Archive for July, 2011

Flaherty, Eliades, Barbieri Headed to NFL Training Camps

July 27, 2011

Three former Shore Conference stars will be getting their shot to make an NFL roster now that the lockout has ended and the undrafted free agent frenzy of signings began on Tuesday.

Former Red Bank Catholic/Princeton University tight end Harry Flaherty is headed down to New Orleans to join the Saints training camp. Flaherty’s uncle is Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, and Flaherty’s father, also named Harry, is also a former RBC star who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles as well is in the USFL. Plus, his grandfather, Jim, was a longtime scout with the Cowboys, and several of his other uncles also work in the NFL, so there are plenty of NFL ties in the family.

Flaherty played tight end and some H-back at Princeton, and another skill that could help him stick on a roster is that he is a long-snapper.

Former Ocean Township offensive lineman Lou Eliades, who started for Penn State as a senior this past fall, flew out to Oakland on Tuesday and looks to sign with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent, according to Ocean head coach Don Klein. Eliades just has to pass his physical on Wednesday morning and he will be ready to go in the Raiders’ camp.

Perhaps the most impressive journey of any player is Middletown South graduate Howard Barbieri. He went to Rutgers as a preferred walk-on and worked his way into the starting lineup on the offensive line. Now he has been signed by the Houston Texans and brought into their camp. He joins former Brick Memorial/Wisconsin star tight end Garrett Graham, who was a fourth-round pick of the Texans last year.

Monmouth University wide receiver Chris Hogan was also invited to join the San Francisco 49ers preseason camp.

Congrats and good luck to all four.



Price Named New Manasquan Coach, Clark to be new Lakewood Coach

July 25, 2011

It’s now official at Manasquan, as former assistant Jay Price was recently approved by the Board of Education as the new head football coach for the Warriors, replacing former coach Pete Cahill, who took a vice principal job at the high school.

Price coached the linebackers last season and was previously the defensive coordinator in the early 2000s for his alma mater. He played for the legendary Vic Kubu and also coached under him.

Also speaking of legends, Warren Wolf’s replacement at Lakewood looks to be former assistant LJ Clark, whose name is up for approval for a head coaching stipend in Board of Education meeting agenda for Monday night. Clark was an assistant last year under Wolf in Wolf’s one season with the Piners, in which they finished 3-7 and ended a 33-game losing streak.

My Gridiron Pick/Kasten’s Bet/7-on-7 moved to 6 p.m.

July 13, 2011

The National Guard Shore Conference 7-on-7 championship game has been moved to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Toms River North, an hour before kickoff of the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic, according to Barnegat coach Rob Davis, who is the Ocean County rep for the 7 on 7.

Also, while I will have more on this on the site tomorrow, I am picking Ocean County to beat Monmouth County. When I informed the Monmouth County team of this at practice the other day, Freehold lineman Mike Kasten, a brainy Georgetown recruit, bet me that if Monmouth County wins I will drop and do 20 push-ups on the field after the game. I accepted, so we’ll see what happens. Good luck to both teams.

U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic Homepage

July 12, 2011

Posted by Scott Stump. Follow on Twitter.

The U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic is rapidly approaching. The game is coming up Thursday at 7 at Toms River North, and you can find all the information you need by clicking on the Gridiron Classic homepage here.

Jay Price to Be Recommended as New Manasquan Head Coach

July 7, 2011

Former assistant Jay Price is expected to be recommended to be approved as the next head coach at Manasquan at the next Board of Education meeting this month, according to multiple sources.

Price played at Manasquan under legendary former coach Vic Kubu and also coached under Kubu. Most recently, he was the linebackers coach for the Warriors. He previously was the defensive coordinator in the early 2000s.

Price replaces Pete Cahill, who stepped down after four seasons to accept a vice principal job at Manasquan. Price and fellow assistant Rich Read were considered the top two candidates for one of the top public school coachingĀ  jobs in New Jersey. The Warriors have won a Shore Conference-record 11 sectional titles in their history as well as 30 division titles, including the Class C Central crown last season.