WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School football seniors defense-end Owen Kessler and wide-receiver Jack Shirk will be honored along with head coach Jim DeSarno at the Super 100 Banquet in March sponsored by the State Coaches Association.
The Super 100 is composed of the top 25 football players from each section in the state (North 1, North 2, Central and South). Kessler and Shirk were both nominated and voted in. Recent award winners for Westfield include Jack Curry, Jack Simcox, James O’Rourke and Joe Scaglione, according to DeSarno.
“It’s usually one per team, but with the success we’ve had it’s exciting to have the two represent our team,” DeSarno said. “Both took on leadership roles on their side of the ball. Both Owen and Jack set a great example for our younger players in how they responded to all the injuries we went through this year.”
Kessler, who on Wednesday signed his letter of intent to play for Georgetown University, finished the season with a team-high 15 sacks and 56 solo tackles and finished second on the team with 85 total tackles.
“I’m just really honored to be recognized as one of the top players in the state,” Kessler said. “I wish there were more Westfield guys in it, and there should have been.”
Shirk led the team in all receiving stats with 48 receptions for 807 yards and 11 touchdowns.
“It’s an honor to be recognized along with my buddy Owen Kessler, and I would like to congratulate all the other guys that got into the top 100 because it’s a great accomplishment,” Shirk said. “I would like to thank my teammates as well because it wouldn’t be possible without them.”
DeSarno said their accomplishments are reflective of the entire team.
“I’m very proud of all of our players. They are kids who not only excel in football but other sports as well as academically,” he said. “Owen and Jack came in with a lot of promise and lived up to every challenge put in front of them. They were part of a special senior group that each year built on their successes and finished with the ultimate goal of a championship.”
Eric Storms is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.