Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lions Fall In Second Half

HOLMDEL (NJ) – Quarterback Mark Jarmon led a furious second half comeback by the Central Pennsylvania Piranha (CPP) over the New Jersey Lions Saturday night at St. John Vianney High School. Jarmon connected on a pair of long touchdown passes in the second half of the 26-16 victory in the battle of Major League Football (MLF) titans.“We knew that they had a stout defensive front,” Jarmon said. “It was going to be difficult running on them. At halftime we made some adjustments to open things up.”CPP (3-0) coach Ron Kerr had no problem letting his quarterback take control of the offense.“Jarmon is like a coach on the field,” Kerr said. “We give him the reins and he orchestrates everything out there (on the field).”Adjustments were necessary as the Lions held a 10-point lead in the third period, on the strength of a strong defensive effort by defensive lineman Wayne Niedermeier and linebacker Jeff Castillo.“We knew they (Lions) could stop the run,” Kerr said. “They played well, trying to run on their defense, with Wayne and Jeff in the middle is tough.”Points were rare for both teams in the first half with a Matt Mariano to Darnell Rose 41-yard touchdown standing as the only points before halftime.“Darnell had an option route called, reading what the defense was doing,” Lions head coach Paul Castillo. “He ran a crossing route and Matt threw him a great ball.”The Lions (2-1) added a field goal early in the third quarter, after recovering a Darryl Overton fumble.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lions Roar Behind Rose And Jenkins

Lions running back Michael Thomas runs for daylight (photo:
Lions running back Michael Thomas runs for daylight (photo:
HOLMDEL (NJ) – Darnell Rose and NaQuan Jenkins showed the speed many felt the New Jersey Lions lacked in previous seasons as the Lions exploded in the second half during a 34-6 win over the South Philly Raiders (IFL) at St. John Vianney High School Saturday night. The Lions scored 28 unanswered points in the final two periods after a lackluster first half.
“Tonight, we play sloppy from start to finish,” Lion’s coach Paul Castillo said after the game. “We absolutely played sloppy.”
Castillo’s assessment of his Lions’ (2-0) performance was accurate for the first half, but the second half was a different story. After the defense intercepted South Philly quarterback Linwood Blount, Jenkins broke loose for a 23-yard score on an electrifying cutback run for his second touchdown of the game.
“The play was a stretch run,” Jenkins said. “I saw that the linebacker was over pursuing, so I slowed down and when the he ran past me, I cut back and ran for the score.”
It wasn’t all negative coachspeak from Castillo as he prasied Jenkins’ for buying into the Lions’ system from day one.
“NaQuan came in to the program committed,” Castillo said. “He has taken to the coaching and has done a wonderful job. He won the starting position during training camp, continued to do well in practice and at the start of the season. I look forward to seeing what NaQuan can accomplish by the end of the season.”
The versatile Rose stepped his game up in the second half as well. Lined up at the quarterback position the Plainfield native rolled out of the pocket and rifled a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Riley.
“Darnell is full of athletic ability,” Castillo said. “He’s a smart player. On the play he saw the pressure coming, rolled out of the pocket, and got the ball to Reilly for the score.”

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lions Lose On Late Touchdown to NY Predators 6/25/11

Lions quarterback Matt Mariano calls the signals against the Predators
Lions quarterback Matt Mariano calls the signals against the
HOLMDEL (NJ) – The New Jersey Lions battled last season’s national champion the New York Predators in a game that turned into an instant classic. After sprinting out to an early lead, the Lions fell 21-20 as both teams benefitted from big plays by their high profile players.Major League Football (MLF) All Star Darnell Rose put the Lions on the board first with an electrifying 72-yard punt return. Rose fielded the kick at the 28-yard line, raced up the right sideline, and then followed a wall of Lions to the end zone.“They came down firing, not staying in their lanes on previous punts,” Rose said after his return. “[They were] going straight to the ball carrier. I noticed that so when their punter punted to me, I took advantage of it.”Rose struck again just before the half, sprinting 29 yards with a fake put before being tackled at the Predator 6-yard line.“That is not anything I do on my own,” Rose said. “If Coach calls for it, I make it happen. I feed off Coach Paul (Castillo) that was a smart call by him.”Three plays later, “Lions’ quarterback Matt Mariano dove in from a yard out and the Lions carried a 14-0 lead into the half.Trailing at the half was not a surprise to Predator coach, Billy Simo.“I thought we would be in trouble early, the Lions are a tough first game,” Simo said. “We’ve faced several preseason challenges, facing the Lions would be a big challenge, and we answered that challenge.”Oleseye Osinowo led an inspired Lions defense from his defensive end position. Osinowo finished with two sacks, two quarterback pressures, and three tackles for the game.“I came to play today, I think I played moderately well, but I can do better,” Osinowo said. “I just came off the ball quickly, using my speed, and kept working the angle all game.”

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Friday, June 17, 2011

City Soap Box Derby Brings Families Together

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Jersey Lions Partner with Holiday Inn

                     New Jersey Lions partner with Holiday Inn-Hazlet
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Holmdel NJ---The New Jersey Lions Football team are proud to announce the Holiday Inn-Hazlet have become the official team hotel for the 2011 season. The Holiday Inn-Hazlet is located at 2870 Highway 35 in Hazlet NJ and is a 5 minute drive from the home field of the Lions,  St John Vianney High School, in Holmdel NJ.
The partnership with the Holiday Inn-Hazlet gives the Lions access to a great family get-away with a great night of football mixed in with easy access to the Jersey Shores, amusement parks, area restaurants and shopping, all while staying at a great family hotel that is affordable with discounted rates.
The Lions are pleased to welcome the Holiday Inn-Hazlet into the Lions family look forward to a great partnership in 2011.
To visit the Holiday Inn-Hazlet, visit the NJ Lions web site at or the Holiday Inn web site at

Lions Sign Some Explosive Talent

Holmdel NJ---The New Jersey Lions are pleased to announce the signing of several players for the 2011 season. On offense, the players signed are quarterback Vincent Barr, offensive linemen Melvin Pittman, Gary Filippone, Tommy Wansaw, Sal Santangelo, running back NaQuan Jenkins, and receivers Shakiyl Blakely, Shaune Thomas, Dezmin Laing and Darnell Rose. On defense, the Lions signed defensive linemen David Daly,  Todd Geoghan, Nolan Heineman, Jason Martin, Osuleye Osinowo, linebackers Mark Dobiszewski, Eric Fields, Chris Guderin, Kyle Maher, Alex Zamudio and defensive backs Kevin Andia, Carlos Flores, Ali Lee, Jeremy Reiley and George Williams. Special teams adds kicker Henry Rogan to the mix.
Several players were signed to the game against the New Jersey Irish, played back in January for NFL Films. These players were major contributors in the win against the Irish. They were Tommy Wansaw, Shaune Thomas, Dezmin Laing, Jason Martin, Chris Guderin, Kyle Maher, Kevin Andia, Jeremy Reily and George Williams. Thomas and Laing are major deep threats at receiver, with Thomas also coming over after have recently led the Middlesex Vikings to the BEFF championship. Thomas was also the league and championship game MVP. He was also voted to the BEFF all-star game. Wansaw helped to pave the way for the running game and kept the quarterback free to connect with the receivers. Martin, Guderin and Maher helped to keep the Irish running game to minimal gains and Williams contributed in returning and interception for a score.
The recently signed players are being looked to for assistance in helping get the Lions to the Major League Football Championship (MLF) game. Barr is an experienced quarterback, having played for several years at the Major/Minor League levels. His most recent stints were with the New Jersey Battle and New Jersey Spartans. Pittman, a bruising and physical offensive lineman, brings great size, athletic ability and nastiness to the front line. Jenkins, a veteran of several teams, brings a skill set that many teams crave to have. He is also one of Major/Minor Leagues most dangerous returners around. Blakely brings great size, speed and strength to the Lions offense haven been a prime target on previous teams he has played for. Rose continues in the Lions signing of dynamic players on the offensive side of the ball. Teaming with the already explosive skill position players, Rose will help the Lions offense to potentially become one of the MLF’s tops for 2011.
The defensive side of the ball was not to be out done by the offense. Daly comes to the Lions after having played Morrisville State University where he was a contributor there. Heineman brings a wealth of experience haven recently played at Cranford High School and Kean University. Osinowo comes over after haven played for the New Jersey Spartans where he was consistently a force on the defensive line facing constant double and triple teams. Dobiszewski also comes to the Lions after having played and earning all-star acclaim with the Middlesex Vikings. Fields, a veteran on the Major/Minor League levels with several teams and recently returned after a two year stint at Nassau Junior College. Lee, veteran at the Major/Minor League level, has won championships and competed at a high level. Kicker Rogan is the most experienced of the group haven played for many teams and for a few years. His veteran leadership will help guide the young Lion players in the locker room.
The Lions management is extremely excited in having these players signed for the 2011 season. With the returning veterans and the new players, expectations are high and the focus will be on maintaining the what has been established and helping to take this program to greater heights and maintaining the pride of wearing the “Orange and Black”. Lion fans can look forward to some exciting football in 2011.

2011 Game Schedule Released

                              Lions 2011 schedule preview
Holmdel NJ---With the release of the New Jersey Lions 2011 schedule, here is a preview of the teams that will be facing the Lions. Pre-season will start on June 18th versus the Long Island Lions, of the Five Star Football League (FSFL). The game will be player at St. John Vianney High School. June 25th will be against the New York Predators, of the Regional American Football League (RAFL), in Staten Island NY.
The Long Island Lions finished 2010 with a regular season record of 6 wins and 4 losses and made the first round of the FSFL playoffs. During the regular season, Long Island scored an average of 16.5 points per game. They were led by quarterback Rob Zippell who passed for 746 yards, threw 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. On defense, Long Island gave up an average of 11.5 points per game. They were led by defensive back Pete Bonelli who led the team in tackles with 41.5.
The Predators 2010 season ended with winning the National Championship. Along the way to claiming the National Championship, the Predators won the RAFL Championship and the Metro Bowl Championship. Their regular season record was 8 wins and 2 losses. They averaged 32.4 points scored per game and gave up 7 points per game. The Predators offense was led by quarterback Kasey Nunez, who passed for 805 yards, 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. The rushing attack was led by Chi Chi Mansaray who rushed for 319 yards, 5 touchdowns and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Kareem Moon led the receivers with 382 receiving yards, averaged 22.5 yards per reception and scored 3 touchdowns. On defense, the Predators were led by linebackers Damian McCaig who had 55 tackles, 22 tackles for losses and 8 sacks, and Charlie Pellegrino with 31 tackles, 8 for losses and 2 sacks.
The regular season will see the Lions hosting the Brooklyn Mariners, Central Penn Piranha, Tri-State Bulldogs, Philadelphia Panthers and New Jersey Wolves. The Lions will travel to games against the Rockland Packers, Southern Virginia Trojans, Philadelphia Phoenix, New Jersey Spartans and Brooklyn Mariners.
The Mariners in 2010 finished the regular season with 6 wins and 4 losses. They made the playoffs reaching the 3rd round before losing to the Wolves. Offensively the Mariners averaged 22.5 points per game and defensively gave up 13.6 points per game. Last year’s quarterback, Paul Bourlis season ended due to injury and may not be back for 2011. Early reports have veteran Jay Hawes taking the reins and ready to lead the Mariners high potent offense. His top receivers will be Sanford Joseph and John Corning. Joseph totaled 657 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Corning totaled 497 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. On defense the Mariners are manned by a veteran cast led by Max Sherman, Sean McGlynn and Charles Burney. This group has great experience and is championship tested. Last year saw the Lions go to Brooklyn and come away with the win 20-6
The Packers 2010 saw them finish with 3 wins and 7 losses. The Packers averaged 14.1 points on offense and 22.9 points on defense. Their offense was led by quarterback Julio Reyes who passed for 1120 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. On defense, the Packers were led by safety Thomas Starr with 33 tackles. With the influx of talent that the Packers have recruited, expectations are for a much tougher opponent, one that may be equal to their championship of 2007. This will be the first meeting between the Lions and Packers.
Central Penn 2010 regular season ended with 10 wins and 0 losses. They reached the 3rd round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual champions. During the regular season the Piranha averaged 36.7 points per game and gave up 5.7. The offense was led by quarterback Mark Jarmon who passed for 1049 yards, 18 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Jarmon’s top targets were receivers Darren Echols and Hassan Brockman. Echols totaled 563 yards per reception, 10 touchdowns and 20.1 average per reception. Brockman totaled 445 yards, 7 touchdowns and average 20.2 per reception. The rushing will be led by former Lion Raheem Ridley. Ridley rushed for 812 yards, 6 touchdowns and averaged 10.8 yards per carry. Defensively the Piranha are led by defensive lineman Brian Smith and linebacker Donald Donaldson. Smith totaled 28 tackles with 10.5 sacks while Donaldson totaled 30 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Last year’s game saw the Central Penn come away victorious 26-20 in an action packed game. Expect another great one in 2011.
The Trojans’ 2010 regular season record was 8-2 and made the 2nd round of the playoffs, losing to the Piranha. Offensively they scored 22.8 points per game and gave up 11.9 per game. Their offense was led by all-star quarterback Andre McGlone and running back Isaiah Wigfall. Both are explosive players who can score from anywhere on the field. The defense was led by safety Andre Twine. Twine is a player that flies around the field, making plays whether with vicious or plays on the ball. This will be the frist meeting between the teams.
The Phoenix are a new team that came from a merger between the South Jersey Vikings and the NorthEast Eagles. The Vikings’ 2010 regular season record was 7-3 and the Eagles record was 5-5. Both teams made the playoffs, losing in the 1st round. The Vikings on offense averaged 10.9 and the Eagles average 11.8. The defenses averaged 17.3 for the Vikings and 24.6 for the Eagles. With two playoff teams merging, the Phoenix will be a challenge for all the teams in the MLF. This will be the first meeting between the teams.
Tri-State is coming back to Major League football after a three year hiatus. Their last season in 2007 had them finish their season at 5-5. The Bulldogs have always been a tough opponent and expectations are that they will have a high caliber product and not just be a new team. This will be the first meeting between the Lions and Bulldogs. 
The Spartans finished 2010 with 3 wins and 7 losses. Offensively they averaged 5.5 points a game and gave up 20.3 points per game. The Spartans offense was led by quarterback Khalid Shakir who passed for 649 yards. Their defense was led by leagues leader in tackles, linebacker Jose Renderous. 2010 saw the Lions come away a victory, 28-0. The Spartans have heavily upgraded their talent pool for 2011 and may be one of the leagues most improved. Look for a much tougher opponent than what the Lions have faced in the past.
The Panthers finished their 2010 season with a 7-1 record and made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. The Panthers offense averaged 23.3 points per game and on defense gave up 15 points per game. The offense was led running back Sean Mayer, the all-time leading rusher in St. Peter’s College history and 3 time 1st team all-MAAC conference rusher. The defense is led by a veteran group highlighted by lineman Gary Dunlap and linebacker Titus Bacon. This will be the first meeting between the Lions and the Panthers.
The Wolves ended the 2010 regular season with a record of 5 wins and 5 losses making the playoffs. The Wolves made a run to reach the league championship before losing. The Wolves offense averaged 17.1 points per game and gave up 16.7 points per game. The offense will be led by new quarterback Mike Pernell. Pernell is an experienced quarterback and can be dangerous. His main targets will be receiver Jamelle Pyles and tight end Ron Carney. The rushing attack will be led by running back Darryl Luck and newly signed Shaune Puluse. The defense will be led by linebackers Ty Huff, Chi Adams and defensive back Joe Epps. Last year, the two teams split with the Lions winning 24-7 during the regular season and the Wolves winning in the playoffs 28-22 in overtime. Look for the rivalry to continue to grow and this seasons game may be intensity filled. 
2011 Schedule
June 18th Long Island Lion (H) pastedGraphic.pdf   
June 25th New York Predators (A) pastedGraphic_1.pdf 
Regular Season:
July 16th Brooklyn Mariners (H)  pastedGraphic_2.pdf
July 23rd Rockland Packers (A) pastedGraphic_3.pdf
July 30th Central Penn Piranha (H) pastedGraphic_4.pdf  
August 6th Southern Virginia Trojans (A)  pastedGraphic_5.pdf
August 13th Philadelphia Phoenix (A)  pastedGraphic_6.pdf
August 20th Tri-State Bulldogs (H) pastedGraphic_7.pdf
August 27th New Jersey Spartans (A)  pastedGraphic_8.pdf
September 10th Brooklyn Mariners (A)  pastedGraphic_9.pdf
September 17th Philadelphia Panthers (H)  pastedGraphic_10.pdf
September 24th New Jersey Wolves (H)  pastedGraphic_11.pdf