Reporter All-Area team selected, with Henriquez named MVP

Bullock top offensive player; Rooks top defender; Hansen top coach

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Hudson Reporter Most Valuable Player Anthony Henriquez, Jr. of Hoboken
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Hudson Reporter Offensive Player of the Year Tahjamell Bullock of St. Peter’s Prep
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Hudson Reporter Defensive Player of the Year George Rooks of St. Peter’s Prep
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Hudson Reporter Most Valuable Player Anthony Henriquez, Jr. of Hoboken
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Hudson Reporter Offensive Player of the Year Tahjamell Bullock of St. Peter’s Prep
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Hudson Reporter Defensive Player of the Year George Rooks of St. Peter’s Prep

It was certainly a most unique high school football season, thanks to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, but it doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a plethora of worthy recipients to be named to the 2020 Hudson Reporter All-Area High School Football Team.

There might not have been NJSIAA state playoffs this season, but there was certainly enough reason to honor the champions of Hudson County, namely the gridiron warriors who were brave and remained steadfast throughout the trials and tribulations of the pandemic-stricken campaign and achieved at such high levels.

Once again, St. Peter’s Prep dominates the All-Area team, with an incredible 15 players earning recognition. The Marauders spent most of the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the entire state and this is affirmation of their statewide standing.

Hudson Catholic was next with six honorees, followed by Union City with five, Hoboken with four and Lincoln with three.

A total of nine players were repeat honorees, namely Tahjamell Bullock, Paul Lefkowitz, K.J. Miles and George Rooks of St. Peter’s Prep; Zahir Abdus Salaam of Union City; Steven Hampton and Kyrin Rhone of Hoboken, Amarrie Bolden of Hudson Catholic and Cedric Bazile of Bayonne.

Two players made All-Area for an astounding third time, namely Rooks of Prep and Rhone of Hoboken, which is quite an accomplishment.

The Hudson Reporter Offensive Player of the Year is also a repeat honoree. Tahjamell Bullock earns the honors for a second straight year. The Prep quarterback, headed to Virginia Tech next fall, had another solid season, completing 65 percent of his passes for 814 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also rushed for an additional 306 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground. He leaves Grand and Warren as one of the finest players the school has ever produced.

The Hudson Reporter Defensive Player of the Year is George Rooks of Prep, who collected 41 tackles and an impressive eight sacks this season. Rooks has yet to make his official declaration on a college, but he has a handful of big-time programs courting him vigorously, like Michigan and Penn State.

The Hudson Reporter Most Valuable Player is Anthony Henriquez, Jr. of Hoboken, who had the kind of senior year most players simply dream about. On offense, Henriquez rushed for 644 yards on 65 carries, almost 10 yards per carry, and scored eight touchdowns. On defense, Henriquez collected a whopping 110 tackles, which was good for second in the entire state. He also collected five sacks and forced six fumbles.

Henriquez had an ungodly 21 tackles in a huge win over Weequahic and had 18 more in a win over Shabazz. A year ago, Henriquez collected 10 or more tackles in every single game. That’s quite an accomplishment and worthy of being selected as The Hudson Reporter Most Valuable Player.

The Hudson Reporter Coach of the Year goes to someone who graced these pages for the last three decades and is actually a repeat honoree, considering he earned the honors in 2019 when he guided the Marauders to their fifth NJSIAA state title under his watch.

Rich Hansen earns the honor for the final time in his illustrious, legendary Hall of Fame career. He doesn’t need the affirmation of one sportswriter to tell him that he did an unbelievable job over the last 33 seasons, but he is worthy of the year-end honor one more time as he retires from coaching. Congrats to all for their year-end accolades and congrats to Coach Hansen on a job truly well done. – Jim Hague

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

2020 Hudson Reporter All-Area High School Football Team

OFFENSE 

Quarterback-Tahjamell Bullock, St. Peter’s Prep

Quarterback-Richard Gonzalez, Bayonne

Quarterback-Lukas Kasko, Hudson Catholic

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

Running Back-Rahmir Gosa, Lincoln

Running Back-Zahir Abdus-Salaam, Union City

Running Back-Sammy Slade, St. Peter’s Prep

Running Back-Kai’leel Jefferson, Hudson Catholic

Running Back-Kyrin Rhone, Hoboken 

Wide Receiver-Jaylan Sanchez, St. Peter’s Prep

Wide Receiver-Amarrie Bolden, Hudson Catholic

Wide Receiver-Sha’zir Sullivan, St. Peter’s Prep

Wide Receiver-Christian Ashe, Bayonne

Tight End-Kenny Soares, St. Peter’s Prep

Offensive Line-Aidan Monteiro, St. Peter’s Prep

Offensive Line-Steven Hampton, Hoboken

Offensive Line-Nelson Monegro, Union City

Offensive Line-Taj White, Hudson Catholic

Offensive Line-Aaron Swann, Memorial

Kicker-Nico Duarte, St. Peter’s Prep 

DEFENSE

Defensive End-Kevin Hebron, Lincoln

Defensive End-Ezire King, Hoboken

Defensive End-Ethan Rodriguez, St. Peter’s Prep

Defensive End-Devion Jackson, Lincoln

Defensive Tackle-Adrian Drew, Union City

Defensive Tackle-Anthony Dantzler, Hudson Catholic

Defensive Tackle– K.J. Miles, St. Peter’s Prep

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

Linebacker-Cedric Bazile, Bayonne

Linebacker-Marc Pretto, St. Peter’s Prep

Linebacker-Anthony Henriquez, Jr., Hoboken

Linebacker-Dennis Garcia, Union City 

Linebacker-Kayee Williams, Dickinson

Linebacker-Christian Rodgers, Hudson Catholic

Linebacker-John Young, Secaucus

Defensive Back-Glaser Arias, Union City

Defensive Back-Christian Lebrun, St. Peter’s Prep

Defensive Back-Jordan Campbell, St. Peter’s Prep

Defensive Back-Justin Williams, Snyde

Punter-Champ Long, St. Peter’s Prep

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

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR-George Rooks, St. Peter’s Prep

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER-Anthony Henriquez, Jr., Hoboken

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