Senior Colin Shaughnessy will make his first start at Quarterback for Red Bank Catholic. The 6-2 Senior will lead the offense into Long Branch to take on the Green Wave on opening night. Shaughnessy will begin the season as University of Conneticut Commit Eddie Hahn recovers from a torn miniscus. While stepping in for a player like Hahn is certainly a tough task, Shaughnessy is more than ready to take charge. “I’m looking to go out there Friday, and help my team as much as I can, said Shaughnessy”.
The Caseys are excited to get rollling! The team has had a tremendous offseason. They have been waiting for the opportunity to get back on the field. Red Bank Catholic is on a mission to reclaim that No 1 overall ranking in the Shore Conference. “We have been preparing for this game since last January. Now that the game is here, I can’t wait to go out and play”. added an excited Shaughnessy, who is looking forward to being under the lights again.
The Quarterback has every reason to be excited about this offense. Colin will have plenty of weapons out on the field. Running Backs Dylan Murphy and Mike Wilen will provide that 1-2 punch out of the backfield. Both backs will be very tough for anyone to tackle. Wide Receivers Dan Lukawski, Liam McCardell, and Mike Balzofiore give Shaughnessy great targets to work with on the outside. The passing game will be very efficient.
The offensive line will also be one of the best in the Shore. Duke Commit Liam Smith along with Ryan Oneidas provide plenty of leadership up front. Both veterans will anchor the line and make sure that Shaughnessy is protected. This will give plenty of time to make plays down the field.
The offense has looked really in sync throughout training camp. Shaughnessy has demonstrated the ability to get the ball out quick, and make great decisions. The Senior has thrown the ball with accuracy. “The timing and chemistry has been great. Most of the receivers, backs, and I have played together the last two years on JV. We are used to playing together.” This familiarity will put the team in a positive situation.
While Long Branch can always be a tough place to play, the Caseys will be more than ready. This is a group of kids that know how to take control of the game. Head Coach Jim Portela always has an outstanding game plan each and every week. “We just need to go out there, play fast and physical like Coach Portela tells us everyday”. Shaughnessy added again.
It all begins this Friday night for the Caseys. Many Red Bank Catholic fans will make the trip five miles down the Parkway. The team will look to win their division for the sixth straight year, and ultimately take home another Non Public Group III State Championship.