Stephenson Leads Team to State Title

PISCATAWAY, N.J. —Rutgers commit Delon Stephenson went off at High Point Solutions Stadium today to lead Sayreville to a state title against Manalapan. In a 23-11 victory, Stephenson logged nearly 200 yards of total offense and led the team in tackles. Stephenson discussed his individual performance and thoughts on getting ready to enroll at Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — If Delon Stephenson's state title performance today is any indication of what he will do the next four years on the same turf, Rutgers has a steal in the three-star running back out of Sayreville.

In Sayreville's 23-11 state-championship winning performance against Manalapan at High Point Solutions Stadium, Stephenson was the best player on offense, defense and special teams.

To go along with a 10-yard punt return and two special teams tackles, Stephenson logged 187 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches and led the game with 11 tackles.

He also intercepted two passes by Manalapan.

"I was giving my all because everyone wants to win their senior year," Stephenson said. "No one wants to lose. ... It feels good because no one had faith in us after losing that first game to South Brunswick. Everyone thought we were going to be a terrible team and lose most of our games, but we showed that we can do big things and win again."

Offensively, Stephenson set the tone early and demonstrated his value with a 77-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. Sweeping across the backfield, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete blew by everybody around the edge for a touchdown.

"I just saw that I had the ball and about eight yards [of separation], so I knew I would beat him out with my feet and that's what I did," Stephenson said. "I just beat him down the sidelines."

Stephenson had a strong Rutgers cheering section behind him on the sidelines during the game. Along with brother and freshman defensive tackle Daryl Stephenson, former teammate and Rutgers linebacker David Milewski and assistant coach Robb Smith watched the action.

"It's fun," Stephenson said on winning in front of his brother. "Daryl told me [Rutgers and former Manalapan quarterback Mike Bimonte] was talking a lot because he's roommates with him. We proved that Sayreville is better than Manalapan and that [the Greater Middlesex Conference] is always better than the Shore Conference."

Stephenson injured his calf while recording one of his 11 tackles and re-injured it later in the game on a 40-yard run, but said afterward that he would be fine.

Not planning on any post-season all-star games, today's win at High Point Solutions Stadium is the final game for Stephenson until he calls that stadium his home next season.

"It feels great [doing it here] because I'm playing for Rutgers next year and hopefully I make big plays," he said.

Stephenson was recruited to play running back for Rutgers, but said he has also talked about playing slot receiver or defensive back for the Scarlet Knights.

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