Four years ago, Ron Signorino Jr returned to Toms River South High School. The Indians had just come off their worst season since 1963 . Bill Hill Sr had been dismissed as the head coach after going completely winless. This was not going to be a project for any ordinary coach. Signorino Jr knew it would be a difficult task. However, he also had all the experience to rebuild this program from the ground up. Signorino Jr is the Son of Hall of Fame Coach Ron Signorino Sr. Signorino Sr had two stints with the Indians from 1964-1979, and 1997-2000. During both tenures, Signorino Sr was able to turn the Indians around. It was Signorino Sr who started the tradition of the Hitting Indians This time, the father would become an assistant to the son. It was up to Signorino Jr. to put his stamp on the program. This brought a lot of excitement to the Toms River South community. Everyone knew this move would put the program in good hands.
Within two years, Signorino Jr would lead the program into the South Jersey Group III Semifinals. The program had not only been put back on the map, but became one of the best in the Shore. This year will present another challenge as Toms River South graduates that strong Senior class. The offense will look to replace the production of Quarterback Tymere Berry, and Running Back Khaleel Greene. Berry was a tremendous athlete that was extremely mobile. Toms River South will also have to deal with the transfer of Wide Receiver Javion Harris to Brick. The team will rely heavily on Seniors Jaden Kosh, Kyle Hebrew, and Tyler Sosa. All three have strong leadership skills and a unique ability to motivate their teammates. Coach Signorino Jr will depend on these three to show the younger players what the Hitting Indians are all about. While there will be a lot of new faces on the field for the Indians this season, it will be exciting to see what the young players can do at the varsity level.
Head Coach: Ron Signorino Jr ( Fifth Season) 20-21
2014 Record: 5-5
Key Returns: Jaden Kosh (SR RB/LB) Kyle Hebrew (SR OL/DL) Tyler Sosa (SR RB/LB) Isaiah Parker(SR WR/DB) RJ Laing ( SR WR) Drew Laing (JR SB/LB) DJ Rodriguez ( SR G) DaShaun Alexander (RB/LB) M ike Cutillo (SR OLB)
Key Losses: Tymere Berry (QB/DB) Khaleel Greene (RB/DB) Javion Harris (WR/DB) Michael Rutter (OL/DL) Tyler Parenteau (OL/DL) Joe Odebode (MLB) Jimmy Allen (OL/DL) Michael Somma (DE)
Key Newcomer: TJ Scuderi (SO QB)
The Quarterback position will be a big challenge for Toms River South in 2015. Matt Shiffer was all set to go into his Junior year as the signal caller to run this offense. Shiffer spent last season as the backup to Tymere Berry. He was also the teams’ place kicker. Unfortunately, a season ending shoulder injury will keep Shiffer out of action. Shiffer had shoulder surgery officially ending his season. This means Coach Signorino needs to find another offensive leader. There is a certain skill set that is needed to run Signorino’s triple option offense. The offense is run best with a mobile quarterback because it forces the defense to respect to zone read. The quarterback can read the defense and make the choice whether to pull it or go to another option. This is what made Tymere Berry so successful in this system.
Sophomore TJ Scuderi is a young quarterback with a lot of potential. Scuderi has been taking a lot of reps in camp. Sometimes it can be very tough for a sophomore to jump right into the spotlight. It’s a matter of learning how to prepare and practice to be a varsity player. Scuderi has the arm and the mechanics to win the job, it’s just a matter of his growth and maturity. Signorino Jr has running back Jaden Kosh taking some of the reps at the quarterback position. This is being done to push Scuderi to take his game to another level. When there is a level of uncertainty, a coach will often take his best athlete and put him into the position. This will be an interesting battle to keep an eye on throughout training camp. Coach Signorino will go with the player that gives this team the best chance to win.
The Running Back position is one of depth for Toms River South. The indians have always been known to be a team with a lot of speed. This year will not be any different. Senior Tyler Sosa will help lead the running attack. Sosa can use his speed to beat defenders around the side. He will also be effective running in between the tackles. Sosa’s agility makes him very difficult to bring down. Jaden Kosh is another talented runner for the Indians. Kosh is a bigger, more powerful type of back. He can use his strength to fight for those extra yards to move the sticks. He is very tough for any defender to stop. Junior David Hibbert and Senior Marques Alexander will also be in the mix for the Indians. Coach Signorino has never been afraid to use multilple backs in his system.
Ryan Wydra talked to Jaden Kosh about the upcoming season.
Toms River South has a strong core of wide receivers going into the season. While the transfer of Javion Harris will change some things, this group of wide receivers are more than ready to make an impact. Leading the charge will be Senior Isaiah Parker. Parker has had an impressive camp. Isaiah knows how to use his strength to battle for the tough catches, and can use his speed to beat defenders. The team will count on Parker to catch a lot more passes this season. Senior RJ Laing is another talented receiver who will be huge for the Indians. Laing is a big target at 6’4″. He can beat one on one coverage and is not afraid to come down with the ball in traffic. Laing is athletic for his size and can use his agility to get away from defenders. Laing will give the Indians that second option in the receiving game. Junior Timmy Kaiser, and Senior Malcolm Gillespie will also provide some help for the Indian’s passing game. Both players can be consistent options in the offense. This will be a very well rounded group of players at this position.
Senior Captain Kyle Hebrew will be the man to lead the offensive line. Hebrew is coming off a fantastic season at the center position. Hebrew is one of the strongest offensive lineman in the Shore, standing at 6’3″ and weighing 295 lbs. Hebrew knows how to stop edge rushers from getting to the quarterback. He can also hold down linebackers from getting into the gaps. Look for Hebrew to once again boost the running game with his blocking. Seniors Devin Murray and DJ Rodriguez also return to this offensive line. Rodriguez is another player with a lot of size and strength. DJ is also experienced and ready to take his game to another level. The team will count on both Rodriguez and Murray in a big way. Both linemen are enjoying a good camp and will be ready for the action. Jake Iadevaia will also be in the mix at the Guard position. This is a big and strong offensive line that is battle tested and ready for war. The big guys up front will pave the way for the backs in the triple option.
Ryan Wydra had a chance to catch up with Senior Captain Kyle Hebrew
Toms River South will need to be strong on the defensive side of the ball in 2015. It will be critical for this unit to tackle well, and limit the big plays on the field. This will give the Indians the opportunity to make a lot of noise in Class A South. Senior Captain and three year starter Jaden Kosh will lead this unit, taking care of the middle for the Indians. Kosh is 6’0″ 210lb middle linebacker that will use his instincts to make plays. Kosh has great vision and can easily get to the ball carrier and make plays. Kosh will use his leadership skills to motivate his teammates to be successful. Offensive Coordinators must be aware of Kosh on every play.
After Kosh, there will be many linebackers looking for starting jobs. Senior Dashaun Alexander and Junior Jeremiah Lonergan will compete for playing time on this defense. Both these linebackers can shed blocks and get to the ball carrier quickly. They must take advantage of every rep in training camp. Juniors Drew Laing and Todd Steuber will also have a chance to show the coaching staff what they can do. Steuber brings a lot of size at 230lbs. Steuber has always had a lot of potential and will be looking to contribute in a big way. Drew Laigne will also be in the mix at outside linebacker. Laing is instinctive with a lot of athletic ability. He can be a great part of this Indians defense.
The Indians defensive line will look to dominate in 2015. Senior Captain Kyle Hebrew will anchor this group. Hebrew can overpower opponents with his 295 pound frame. Hebrew was responsible for stopping a lot of plays at the line in 2014. Hebrew will strike fear into a lot of opposing players. DJ Rodriguez is another player who brings a lot of size to this line. Rodriguez was a nightmare for many ball carriers in the league. Rodriguez is powerful and athletic for his size. Hebrew and Rodriguez will be one of the best defensive line combinations in Class A South.
Junior Jake Iadevaia will also be a big part of this line. Iadevaia can really use his speed as a pass rusher. Any offensive lineman will have a hard time staying with him because of his athleticism. He can easily work around other players and make the play. Another defensive lineman looking to make his mark is Devin Murray. He will also compete for playing time in camp. Murray is a hard worker who knows how to take advantage of opportunities. Indians fans should be very excited about this defensive line. They will work together as a cohesive unit throughout the season!
The secondary will be a big focus for this Indians team. There are a lot of good passing teams that are in Class A South. It will be on this back end to not get beat deep. They will have to avoid big plays as much as possible. The pressure of the front seven will help limit the amount of times this secondary is left alone.
Isaiah Parker returns at the cornerback position. Parker can be just as effective on the defensive side of the ball. Parker can play press coverage, and go for the ball as well. He is a big corner that can make things very difficult for the smaller receivers. Senior Malcolm Gillespie will also look to make plays in this secondary. Gillespie will battle anyone on the other side of the ball. He knows how to get his hand in the right place to break up a play.He can see the field very well because of his great awareness.
David Hibbert and Zhayre Smith will also compete for the safety positions. While both these players are smaller, they know how to use their speed to an advantage. Speed can make all the difference in the world when trying to provide support on a play. They will step up and support the corners when it is needed. Both these guys can also provide run support in the box.
This will be an interesting year for the Indians. It can always be tough after graduating such a strong senior class. TJ Scuderi will get every opportunity to win the quarterback job as a Sophomore. The coaches will be watching to see how well he develops throughout camp. At the same time, Coach Signorino may go with a Senior to start the season. Sometimes a coach will choose to slowly transition younger players into full time roles. Toms River South will have plenty of weapons to run the triple option offense in an effective way.
On defense, Kosh and Hebrew will look to motivate their younger teammates. This will show the younger players how to work, and ultimately how to win. Everyone must rally around the captains and give 100% on every play. Team chemistry is going to be very important for the Indians. If everyone can work together, great things are going to happen. This Indians team will have every opportunity to have a great season. Toms River South has a very good shot at pushing for a playoff spot in 2015!
9/11 vs Donovan Catholic – 7PM
9/18 At Toms River East – 7PM
9/25 At Toms River North – 7PM
10/3 vs Lacey – 7PM
10/17 At Southern – 2PM
10/23 At Jackson Memorial – 7PM
10/30 vs Brick Memorial – 7PM
11/6 vs Brick – 7PM
11/13 State Tournament/Consolation – TBD
11/26 At Lakewood – 11am