Our good (and award-winning) friends Kevin Williams, Ed Sarluca, and Matt Harmon at WOBM 1160 am, Fox Sports 1310 am and now 105.7 “The Hawk” fm have released their broadcast schedule for the 2009 Shore Conference football season, so if you are stuck in the house or even out at another game one of these nights, you can listen to it live in on the radio, or stream it live on your computer at http://www.shoresportsnetwork.com. They will not be doing any Saturday high school games this season because they have officially contracted with Monmouth University to broadcast the Hawks’ games, which you can read about here.
As for the high school schedule, it is as follows. All games are on 1160/1310 and 105.7 fm “The Hawk” except for the Nov. 25 and 26 games, which are just on 1160/1310:
Friday, Sept. 11 – Colts Neck at Brick, 7 p.m. – New coach Pat Dowling’s debut for the Green Dragons against a Colts Neck team also featuring a new coach, Greg LaCava. The first Brick game in 52 seasons in which Warren Wolf is not the head coach on opening day.
Friday, Sept. 18 – Manasquan at Point Boro, 7 p.m. – An old school rivalry between National Division foes. Hopefully it has a little more juice than Manasquan’s 3-0 thriller over the Panthers last year.
Friday, Sept. 25 – Toms River South at Toms River East, 7 p.m. – On paper, TRE is a heavy favorite in this game, but you never know when two Toms River teams meet.
Friday, Oct. 2 – Freehold at Middletown South, 7 p.m. – Strictly judging by the preseason, this is the best game on the entire schedule. A can’t miss, but if you do miss it, you can at least listen to it live.
Friday, Oct. 9 – Toms River North at Brick Memorial, 7 p.m. – TRN has had Brick Memorial’s number the past few seasons, and this should be a huge game, divisionally and power points-wise, between Group IV powers.
Friday, Oct. 16 – Southern at Toms River North, 7 p.m. – Southern graduated nearly its entire team, and Toms River North will be looking for some payback after getting knocked out by the Rams in last year’s South Jersey Group IV quarterfinals.
Friday, Oct. 23 – Howell at Brick Memorial, 7 p.m. – A great contrast in styles – Brick Memorial’s run-heavy option attack vs. Howell’s basketball-on-grass aerial attack.
Friday, Oct. 30 – Red Bank Catholic at Ocean, 7 p.m. – Two teams that were hit hard by graduation but also two programs that are perennial winners.
Friday, Nov. 6 – To Be Determined. From what I’ve heard, To Be Determined has been working really hard in the weight room, has great team chemistry, has a group of seniors that are like brothers and is either going to a) continue the success of last year or b) prove all the doubters and the haters wrong and not be like last year’s losing team.
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Jackson Memorial at Jackson Liberty, 6 p.m. – The two new rivals will slug it out as Jackson Liberty tries to win its first game in three tries in the new Thanksgiving rivalry.
Thursday, Nov. 26 – Manasquan at Wall, 11 a.m. – Always a huge crowd when these two rivals meet on Thanksgiving, and last year’s game was a doozy. Always a good time.
They also will be broadcasting NJSIAA playoff games featuring local teams.
Now, on to some odds and ends:
—Donald Brown (Red Bank Catholic/UConn) signed with the Colts on Sunday after being drafted No. 27 overall in this year’s NFL Draft and is now on the field with Peyton Manning and Co. He seems to be getting along with incumbent running back Joseph Addai so far, although judging by the picture in that story, the Colts may have turned him into a zombie or gotten him drunk for his first practice. Really, that’s the best photo you have?
–Running back Knowshon Moreno (Middletown South/Georgia), Brown’s old Pop Warner teammate, remains unsigned as Denver’s first-round pick.
–While Moreno is gone from Georgia, there is still one local Bulldog left, as defensive tackle Kade Weston (Red Bank Regional) looks to make an impact in his final season. The expectations are also still high at Georgia despite losing Matt Stafford and Moreno.
–Perhaps the next former Shore Conference star to hit the NFL, Wisconsin tight end Garrett Graham (Brick Memorial), is gearing up for a big senior season. He is already on the John Mackey Award watch list as one of the best tight ends in the country heading into the season.
–Former Manasquan star linebacker Mike Mele has transferred from Syracuse to the University of Massachusetts and will be eligible to play right away by NCAA rule because he is going from Division I-A to Division I-AA.
–Another Shore player looking to get a shot at an NFL training camp next year is Bowling Green strong safety/outside linebacker Jerett Sanderson (Long Branch), who is entering his final season and has a scouting profile up.
–Monmouth University running back Dave Sinisi, who has already obliterated the school and Northeast Conference record books, is on the 2009 Payton watch list for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in Division I-AA.