NUTLEY, NJ--An excellent football season produced a lot of nice results at Nutley High, as far as post-season accolades are concerned.
In early November, a number of Raiders received recognition from the coaches in the New Jersey Super Football Conference's Patriot White Division.
First team, All-Conference accolades went to Matt Jaworski and Billy Searle on the offensive side of the ball while Nutley's Dante Contella and Dan Jennings were named first team, on defense.
Second team honors were afforded to Nutley's Justin Lucia, Chris Kruse, Jordan DeFalco and Gennaro Longobardi while Honorable Mention was awarded to Johnny Coppola and Dan DiAntonio.
Right before Thanksgiving, the Essex County coaches voted for its top players. Bear in mind, the All-Conference selections were voted upon by those coaches affiliated with the Patriot White Division while the All-County nods came from all the coaches, regardless of conference affiliation, from Essex County.
Thus, earning All-County honors is quite an accomplishment, considering the number of coaches who vote.
On offense, Jaworski was named to the first team while Lucia, Kruse and Searle earned second team, All-County accolades. First team players, for Nutley, on defense, was garnered by Contella, Jennings and Longobardi. Earning second team, All-County, on defense was DeFalco while Honorable Mention went to Coppola and DiAntonio.
Nutley finished the season with a 5-5 record. The Raiders won three straight to end the regular season and earned a playoff berth, in the process.
The Raiders' coaching staff was led by head coach Steve DiGregorio, interim head coach JD Vick, along with offensive coordinator Anthony Fischetti, Jeff Martin, the defensive coordinator, Bob Harbison, who coached defensive backs and the quarterbacks, line coach Rob Perino, receivers coach, Brian Koribanick, sub varsity coaches, Rob Mellilo and Mike Padilla, and strength and conditioning coach, Matt Bustos.