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Junior Shamir White, with his lightning quick right arm and athletic frame, is a very exciting first-year football player who will start at quarterback for Barringer this fall as Blue Bears eye a winning season following last year's 1-9 mark. (Photo courtesy of the Barringer football team)
Barringer reached the playoffs in 2012 when they finished 4-6 under Darnell Mangan, who resigned after that season to accept an administrative post. (Photo by Gene Nann-nannphoto)
Talented First-Year QB Big Boost
NEWARK- Ronly London has learned the ropes and then some when it comes to coaching a football team. After all, he was a quarterback under both Bill Norwood and Larry Schumacher at Clifford Scott, and later played college ball for Bob Cucuzza at Kean.
Then, came a 10-year run on Marion Bell’s staff at East Orange Campus where he honed his trade, including a stint as the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.
Now, it’s year two of a supreme challenge down at Schools Stadium off Bloomfield Avenue in the Brick City where London is trying to mold his Barringer Blue Bears into a true contender in the Super Essex Conference-Independence Division and in North 2, Group 5 where the Newark school was elevated to when school enrollment figures skyrocketed more than a couple of hundred kids.
“But, it doesn’t look like we’ve really added any more football players with that spike in enrollment,” said London, a 2001 grad of Scott. “However, we feel we have the athletes and the attitude to make a real push for the playoffs this fall.”
Barringer, which finished 1-9 last fall, dropping nine in a row after a season-opening win, boasts a potential new star in the making in first-year football player Shamir White, a solid 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior quarterback, who has a strong arm and impressed everyone with his touchdown passing in 7-on-7’s this summer, including at the Jets’ training facility in Florham Park.
“Shamir is the real deal,” said Loudon. “He’s a basketball player with great athleticism to begin with, and he has translated that already in a short time on the football field.
“We feel he will have one heck of a first season of high school football this fall!”
Barringer has a couple of solid tree trunks up front to build in back of, led by Alterek Williams, a 6-2, 225-pound senior two-way tackle who impressed in the Temple Camp with his athleticism. He is also an outstanding wrestler where he has also demonstrated his immense strength.
Senior Victor Rivera (6-2, 230), a great penetrator from the defensive front, will also anchor the offensive line at center.
Sophomore Kariem Stewart and senior Quadir Cheatham are projected as key ball hawking defenders at the cornerback slots on ‘D.’ Cheatham is a transfer from Weequahic.
It’s been a series of transitions for London, who took over the reins of the Barringer gridiron program last fall after Darnell Mangan had to resign as head coach when he moved into a school administrative role at Weequahic.
Mangan had guided the Blue Bears to a 4-6 record and a North 2, Group 4 playoff berth in 2012.
“And, we lost 14 starters from that team, many of whom transferred to West Side,” said London. “Talented kids like (running back-kick returner) Nasir Jones and a bunch of others went from being key players at Barringer to leading West Side into the playoffs last fall.”
However, with budding stars such as White to build around, the present and the future appear bright for the Blue Bears.
“We’re excited about the kids we have and we’re anxious to see how they do once the games start,” said London. “I really feel my second year as head coach will be a lot more successful in terms of wins and losses.”
Barringer will open the new season on Friday, Sept. 12, hosting Memorial of West New York, N.J. at 7. The first SEC game is a crossover contest on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 20, at West Orange. The Blue Bears meet Brick City rivals and Independence Division foes East Side and Central on consecutive Friday nights, Oct. 10 and 17.
BARRINGER BANTER- London’s assistants on staff include another former East Orange Campus coach in Reggie Johnson, who was Barringer’s defensive coordinator last fall and this season will work with running backs and linebackers. Johnson is a former standout back at Montclair Immaculate under coach John Finnegan…Shamier White’s cousin is Quadir Pendleton, the former standout QB at both East Orange Campus and Montclair…Barringer is currently short a game due to the fact Montclair Immaculate, originally scheduled for Nov. 1, is assuming jayvee status only this fall.
Barringer was a playoff team as recently as 2012 when running back-kick returner Nasir Jones (7) was one of the team's young stars. Jones transferred along with several starters to West Side for his senior year and Blue Bears struggled to a 1-9 season in '13. (Photo by Muha Maja Murad)
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