• Roderick Self

Surprise standouts at the Battle at the Beach


Jamie Tyson - Mainland
Junior - WR, CB

With all eyes on Villanova commit Ja’Briel Mace, Tyson took over the game in the Mustangs' 37-0 win over Egg Harbor Township. His stat line was one that he won't forget: a receiving touchdown, a 60-yard scoop and score, and an interception. The junior's size and speed was noticeable. His recruitment should really start to pick up with his ability to play both sides of the ball.


Player Report:

  • (6'1", 180 lbs.)

  • Has the ability to take over a game on both sides of the ball.

  • Athletic two-way player, also an excellent basketball player that helped the Mustangs win the Cape-Atlantic League Tournament last winter.

 

Hunter Watson - Mainland
Junior - TE, OLB

When one first lays their eyes on Watson, his 6-foot-4 frame immediately jumps out. More importantly, the junior is a big guy that can move very well. Watson is still young and has room to grow in terms of body and skill. That's scary to think about. He also has genetics on his side as he's the son of former Cedar Creek coach Tim Watson and the younger brother of Notre Dame women's basketball forward Kylee Watson.


Player Report:

  • (6'4", 204 lbs.)

  • Great size and still growing.

  • Moves very well in offensive sets and sets the tone off edge.

 

Abdul Bell - Salem
Junior - WR, DB

Bell is an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands. He possesses the ability to score every time a play is called for him. In the Rams' season opener, Bell scored on a 99-yard kickoff return and notched a 62-yard receiving touchdown. The Rams cruised to a 53-13 win over defending NJSIAA North Group 1 regional titlist Cedar Grove. With all of the talent that Salem has on its roster, it’s easy to overlook Bell, but he makes the most of his opportunities when his number is called.


Player Report:

  • (5'7", 170 lbs.)

  • Speed kills.

  • Game-breaking ability at wide receiver or as a kick/punt return specialist.

 

Solomon Massey-Kent - Millville
Senior - OLB

Massey-Kent is a versatile defender that can play outside linebacker, middle linebacker and rush off the edge. He sets the tone for Millville's defensive unit. The senior is a very physical linebacker with good speed to run down ball carriers. Massey-Kent also showed very good skill in pass defense when dropping into coverage.


Player Report:

  • (6'0", 205 lbs.)

  • Versatile linebacker can play inside or outside.

  • Very strong in run support and underrated in pass defense.





 

Jahcere Ward - Holy Spirit
Sophomore - RB, MLB

Going into the day, most people weren't familiar with the name Jahcere Ward. Those terms quickly changed. The Holy Spirit sophomore had arguably the greatest impact on the day at the Battle at the Beach, rushing 25 times for 170 yards and a touchdown in the Spartans' stunning 34-31 win over Cherokee. He runs with an aggressive approach and maintains a low center of gravity. In terms of a pro comparison, Ward was reminiscent of former San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore. Any team that has Holy Spirit on the schedule is advised to bring their hard hats to slow down the rising sophomore.


Player Report:

  • (5'10", 220 lbs.)

  • Big, physical running back that finishes runs.

  • Adequate footwork, quick through the holes.



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