ROSELLE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Rams will attempt to make playoffs 3rd year in a row

ROSELLE – The Rams have qualified for the playoffs 12 times, but have never made it three years in a row.

Roselle will – once again – attempt to reach that lofty goal for the first time, led by three-year starter Gerald Hairston III (6-2, 230) at quarterback.

The mobile, southpaw-throwing, senior signal-caller has been through it all before, leading the Rams to their first playoff win two years ago since 1998.

“He’s a very good athlete and very bright,” said Dennis McCarthy of his annual Dennis McCarthy Report, which ranks who he feels are the top college-bound players in each class.

McCarthy has Hairston III ranked 10th in his Union County Top 10 for the 2016 season.

“He’s a big kid and a threat to throw and run,” McCarthy said.

A standout on defense is returning senior two-way starting lineman Xavier Young (6-3, 240).

“He’s very strong and quick,” said McCarthy, who has Young ranked 7th in his college-bound Union County Top 10.

Other key returning players for the Rams in include senior two-way lineman Shaquil Jones. senior running back Isiah Byrd, senior WR-CB Drew Stephens, senior defensive tackle Tyreke Benjamin and junior fullback-outside linebacker Craig McRae.

Roselle finished 4-6 last year, with single-digit losses at home to Hillside (16-13) and at Johnson (23-14).

The Rams received the eighth seed in Central Jersey, Group 2 last year and fell at Lincoln of Jersey City 30-13 in quarterfinal round play at Caven Point in Jersey City.

Roselle has made the state playoffs once in North 2, Group 1; eight times in North 2, Group 2 and three times in CJ, G2, including the last two years.

Roselle has qualified for the state playoffs in consecutive years four times: 1983 and 1984 in North 2, Group 2; 1989 and 1990 in North 2, Group 2; 2010 in CJ, G2 and 2011 in N2, G2 and 2014 and 2015 in Central Jersey, Group 2.

ROSELLE’S MULTIPLE OFFENSE:

T Darwens Cadet, junior, (6-2, 200)

G Adham Khalil, junior, (6-2, 263)

C Tashaun Hutchins, senior, (5-10, 245)

T Shaquil Jones, senior, (6-3, 230)

G Xavier Young, senior, (6-3, 240)

TE Junior Jean, senior, (6-1, 208)

QB Gerald Hairston III, senior, (6-2, 230)

QB Marvens Lormejuste, junior, (6-0, 150)

RB Isiah Byrd, senior, (5-10, 207)

FB Robert Stephens, senior, (5-9, 215)

FB Craig McRae, junior, (5-11, 205)

WR Drew Stephens, senior, (5-9, 155)

WR Nasir Cherry, junior, (5-9, 142)

Returning starters (5): Jones, Young,

Hairston III, Byrd, Drew Stephens.

ROSELLE’S 4-3 DEFENSE:

E Darwens Cadet, junior, (6-2, 200)

T Xavier Young, senior, (6-3, 240)

T Tyreke Benjamin, senior, (5-11, 280)

E Shaquil Jones, senior, (6-3, 230)

E Junior Jean, senior, (6-1, 208)

OLB Craig McRae, junior, (5-11, 205)

MLB Robert Stephens, senior, (5-9, 215)

MLB Kaymare Wilson, junior, (5-11, 200)

CB Drew Stephens, senior, (5-9, 155)

CB Nasir Cherry, junior, (5-9, 142)

CB Raborn Dismuke, junior, (5-8, 160))

FS Marvens Lormejuste, junior, (6-0, 150)

Returning starters (5): Young, Benjamin,

Jones, McRae, Drew Stephens.

ROSELLE RAMS

Head Coach: James Williams, since 2013.

A 1989 Clifford Scott graduate.

Fourth season: 15-16 (.484)

Conference: Mid-State 38

Division: Valley

Section: Central Jersey, Group 2

Roselle’s last sectional title: 1989

2015: (4-6 and 2-3, tied for third in Raritan Division)

Arminio Field: Grass.

Williams has guided Roselle to the CJ, G2 playoffs

the last two years, including the program’s first

playoff win since 1998.

ROSELLE RAMS 2016

Sept. 9 at Bernards, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17 Delaware Valley, 1 p.m.

Sept. 24 Johnson, 1 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Hillside, 2 p.m.

Oct. 8 at New Providence, 1 p.m.

Oct. 15 Pingry, 1 p.m.

Oct. 22 Dayton, 2 p.m.

Nov. 5 Bound Brook, 2 p.m.

Nov. 24 at Roselle Park, 10:30 a.m.

2015 ROSELLE RAMS (4-6)

(H) Roselle 7, Rahway 0

(H) Hillside 16, Roselle 13

(A) Cranford 41, Roselle 7

(A) Delaware Valley 31, Roselle 12

(A) Roselle 22, Summit 7

(A) Johnson 23, Roselle 14

(H) Brearley 35, Roselle 21

(A) Roselle 33, Bernards 26

(A) Lincoln 30, Roselle 13

(H) Roselle 41, Roselle Park 33

Head coach: James Williams,

third season

Section: Central Jersey, Group 2

Conference: Mid-State 38

Division: Mountain 2-3

Record: 4-6

Home: 2-2

Away: 2-4

Points for: 183

Points against: 242

Shutouts: 1

Overtime: 0-0

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