The football season is still months away but you would not have known that if you were at the Sheraton in Eatontown Sunday where some 300 attended a brunch with a dual purpose.

The honored the members of their All Shore Academic Team as well as the young men selected to play in this year’s U.S. Army All Shore Gridiron Classic on July 12th at Holmdel High School.


This was the first time the two events were combined and indications are that it was a huge success with most of the honored players on hand as well as many of their parents. Quite a few showed up at the last minute and while it was tight everyone got in and got to eat although Manchester coach Gerard O’Donnell and I decided to opt out of the long lines and just drink coffee and talk football.


Football talk was clearly the focus of the event with Monmouth University coach Kevin Callahan serving as guest speaker. Academic All-Shore honors were awarded to no more than two seniors from each of the 42 schools that make up the Shore Conference and each received a plaque for their performance in the classroom and on the football field. Later the players selected to participate in the 35th annual game matching Monmouth County All-Stars against those from Ocean County were introduced. Head coaches for the game are Rob Davis of Barnegat and Manalapan’s Ed Gurrieri.

The Shore Football Coaches Foundation should be applauded for their efforts as both the organizers of the game and architects of the Academic honors. Most of their work comes in what is supposed to be the off-season and their time to take it easy but like most coaches it’s now a 12-month job in which you get paid for only about four months. Special praise should go to Dom Lepore of Neptune who did much of the work on yesterday’s agenda along with help from Mark Costantino of Shore who served as Master of Ceremonies.

However many coaches were involved and on hand yesterday as they truly work hard on behalf of their players and others to promote and recognize football at the shore. I had the pleasure to speak at yesterday’s brunch as our Shore Sports Network will broadcast the All-Shore game this July which will be the last time the participates will be able to represent their high schools before moving on to college.

Photos courtesy Dave Thorne Photography

2012 Gridiron Classic Roster

Source: All Shore Media


Ryan Morris
David Smithman


Kevin Francese
Kevin Matthews

Brick Memorial

Justin Hockaday
Ryan Townley


Kyle Barker
Albert Labagnara

Colts Neck

Ryan Oros
Victor Scalici

Peter Scalgione
Kenneth Taylor

Freehold Township
Zach Lotti
Nick LoRusso

John Cardaci
Mike Nolan

Nick Craig
Ryan Davies

Jackson Liberty
Charles Burgard
Tom Stoudt

Jackson Memorial
Colin Macfarlane
Nick Petrizzo

Nick Lozito

Sam Bellamy
Richie Smith

Ryan Hanula
Brandon Lucante

Jesse McEnery
Mitch Moy

Bryan Abadrabo
Kodie McNamara

Steven Bick
Ken Johnson

Anthony Castaneda
Matt Morenz

Mater Dei Prep
Michael Miles
Brad Rauen

Middletown North
Sam Coppola
Jessie Fredricks

Middletown South
Chris Grippo
Jon Valentine

Evan Imber
Keone Osby

Monsignor Donovan
Christopher Fanara
Grant Paulus

Jazzmar Clax
Jaheem Woods

A.J. Caruso
Tim Heard

Joe Petillo

Point Beach
Christian Martino
Jordan Pettinato

Point Boro
Chuckie Krohn
Andrew Matter

Connor Flynn
Tyler Kalarjian

Red Bank Catholic
Anthony Dorsi
Jimmy Portela

Red Bank
Tyle Karalewich
Terrance Scanlon

Dan Babiak
Michael Morralle

Shore Regional
Elpidio Cruz
Brendan Dula

Kyle Readel
Tyler Wilk

St. John Vianney
Anthony Carlucci
Anthony Pante

Toms River East
John Caruso
Gavin Reilly

Toms River South
Vinnie Roma
Mike Tomkowich

Steve Cluley
Matt Pisarcik