St. Joe's Falls to Ramapo in First Scrimmage

I have been in attendance for several St. Joseph's Regional HS practices this fall. I have been on hand for both of the squad's 7-on-7 tournaments earlier this summer and have seen several of their prospects at the Elite College Combine earlier this May - seeing first hand, both the individual talent and the team comraderie, including the determination to improve on a daily basis, I was quickly made a believer that this is one of the top squads in the entire state of New Jersey this year.

Despite the loss of talent, to graduation, and despite the question-mark at Quarterback, I have seen enough of St. Joseph's Regional HS to become a firm believer that this squad is one of the top teams in the state, regardless of Group.

Friday afternoon St. Joe's began their pre-season by hosting Ramapo HS in Montvale, New Jersey.

Surprisingly, it was Ramapo, led by their all-world receiver Chris Hogan [6-foot-2 and 190-pounds], that ran by the Green Knights early and often. In a controlled scrimmage where hitting the quarterback was not permitted, save for the few times the option was run, and where special teams were not a part of the ensuing game, St. Joe's had little answer for Hogan. Hogan's elusiveness and deceptively quick feet and good hands helped get Ramapo on the board early.

One of the few bright spots for the Green Knights was feature back Anthony Ferla who made short work of two defenders near the line of scrimmage, before cutting outside and taking it for the 50+ yard score.

St. Joe's will next be in action this upcoming Tuesday as they host Elizabeth at 11:00 A.M. in their second of three scrimmages this pre-season.

Below, we bring you some sights from yesterday's pre-season action (please click on an image for a larger view).

   
   
   
   
   
 
   
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