Fourteen Hilltoppers Named to Football All-Conference Team; Six Summit Players Earn First Team Honors

Fourteen Hilltoppers Named to Football All-Conference Team; Six Summit Players Earn First-Team Honors

Matteo diMayorca Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
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Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
By GREG ELLIOTT

December 14, 2015 at 1:13 PM

SUMMIT, NJ – Fourteen Summit High School Varsity Football Team members have earned Mid-State 38, Raritan Division, All-Conference honors, as voted on by the conference’s coaches.
The honorees include:

First Team

Matteo diMayorca – Offensive Line – Senior
Liam Dougherty – Linebacker – Junior
Jake Froschauer – Quarterback – Junior
Matt Grange – Offensive Line – Junior
Matt Newman – Running Back – Senior
Danny Petrela – Defensive Line – Junior

Second Team

Robby Faris – Strong Safety – Senior
Christian Fusco – Free Safety – Junior
Michael Mahecha – Offensive Line – Junior

Honorable Mention

Donovan Cahill – Offensive Line – Senior
Teddy Cranley – Linebacker – Senior
Tyler Gramigna – Linebacker – Senior
Matt Murdock – Kick Return – Junior
Jonathan Ramirez – Defensive Line – Senior

Matt Newman Names Team MVP as Summit H.S. Football Announce Year-End Awards: Cranley, Faris, Gramigna and diMayorca Also Honored

Matt Newman Named Team MVP as Summit H.S. Football Announce Year-End Awards; Cranley, Faris, Gramigna, and diMayorca Also Honored

Robby Faris – Coaches Award. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
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SHS 2015 Football Winners
Newman – SHS FB MVP 2015
Cranley – SHS FB Coaches Award
diMayorca – SHS FB Coaches Award
Faris – SHS FB Coaches Award
Gramigna – SHS FB Most Improved
Robby Faris – Coaches Award.
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
By GREG ELLIOTT

December 10, 2015 at 10:29 AM
SUMMIT, NJ – Matt Newman, who accumulated more than 1.200 all-purpose yards during the season, has been named the Summit High School Varsity Football Team 2015 Most Valuable Player. The senior running back accepted the award at the team end-of-season dinner, where four other Hilltoppers were honored, including:

Teddy Cranley, Robby Faris, and Matteo diMayorca – Coaches Award

Tyler Gramigna – Most Improved Player

Newman was Summit’s go-to running back and overall offensive workhorse all season long, carrying the ball 85 times and ending the year as their leading receiver with 27 receptions netting 374 yards.

He scored eight touchdowns, including the Hilltoppers only such score in their season-ending 20-16 NJSIAA playoff defeat at Colonia. Against the Patriots, Newman had an epic game, carrying the ball 33 times for 176 yards despite cramping up on numerous occasions.

Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos called Newman’s effort versus Colonia, “One of the best performances I have ever seen.”

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Cranley, Faris, and diMayorca were each earned Coaches Awards, presented to team members “who embody what it means to be a Hilltopper.”

Senior linebacker Cranley had 44 tackles, two of which were for a loss, and two sacks.
Kostibos said of Cranley, “He was the heart and soul of our defense, When we needed a big play, he made it.”

Senior defensive / offensive lineman and team caption diMayorca, had 33 tackles, nine of which were for a loss, and was the team co-leader in sacks with four. Big and agile, as an offensive lineman he was instrumental in Summit’s ground attack.

Praising diMayorca’s contributions on the field and in the classroom — which will see him continue his football and education at Harvard — Kostibos said, “Matteo is achieving something that every student athlete should aspire to achieve.”

Safety and captain Faris had 34 tackles, three of which were for a loss, and had one interception.

In honoring Faris, Kostibos spoke of the senior’s maturity and called him “a special young man.”

Senior linebacker Gramigna was a defensive force, had 44 tackles, and was the co-leader in tackles for a loss with 12, and sacks with four.

Kostibos lauded Gramigna’s on-field accomplishments, and noted that — because Summit changed defensive coordinators and schemes prior to the season — Gramigna, originally slated to play defensive end, was switched to linebacker. Despite the positional change, he excelled in his new role.

In a season stained by the Evan Murray tragedy, Summit (6-4) had a roller coaster year, starting 3-0, losing three in a row, then rallying — showing tremendous grit and perseverance in the process — to win their final three games before heading to the playoffs.

Leadership and Perseverance Personified: Summit’s Ryan Richson Nominated for ‘Heart of a Giant’ Award

Leadership and Perseverance Personified: Summit’s Ryan Richson Nominated for ‘Heart of a Giant’ Award

Summit senior Ryan Richson leads his teammates to the field prior to their “Friday Night Lights” win over Governor Livingston. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

October 8, 2015 at 11:23 AM
SUMMIT, NJ – An injury suffered early in his junior season has caused Summit High School Varsity Football Team senior quarterback Ryan Richson to miss the 2015 Hilltoper campaign.

Richson’s response has been to — just as he would if he was the starter — totally commit himself to the team. His teammates response? They elected him one of three captains prior to the season.

Richson’s leadership in the face of personal adversity is remarkable, and Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos has nominated his senior captain for the 2015 USA Football “Heart of a Giant” Award.

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The honor is presented to the high school football player from the tri-state area who best exemplifies what it means to have the “Heart of a Giant” based on the athlete’s work ethic, dedication, character, teamwork, and desire and drive to succeed both on the field and in the classroom.

Kostibos said, “Ryan is like another coach. He’s there every day. I applaud him. It’s not easy to be in the position he’s in.”

Six finalists are determined based on the results of on-line voting, and their high schools each receive a $1,500 equipment grant. In addition, the high school of the finalist selected as the “Heart of a Giant” winner receives an additional $3,500 equipment grant, with the individual recognized at the New York Giants’ December 20 game vs. the Carolina Panthers.

Voters can cast one vote — per device — every 24 hours through November 11, and can vote for Richson by scrolling down to his profile within the list of “Week 2 Nominees.”

Vote for Ryan Richson!

Support Summit Football – Vote for Ryan!
Senior varsity captain, Ryan Richson, has been selected as one of the nominees who will compete for a spot as a finalist for the 2015 USA Football Heart of a Giant award presented by the New York Giants and Hospital for Special Surgery.

The award is presented to the high school football player from the New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Tri-State area who best exemplifies what it means to have the Heart of a Giant based on the athlete’s work ethic, dedication, character, teamwork and desire and drive to succeed both on the field and in the classroom. Richson was nominated by Summit Head Football Coach, Kevin Kostibos, for the perseverance, commitment and leadership demonstrated since sustaining a concussion early last season that ended his playing career. Kostibos recently stated, “Ryan is like another coach. He’s there every day. I applaud him. It’s not easy to be in the position he’s in.”

Six finalists are determined based on he results of on-line voting and their high schools each receive a $1,500 equipment grant. In addition, the high school of the finalist selected as the Heart of a Giant winner receives an additional $3,500 equipment grant, with the individual recognized at the New York Giants’ December 20 game vs. the Carolina Panthers.

Voters can cast one vote per device every 24 hours now through November 11 by using the link below and connecting to Ryan’s profile within the list of Week 2 nominees. Please help support Summit football by voting for Ryan Richson as a 2015 Heart of a Giant finalist!

http://www.usafootball.com/heartofagiant

NJSIAA POWER POINTS, SEPT. 28

NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 2

Group 4:

Middletown South (3-0) 38

Summit (3-0) 34

Millburn (3-0) 33

Phillipsburg (2-1) 30

Colonia (3-0) 29

Woodbridge (3-0) 27

Sayreville (2-1) 24

Middletown North (2-1) 23

North Hunterdon (1-2) 17

Princeton (1-2) 13

West Windsor-Plainsboro North (1-2) 12

Long Branch (1-2) 11

Irvington (0-3) 5

Iselin Kennedy (0-3) 5

Scotch Plains-Fanwood (0-3) 2

West Windsor-Plainsboro South (0-3) 2.

Summit Flips Switch in Second Quarter, Eases Past Governor Livingston 30-6 in ‘Friday Night Lights’ Game

Summit Flips Switch in Second Quarter, Eases Past Governor Livingston 30-6 in ‘Friday Night Lights’ Game

Summit’s Matt Murdock scored on this run in the third quarter, giving the Hilltoppers a 23-0 lead.

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SHS FB – Murdock v. GL
Summit’s Matt Murdock scored on this run in the third quarter, giving the Hilltoppers a 23-0 lead.
By GREG ELLIOTT

September 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM
SUMMIT, NJ – They were back in black, but it took them a while to get on track.

The Summit High School Varsity Football Team faced Governor Livingston (GL) in the traditional “Friday Night Lights” game at Investors Bank Field, donning the special black uniforms they debuted at the 2014 “FNL” contest.

The event is a rite of the impending fall season in the Hilltop City, a community gathering where residents aged three to 93 assemble to celebrate Summit and, specifically, Summit football.

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The visiting Highlanders, however, were not in a celebratory mood, and their defensive scheme and effort stymied the Hilltoppers offense in the first half, not allowing a Summit first down until just prior to the midway point of the second quarter.

Gifted by a GL miscue, the Hilltoppers sputtering engine finally turned over, and Summit steadily pulled away from the Highlanders, winning comfortably 30-6, and improving to 2-0 on the season.
if one was a fan of defense, the first quarter was nirvana. Neither team could move the ball, and GL’s loading up of the defensive front — with seven or eight players on the line — was daring Summit to throw the ball. The defense befuddled the Hilltoppers, who looked all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Summit’s quarterback and punter, Jake Froschauer was, however, having success with his foot, booming punts, easily winning the kicking game, and giving the Hilltoppers the edge in the field position battle.

In the second quarter, Rhajon Venable and the Summit special teams did a great job downing one of Froschauer’s punts inside the GL one yard line. After two attempts to grind out some space from which to work failed, the Highlanders were faced with a third-and-long from their own 2 yard line.

The subsequent snap was high and wide, and skipped out of the end zone for a safety. The Hilltoppers led 2-0 at the 8:52 mark, and the break seemed to give the Summit offense the spark it needed to get in gear.

After the ensuing kickoff from the GL 20 yard line gave Summit great field position, the Hilltoppers cashed in less than 90 seconds later.

Froschauer found Matt Newman on a 39-yard route down the left sideline. The PAT from Jack Johnson made it 9-0 Hilltoppers with 7:29 left before the half.

Summit found the end zone again with just 40.5 seconds left before the break. Froschauer hit Matt Murdock on a 11-yarder, and Johnson tacked on the extra point to make 16-0.

Murdock’s second touchdown on the night, a two-yard plunge with 2:57 left in the third quarter, was set up by a long, 60-yard Sam Zanelli run down the left sideline. Johnson’s PAT made it 23-0.

Despite having no passing game, GL made it tough on the Hilltoppers all night, and they broke through when Will Nicholson burst through the right side of the Summit line, then cut left and went 62 yards. The two-point conversion failed and, with 53.5 seconds left in the quarter, it was 23-6.

Summit closed out the scoring when Froschauer threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Newman. Johnson capped a perfect PAT night by drilling the kick through the uprights, and it was 30-6 Hilltoppers with 9:51 to play.

Afterwards, Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos attributed his team’s early-game offensive struggles to the strong scheme and effort of their opponent. “Give Governor Livingston all the credit. They packed the box, and made us throw to beat them,” he said. “it took us a while to get going, and we have a young team in terms of first-year starters. Our defense was outstanding tonight, and that gave us some time to put things together.”

Next up for Summit is a tough trip to Warren Hills September 25. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Strength in Numbers: Six Hilltoppers Reach Pay Dirt as Summit Beats North Plainfield 39-21 in Season Opener

Strength in Numbers: Six Hilltoppers Reach Pay Dirt as Summit Beats North Plainfield 39-21 in Season Opener

Matt Newman carries the ball for the Hilltoppers in their 39-21, season-opening win over North Plainfield.

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Newman v. NP
Matt Newman carries the ball for the Hilltoppers in their 39-21, season-opening win over North Plainfield.
By GREG ELLIOTT

September 12, 2015 at 12:57 AM
SUMMIT, NJ – Summit High School Varsity Head Football Coach Kevin Kostibos has plainly stated that his squad will need contributions from the entirety of his team, in all facets of the game, in order for the 2015 Hilltoppers to enjoy the type of success the program is accustomed to.

If the season opener versus North Plainfield is a harbinger of things to come, the “it takes a village” mentality has taken root, as six Summit players scored touchdowns, the defensive and offensive lines were stout, and special teams contributed two big plays en route to the Hilltoppers 39-21 victory over the Canucks.

Quarterback Jake Froschauer threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Matt Newman, Michael Flanagan, Matt Murdock, Sam Zanelli, and Garrett Cahill all found the end zone as Summit won comfortably, despite trailing by a point during the first quarter.

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The Hilltoppers scored on their opening drive when, on 4th-and-5 from the North Plainfield 14 yard line, Froschauer took a bootleg around the right side and blasted into the end zone. The PAT was blocked, and Summit led 6-0 at the 9:26 mark.

The Canucks answered back immediately as Karon Mack took the ensuing kickoff back to midfield. The big return sparked North Plainfield who used a mix of runs and passes to set up a Ceisean Tucker score. After the PAT, the Canucks led 7-6 with 5:40 left in the first quarter.