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The conference’s leading passer, DeMild completed 125 of 227 attempts for 2,117 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 200-pund signal caller was mobile, rushing 75 times for 450 yards and seven touchdowns. He passed for a career-high 350 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Bombers to a sectional semifinal upset of top-seeded Middletown South.
RB Elijah Barnwell, Piscataway, Sr.
The school’s career rushing leader amassed 1,838 yards and 29 touchdowns on 242 carries this season. Barnwell never took a down off on defense, doubling as a linebacker, where he was among the team leaders with 49 tackles, eight hits behind the line of scrimmage, five tipped passes, an interception and one sack. He rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in the sectional final.
RB Nick Sodano, Old Bridge, Sr.
The 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back played bigger than his frame, amassing 1,609 all-purpose yards while leading the Knights to the sectional semifinals. Sodano rushed for 1,346 yards and 18 touchdowns on 215 carries. As a defensive back, Sodano recorded 51 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a caused fumble.
RB Andrew Brazicki, Bishop Ahr, Sr.
Brazicki rushed for 1,509 yards and 24 touchdowns on 219 carries. He also played quarterback, completing 5 of 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The versatile back had 150 yards and one touchdown receiving. At linebacker, he recorded 56 tackles (7.5 for a loss), two sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown. He rushed for more than 300 yards against two-time defending division champion Spotswood and more than 250 yards against reigning sectional champion Asbury Park.
OL PJ Barr, St. Joseph, Sr.
The Bucknell University commit was part of an offensive line that generated 3,461 yards and 45 touchdowns. Behind Barr and company, St. Joseph averaged 346.1 yards per game and finished undefeated in the White Division for the second time in four years. As a defensive tackle, Barr recorded 47 tackles (16 for a loss) and five sacks.
OL Terrell Hagans, Piscataway, Sr.
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound guard was integral to the success of Piscataway’s running game, which amassed a league-leading 3,093 yards. As a defensive tackle, Hagans registered 27 tackles including eiht for a loss. He had two sacks. With Hagans leading the way, Piscataway averaged 331.9 total yards per game and averaged 34.3 points.
OL Michael Porcaro, Sayreville, Sr.
With Porcaro helping to lead the way, the reigning North 2 Group IV champions boasted one of the conference’s most dynamic offenses, one which accumulated 4,516 yards from scrimmage. Porcaro epitomized a line that was equally adept at run- and pass-blocking as the Bombers accumulated 2,388 yards on the ground and 2,157 yards through the air.
OL Tyler Zawacki, Colonia, Sr.
Zawacki anchored a relatively inexperienced offensive line that jelled as the season progressed, enabling the Patriots to develop a 1,000-yard rusher (Luke Pero) and 1,000-yard passer (Tyler Layton) while winning four straight games to qualify for the playoffs. Colonia rolled up more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage. As a defensive tackle, Zawacki recorded 36 tackles and recovered a fumble.
OL Darius Tisdale, South Brunswick, Sr.
The two-way lineman was a major reason the Vikings averaged 26.3 points per game while rushing for 1,795 yards and passing for 1,587 yards. Tisdale was equally impressive on defense, registering 20 solo tackles, 20 assists, 11 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. Tisdale helped South Brunswick reach the sectional semifinals.
TE Jahsim Floyd, Sayreville, Sr.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior caught 24 passes for 553 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 23 yards per reception. As a defensive standout, Floyd was instrumental in helping Sayreville claim a sectional championship. He registered a team-high seven sacks and also intercepted a pass.
WR Kadas Reams, New Brunswick, Sr.
The athletic wideout finished the season as the conference’s leading receiver, catching 43 passes for 839 yards and 13 touchdowns. Known for his acrobatic catches, Reams was part of a resurgence at New Brunswick, which made its second consecutive postseason appearance following a lengthy playoff drought. Reams also intercepted a pass as a defensive back.
WR Justin Shorter, South Brunswick, Jr.
The Penn State University commit caught 45 passes for 718 yards and six touchdowns. Shorter caught at least one pass in each of South Brunswick’s final 10 games. He threw an option pass for 50 yards and rushed for 83 yards, finishing with 967 total yards from scrimmage. As a free safety, Shorter recorded 33 tackles, three interceptions and caused two fumbles.
ATH Keshaun Henry, Woodbridge, Sr.
Among the conference’s most versatile performers, Henry had 501 rushing yards on 80 carries, 445 receiving yards on 33 catches and completed 9 of 16 passing attempts for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Henry scored 15 touchdowns. He set single-game records at Woodbridge, which finished its 93rd season, for touchdowns (six), points (40) and touchdown receptions (four) in a win over J.F. Kennedy.
KR Keanu Reed, Edison, Sr.
With teammate Justin Turner moving from wideout to quarterback, Reed became the primary target, finishing with 47 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns. In addition to being the league’s second-leading receiver, Reed also returned kickoffs and punts. As a safety, he posted 32 tackles.
K/P Jon Sot, St. Joseph, Jr.
The latest in a line of outstanding kickers at St. Joseph, Sot converted 50 extra points and was a perfect 5 of 5 on field-goal attempts including boots of 55, 45, 29 and 25 yards. He is destined to join former Falcons Mike Cintron (Rutgers) and Bryan Rafano (Wagner) as a Division I collegian. Sot also starred at wide receiver, catching 17 passes for 435 yards (25.6 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. His coffin corner kick in the NJSIAA playoffs against Paramus Catholic illustrated Sot’s gifts as a punter.