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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

Elite QB training isn’t just for NFL prospects; young signal callers train with Matt Bastardi

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by Mike Pavlichko

Matt Bastardi founded Elite QB Football Training Academy to help youth quarterbacks in Montgomery, but he has since spread to all corners of the Garden State, whether it’s Vince Jairdullo at South Brunswick, Teddy Gouldin up at Bernards, or Steve Angeli up north at Bergen Catholic.

Matt Bastardi trained Old Bridge/IMG Academy/Rutgers QB Art Sitkowski before his move to Florida.

In the second of a three-part series, Matt talks with me about what he can do that the typical coach can’t, including how he can spend more time one-on-one with a QB, to augment and elaborate on the things they’ve been learning from their high school team.

Footwork, mechanics, and timing are among the many aspects of a signal-callers game that Matt can work with a quarterback on.

To hear Part Two of this series, click below.

To hear the first installment with Elite QB’s Matt Bastardi, click here.

Bernards cruises past Johnson behind Gouldin, balanced attack

Bernards coach Jon Simoneau says senior quarterback Teddy Gouldin is the kind of kid where “you wouldn’t have a problem if he showed up to date your daughter.”

He definitely doesn’t have a problem with Gouldin running his offense.

The Mountaineers picked up their first win of the season, beating A.L. Johnson 39-14 on a drizzly senior night at Olcott Field.

Gouldin ran for the game’s first touchdown – 24 yards up the gut – then ran for another (3 yards) and threw for one to Gavin Chieff (45 yards), while the Mountaineers scored in all three phases. That included a fumble recovery in the end zone by Chieff, and a 28-yard field goal by Steven Lopez.

Hear the game audio below from Monday, October 12, 2020, with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino on the call:

1st Half:

2nd Half: