Ryan Wydra @schoops1
The Quarterback position is so incredibly important to a football team. The signal caller is responsible for making plays, and being the emotional leader of the offense. The other ten players in the huddle will ride and die with the QB. Everyone is going to follow what kind of demeanor the QB is demonstrating. The QB also has to handle all the high pressure situations. There can be plenty of highs and lows throughout the season. Today, we’re going to look at five QB’s around the Shore who are excellent athletes, and leaders at the same time.
Anthony Brown was one of the best QB’s in the State of New Jersey in 2014. Brown helped lead St. John Vianney to the Non Public Group III Seminfinals. The Lancers cruised all the way to a 10-1 record. This was the best mark in school history. Brown torched opposing defenses for 2,144 passing yards and 24 Touchdowns. The QB also demonstrated his mobility by rushing for 708 yards and 8 touchdowns. It is not everyday that you see a QB finishing a season with nearly 3,000 all purpose yards. Brown is a rare talent who can take over a game in a flash. He knows how to motivate his teammates in the huddle and get the best out of them. Brown can make defenders miss, and throw on the run. A defender may think he has him down, and then find out otherwise. Players can never sleep on the athleticism of Brown. This year will be interesting for St John Vianney. Derek Siminisky takes over a very talented team that has all the tools in place to make another run in Non Public Group III. Look for a big season out of the Boston College committ in 2015.
EDDIE HAHN – RED BANK CATHOLIC
Eddie Hahn burst onto the scene in a part time role in 2013. Even with minimal action, people could see that Hahn had tremendous potential. Hahn would work hard the entire offseason and prepare himself to take over the full time role in 2014 . In the 2014 season, we all got to see how special of a player Hahn can be. Hahn was the MVP for a Red Bank Catholic Caseys team that went on to win its first ever Non Public Group III Championship. Hahn finished with 1,485 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. The QB also beat teams with his legs by rushing for 531 yards and 12 touchdowns. Eddie Hahn has a unique ability to see the field and read defenses. Hahn is an accurate passer that will put the ball exactly where it needs to be. When you have a QB with this kind of accuracy, it makes everyone in the lineup better. Hahn will look to lead this Caseys team back to another Non Public Championship. The UConn commit is more than ready to take his game to another level. Red Bank Catholic will be one of the best teams in the state.
Mike Husni has really made a name for himself throughout the Shore Conference. Husni is going into his third year as a starter for Toms River North. He is the only QB in the Shore that has been in the starting lineuup since his freshman year. Husni is coming off a fantastic year, passing for 1289 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mike not only excels at the passing game, but knows when to run as well. He led his team in rushing last year, finishing with 1387 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mike is the ultimate competitior, and a great decision maker on the field. He can identify mismatches within the defense. He knows when it is the right time to use his mobility to get that first down. Toms River North returned to the playoffs last year with a 6-5 season. This is a team that will be very dangerous in Class A south, and South Jersey Group V. Expect Husni to lead the Mariners to a great season in 2015.
Dan Barker is going to be the new kid on the block for 2015. Barker has a lot of knowledge of the game to bring to the table. He gained valuable experience sitting behind Joe DeMaio last year. Barker is a fierce competitor who knows how to win. Barker brings good size to the position at 6’1″ and 200lbs. He has a really strong arm and can let it rip on the field. This will give Jackson Memorial quite the vertical passing game. Wide Receivers Kyle Johnson, Kyle Lona, and Trevor Louro will be able to stretch the field and cause other teams a lot of problems in the secondary. Barker also has good mechanics, and can be accurate in the short passing game. He will be able to hit the running backs in the flat for some big plays. Barker is already demonstrating strong leadership skills in Jaguars Camp. The offense is rallying around him. That is going to be huge for the team chemistry. Expect Barker to do great things in his first year as a starter.
Matt Cluley is a tough athletic QB for the Crimson Knights. Wall will be going into the second year with Head Coach Dan Curcione. While the program has gone through some tough times, Curcione brings great vision and a positive attitude to the team. The players are buying in and doing their part. Cluley is a player that has really stepped up as a leader. Cluley can really move around in the pocket at 5’11” and 175lbs. His ability to move will keep defenders on their toes. Cluley is also a good passer and can make plays down the field. It was the play of Cluley that really gave Wall a boost last season. Cluley had one of his best games of the year in the upset win vs Brick Township. Cluley threw for three touchdowns in what was one of the biggest upsets in Shore Conference history. Cluley also went 20/29 for 205 yards against a very good Freehold Boro team. The QB will look to build on his success for the 2015 season. Coach Curcione will count on him to lead and motivate his teammates. Look for Wall to compete for a playoff spot this season.
Stay tuned to NJSR as we continue to break down the best teams and players at the Shore.