All-South Jersey football defense: 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams

Lenape senior Aaron Acosta is South Jersey’s defensive Player of the Year.

First team

DL: Aaron Acosta 6-2 270 Sr. Lenape. South Jersey’s Defensive Player of the Year was a dominant force for the S.J. 5 champions.

DL: Travon King 6-3 200 Sr. Woodrow Wilson. The Rutgers recruit had 16.5 sacks for the 8-4 Tigers, who made the S.J. 3 final.

DL: Gabe Klaus 6-2 220 Jr. Haddonfield. He had 68 tackles, including 11 for loss, and 10.5 sacks for the S.J. 2 champions.

LB: Mike Galaida 5-10 200 Sr. Lenape. He was a tackling machine in the middle of South Jersey’s stiffest defense.

LB: Marcus Hillman 6-0 185 Sr. Camden Catholic. He had 84 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks and also doubled as a top running back for the 8-2 Irish.

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Senior Marcus Hillman was a top running back and linebacker for Camden Catholic.

LB: Joe Bonczek 6-1 200 Jr. St. Augustine. He led the Hermits with 119 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss.

DB: Clayton Scott 5-9 175 Sr. Millville. He was a playmaker on both sides of the field for the 9-2 Thunderbolts.

DB: Dehron Holloway 5-7 165 Sr. Paulsboro. He also was a top running back who returned an INT for a TD in the Red Raiders’ victory in the S.J. 1 title game.

DB: Isaih Pacheco 6-0 200 Sr. Vineland. The Rutgers recruit ran for 1,414 yards as a quarterback and was a heavy-hitting cornerback.

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Senior Isaih Pacheco led Vineland to back-to-back 8-2 seasons.

DB: Kevin Gsell 6-2 205 Sr. Seneca. He had 91 tackles with 5 INTs and set school record with 24 tackles in a playoff game vs. Timber Creek.

DB: Zaire Jones 6-0 180 Sr. Salem. He scored 29 TDs as a running back but also was a top DB who made three INTs, returning two for TDs.

AP: Iverson Clement 6-0 190 Sr. Rancocas Valley. The Florida recruit ran for 1,419 yards and 13 TDs and returned three punts for TDs, including the game-winner in the S.J. 5 semifinals vs. Millville.

P: Dan Kay 5-11 200 Jr. Camden Catholic. He dropped six punts inside the 20-yard line for the WJFL Constitution champions.

Second team

DL Sencere Tapp 6-0 190 Sr. St. Joseph

DL Tidiane Bamba 6-1 295 Jr. Camden

DL Damire Hutchinson 6-1 220 Sr. Sterling

LB Mike Gulig 6-1 215 Sr. Cedar Creek

LB Pete Orio 6-1 215 Sr. West Deptford

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Senior Pete Orio (10) was a top linebacker and quarterback for West Deptford.

LB Albert Nah 5-10 185 Sr. Willingboro

DB Shamere Collins 5-10 175 Sr. St. Augustine

DB Jake Schillinger 6-0 175 Sr. Shawnee

DB Damon Matthews 5-10 175 Sr. Overbrook

DB Nah’Sir Morgan 6-3 190 Sr. Atlantic City

DB Kyle Dobbins 5-10 180 Sr. Timber Creek

AP Colin Wetterau 6-0 175 Sr. Shawnee

P Henry Westermann 6-3 185 Jr. Paul VI

Third team

DL Daequan Jackson-Swoope 6-2 215 Sr. Rancocas Valley

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Senior Daequan Jackson-Swoope (right) helped Rancocas Valley to the S.J. 5 title game

DL Eli Sloan-El 6-1 195 Sr. Camden

DL Santino Morina 6-1 190 Jr. Paulsboro

LB Nihym Anderson 6-2 240 Sr. Vineland

LB Jared Colbert 5-11 190 Sr. Highland

LB Kai Leibfried 5-10 225 Sr. Cinnaminson

DB Nazir Chapman 5-09 170 Sr. Cedar Creek

DB Wade Inge Jr. 5-10 180 Jr. Williamstown

DB Marcial Ramos 5-10 175 Sr. Millville

DB Nick Cartwright-Atkins 5-11 170 Jr. Moorestown

DB Davis Smith 6-2 180 Jr. Haddonfield

AP Taj Harris 6-2 175 Sr. Palmyra

P Jimmy Kimmel 5-11 180 Sr. Delsea