One of the safest bet you can make each year is that Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, New Jersey) is going to field one of the top high school football teams in the country. The Don Bosco Ironmen have won 9 state championships since 1968 and have been to the state finals every year since 2002. The school coached by Greg Toal is currently coming off a 12-0 record in 2006, a season which saw them score over 500 points. They racked up 141 of those points in their last three games while holding their opponents scoreless. This juggernaut team capped its campaign with a 41-0 win over archrival St. Peter’s Prep in the state championship played at Giant Stadium.
Despite losing gifted quarterback Matt Simms to the University of Louisville this year, along with receiver Brandon Boykin and host of linemen, there is no reason to believe that coach Teal will not field another winning team in 2007. While the key to another championship season might hinge on replacing the losses they suffered on the offensive line, Don Bosco will be returning a host of high profile performers on offense which gives them a good chance to return to the state’s final for a sixth straight time. Some of the most talented offensive players to keep an eye on this year are:
Tony Jones #26 (HB)
Jones is an exciting 5’6″ sophomore running back who as a freshman got to carry the ball 56 times and rushed for 463 yards. He averaged an amazing 8.3 yards a carry and had a long 63 yard breakaway against St. Joseph. Jones, who might just have enough talent to attract a division 1-A school in the future, scored a touchdown in last year’s state title and should be accustomed to the spotlight.
Guy Germinario #34 (FB)
If Jones is the quintessential speed back, Germinario is a 220 pound sledge hammer of a running back capable of a 4.5 40, and strong enough to bench over 350 lbs. This power back has amassed over 40 touchdowns the last two seasons and has average closed to 10 yards a carry in the process. A throwback to the days of the two way player, and worthy of his team’s nickname (Ironmen), Germinario doubles up on defense as LB; a position at which he has accumulated over 90 tackles and 7 sacks the past two seasons. Look for Guy Germinario to have a monster year in 2007 if the offensive line holds up.
Brett Knief #16 (QB)
While who will replace Matt Simms at quarterback might be an issue that has not been settled yet, sophomore Brett Knief is currently a front runner. Knief who saw some action at quarterback and defensive back last year, is a gangly 6 footer with the ability to run the football. Last year in limited action, Knief ran for 147 yards and was 3 for 3 as a passer, with one touchdown. A highly versatile athlete, Brett is also a star player on Don Bosco’s baseball team.
Alexander DiSanzo #19 (TE, LB)
Out of all the senior players on Don Bosco, no one has been more highly recruited than Alexander DiSanzo, the 6-2 220 pound TE/LB. Already with scholarship offers from Boston College, Cinncinati and Colorado, DiSanzo is a LB who doubled up at TE last year and enjoyed an excellent season at both position. His time of 4.6 in the 40 is impressive for either position and he will remain a highly recruited player in the Northeast this year.