By TOM WILLIAMS
The results got better for Ocean City High School football as the recently completed decade moved on. There were three winning seasons the last four years, three straight NJSIAA playoff qualifiers and this fall’s team that advanced to the South Jersey final, the Raiders’ first in 18 years.
With stronger results there is, naturally, stronger talent. Here are the best from 2010-19.
The best offensive player of the first decade is Andrew Donoghue, who set a new school record for career passing yards and completions as a three-year starter, also presiding over the first of those three winning teams. And, when the team could not get that first down, he also helped out with the second best punting average in school history.
The top player on defense played in the maximum of 39 games in his four years (the Raiders also won a forfeit in 2013) and totaled 261 tackles, 98 of them solos. Dan Walsh also had 21.5 tackles for losses, forced eight fumbles and recovered four.
Joining Walsh at linebacker are Bob DeLuce, Tom Meehan, Brandon Lin and Jake Inserra, all first team all stars. The defensive line includes all stars Christian Baumgardner, Joe Walkowiak, Jim Rice and Mike Willisacroft. And the defensive backs are Owen Dierolf, Anthony Kenny, Issac Robertson and Brian Beckmann, another group of all stars.
Donoghue is joined at the quarterback position by Joe Repetti, another all-star pick who threw for a record 20 TDs and ran for seven. The running backs are Frank Woolley and Liam Bergman. Woolley ran for over 1,000 yards twice and is one of six OCHS backs with over 2,000 career yards. Bergman also had 1,000 career yards. The tight end is Bill Kroeger (who could also be picked on defense) and the wide receivers are Mike Coccodrilli, Brandon Lashley and Jake Schneider, three of the eight receivers with over 800 yards in OCHS history.
The offensive linemen – all first team all stars – are Paul Stanton, Kevin Wiesner, Mark Kolmer, Chad DiDonna, Art Spackman and Chris Armstrong.
On special teams are kicker Brendan McGonigle, already fourth in school history in extra points; Donoghue as the punter; and kick returners Chris Turner and Jared Jones. Utility players include Harry Pfeifle, a record setting QB as a runner and a starting safety his sophomore year. And Ian Aungst, who threw for more yards in a season than any other quarterback.
The thing that makes Kevin Smith and his staff the happiest is that three of these all-decade players will be back in the fall to start the next decade.
More about OCHS football is available here.
Donoghue, who has thrown for over 2,600 yards at The College of New Jersey, as the Offensive Player of the Decade joins Chris Curran (1st Decade), Kevin Sinclair (1990s), Jonathan Dice (1980s), Mike Linahan (1970s) and Bob Glaspey (1960s). And Dan Walsh, who is a linebacker at the Merchant Marine Academy, joins Rob Zauck (1st Decade), Doug Colman (1990s), Frank Sayers (1980s), Mike Baldini (1970s) and Jack Neall (1960s) as OCHS Defensive Players of the Decade.
This team concludes the fall Teams of the Decade. Check out all the spring and fall teams here. The All-Decade teams for winter sports will begin in mid-January.
OCHS Football in the 2nd Decade