kickoff is 6:00, coverage begins at 5:45 pm on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Listen live at cjsportsradio.com!

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Del Val has lots of weapons, and they’re not afraid to use them against Canucks

It’s been two years since Delaware Valley and North Plainfield have squared off on the football field, but Friday night the Terriers (1-0) will make their first trip to Krausche Field since the 2018 season opener, when they play the Canucks (1-0) on the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Pregame starts at 6:45 on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with kickoff at 7 as Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call all the action; you can listen to the game live – and for free – by clicking here.

The offense starts for Del Val with junior quarterback and co-captain Jack Bill. He was a thousand-yard passer as a sophomore, throwing for 12 touchdowns, while also rushing for 516 yards and another three scores.

Head coach Mike Haughey calls him “the total package.”

But Bill is not without a supporting cast – after all, someone has to catch the ball to amass that many passing yards. This year, his top target will be Logan Blake, a hybrid wide receiver/tight end, along with Justin Kolpan and Jaden Corbin.

Click below to hear Justin Sontupe talk about the Terriers with head coach Mike Haughey:

North Plainfield’s veteran group will have to be on its toes when Terriers come to town

Delaware Valley has a lot of weapons.

Head coach Mike Haughey knows it. Middlesex knows it. And now everyone else does, too.

That just means North Plainfield will have to play almost perfect defense Friday night when the Terriers visit Krausche Field for the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Kickoff is set for 7 pm with air-time on Central Jersey Sports Radio at 6:45. Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe will call all the action; you can listen live by clicking here.

The Canucks come into the game at 1-0, after a 30-26 season-opening win at home over rival and neighboring South Plainfield. Del Val is also 1-0, having blown out Middlesex 48-14 out in Frenchtown.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk to North Plainfield head coach Jimmy DiPaolo:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 3: The Flood

This year was supposed to be about getting back to normal in New Jersey High School Football.

Week One was anything but.

In Episode 3 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland, we look at how the remnants of Hurricane Ida – and the residual flooding – played havoc with the high school schedule, even moving the Rutgers-Temple season-opener and forcing an audible on the weekend “Rumble on the Raritan” showcase at RU’s SHI Stadium.

This Week on TWiBC, Mike Pavlichko looks at how the Top Ten fared, and looks ahead at the Week 2 slate with Dom Savino, and is joined by several coaches and players.

But the feature story is the flood, and how it affected Manville. Not just the community, but the football team, and how the Mustangs, in turn, took care of their teammates, and their whole town.

A disruptive force, Somerville’s Pena named Defensive Player of the Year

He was a force to be reckoned with, even though not all of the stats exist to back it up.

Somerville senior A.J. Pena has been named Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Checking in at 6-3, 240 pounds, Pena is a hybrid defensive end and outside linebacker. Pioneers’ coach Dallas Whitaker calls him “the most dominant player I have seen in six years of coaching high school.”

WATCH: A.J. Pena’s senior year highlights

Whatever you call him, the big number you need to know is 12. That’s how many sacks Pena had this year.

But you also need to know that he got to opposing quarterbacks and runningbacks much more. It’s just that no one can say how much. Whitaker says they don’t keep track of QB hurries or pass breakups. But you can be sure he got his mitts on more than a few.

Click below to listen to Pena and teammate Cookie Desiderio talk about Somerville’s 7-0 season:

Honorable mentions for Defensive Player of the Year included New Providence’s Charlie Barth and North Plainfield’s Adam Elsais.

Barth – CJSR’s Two-Way Player of the Year – led the Big Central in tackles in its inaugural season, registering 115 of them, 16.5 percent of the entire defense. He also added two sacks for the 8-1 Pioneers.

The Canucks’ Elsais registered 109 tackles to lead the team, 10 TFLs and a sack in a 7-1 campaign, the best in North Plainfield in a decade since they went 9-1 with a playoff loss to Carteret. He also ranks third in his class in GPA, according to head coach Jimmy DiPaolo. Elsias will finish his scholastic career with 323 tackles in 3 seasons as a starting linebacker.

LISTEN: Elsias, Canucks cruising to best start since 2010

Central Jersey Sports Radio announces “Specialty Awards” for 2020

Everyone gives out Player of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards. So do we.

But sometimes there are players, coaches or circumstances so extraordinary, they necessitate some sort of honor unto themselves.

Introducing Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Big Central Football Specialty Awards for 2020.

Tech Wizards of the Year: Bernards Coaching Staff

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano said COVID-19 was his team’s Number One opponent. In reality, the same could be said for any sports team.

And it hit the Bernards football team when the coaching staff found out Offensive Coordinator Dave Carmen would have to sit out the Mountaineers’ Week 7 game against St. Thomas Aquinas.

LISTEN: Bernards coaching staff just crushed COVID, with an assist from Zoom

After discussion about options on the staff, Carmon wound up calling the offensive plays from his couch, thanks to the web-conferencing app Zoom. The following week, head coach Jon Simoneau would wind up doing the very same thing.

Listen below to Jon Simoneau talk about his staff’s coaching (tech) wizardry in 2020:

Record Setter of the Year: Bernards QB Teddy Gouldin

QB Teddy Gouldin owns seven career records at Bernards.

The Bernards coaching staff wasn’t the only part of the Mountaineer season that was exceptional.

Senior quarterback Teddy Gouldin – a three-year-starter – ended his scholastic efforts as the holder of seven career Bernards records:

  • Passing Yards: 4,733
  • 1,000 Yard Passing Seasons: 3
  • QB Rating: 114.4
  • Completion Percentage: 52%
  • Passing TDs: 54
  • Rushing TDs by a QB: 14
  • Total TDs: 68

Listen below to Teddy Gouldin talk about his stellar career in crimson and white:

Mr. Consistency: Woodbridge RB Ali Lee, Jr.

Ali Lee, Jr., of Woodbridge signs his National Letter of Intent to attend Stony Brook University.

The 5-10, 170-pound senior running back had a stellar career for the Barrons. The things he could do weren’t always measured in the stat column, though his stat column was impressive.

He had electrifying runs. There’s no way to tally that.

He scored momentum-changing touchdowns. There’s no category on MaxPreps for that.

But they do keep track of rushing yards and touchdowns. And of those, Lee had a lot, and was Mr. Consistency.

LISTEN: Ali Lee Jr. of Woodbridge commits to Stony Brook

Try this on for size: Lee played 26 varsity games for the Barrons. In each of his last 18 games, he ran for at least 100 yards, and scored in all of them. That streak dates back to the final game of his sophomore season; he hit the century mark in all 11 games last year, and all 6 this year.

Lee will head to Stony Brook with 3,918 career rushing yards to his name, 44 rushing TDs, and 53 total.

Listen to Ali Lee Jr. recap his career with the Barrons:

Jack of All Trades: North Plainfield’s Khan-Yae Stevens

Kahn-Yae Stevens did a little bit of everything for 7-1 North Plainfield, scoring on offense, defense and special teams.

An Honorable Mention for CJSR’s Two-Way Player of the Year, that award simply was not enough to encompass everything Khan-Yae Stevens could do.

He plays wide receiver and defensive back, but also returns punts. And he excelled at all of them.

On the offensive side of the ball, he caught 21 passes for 481 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing 22 times for 194 yards and a score. He also threw two passes, completing both for touchdowns, racking up 50 aerial yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, he was disruptive. Stevens logged 6 interceptions – two of them for scores – totaling 244 yards. he also logged 34 tackles, 2 TFLs, and a forced fumble.

Then, there was special teams, to complete the trifecta: 13 punt returns for 248 yards and a touchdown, averaging 19 yards per return.

Stevens was one of many whose efforts contributed to a 7-1 season, the Canucks’ best since 2010, when they finished 9-1.

Listen below to Khan-Yae Stevens talking about his all-around season for North Plainfield:

Medical Comeback Award: Bernards LB Luke Burns

Luke Burns (#34, 2nd from left) and his Bernards teammates.

From nearly losing a leg, to an all-stater who finished his high school career with nearly 300 tackles: that’s the story of Luke Burns in a nutshell.

Bernards head coach Jon Simoneau says the senior “nearly had his leg amputated as a freshman” after he suffered a lacrosse injury that led to compartment syndrome, a condition that occurs when pressure in the muscles reaches dangerous level, dangerously decreasing blood flow.

He rebounded, however, despite suffering another unrelated leg injury this year. That limited him to six of the nine games Bernards played, but he still managers 70 tackles (11.7 per game), 8 TFLs and 4 1/2 sacks.

He finished off his Mountaineer career with 296 tackles (91 solo, 10.6 per game), 19 TFLs, 8 1/2 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles.

Click below to hear Luke Burns talk about recovering from injury to finish off a great high school career:

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

North Plainfield named Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Turnaround Team of the Year

Following a 1-10 season in 2018, North Plainfield got things headed in the right direction with a 4-6 record in 2019.

In a pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Canucks almost entirely reversed field, and finished with a 7-1 mark, their lone loss coming by a 30-14 score in a Week 8 postseason affair with Linden.

It was their best season by far and away since North Plainfield went 9-1 in 2010, their lone loss to Carteret in the state playoffs.

Head coach Jimmy DiPaolo’s squad only won three games in his first two seasons at Krausche Field, but now are 11-7 over their last two seasons.

LISTEN: Elsais, Canucks cruising to best start since 2010

Adam Elsais was a big reason why. The three-year starter at linebacker was a big influence on the team, which also saw like Kahn-Yae Stevens emerge. The junior, who played in all three phases of the game, scored at least a touchdown in each of them. Fellow junior Keiahn Grenald at QB will help form a solid base for the future as well, for a team that learned from Elsais and other seniors, but will have to forge their own way in 2021.

Click below to listen to head coach Jimmy DiPaolo talk about North Plainfield’s big turnaround:

Honorable mentions for Turnaround Team of the Year include Monroe and Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Monroe finished 5-1, by far its best record since Chris Beagan left in 2016 to coach his alma mater, Sayreville. Dan Lee’s squad went 8-30 in his first four seasons, but this year’s 5-1 record – interrupted by a COVID stoppage – included wins over two solid teams in South Brunswick and, ironically, Sayreville. The Falcons’ only loss came to Old Bridge, which ended the season ranked 7th in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten.

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

Scotch Plains-Fanwood, meanwhile, finished 5-2 in head coach Austin Holman’s second year, following a 4-6 record in his first campaign. From 2013-2018, under Jon Stack, then Mark Ciccotelli, the Raiders had gone a combined 9-50 over six seasons. This year, they lost only to Woodbridge – which finished 7-1 and was ranked No. 1 for most of the year in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten and Big Central Media Poll – and Cedar Grove, which finished 5-1 playing in the North Jersey Super Football Conference. The Raiders also picked up blowout wins over Princeton, JFK and Colonia by a combined 136-29 margin.

You – the fans – get to pick the Jersey Central Sports Radio “Highlight Reel Play of the Year.” Watch the video, and vote!

Central Jersey Sports Radio is giving YOU the chance to weigh in on your favorite play of the year!

We received a lot of entries from high school football coaches all across the Big Central. We spent days on a never-ending Zoom call, occasionally breaking for power naps, until we finally narrowed it down to five.

(Ok, that’s a lie. Well, the never-ending part. The five plays part is true.)

Watch the video below, then scroll down to vote for your favorite!!
Voting ends at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Remember: Vote early, vote often!