BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Basilone Bowl has been canceled for 2020.

In a letter to athletes and coaches, Bridgewater-Raritan High School football coach Scott Bray, who is also president of the Somerset County Football Coaches Association, said they tried to hold out as long possible, but, with the uncertainty, the task of coordinating the event was not possible.

“With the announcement from the governor…that schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year, the Coaches Association feels that it is best to cancel this year’s Basilone Bowl,” he said in the letter.

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The athletes set to participate in the event had already been chosen and practices were expected to begin soon.

A total of 10 athletes from Bridgewater-Raritan High School were expected to play. They were Tyler Tangolics, Zach Atanasov, Alex Fromberg, Peter Usewick, Jake Horowitz, Brett MacMath, Gerard Redden, Mickey Wasko, Johnny Confalone and Mike Maciolek.

“To the players, do not let this take away from the honor of being selected to represent your school and your community,” Bray said. “We as coaches are disappointed that we will not get the opportunity to coach and be around so many amazing young men. You have achieved many great things and created life long bonds through the game of football.”

Bray thanked the coaches for the time they spent in support of the event, and also thanked the United States Marine Corp for its support in making the game possible.

The game features football players from all the schools in Somerset County, and Delaware Valley Regional, playing in honor of war hero John Basilone. The players are divided by their schools into two teams, the Devil Dogs and the Leathernecks.

Chosen for the teams this year were:

Devil Dogs

  • Sam Williams, Pingry
  • Lance Perlow, Pingry
  • James Wang, Pingry
  • James Draper, Pingry
  • Ryan Smith, Pingry
  • Pat Birotte, Pingry
  • Kevon Gordon, Franklin
  • Marcus Estevez, Franklin
  • Aamir Walker, Franklin
  • Donnelle McQuilla, Franklin
  • Asare Bompoe-Parru, Franklin
  • Abdul Mattthews, Franklin
  • Isaiah Kinsler, Franklin
  • Mark Venson, Bound Brook
  • Kenney Reyes, Bound Brook
  • Brandon Quinones, Bound Brook
  • Bryan Solis, Bound Brook
  • James Baines, Bound Brook
  • Grant Fields, Bound Brook
  • Tim Franks, Hillsborough
  • Anthony Scannelli, Hillsborough
  • Franklin Wasserman, Hillsborough
  • Ric Sarkar, Hillsborough
  • Tom Ramsey, Hillsborough
  • Jon Seaton, Hillsborough
  • Matt Michinard, Hillsborough
  • T.J. Schultz, Hillsborough
  • Thomas Haber, Hillsborough
  • Connor Graverson, Hillsborough
  • Tylor Blake, Delaware Valley
  • Justin Carney, Delaware Valley
  • Andre Jean, Delaware Valley
  • Ayden Thomas, Delaware Valley
  • Nick Moose, Delaware Valley
  • Ryan Sutter, Delaware Valley
  • Nic Demarco, Delaware Valley
  • Tyler Tangolics, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Zach Atanasov, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Alex Fromberg, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Peter Usewick, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Jake Horowitz, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Brett MacMath, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Gerard Redden, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Mickey Wasko, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Johnny Confalone, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Mike Maciolek, Bridgewater-Raritan
  • Austin McCrann, Bernards
  • Gabe WIlliams, Bernards
  • Hugo Gini, Bernards
  • Lucas Ritchie, Bernards
  • Max Gray, Bernards
  • Sebastian Pross, Bernards

Leather Necks

  • Ryan Furey, Montgomery
  • Anthony DiTorrice, Montgomery
  • Sebastian Ducharne, Montgomery
  • Lucas Kopecky, Montgomery
  • Ethan Rizzi, Montgomery
  • Carter McFadden, Montgomery
  • Matt Turner, Montgomery
  • Kevin O’Brien, Montgomery
  • Noah Irwin, Somerville
  • Otto Kornas, Somerville
  • Eric Bryant, Somerville
  • Will McIntyre, Somerville
  • Patrick Perluso, Somerville
  • AJ Singleton, Somerville
  • Justin Brenner, Somerville
  • Gavin Jones, North Plainfield
  • Naji Campbell, North Plainfield
  • Dan Pareja, North Plainfield
  • Jalen Canada, North Plainfield
  • Troy Henderson, North Plainfield
  • Tommy McGuire, Immaculata
  • Ryan Enright, Immaculata
  • Alex Sias, Immaculata
  • Joe Toto, Immaculata
  • Pelton Esannason, Jr., Immaculata
  • Johnny Mallory, Immaculata
  • Randy Behn, Immaculata
  • Zach Helleis, Immaculata
  • Anthony Leone, Watchung Hills
  • Jordan Belle, Watchung Hills
  • Tanner Ash, Watchung Hills
  • Gerard Aroneo, Watchung Hills
  • Clem Carfaro, Watchung Hills
  • Joey DeNave, Watchung Hills
  • Michael Morin, Watchung Hills
  • Terryn Stephens, Watchung Hills
  • Jack Taub, Watchung Hills
  • Justin Uberoi, Watchung Hills
  • Niki Glynos, Watchung Hills
  • Nasir Peek, Manville
  • John Sharbaugh, Manville
  • Issaiah Ruiz, Manville
  • David Echiverri, Manville
  • Joey Wildgoose, Manville
  • Jason Thompson, Manville
  • Brendan Bell, Ridge
  • Christian Sweeney, Ridge
  • Jake Hoffman, Ridge
  • Jack Perry, Ridge
  • Cameron Lloyd, Ridge