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Five Piscataway Chiefs Selected For Snapple Bowl Football Game

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Left to Right: Nazir James, Brevin Donerson, Ibn Robinson, Adbel Mohamed. (File Photo) Not pictured: Terrell Hagans Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Five Piscataway High School football players -- Brevin Donerson, Abdel Mohamed, Terrell Hagans, Nazir James, and Ibn Robinson -- have recently been selected to participate in the 2017 Snapple Bowl to be held July 20 at Kean University at 7 p.m.

The special game pits (soon to be) top graduated seniors from Middlesex County and Union County against one another in an All-Star game for charity. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Lakeview School, a program apart of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

“I’m extremely proud and very excited for our players to represent the program in the Snapple Bowl,” Piscataway head coach Dan Higgins said. “They will bring a high-level of playmaking ability to the Middlesex team.”

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While the Snapple Bowl XXIV will be the final high school and/or organized official football game for many of the athletes, the five Chiefs will actually be continuing their gridiron careers in college. Mohamed, Robinson, and Donerson will all attend and play for Lackawana University. James will make plays for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Hagans will be going to Norwich University. The group helped PHS earn their first sectional title since 2011 this past December when they beat Manalapan 34-13 in the Central Jersey, Group 5 final at Rutgers.

Mohamed, Hagans, and Robinson were forces on the defensive line all year long, getting into the backfield and stuffing the run, sacking the quarterback and batting down passes. Mohamed and Hagans did damage on the offensive line as well. Donerson was a playmaker in the defensive backfield at safety where he returned two interceptions and one fumble for touchdowns. James gave the Chiefs a speedy threat on the outside at wide receiver as well as a shutdown cornerback on defense.

Union topped Middlesex last year 13-7 at Woodbridge High School. Middlesex leads the series 14-9.

Player Reactions:

Brevin Donerson, 5-10, 170 pounds, Strong Safety -- “It means a lot for me to play in this game to put smiles on kids’ faces that are less fortunate in this game.”

Terrell Hagans, 6-0, 315 pounds, OL/DL -- “It feels like an honor because I was noticed for my playmaking abilities and now I can represent Piscataway and Middlesex County by displaying my talent on the field.”

Nazir James, 6-0, 175 pounds, Cornerback -- “It definitely means a lot to be selected in the Snapple Bowl. It was something I always wanted to play in ever since I started going to the game when I was younger.”

Abdel Mohamed, 6-2, 275, OL -- “It means a lot to me. It makes you go there and represent and show people what Piscataway football is all about.”

Ibn Robinson, 6-3, 215 pounds, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker -- “It means a lot to be chosen for a game like this. To go and compete with some of the top guys in the Middlesex and Union area is an honor. I’m hoping to just go out and have fun and put some of skills I developed in the offseason to work.”

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