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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Locals in college football For Thursday Press

I am placing this on the blog because I think those that those who otherwise may not see this story may be interested in some of these players..

Also, there are more players here than will run in Thursday's paper because there are no space limits on the blog..

And also..if you are aware of any other locals playing college football or care to update me early each week please do so via


Despite a big day from red shirt freshman Knowshon Moreno (Middletown South) Saturday, then No. 11 Georgia (1-1) fell to South Carolina 16-12. Moreno had 14 carries for 104 yards, both of which set career highs in his second game. His 50-yard run in the third quarter helped electrify Georgia's Sanford Stadium sell-out crowd of 92,746. Moreno had 70 yards on 20 carries in Georgia's 35-14 season opening win over Oklahoma State... Georgia defensive tackle Kade Weston (Red Bank Regional) has accumulated seven tackles, a sack, and five quarterback pressures...Troy State senior Kenny Cattouse of Keyport has rushed for 54 yards and a TD in the Trojans' first two games, losses to Arkansas and Florida. In 2006 the Trojans' leading rusher saw action in 12 games, eight as a starter, finishing with 810 yards on 168 carries...Wisconsin redshirt sophomore tight-end Garrett Graham (Brick Memorial) caught his second touchdown pass in as many weeks. Graham, caught two passes for 11 yards and a score in a 20-13 victory over UNLV. In the season opener he caught his first career touchdown (11 yards) in a 42-21 victory over Washington State on his way to three catches for 38 yards...Stony Brook senior quarterback Josh Dudash, a Toms River South graduate, threw for 233 yards and a TD when the Seawolves defeated Bucknell, 48-20, to start 2-0 for the first time since 2003. Dudash hit on 21 of his 30 attempts as he eclipsed the 200-yard mark for a second straight week. In two games sophomore defensive back Cory Giddings (Ocean Township) has registered five tackles. ship) has registered five tackles. Mike Lepore, a redshirt freshman wide out, is on the Stony Brook roster after transferring from New Hampshire...Joe Mele (Manasquan), a senior linebacker, had five tackles for Northeastern (0-2) in a loss to Richmond. Mele had seven tackles in a season opening game vs. Northwestern. In 2006 Mele started all 11 games and ranked second on the Huskies in total tackles with 61.. True freshman Mike Mele, Joe's brother, had two tackles for Syracuse (0-2) in its season opening game vs. Washington...New Hampshire safety Ryan McGuinness (Howell) made two tackles including one for a loss in a defeat by James Madison....St. Francis, Pa. fifth year senior Lou Beninato (Colts Neck) had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery as the Red Flash bowed to Morehead State, 21-14...Senior Piotr Czech (Keyport) hit field goals of 49 and 19 yards as Wagner (1-1) lost in overtime to Iona, 17-14....U CONN redshirt sophomore Donald Brown (RBC) had 87 yards on 20 carries in a victory over Maine.... Sacred Heart running back and former Point Boro fullback Brian Friedman ran for 27 yards on six carries in a 41-20 victory over Assumption and 24 yards on four carries in a 54-14 victory over La Salle ...Free safety Jarrett Sanderson (Long Branch) had six tackles for Bowling Green in a loss to Michigan State after collecting seven tackles in an overtime victory over Minnesota...Quarterback Stephen McGrath (Manasquan), running back Adam Hansen (St. John Vianney), and lineman Dan Cooper (Freehold Township), are senior regulars for Marist (0-2). T

In Division III

Sophomore quarterback Bill Winters, a Brick High school graduate, helped spark
Fairleigh Dickinson College at Florham to a 20-17 overtime win over Juniata. With the win the Devils, led by former Shore Conference coach Rich Mosca, are 1-0 for the first time since the 2004 season and only the second time since 1996. Winters had a 16-yard touchdown run to send FDU to a 7-0 lead also had a 20-yard run during the drive. FDU upped the lead to 14-0 with 5:03 left in the first quarter on a 23-yard touchdown strike from Winters to senior tight end Ray Kwiatkowski (Monsignor Donovan). Winters finished with 14 rushes for 89 yards and Kwiatkowski caught two passes for 38 yards. Defensively for the Devils sophomore defensive tackle Nick Cusanelli (Brick) had a sack and three tackles for loss...Montclair State senior quarterback Mike Jump (Toms River South) completed 14 passes for 150 yeards helping lead the Red Hawks (1-0) to a 14-7 non-conference win over Wilkes University. Senior linebacker (Rumson) made nine tackles.

On the weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Rowan senior quarterback John Rankin (Toms River North) completed 18 passes in 35 attempts for 166 yards when the Profs dropped their season opener at Christopher Newport, 23-17. In the game junior linebacker Chris Pinto (Southern) recorded 11 tackles and freshman outside linebacker Dan Hopkins (Jackson Memorial) posted one interception....Six Shore Conference alumni suited up, five from Salisbury University when the Sea Gulls downed Albright University, 42-12. Ryan Hesnan (Brick), Josh Leonardis (Pinelands), Chris Loveland (Central), all manned linebacker spots for Salisbury where Garrett Burgess (Southern) and Joe Falco (Ocean) are reserve running backs. Dan Duddy Jr. (Central) was the long snapper for Albright.... Kean senior kicker Jonathan Robinson (Brick) was tabbed the New Jersey Athletic Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week following a record-setting performance in a 48-7 victory over USMMA-Kings Point. In the game Robinson connected on a career-high four field goals, the second highest single game total in program history, and 4-of-5 extra point attempts to become the program's all-time leader in both categories. His successful kicks of 38, 35, 25 and 35 yards game him 15 career field goals. In the win, sophomore Jared Chunn (Monmouth Regional) rushed for a career high 118 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run. Senior A.J. Roque (Matawan) eclipsed 6,000-career passing yards, as he finished with 155 yards passing and freshman running back Chris DiMicco (Lacey) had touchdown runs of 12-yards and seven-yards....College of New Jersey sophomore quarterback Chris James (Brick Memorial) was 15-for-32 for 123 yards with one interception in a 15-0 loss to Muhlenberg.
Various college websites and contributed to this report.


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