Carrington back to TR North/Drumright to Bound Brook/My Humble Suggestions

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Wide receiver Anthony Carrington appears to be boomeranging back to Toms River North after spending this past school year at Lakewood. Piners boys basketball coach Randy Holmes said that Carrington, who was also a guard on the Piners’ boys basketball team, is transferring back to Toms River North, according to what Holmes has been told by Carrington’s father.

The move is more football-related than basketball, as the Mariners are a perennially strong football team, while the Piners are trying to rise from the ashes of an 0-10 season in their first year under new coach Warren Wolf, the legendary former head man at Brick. Carrington broke his leg in the football season opener for Lakewood against Pinelands last fall and did not return until January of the basketball season. As a sophomore at Toms River North in 2008, he showed promise as a fleet wideout with good size who could stretch the field vertically. His return instantly gives senior quarterback Demetrius Davis a downfield threat.

Also in transfer news, Central Regional’s Desmond Drumright, the nephew of Lakewood baseball coach Gene Drumright, has transferred to Bound Brook. Drumright, a senior, saw time as Central’s starting quarterback in 2009 and is a solid all-around athlete. Can’t say I’m shocked by this one, considering Drumright told me at a combine in the spring at GoodSports USA that he was either transferring to Bound Brook or Lakewood, depending on who got the Lakewood job, which turned out to be Wolf.

Finally, now that this year’s edition of the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic put on by the Shore Football Coaches Foundation is in the books, I would like to offer a few humble suggestions for next year’s game. I think SFCF trustee Lou Vircillo and the coaches’ association have done a great job of building this game, getting a title sponsor with the U.S. Army and adding things like the 7-on-7, so these are just some suggestions that I think could continue the growth of a great event.

—I think putting it on a Thursday night instead of Friday should be considered, so the issue of the horrendous traffic on the Garden State Parkway in the summer on Fridays becomes a non-issue.

—I think the game should be moved up into mid-June from mid-July. For several years now, the cream of the crop of the Shore Conference has not participated because all of the Division I-A recruits are gone to their new universities by July 4th weekend. Raritan’s Bennett Jackson even skipped his high school graduation this year to go out and get a head start at Notre Dame, so it shows how early kids are leaving.

For years, the best players in the Shore always played in this game, but the last real Division I standout I can remember participating was Marlboro defensive lineman Dan Klecko, who went on to become the Big East Defensive Player of the Year at Temple and has since won three Super Bowl rings with New England and Indianapolis and is now with the Falcons. He played in the Classic way back in 1999, 11 years ago. Since then, players like Knowshon Moreno, Donald Brown and Garrett Graham, who are all now in the NFL, have not played in the game because they already were at college by the time it rolled around. It would have been great for Shore fans to see them once last time and fans who didn’t get a chance to see them to get that chance.

If the game is moved to mid/early June, you can get those players because often they are still in school. I know the New Jersey vs. Northeast Classic is usually around June 5-7, but so what? How many Shore players usually play in that game? 2? 3? I think the pull of playing against their local rivals would be bigger than playing in that game anyway. So what if the two games are competing head to head.

Plus, 2011 is the year to do it. There looks to be possibly 10 or more Division I-A recruits in the Class of 2011 in the Shore Conference, including some of the top players in the state like Long Branch quarterback Miles Shuler, Neptune running back Charles Davis, Raritan lineman Shane Mertz, Point Boro wideout/safety Ryan Malleck, Red Bank Catholic tight end Jack Tabb, Middletown North defensive end/tight end Shilique Calhoun, Barnegat quarterback Nick SanGiacomo, Manalapan quarterback Mike Bimonte, Pinelands linebacker Bobby Schwarzenberger, and Jackson Memorial defensive tackle Demetrius Smith in addition to some borderline Division I-A guys (at least right now) like Matawan quarterback Jared Allison and linebacker Andre Hodge, Howell kicker Ryan Handy, Toms River South wideout Bill Hill, Middletown South running back/defensive back Andrew Suarez, and other top players.

You can’t tell me that if all of those guys commit that it won’t bring a bigger crowd to see a group of electrifying players, particularly someone like Shuler. Plus,  if school is still going on, the game can generate that hallway buzz that could lead to bigger attendance numbers because kids won’t have all gone their separate ways for the summer yet. I just think this game needs to bring the marquee players back after a long hiatus.

—The game needs to be in a fairly central location for Monmouth and Ocean County residents. I think Matawan might have been a little too far north and may have discouraged a decent amount of southern Ocean County fans from making the drive. Places like Ocean and Wall in Monmouth County and Toms River North and Toms River East in Ocean County are good spots. Brick Memorial isn’t bad, either. Long Branch is in a good spot, but the parking situation there is not exactly ideal. The perfect spot in my mind would be Monmouth University, but Kessler Field doesn’t have lights, and seeing as how the town of West Long Branch brings out the pitchforks and torches every time Monmouth so much as tries to add a parking space, it may not have lights any time soon.

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3 Responses to “Carrington back to TR North/Drumright to Bound Brook/My Humble Suggestions”

  1. Mike SanGiacomo Says:

    I have sat in the stands with my son Nick for the past 6 years enjoying the All-Shore Classic. This year I was saddened when Nick made the comment that he wouldn’t have the chance to ever play in the game. We have spoken with Barnegat players who have had the joy of competition and deepening relations with their teammates while on the Ocean County team. Moving it to mid June is an outstanding idea. If brought to the players, I am sure they would get clearance from the colleges to play one last time in the shore conference.

    • allshoremedia Says:

      Who wouldn’t want to see Nick slinging it deep in the Classic to his teammate, Mike DeTroia, one last time, or to Point Boro’s Ryan Malleck? I would pay for that. Hopefully this is something that can happen by next year.

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