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Greater New Jersey AYF

Our member programs are endorsed by and aligned to their High Schools

The Greater New Jersey AYF  (GNJAYF) is an unlimited weight, high-school aligned, intermediate level football league founded on the principles of being an extension of the local High School program.  We work in partnership our High School coaches and use the same techniques, terminology, schemes and concepts used by the High School programs so our players are best prepared for the next step in their football career.  For this reason, the GNJ requires that all players play on teams aligned to where their primary residence is.


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Out Top Tier Divison Raritan has playoffs starting  October 27th and Delaware Divison starts playoffs on 11/3 with our Raritan Gold Conference Finals on 11/3 and Delaware Championship & 8th Grade All-Star Day is November 10th  and is being Hosted at North Hunterdon High School.

 

Oct 27/28

Nov 3/4
Raritan Finals

Nov 10/11
Delaware Finals & All-Star Game

Delaware Flag

End of year Tourney (Oct 28)

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Delaware Peewee Last week of Regular Season End of Year Tourney (Nov 4) Championship Game  1:30pm

Delaware JV

Last week of Regular Season Semi Finals (Nov 3) Championship 3:30 pm

Delaware Varsity

Last week of Regular Season Semi Finals (Nov 3) Championship 8:00 pm

Raritan JV

Semi Finals

GNJAYF Finals (Nov 3)

AYF Big East Regionals

Raritan Varsity

Semi Finals GNJAYF Finals (Nov 3) AYF Big East Regionals
8th Grade All-Stars Selection Week Practice Week 8th Grade All-Star Game 5:30 pm

by georgio vuolde posted 10/14/2018
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by posted 10/11/2018
GNJAYF GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 5

GNJAYF 2018 Week 5 Game of the Week  [See other GNJAYF GOW Write-ups]

9U Peewee Delaware Division matchup:

Hillsborough Jr Raiders (13) at North Hunterdon Jr Lions (27)

 

The moisture in the air turned to a fine mist of steady rain at Memorial Park in Lebanon Twp. on Saturday morning October 6.   The North Hunterdon Junior Lions hosted the Hillsboro Junior Raiders in a match that would prove to be a hard fought victory for the home team; and while the grass was wet, the players’ spirits did not dampen.     

The Jr Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter on their first offensive series with a 40 yard touchdown scamper by #1 Sam Hanson.    The extra point was good as Hanson followed his TD with a plunge into the end zone for the PAT and gave the Jr Lions a 7-0 edge.  

The Jr Raiders would answer with a scoring drive of their own that would end with 3 yard run by the #15 Owen Miller behind the right side of his offensive line.   The point after attempt was no good and Hillsboro trailed by one, 7-6, at the end of the first quarter.   Miller finished the day with 65 yds rushing behind the great blocking of  #24 Zac Freling, #12 Tommy McNicholas, and #44 Joandel Nebot-Toro.

The second quarter saw quarterback #4 Chase Rochelle with a pitch right to running back #10 RJ Sainte-Rose who use some nice moves to get around the corner and then took it down the sideline for 42 yard TD run.   Hanson followed the score with his 2nd PAT run of the day on a well-executed counter giving the Jr. Lions a well-earned 14-6 lead.   

The Jr Raiders starting moving the ball down the field on thier next series looking for the tying score but #5 Stephen Prohidney made an outstanding play to intercept a Jr. Raider pass and returned it to the 5 yard line setting up the Jr. Lions 1st and goal.  That tackle proved important.   Jr Raiders defense was led all day by #17 Chase Shepler, who had 5 tackles on the day along with #72 Reece Deroner who had 3 tackles and was a disruptive force at DT.    The Jr Raiders defense stood strong and denied the Jr Lions from punching it in and engineered a great goal line stand as the first half expired.    

Sainte-Rose would score again on a nice 9 yard run early in the third quarter and Hanson made it a PAT hat-trick with his 3rd PAT run as the Jr Lions increased their lead to 21-6.  But a resilient Hillsboro team answered immediately, with a long drive with multiple 1st downs culminating in a 7 yd TD run by #33 Conor Albert who had 40 rushing yards on the day.  A successful PAT Run by Miller brought the score to 21-13 and closed the gap between the teams.   

While the game still hung in the balance, the two squads traded several drives, fighting for field position.   The Jr Raiders defense was a force, punctuated by great tackling by  Albert, Freling, and #20 Logan Redziniak who each had multiple tackles.   In the end,  the North team would wear down their Jr Raiders opponents behind the great blocking on the offensive linemen:   #50 Ronin Chauhan, #56 Jack Hornby, #57 Graeme Arnold, #3 Kellan Piasecki and #9 Evan Santoiemma   Midway through the fourth quarter Sainte-Rose had a powerful run of 20 yards up the middle, setting up the Jr. Lions in the Jr. Raiders’ one yard line.  On the ensuing play, QB Rochelle threw his first touchdown pass of the season to Hanson who skillfully plucked it out of the air among a swarm of Jr Raider defenders.   The extra point attempt was denied by a good defensive effort and the Jr. Lions were on top, 27-13.

As time expired on the clock, the North Hunterdon Jr. Lions came away with a hard fought victory and the appreciation of the fans for the effort and sportsmanship of both team was evident in the cheers and applause the filled the stadium.

 

Box Score

 

1Q

2Q

3Q

4Q

Final

Away

6 0 7 0 13

Home

7 7 7 6 27

 

Scoring

1Q North TD:         #1 Hanson 40 yard run  (#1 Hanson PAT run)

1Q Hillsboro TD:    #15 Miller 3 yard run  (PAT failed )

2Q North TD:         #10 Saint-Rose 42 yard run  (#1 Hanson PAT run)

3Q North TD          #10 RJ Sainte-Rose 9 yd run (#1 Hanson PAT run)

3Q Hillsboro TD      #33 Albert 7 yd run (#15 Miller PAT run)

4Q North TD          #4 Rochelle 1 yard TD pass to #1 Hanson (PAT failed )


by posted 10/10/2018
Gear Store -Opens this weekend

The gear store is now open You can view and order the items now. HERE   
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by posted 10/05/2018
GNJAYF GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 4

GNJAYF 2018 Week 4 Game of the Week  [See other GNJAYF GOW Write-ups]

14U Delaware Division matchup:

Ridge Jr Devils Red (20) at Voorhees Jr Vikes Red (30)

 

Voorhees Strong Start Too Much for High-Powered Ridge Varsity Red

 

You could feel the chill of fall starting to creep into Voorhees High School stadium as the Jr Vikings 14U Red team hosted the Ridge 14U Red team on Saturday night for their home opener.   These two undefeated team put on an offensive show, but In the end, it was the power of the Voorhees offensive line that proved to be the deciding factor in the 30-20 victory for the Jr Vikes.    

Voorhees got a quick jump start when Ridge fumbled the ball on their opening series setting up Voorhees at the Ridge 7.  The Jr Vikings offense wasted little time punching it in on a well-executed right-side sweep by #32 Mickey Tramutola for the first score of the game.  Tramutola followed that by connecting on the the extra point kick and Voorhees had an early 8-0 lead.    

On the subsequent series, Ridge had some success, but after gaining one first down they were stymied and forced to punt.   Voorhees took over on their own 35 yard line and marched 65 yards in 8 plays with big chunk runs culminating in a 15 yard TD run over the left side by #35 Issac Levitan who was the workhorse of the day with 10 carries for 48 yards.  Tramultola drilled his second PAT of the quarter and Voorhees was up 16-0.

The Jr Devil’s #33 AJ Lembo took the ensuing kickoff back 31 yards to set Ridge up at midfield on a well blocked return and with some nifty moves by Lembo.  The Ridge offense got back on track and showed why they came in undefeated as they moved the ball effectively and scored after five plays on a 37 yard pass from #24 Andrew Serucco to #87 Rooke Donohoe.    A successful snap, hold and kick by #68 Audrish Chattaraj converted the PAT to make the score Voorhees 16 Ridge 8.

 A high, spinning kick-off was bobbled by Voorhees and #65 Tate Harrison came up with the ball at the Vorhees 43.  Ridge once again started to drive the ball down to the Vorhees 25 however, however a stout defense led by Jr Vikes #62 Kyle Jamison, who had 8 tackles on the day, stood strong on 4th down and the Ridge Jr Devils turned the ball over on downs.

On the very next play, Voorhees’s Tramulola stormed through the left side of the Ridge defense for a 75 yards run and his second touchdown of the day.  He then added his 3rd straight successful PAT kick to make the score Vorhees 24 – Ridge  8 at the half.   Note: Tramula ended the day with 2 TD, 158 yds on 6 carries and 3 PAT kick.    .     

Voorhees took the second half kick-off back to the Ridge 45 and went to work using their size advantage on the line grinding out yardage.  They drove the field on nine plays ending with #21 Brandon Kurzeja scoring on a four-yard run up the middle.  Overall in the game, Voorhees churned out 238 yards of offense, mostly on the ground dominating time of possession.   The PAT Kick attempt was no good this time leaving the score Vorhees 30 – Ridge 6.    But a resilient and never-say-quit Ridge team fired back.   They took to the air, moving the ball 61 yards on 5 plays with #25 Will Deady scoring on a three-yard run.  The kick was not good, but Ridge moved closer making the score 30 – 14.  Voorhees fumbled on the second play of their next possession with #15 Charlie Paul finding the ball at the bottom of the pile at the Vorhees 39. 

The start of the fourth quarter saw Ridge take the ball downfield from there and score on a 7 yard pass from #15 Charlie Paul to #82 Brady Wilson.  The kick was off the mark and the score moved to Voorhees 30 – Ridge 20.     Ridge had the momentum and was looking for another stop and score.   They were led by #76 Chris Oliver and #35 Sean Henry who each had multiple tackles fighting off blockers who had overwhelming size advantage.    Despite the valiant Ridge effort, Voorhees had other ideas.  The Jr Vikes were able to run out the clock on the final drive of the game, preserving the victory by keeping the ball away from a Ridge offense that was starting to fire on all cylinders.

It was obvious to all in attendance why these two teams came in undefeated and much of the chatter in the stands centered around how everyone expected to see these two teams in a rematch the post-season. 

 

Box Score

 

1Q

2Q

3Q

4Q

Final

Away

0 8 6 6 20

Home

16 8 6 0 30

 

Scoring

1Q  Voorhees TD:    #32 Tramutola  7 yd run (#32 Tramutola PAT Kick)

1Q  Voorhees TD:    #35 Levitan 15 yd run (#32 Tramutola PAT Kick)

2Q  Ridge TD:         #24 Serucco to #87 Donohoe 37 yd Pass (#68 Chattaraj PAT Kick)

2Q  Voorhees TD:    #32 Tramutola  75 yd run (#32 Tramutola PAT Kick)

3Q  Voorhees TD:    #21 Kurzeja 4 yd run (PAT Failed)

3Q  Ridge TD:         #25 Deady 3 yd run (PAT Failed)

4Q  Ridge TD:         #15 Paul to #82 Wilson 7 yd Pass (PAT Failed) 


by posted 10/04/2018
GNJAYF GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 3

GNJAYF 2018 Week 3 Game of the Week See other GNJAYF GOW Write-ups

11U Raritan Gold Division matchup:

Hillsborough Jr Raiders Gold (13) at Hunterdon Central Jr Red Devils Gold  (6)

 

On what would be a beautiful first day of fall evening, the Hillsborough Jr. Raiders 11U Gold traveled to Flemington for a 'Saturday Night Lights' battle against the Hunterdon Central Jr Red Devils.  After multiple weeks on the road, the new turf at Hunterdon Central High School was complete and Central's JRD team was able to play their home opener.  Both cheer squads livened the crowd and the stage was set for what would be a heart pounding match-up.    On the opening possession, Hunterdon Central would put together a sustained drive, march into Jr. Raiders territory to the 38 yard line and chew up most of the 1st quarter clock.  But the defense would stiffen, led by linebackers #43 Alex Reiling#22 Matteo Del Toro and #66 Chimmy Ozokpor.    A 4th down pass was batted down  and the ball would turn over on downs.  

The Jr Raider's offensive line, lead by #23
 Joey Battoglia#69 Jack Falk#56 Matt Bleemer and #4 Garrett Meyer, would set the tempo of the game as they blew open holes and the boys from Boro were able to establish a solid rushing attack.   The successful offensive line play paved the way for RBs #32 Ben Wolen and #54 Jackson Jankowicz to knife through the defense for chunks of yardage.  Ozokpor got his first start at fullback and made his debut count.  He took advantage of holes in the defense as he bulldozed his way down the field, gashing the defense for significant yardage.  The Jr. Raiders were able to sustain a methodical drive in the 2nd quarter and punch it in for a tough 5 yard TD run by Ozokpor.  The play was run off tackle to the left, where he was met by 2 defenders but was able to power his way across the goal line.  The Jr. Raiders lined up to kick the extra point but an errant snap and fierce rush up the middle, forced holder #10 Jack Minetti to alertly take the rock to the outside and ran in the extra point.    


Hunterdon Central would take possession and attempt to score before the first half, moving into Jr. Raiders territory to the 40 yard line. However, the staunch defense would stifle the rushing game, as CBs #50 Corey Iannucci and #88 Jason Williams shut down the edges and the D line lead by #90 Xander Borowski and #58 Gavin Bailey plugged up the inside.  As a result,  the Red Devils were forced to take to  the air and on their first attempt, OLB #7 Andrew Schwarz stepped in front and made a dynamic interception.   The first half would end 7-0.

In the second half,  the Red Devils were able to put together a sustained drive and eventually punch it in on a 3 yard run up the middle by #66 Joe Rawlins.  The extra point attempt would fail,  leaving the score at 7-6.  On the ensuing drive, the Jr. Raiders would find success with pounding runs up the middle to advance to their own 46 yard line. Then, QB Jack Minetti would take to the air, in what would be the play of the game.  With Jankowicz lined up in the slot, Minetti gunned a perfect pass on a slant pattern and connected for an amazing 54 yard TD reception!  Minetti played well all day at QB, and on this play, managed to sling the rock between 2 defenders to make the play happen.  Once in the open, no one could catch Jankowicz as he sprinted for the goal line, putting the Jr. Raiders up 13-6.   The defense once again rose to the occasion and shut down the Red Devils for the remainder of the game,  sealing the hard fought victory 13-6.  

 

 

Box Score

 

1Q

2Q

3Q

4Q

Final

Hillsborough

0 7 0 6 13

Hunterdon Central 

0

0 6 0 6

 

Scoring


2Q  Hillsboro TD:  #66 Ozokpor 5 Yd run (#10 Minetti PAT Run )

3Q  Central TD: #66 Rawlins 3 yd run (PAT failed)

4Q  Hillsboro TD:  #10 Minetti 54 pass to #54 Janlowicz (PAT failed )

 


by georgio vuolde posted 09/27/2018
GNJAYF Game of the Week: Week 2

GNJAYF 2018 Week 2 Game of the Week  See other GNJAYF GOW Write-ups

11U Raritan Gold Division match-up

Pope John Jr Lions (14) at Ridge Jr Devils (16)
 

Pope John Jr Lions 11U Gold team traveled to Lee Field in Basking Ridge to face off against divisional rivals Ridge Jr Devils 11U Gold.   After exchanging defensive stands on the first two possessions, the Pope John Jr. Lions struck first when quarterback #4 Tyler Houser hit his TE #30 Wesley Johnston with a beautiful 40-yard catch and run for the first score of the game.   Houser then pounded the point-after attempt in on the ground and the Jr. Lions took an early 7-0 lead.

As the game progressed into the second quarter, the Jr Devils of Ridge struggled to get a drive going until #32 Connor McLaughlin came off the bench as quarterback.   He culminated a successful drive with a snappy 17yd TD pass to his receiver #80 Dan Caesar on a perfect route and 6 points.  Caesar then drilled the ball through the uprights to give the Ridge 11U gold team an 8-7 lead going into the half.

The fans were entertained at halftime by wonderful performances by the Ridge and Pope john cheerleaders.

The Ridge team came out in the third quarter looking to flex some muscle and went to a pounding ground game.   They strung together multiple first downs behind by great blocking from their offensive line with led by limenan #67 Dan Clark and #61 Andrew Dachnowicz.  The end of a nearly quarter consuming drive was to spring #26 Joseph Dachnowicz into the end zone on an 8 yd run.   A second successful PAT kick conversion by Caesar and the Jr Devils took a 16-7 lead to start the 4th. 

Not to anyone surprise, the Pope John Jr Lions show they had no quit and they began to fire up their own ground game.  Midway through the 4th quarter, the Jr. Lions had driven down the field on a variety of run plays with all purpose back #25 Frankie DeNicola carrying the rock the final 7 yards into the endzone for the score.  Pope John converted the extra point on a power run from #1 Joey Rozynski, making the score 16-14 with 4 minutes left in the game.

On the next possession the Jr. Lions got a much-needed stop on a critical 4th down and retook possession of the ball in Jr Devil territory with less than 2 minutes remaining and no timeouts.  the Pope John  Jr Lions again had success moving the ball and with only seconds remaining QB Houser connected on a 20-yard quick slant to Rozynski who cut across the field on what looked like a game winning TD.  However, a penalty nullified the score the TD was brought back.    On the very next play , Ridge’s #20 Ben Kanne  intercepted a pass on their own 5yd line to take over possession and they were able to run out the clock for the victory.

It was a great Greater NJ AYF game and was well-played by both teams who look like they have the potential to meet again in the playoffs!

 

Box Score

 

1Q

2Q

3Q

4Q

Final

Pope John

7

0

0

14

Ridge

0

8

0

16

 

Scoring


1Q  Pope John TD:  #4 Houser 40 Yd Pass to # Johnston (#4 Houser PAT Run )

2Q  Ridge TD: #32 McLaughlin 17 yd Pass to #80 Caesar (#? name PAT Kick)

3Q  Ridge TD:  #26 Dachnowicz   X yd Run (#? name PAT Kick)

4Q Pope John TD: #25 DeNicola 7 yd Run (#1 Rozynski Run)

 

 

 


by posted 09/11/2018
Our 2018 Season Overview

Good luck to all programs, teams, coaches and players.  This year we have:

  • over 800+ players from Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • on 39 teams (not counting in-town flag programs)
  • across 2 Divsions,  8 high-school aligned associations and 4 age groups
  • playing on 15 different home fields.

From Sept 9 and into November we have 17-22 games being played every weekend Hosting on Saturdays - starting at 8:30am and running until 10:00pm (and some cross-over games on Sundays)

Out Top Tier Divison Raritan has playoffs starting  October 27th and Delaware Divison starts playoffs on 11/3 with our Raritan Gold Conference Finals on 11/3 and Delaware Championship & 8th Grade All-Star Day is November 10th  and is being Hosted at North Hunterdon High School.

 

Sept 9/10 Oct 27/28

Nov 3/4
Raritan Finals

Nov 10/11
Delaware Finals & All-Star Game

Delaware Flag

Start of Season End of year Tourney (Oct 28)

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Delaware Peewee Start of Season Last week of Regular Season End of Year Tourney (Nov 4) Championship Game  1:30pm

Delaware JV

Start of Season Last week of Regular Season Semi Finals (Nov 3) Championship 3:30 pm

Delaware Varsity

Start of Season Last week of Regular Season Semi Finals (Nov 3) Championship 8:00 pm

Raritan JV

Start of Season Semi Finals

GNJAYF Finals (Nov 3)

AYF Big East Regionals

Raritan Varsity

Start of Season Semi Finals GNJAYF Finals (Nov 3) AYF Big East Regionals
8th Grade All-Stars n/a Selection Week Practice Week 8th Grade All-Star Game 5:30 pm

by posted 09/08/2018
Why Greater New Jersey AYF

We would like to share an exciting new step that the Jr Skyland Football Conference (“JSFC”) will be taking in 2018.

If you have been part of one of our member programs in the past, you are probably already aware of our conference’s goals, vision and objectives.  But to refresh you… 

We are an unlimited weight, high-school aligned, intermediate level football league founded as an extension of the local High School program.   It is our league’s objective work in partnership with their respective high school coaches and use the same teaching techniques, terminology, and fundamental concepts used by the high school programs so our young student-athletes are best prepared for the next step in their football career.   For this reason, we require that all players play on teams aligned to where their primary residence is and/or for the program of the high school that they attend.   Additionally, we strive to ensure that teams are playing opponents of comparable talent depth and skill level.    We require all of our coaches to be USA Football safety certified. We were early adopters and have been partnering with USA Football and their safety programs going back 7+ years.

This vision and these goals are important to all of our member programs.    As we evaluate the external pressures we all are experiencing related to the perception of football, and in order to best position ourselves to achieve our goals listed above, we have decided that our conference as a whole will align itself the American Youth Football (AYF) starting with the 2018 fall football season.

Under the AYF National Track program:

  • We will become our own conference under the AYF umbrella
  • Our name will change from Jr Skyland Football Conference (JSFC) to Greater New Jersey AYF (GNJAYF)
  • We will continue to provide unlimited weight, tackle football
  • We will continue to have our programs tied closely to their High Schools and HS Head Coaches
  • We will continue to ensure the kids play for their sending districts and affiliated High Schools
  • We will continue to play football based on the NFHS rules and guidelines
  • In the short term (2018), we will improve our ability to have full and equitable scheduling for all our programs through crossover games with other AYF conferences
  • In the near & long term – provides a conference for other, existing AYF programs in our region an opportunity to realign to our conference and play more locally; as well as improve our ability to attract additional programs to our conference based on the platform AYF offers.

The partnership between our youth programs and their high school programs is paramount to what we have built here and what we continue to build upon.  We will continue to reach out to work hand in hand with our affliated High School distrcits as partners to energize those communities around youth football,  provide a place where players of all levels, skills amd abilities can enjoy and learn valuable life lessons from the game of football, assist in any multi-program challenges and ensure we are preparing those players who what a career beyond youth football to be as ready as possible for their high school programs.

 

by georgio vuolde posted 06/29/2018
GNJ Programs

The Greater New Jersey AYF expect member programs to:

  • Be commited to the GNJAFY long term.  We want programs who will stay and grow with us for many years to come
  • To be able to field team(s) at all levels from 7U Flag up through 8th Grade Varsity  
  • Be committed to teaching safe football and ensuring coaches at all levels and across all teams are contonuosly learning and improving to ensure a safe, fun and positive football experience.   
  • Put GNJ first! We do not want programs who have split aliegences and aren't priortizing GNJAYF.  

by georgio vuolde posted 06/28/2018
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