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Seton Hall Prep's standout quarterback Liam Londergan (9) and superb wide receiver Julius Vicari, who will be on opposing teams in the college ranks, are ready to help lead North in 2024 Phil Simms N.J. North-South Classic set for Sunday June 9th at Kean. (Photos by PJ Candido/SHP and Sideline Chatter)

SHP’s Future College Opponents
To Boost North In Simms Classic

By Steve Tober

UNION- While they will be teammates once more in the upcoming Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Classic, 6 p.m., Sunday, June 9th, at Kean University’s Alumni Field, Seton Hall Prep’s now-graduating pass-catch tandem of Liam Londergan and Julius Vicari will then head to opposing colleges in the Division II ranks while preparing to join their respective teams when they clash in three months to help kick off the 2024 college football season.

Londergan, who is one of the talented quarterbacks for the North, is ready to play in one more high school game before heading off to the University of New Haven, while Vicari one of his favorite receivers with the Pirates last fall, is going to be competing for time as one of the wide outs for Slippery Rock (Pa.) University.

Londergan, who missed two games last fall due to an injury, still earned second-team All-Essex and honorable mention All-United Red Division honors while completing 107 of 186 passes for 1,470 yards and 10 TDs.
Vicari, one of the top receivers in the state last fall, led the Pirates with 52 receptions for 864 yards and 5 TDs.

New Haven will travel to play Slippery Rock on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. as both strong DII programs kick off their respective 2024 schedules. The Connecticut school, which is a member of the Northeast 10 Conference, finished 8-3 last fall and qualified for the Division II national playoffs.

Slippery Rock, which is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), made its fifth straight appearance in the DII playoffs while finishing a superb 12-2 overall.

Three other former SHP Pirates are on the New Haven roster in standout senior defensive back Giye Jenkins who led the team in interceptions last fall with five, and sophomore O-linemen and brothers Dylan and Tyle Kohler.

Among the former Essex County players on the Slippery Rock roster is ex-Montclair standout D-lineman Elijah Hailey.    

“It’s going to be a lot different, being on opposing teams, but it’s going to be fun just to be competing on the same field in our first college game,” said Vicari. “We had a great time together at The Prep and now we’re ready for the next challenge.

“Playing in this all-star game is a great final send off before beginning college football!”

While Vicari will be joined on the North roster by other highly-skilled wide receivers including Nayad Walker of Shabazz and Zach Garmont of Verona, Londergan will be among a strong trio of QBs that also include Maurice Williams of Orange and Kyree Fisher of East Orange Campus.

“Having the opportunity to play alongside a number of talented players in the Phil Simms Classic is going to be an amazing time and I know that we’re going to be determined to beat the South,” said Londergan. “Hopefully, I can complete a few passes to Julius not only for old time’s sake, but also to help get our offense in moving downfield to score.”

Londergan and Vicari helped lead SHP to a very respectable 5-7 record last fall while competing in the state’s toughest division, the Super Football Conference’s United Red, where some of the strongest parochial powers resided in 2023, including Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco Prep and St. Joe’s (Mont.).

SHP’s biggest victory came in the NJSIAA Non-Public A playoff quarterfinals where it avenged a regular season setback by defeating St. Joseph of Montvale, 35-28.

The season ended in a 38-23 semifinal setback at Delbarton.

Londergan and Vicari had the chance to spend some quality time with their fellow all-stars at the 2024 Simms Classic Media Day inside Kean’s Harwood Arena.

The North has won the last three games, including a 10-6 decision over the South last year following a 0-0 score at the break. The series is now deadlocked at 20-20-2.

The North has never led in the series. The last time the South won was in 2018 by a score of 38-16 at Kean. The game was moved to Kean in 2009.
The inaugural NJ Girls Flag Football North-South All-Star Game will also take place on Kean’s Alumni Field at 1 p.m. on June 9.

The North’s three-game winning streak that began in 2019 continued with triumphs the past two seasons after Covid prevented the game from being played in 2020 and 2021. There was also no game in 2002 because of inclement weather right before kickoff at Rutgers. The game began with a South victory 45 years ago in 1979.

Simms, who has been a constant presence at the Classic since he became involved with the all-star game in 2014, managed to get two of his New York Giants teammates to serve as the honorary captains for the upcoming June 9th contest.

Wide receiver Stephen Baker will be representing the North and defensive lineman Leonard Marshall the South. Marshall spoke at Media Day and proclaimed that the South would whoop the North. Baker could not attend the springtime introductory get-together, but he did deliver a message on the big screen, saying that he couldn’t wait to be with the North players and also catch another pass from Simms.

In his 10 years Simms has brought in other Giants teammates to be at Kean helping out, including Jim Burt and Scott Brunner, as several former NFL stars have developed a nice connection with the Simms North-South Classic.

SERIES TIED AT 20-20-2: 
2023: North 10, South 6 – at Kean University
2022: North 21, South 16 – at Kean University  
2021: No game because of the COVID-19 pandemic 
2020: No game because of the COVID-19 pandemic 
2019: North 24, South 23 – at Kean University 
2018: South 38, North 16 - at Kean University 
2017: South 30, North 22 - at Kean University 
2016: North 7, South 0 - at Kean University 
2015: South 23, North 21 - at Kean University 
2014: South 20, North 14 - at Piscataway High School 
2013: North 54, South 8 - at Kean University 
2012: North 14, South 7 - at Kean University 
2011: South 21, North 14 - at Kean University 
2010: North 17, South 3 - at Kean University 
2009: South 7, North 0 - at Kean University 
2008: North 31, South 25 - at Rutgers Stadium 
2007: South 14, North 7 - at Rutgers Stadium 
2006: North 31, South 16 - at Rutgers Stadium 
2005: North 9, South 7 - at Rutgers Stadium 
2004: North 26, South 21 - at Rutgers Stadium 
2003: South 3, North 0 - at Rutgers Stadium 
2002: No game was played at Rutgers 
because of inclement weather before kickoff. 
2001: North 24, South 0 - at Rutgers Stadium 
2000: South 20, North 5 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1999: South 22, North 19 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1998: North 33, South 31 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1997: South 28, North 24 - at The College of New Jersey 
1996: South 32, North 23 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1995: North 37, South 15 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1994: South 21, North 16 - at Trenton State College 
1993: South 9, North 8 - at Giants Stadium 
1992: North 7, South 7 (tie) - at Giants Stadium 
1991: North 26, South 12 - at Giants Stadium 
1990: North 14, South 10 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1989: South 24, North 0 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1988: South 12, North 9 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1987: North 21, South 10 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1986: North 20, South 17 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1985: North 10, South 10 (tie) - at Rutgers Stadium 
1984: North 7, South 0 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1983: South 41, North 7 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1982: South 16, North 7 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1981: South 32, North 0 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1980: North 13, South 6 - at Rutgers Stadium 
1979: South 34, North 13 - at Rutgers Stadium

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Kyree Fisher of East Orange Campus and Maurice Williams of Orange are two more of the talented quarterbacks on North squad in upcoming Simms N.J. All-Star Classic. (SC photo and courtesy of Orange football)

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