It’s a Prep-dominated All-Area team once again

Record 15 Marauders on squad; hailing the state’s No. 1 team

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It’s a Prep-dominated All-Area team once again
2019 Hudson Reporter Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player Tahjamell Bullock of St. Peter’s Prep

St. Peter’s Prep dominated the high school football season in the state of New Jersey, rolling to the coveted NJSAA Non-Public Group 4 state championship and the No. 1 overall ranking in the state.

So it only makes sense that the Marauders would dominate the 2019 Hudson Reporter High School Football All-Area Team as well.

A record-breaking 15 Marauders were selected to this year’s star-studded squad, breaking the old mark of 13 Marauders who were picked to the 2014 Reporter All-Area team. That team, which featured Minkah Fitzpatrick of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona State star wide receiver Frank Darby, was awarded the last time the Marauders won the state title, with quarterback Brandon Wimbush securing both the Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors.

Well, the 2019 Reporter All-Area team is very similar to the one five years ago. That team was dominated by the Marauders after they captured the state title and No. 1 state ranking.

Sure enough, this year’s All-Area team is mobbed with Marauders and the team’s quarterback has earned both the Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors.

The 2019 Hudson Reporter Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player is Prep quarterback Tahjamell Bullock.

Bullock had a sensational junior year for the Marauders, leading them to their first state title in five years and the fifth overall at Grand and Warren.

Bullock completed 121 of 215 passes for 2,264 yards and 28 touchdowns, while throwing only seven interceptions. He also rushed for 481 yards and scored six touchdowns. He led the Marauders to five come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter, including the 21-14 victory over Don Bosco Prep at in the non-public Group 4 state playoff final at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands earlier this month.

Bullock is already one of the most coveted signal callers in the entire nation – and he has another year to don the maroon and white of the Marauders.

The 2019 Hudson Reporter Defensive Player of the Year is Bullock’s teammate Cody Simon.

Cody Simon, the younger brother of 2016-2017 Hudson Reporter Male Athlete of the Year Shayne Simon, was clearly the best defensive player in New Jersey this season.

Simon, a junior, had 106 total tackles, 62 of which were of the solo variety. He also collected five sacks, made four interceptions, returned three of those interceptions for a touchdown and had a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

But Simon’s best play came in the state championship game, when he picked up a rolling punt in the middle of six Don Bosco defenders and dashed 70 yards for the game’s first touchdown. It was one of the most brilliant plays in St. Peter’s Prep football history.

Simon showed why Ohio State coveted him so much, so he will head to the nation’s No. 2-ranked team in the fall. Simon will also play in the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio in a few weeks.

Simon is one of five repeat honorees on the 2019 Reporter All-Area team, joining Kyrin Rhone of Hoboken, Isaiah Decias of Hudson Catholic, Elijah Williams of Lincoln and Simon’s teammate George Rooks.

Ironically, the Simon brothers have had a stranglehold of the Defensive Player of the Year honors, as Shane Simon collected the accolade in 2017 before heading off to Notre Dame. That’s quite a talented family.

Nyjon Freeman of Hoboken was selected to the 2017 All-Area team, but sat out last season with a knee injury, but returned to make an appearance on the 2019 All-Area squad.

The Hudson Reporter Coach of the Year is also from St. Peter’s Prep, namely legendary head coach of the marvelous Marauders Rich Hansen, who has now captured five state titles in his illustrious career. Hansen moved into a tie with the immortal Joe Coviello for wins for a Hudson County grid coach. Coviello won 254 games during his days at Memorial and North Bergen. Hansen will surpass Coviello with his first win of 2020. The all-time leader is the late Vince Ascolese, who won 367 games during his days at North Bergen, second all-time in New Jersey.

It was clearly a year to remember for Hansen and his Marauders, evidenced by their domination in the 2019 Hudson Reporter All-Area squad. – Jim Hague

Jim Hague can be reached via e-mail at OGSMAR@aol.com

2019 Hudson Reporter All-Area High School Football Team

OFFENSE

Quarterback-Tahjamell Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep

Quarterback-Deyshaun Brooks, Lincoln

Quarterback-Danny McAuliffe, Bayonne

Running Back-Nyjon Freeman, Hoboken

Running Back-Paul Lefkowitz, St. Peter’s Prep

Running Back-Zahir Abdus-Salaam, Union City

Running Back-Jaheir White, Hudson Catholic

Running Back-Elijah Aviles, North Bergen

Running Back-Kyrin Rhone, Hoboken

Wide Receiver-Byron Shipman, St. Peter’s Prep

Wide Receiver-Isaiah Decias, Hudson Catholic

Wide Receiver-Jelani Mason, St. Peter’s Prep

Wide Receiver-Zyeiar Miller, St. Peter’s Prep

Offensive Line-Steven Hampton, Hoboken

Offensive Line-Jalen Genao, Union City

Offensive Line-Isaiah Wright, St. Peter’s Prep

Offensive Line-K.J. Miles, St. Peter’s Prep

Offensive Line-DeAngelo Urena, North Bergen

Kicker-Alexander Prescott, St. Peter’s Prep

DEFENSE

Defensive End-Corey Fitch, Union City

Defensive End-Donnell White, Snyder

Defensive End-Elijah Williams, Lincoln

Defensive End-Ben Silver, St. Peter’s Prep

Defensive Tackle-Anthony Jones, Hudson Catholic

Defensive Tackle-Adam Fakih, Bayonne

Defensive Tackle-Juan Miranda, St. Peter’s Prep

Defensive Tackle-George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep

Linebacker- Cedric Bazile, Bayonne

Linebacker-Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep

Linebacker-Abdiel Ramos, Union City

Linebacker-Andrew Robinson, St. Peter’s Prep

Linebacker-Colin Elliott, St. Peter’s Prep

Defensive Back-Tyquan McDuffy, Lincoln

Defensive Back-Damon Murray, Hoboken

Defensive Back-G.J. Mazzella, St. Peter’s Prep

Defensive Back-Amari Bolden, Hudson Catholic

Punter-Ben Silver, St. Peter’s Prep

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Tajhamell Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR-Cody Simon, St. Peter’s Prep

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER-Tajhamell Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep

COACH OF THE YEAR—Rich Hansen, St. Peter’s Prep

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