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.”

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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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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.

Cumulative Team Effort Key to Summit H.S. Football Building on Era of Excellence

Cumulative Team Effort Key to Summit H.S. Football Building on Era of Excellence

Summit High School Varsity Head Football Coach Kevin Kostibos speaks to his team after a recent practice. The Hilltoppers open their season September 11 at North Plainfield.

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Summit High School Varsity Head Football Coach Kevin Kostibos speaks to his team after a recent practice. The Hilltoppers open their season September 11 at North …
By GREG ELLIOTT

September 10, 2015 at 2:05 PM

SUMMIT, NJ – In the classic George Roy Hill film “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” Paul Newman’s Butch and Robert Redford’s Sundance are suddenly pursued by a mysterious posse. Perplexed by the anonymity of those now chasing them, Butch asks Sundance, “Who are those guys?”

High school football pundits might just be asking themselves the same thing about the 2015 Summit Hilltopper Varsity. Returning less than a handful — three to be exact — of starters from the 2014 team that went 9-2, their success will come from embodying the very concept and definition of the word “team.”

This group of Hilltoppers does not have a marquee “name” player, at least at this stage of the season. There is no Chris Zanelli, Colm Dougherty, Andrew Helmer, Mike Badgley, Pat Maloney, Charlie Terry, AJ Iarussi, or any of the other heralded-type players that received the lion’s share of the accolades as Summit went 65-4 since 2009, produced three undefeated seasons, and won three state titles.

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In this environment of a cloaked persona, however, a team identity is emerging, and third-year head Coach Kevin Kostibos likes what he sees so far. “This is a players team,” he said, quickly adding, “These guys really care a lot about each other, are a bunch of good athletes, and they know that each one of them has to do their job for us to enjoy success as a team.”

While much may be not known outside of the program about Summit’s personnel this season, some elements are a given. The Hilltoppers will employ the Spread Wing-T; they’re going to play a high-octane, up-tempo, no-huddle offense; and they will be well prepared and tough to play against, hallmarks of the “Pride, Discipline, and Tradition” era began by former Head Coach John Liberato and carried forward by Kostibos and his staff.

And, of course, there will be significant talent on the roster, even if is has yet to be hyped.

While much of the attention will undoubtedly fall on the “skill” positions of quarterback, running back, and wide receiver, Kostibos believes the strength of his team will be in the trenches, specifically the offensive and defensive lines.

Senior Tackle Matteo diMayorca, the lone returning starter on offense, anchors an offensive line that includes center Donovan Cahill, guards Michael Mahecha and Justin Hong and tackle Matt Grange, that should open holes for Summit’s ground attack, which will help set up the passing game.

A pair of Matts — Murdock and Newman — will get the ball in different sets as the slot backs, assisted by fullbacks Sam Zanelli and Michael Flanagan, who will also carry the rock as well as block.

If there is a player on the roster who comes with some advance fanfare, it is quarterback Jake Froschauer, the junior who started a handful of games last season as injuries decimated the Hilltopper signal caller depth chart.

Now taller and 30-pounds stronger and sturdier, Froschauer is coming off a big camp summer, and looks poised to take the next step in his development. Although possessing a cannon for an arm, Kostibos is quick to point out that, “Jake is only a junior, and has half his high school career in front of him – he is still learning every play, every day.”

If, as expected, Summit executes its running game to a high standard, Froschauer will get some clear looks down field, and chances are high that some big team and individual offensive numbers will be generated. Wideouts Garrett Cahill, Alex Crane, Kyle Kanaley, and Christian Fusco will be Froschauer’s targets.

Defensively, new defensive coordinator Dan Gregory joins the staff from Hanover Park, and implements a new 3-4 scheme, which just happens to ideally suit the Hilltoppers personnel. Along with diMayorca, John Ramirez and Danny Petrela will be the down lineman, while Teddy Cranley and Liam Dougherty will handle inside linebacker duties, and Tyler Gramigna along with Peter Galuppo will man the outside linebacker spots.

In the secondary, Faris and Fusco will be the safeties, operating behind a cornerback corps that includes Murdock, Wayne Johnson, Rhajon Venable, and John Armwood,

“We will need to execute in all facets of the game to reach out potential. It will come down to fundamentals, and our ability to get better every day in practice and improve as the season progresses,” said Kostibos.

Summit will face their traditional conference opponents this season and then, if successful, some new faces in the state playoffs, courtesy of a move from Group III to Group IV. “This is a great opportunity for our football program,” said Kostibos. “This section has some of the best programs in the state in it, and we look forward to bringing our type of football to those programs,”

2015 Summit Hilltoppers Varsity Football Roster
1 – Jeff Chen, senior – K
2 – Ray Alarashi, sophomore – WR/FS
3 – Robby Faris, senior – RB/SS (C)
4 – John Armwood III, senior – WR/CB
5 – Wayne Johnson, senior, RB/C
6 – Will Goldy, sophomore – WR/DB
7 – Christian Fusco, junior – WR/DB
8 – Michael Flanagan, junior – RB/LB
9 – Jake Froschauer, junior – QB/FS
10 – Ryan Richson, senor – QB/FS (C)
11 – Kyle Kanaley, senior – WR/DB
12 – Tyler Gramigna, senior – WR/LB
13 – Peter Galuppo, junior – WR/LB
15 – Quinn Halper, sophomore – RB/DB
16 – Ken Bacchiani – sophomore – WR/DB
17 – Chris Giangiulio, junior – WR/DB
19 – Oleg Yaseyko, sophomore – RB/SS
20 – DJ Jackson, sophomore – WR/DB
23 – Sam Zanelli, junior – RB/LB
24 – Brendan McGinn, junior – WR/DB
25 – Thomas Tarashuk, junior – WR/DB
26 – Jack Johnson, junior – RB/DB
27 – Matt Murdock, junior – RB/DB
28 – Rhajon Venable, junior – RB/DB
29 – David Medina, junior – RB/DB
30 – Andrew Miller, sophomore – QB/LB
31 – Liam Dougherty, junior – OL/LB
32 – Teddy Cranley, senior – OL/LB
34 – Luca Curran, sophomore – RB/DB
35 – Stephen Sajer, sophomore – RB/LB
36 – Miguel Suarez, junior – K/DB
40 – Griffin Drake, sophomore – RB/DB
42 – Hafiz Harper, sophomore – RB/DB
43 – Will Hurley, sophomore – WR/DB
44 – Matt Newman, senior – RB/DB
50 – Donovan Cahill, senior – OL/DL
51 – Spencer Frey, junior – OL/LB
52 – Allen Steele, sophomore – OL/LB
53 – Joe Shepard, sophomore – OL/LB
53 – Jacob Rogers, sophomore – OL/DL
54 – Justin Hong, junior – OL/LB
55 – Kevin Cahill, sophomore – OL/DL
56 – Craig Ackerly, junior – RB/LB
57 – Michael Mahecha, junior – OL/DL
60 – Danny Petrela, junior – OL/DL
61 – Jonathan Ramirez, senior – OL/DL
62 – Chris Helmer, sophomore – OL/DL
64 – Matt Grange, junior – OL/DL
67 – Patrick Codey, junior – OL/DL
70 – Rendor Michael, sophomore- OL/DL
72 – Miles Dewald, sophomore – OL/DL
77 – Matteo diMayorca, senior – OL/DL (C)
78 – Tyler Tomlin, junior – OL/DL
80 – Joey Vostal, sophomore – WR/LB
81 – Max Hayford, sophomore – WR/DB
82 – Garrett Cahill, senior – WR/DB
84 – Hans Seaz, sophomore – WR/DB
85 – Peter Maldonado, sophomore – WR/LB
86 – Anthony Cusumano, sophomore – WR/DB
88 – Alex Crane, senior – WR/LB
89 – Rahiem Hunt, sophomore – WR/DB

(C) – denotes Team Captains
2015 Summit Hilltoppers Varsity Football Schedule

September 11 @ North Plainfield – 7 p.m.
September 18 v. Governor Livingston – 7 p.m.*
September 25 @ Warren Hills – 7 p.m.
October 3 v. Cranford – 2 p.m.
October 10 v. Roselle – 1 p.m.
October 16 @ Somerville – 7 p.m.
October 24 v. Voorhees – 2 p.m.
October 31 @ Rahway – 1 p.m.
November 7 v. Hillside – 2 p.m.

November 14 – NJSIAA Sectional
November 21 – NJSIAA Sectional Semi Final
December 4 – NJSIAA Sectional Final

* Traditional Friday Night Lights Game

Summit football preview: Hilltoppers prepared to continue winning ways

Summit football preview: Hilltoppers prepared to continue winning ways

By: – Union County Sports Editor

SUMMIT – One of the most successful programs in the state since 2009 – as evidenced by a 65-4 (.942) mark since then – is prepared to continue its winning ways in 2015.

When you get Summit you know that the quarterback is ready to go right away, leading a no-huddle offense designed to prevent opposing defenses to keep up.

Back to lead Summit’s Wing-T, spread attack is junior quarterback Jake Froschauer, who had a solid sophomore season after taking over for Ryan Richson after Richson went down with a concussion injury.

“Jake had a great summer,” third-year head coach Kevin Kostibos said. “He put on 30 pounds, got himself in our weight room and now has a great command of our offense.

Froschauer completed 45-of-93 passes (48 percent) last year for 688 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

“He can run and throw, he’s a great leader and the kids respect him,” Kostibos said. “He’s a game-changer.”

Froschauer is joined by senior linemen Matteo diMayorca and Donovan Cahill as Summit’s lone returing offensive starters. diMayorca, a tackle, has given Harvard a verbal commitment. Cahill, Summit’s center, is one of three Cahill brothers on the varsity roster, the others being twin Garrett, a senior wide receiver, and younger brother Kevin, a sophomore lineman.

“Our offensive line is strong,” Kostibos said. “diMayorca is a scholarship player and Cahill is the leader of 7-8 guys who fit a nice rotation.”

Senior Robby Faris is one of the slots, with juniors Sam Zanelli and Michael Flanagan the fullbacks.

They will be among the backs to pick up the slack left behind by 2015 graduate Chris Zanelli, who last year set Summit’s single-season rushing record of 1,579 yards. The previous best was Torrie Fogg’s 1,374 in 1994.

“The younger kids have fit in nicely,” Kostibos said. “The seniors have also meshed well with the juniors.”

On defense, Summit switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4, the latter scheme designed to get to the quarterback a bit more. Former Hanover Park head coach Dan Gregory is the coordinator, succeeding Chet Parlavecchio, who is now the defensive coordinator at his high school alma mater, Delbarton.

“Dan has done a fantastic job with the kids,” Kostibos said. “It’s a learning process. I’m interested to see how it comes together as the season progresses.”

Returning starters on defense include junior inside linebacker Liam Dougherty and senior safety Robby Faris.

Dougherty paced Summit in total tackles last year with 84, while Faris was second in interceptions with three.

NOTES: The captains are Faris, Richson and diMayorca. Richson being named one of the three captains – while he can no longer play because of concussions sustained his sophomore and junior years – was a nice touch.

“Ryan is like another coach and will work with the quarterbacks,” Kostibos said.

Last year, Richson suffered a concussion in Summit’s season-opener vs. North Plainfield and was not able to be cleared medically to play again.

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

After being in North 2, Group 3 the past three seasons and winning the section for the third and fourth time in program history in 2012 and 2013, Summit, because of an increase in enrollment, was moved up to North 2, Group 4 for the 2015 season.

That section includes two-time defending champion Phillipsburg and one other Union County school, Scotch Plains, in addition to schools like North Hunterdon, Middletown South and Long Branch.

Summit has captured North 2, Group 2 four times and North 2, Group 3 four times during the playoff era. Now the Hilltoppers can take aim at trying to make their mark in North 2, Group 4.

“I was a bit surprised when I found out we were moving up,” Kostibos said. “It is what it is.

“I see it as a great opportunity for us. That section is loaded. There are a lot of big-time programs.”

 

SUMMIT’S WING-T,

SPREAD OFFENSE:

T Matteo diMayorca, senior, (6-5, 240)

G Michael Mahecha, junior, (6-1, 225)

C Donovan Cahill, senior, (6-0, 190)

G Justin Hong, junior, (5-9, 190)

T Matt Grange, junior, (6-3, 230)

G Spencer Frey, junior, (5-9, 215)

T Patrick Codey, junior, (6-2, 205)

QB Jake Froschauer, junior, (6-3, 175)

FB Sam Zanelli, junior, (5-9, 165)

FB Michael Flanagan, junior, (5-9, 195)

SLOT Matt Murdock, junior, (5-5, 150)

SLOT Matt Newman, senior, (5-5, 150)

SLOT Robby Faris, senior, (5-6, 160)

WR Kyle Kanaley, senior, (5-9, 180)

WR Alex Crane, senior, (6-2, 200)

WR Christian Fusco, junior, (5-9, 160)

WR Garrett Cahill, senior, (5-11, 145)

PK Jeff Chen, senior, (5-10, 155)

PK Jack Johnson, junior, (5-10, 210)

Returning starters (3): diMayorca,

Donovan Cahill, Froschauer.

 

SUMMIT’S 4-3 DEFENSE:

NG Danny Petrela, junior, (5-10, 300)

T Matteo diMayorca, senior, (6-5, 240)

T Jonathan Ramirez, senior, (5-10, 255)

T Tyler Tomlin, junior, (6-0, 205)

OLB Craig Ackerly, junior, (5-8, 155)

OLB Peter Galuppo, junior, (5-10, 165)

OLB Tyler Gramigna, senior, (6-2, 190)

OLB Justin Hong, junior, (5-9, 190)

ILB Liam Dougherty, junior, (6-0, 215)

ILB Teddy Crawley, senior, (5-9, 185)

ILB Spencer Frey, junior, (5-9, 215)

ILB Michael Flanagan, junior, (5-9, 195)

CB Rhajon Venable, junior, (5-8, 140)

CB John Armwood, senior, (5-11, 195)

CB Wayne Johnson, senior, (5-11, 170)

CB Brendan McGinn, junior, (5-8, 155)

S Matt Murdock, junior, (5-5, 150)

S Christian Fusco, junior, (5-9, 160)

S Robby Faris, senior, (5-6, 160)

S David Medina, junior, (5-8, 155)

P Jake Froschauer, junior, (6-3, 175)

Returning starters (2): Dougherty, Faris.

 

SUMMIT HILLTOPPERS

Head Coach: Kevin Kostibos, since 2013.

A 1999 Hanover Park graduate.

Third season: 21-2 (.913)

Conference: Mid-State 38

Division: Raritan

Section: North 2, Group 4

Summit’s last sectional title: 2013

2013: (9-2 and 5-1, second in Raritan Division)

Tatlock Field: Field Turf.

Kostibos has guided Summit to the North 2, Group 3

semifinals his first two seasons at the helm of the

Hilltoppers, including a 12-0 record and the section

title in 2013. Summit is in North 2, Group 4 this year

for the first time. Kostibos was previously an assistant

coach at Summit under the coach he played for in high

school at Hanover Park, John Liberato. Liberato is now

in his second season as an assistant coach at Kean University.

 

SUMMIT HILLTOPPERS 2015

Sept. 11 at North Plainfield, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 Gov. Livingston, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 at Warren Hills, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3 Cranford, 2 p.m.

Oct. 10 Roselle, 1 p.m.

Oct. 16 at Somerville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24 Voorhees, 2 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Rahway, 1 p.m.

Nov. 7 Hillside 2 p.m.

Head coach: Kevin Kostibos,

third season

 

2014 HILLTOPPERS (9-2)

(H) Summit 26, North Plainfield 0

(A) Summit 31, Gov. Livingston 7

(H) Summit 22, Warren Hills 3

(A) Cranford 33, Summit 14

(A) Summit 41, Roselle 33

(H) Summit 42, Somerville 9

(A) Summit 44, Voorhees 20

(H) Summit 30, Rahway 20

(A) Summit 35, Hillside 20

(H) Summit 29, Morris Hills 17

(H) Parsippany Hills 14, Summit 0

Head coach: Kevin Kostibos,

second season

Section: North 2, Group 3

Conference: Mid-State 38

Division: Raritan 5-1

Record: 9-2

Home: 5-1

Away: 4-1

Points for: 314

Points against: 176

Shutouts: 1

Overtime: 0-0